Why The Dietitian Way?
The professions of dietitian and nutritionist are often considered the same thing with nutritionists being more widely known. The Oxford definition of a nutritionist is a person who studies or is an expert in nutrition. However, there are no required qualifications to be a nutritionist therefore anyone can claim this title. A dietitian is a credentialed nutrition professional by the Commission of Dietetic Registration and is certified to treat medical conditions but can offer services in a wide range of areas from school food service to marketing and management. They are required to earn a bachelor's degree, attend a certified internship, and pass an exam before receiving a license. Focusing on science while still being aware of nutrition trends is what dietitians specialize in.
My Treatment Approaches
The way I counsel clients is goal-oriented and take small steps to reach those goals while identifying areas within the client's diet and lifestyle where improvements can be made. I utilize motivational interviewing as well as the ADIME approach in counseling sessions. ADIME stands for assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring, and evaluation. It is an interview and documentation process typically used by dietitians in clinical settings.
I do not specialize in any specific disease area and my counseling encompasses general health and fitness goals such as weight gain or loss, managing WELL CONTROLLED chronic diseases like diabetes or kidney disease, simply wanting to have more energy, or wanting to build a positive relationship with food.
For severe illness or complex disease states I would recommend reaching out to your primary care physician for a referral to a dietitian that specializes in your area of concern.
Dietary issues are often complex, therefore if I feel your dietary concerns require more than what I can offer, I will recommend you contact your PCP for further assistance.
HAES stands for health at every size and it is an initiative that spans all types of health-related services. It targets the negative societal assumptions and misconceptions around body weight and shapes in relation to health care across the spectrum. Social justice is also a central theme of HAES as health disparities often target people of color.
Due to this approach, I will not counsel clients on how to lose weight solely because a physician recommended they lose weight or a client's feeling of shame or struggles with body image issues. That is a more complex issue that requires additional care like speaking with a therapist. In the initial consultation, I will determine if weight loss is appropriate for the client at this time if that is your area of concern.