The Lupus Dietitian here! As a healthcare professional, a registered dietitian (RD) has unique skills that can help individuals achieve their health goals. But what exactly can an RD do for their clients, and what are the limits of my expertise?
First and foremost, it's important to understand that registered dietitians are nutrition experts who have completed a rigorous education and training process. They must hold at least a bachelor's degree in nutrition or a related field, complete a supervised internship, and pass a national exam. They also need to maintain their certification through continuing education and professional development. (Psss, I also did my master’s in nutrition!)
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at what an RD can and cannot do for a client:
What an RD can do:
Provide individualized nutrition counseling: An RD can work with clients one-on-one to develop a personalized nutrition plan based on their specific needs, goals, and preferences. I personalize each and every plan to the person I’m working with!
Develop meal plans: An RD can create meal plans that are tailored to a client's dietary requirements. I love to make this exactly your taste or base it on the recipes you love!
Educate clients on nutrition: An RD can help clients understand the science behind nutrition and how it affects their health. They can also teach clients how to read food labels and make healthy choices when dining out.
Help manage medical conditions: I work with clients who have medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, celiac disease, and other autoimmune diseases to develop a nutrition plan that supports their health.
Provide support and accountability: An RD can offer ongoing support and motivation to help clients stay on track with their nutrition goals. I offer SO much guidance, step-by-step help and support to my clients, I’ve got you!
What an RD cannot do:
Diagnose medical conditions: While an RD can help manage medical conditions through nutrition, they cannot diagnose medical conditions or prescribe medication.
Provide medical treatment: An RD cannot provide medical treatment for any conditions beyond their scope of practice.
Perform medical procedures: An RD cannot perform medical procedures, such as blood tests or surgery.
In conclusion, a registered dietitian is an important resource for anyone looking to improve their nutrition and overall health. While an RD can provide personalized nutrition counseling, meal planning, and education, they cannot diagnose medical conditions, provide medical treatment (I can not prescribe!) or do medical procedures. By working with an RD, clients can receive expert guidance and support to help them achieve their health goals.
If you need help, please use the Contact page to reach out! I'm here to help you feel your best!
The Lupus Dietitian