“Put Your Best Fork Forward”: 10 Reasons to Consult with a Registered Dietitian

“Putting your best fork forward” is about using the utensils and other tools we have to help us make healthier food choices every day. Each of us has the internal means necessary to make small changes that will lead to large health improvements in the future. Nutrition is never about a short-term “diet” that is likely to fail; instead it is about making health conscious decisions every day that will help us live healthier lives.

If you need help with motivation or defining your health goals, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) can set you on the right path in several ways.

10 Ways a Registered Dietician Can Help with Your Health and Wellness:

  1. Achieve particular weight goals (either to gain or lose)
    Additional calorie sources can be recommended for healthy weight gain or menu ideas can be constructed that support in weight loss, while eating your favorite foods.
  2. Maximize your rehabilitation through diet and nutrition
    Food and nutrition can help a rehabilitation patient reach and maintain the highest possible level of function and quality of life, while preventing secondary complications.
  3. Solve digestive problems
    Dietary advice is important to help manage conditions such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pancreatitis or symptoms caused by food allergies and intolerances.
  4. Improve sports performance through nutrition
    It is easier to reach strength or endurance goals by developing pre- and post-workout menus, as well as overall diet and hydration needs.
  5. Separate facts from fad diets
    Learn how to decipher between nutrition myths and recommendations that are proven to be beneficial.
  6. Change your diet due to diabetes, cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure
    As part of your health-care team, an RDN will work with you to change your diet to help control your blood sugars, blood pressure and blood lipid levels.
  7. Ensure appropriate nutrition while pregnant or breastfeeding
    Figuring out and getting proper vitamins and minerals for the growth of you and your child is essential during this stage of life.
  8. Obtain proper nutrition and hydration while aging
    Ensuring proper hydration and protein intake due to changing taste buds or difficult access to healthy foods can be a challenge as we age.
  9. Recommend supplements or nutrition support
    Your diet can be assessed for any macro or micronutrient shortfalls and recommend nutrition support if energy intake cannot be met through food alone.
  10.  Eat smarter and make healthier choices
    Learn to read and understand food labels, make healthy choices while dining out and receive education on healthy cooking and food preparation.

Start or stick to your health and wellness goals - put your best fork forward, and dig in!  

For one-on–one nutrition counseling through Good Shepherd’s Nutrition Wellness Program call 1-888-44-REHAB or contact us online.


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