This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in our community’s first National Eating Disorder Association Walk. It was a great opportunity to spread awareness and let individuals in our community know about some of the amazing programs and resources we have available to them. This, of course, included the nutrition education services we provide here through Around the Plate.
Believe it or not, when I sit down with a client, no matter the reason, they don’t always know what to expect from a registered dietitian. Since a dietitian is an important member of the eating disorder treatment team in particular, I really wanted to make sure that those who attended the walk and were curious about how a dietitian could be helpful, had the information they needed.
But perhaps your curious too. If you’ve never worked with a dietitian, its only natural to wonder what they do. When it comes to eating disorders at least, here are a few things you could expect a dietitian to do for you:
- Review current eating habits and create a plan specifically designed to meet your unique needs
- Ensure your diet is adequately meeting your needs
- Answer your nutrition and food related questions
- Challenge any rules or misconceptions you may have about food
- Develop strategies to remove any barriers that make it difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan
- Explore how food fits into your daily life in a healthy, balanced way
- Explain the role nutrition plays in keeping your body and mind healthy
- Assist you in becoming a more empowered, mindful eater
- Provide learning opportunities that will help you build new habits for long-term success
- Facilitate both short and long term goal setting to keep you moving forward in treatment
- Connect you with other healthcare providers
No matter what reason you see a dietitian, you’ll find that many of these will apply to your sessions too. Our team of dietitians works with each person individually to develop strategies and plans that work specifically for them. There is no one-size-fits all approach and that means each step is simply a unique opportunity to learn more about how food fits in your life and can best meet your unique needs.
To find a dietitian in your area, check out EatRight.org and click on “Find an RD.” They might be just the person you need on your health team.
And if you need a different dietitian and therapists opinion on the role a dietitian plays, check out this video from another Kati!