We have all heard about the fancy and the not-so fancy 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 that are trending and well-known celebrities are swearing by. We are constantly exposed to new diets in media such as liquid diets, low-carb, keto just to mention a few. It can be confusing to say the least but also lead to the unwanted effects of 𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 and 𝘂𝗻𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘀, if we are not familiar with our daily essentials. This is the forte of dietitians! Even though I have worked in healthcare for almost a decade I have recently learnt about the important role dietitians can play in many conditions such as chronic disease, those with food sensitivities and help patients with their wound healing postoperatively.
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂:
- 𝗪𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘀/𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻
Loosing and gaining weight require meticulous planning and discussions about lifestyle, ideas and thoughts around self-image, history of weight changes and diets that have been attempted, eating habits etc. A consultation will also find out whether there are any eating disorders that might need specialised attention.
- 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲
Diabetes mellitus and heart disease can be influenced by what you eat and having a healthy diet can help control these illnesses. Another important fact is that a healthier lifestyle can help prevent Diabetes mellitus from developing!
Other important chronic illnesses to mention are cancer, IBS, high blood pressure, kidney disease, IBD, celiac disease. It is essential to get help with what to eat so that you don’t aggravate your disease as well as keep a healthy diet.
- 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀
People who have allergies will know how difficult it can be to figure out what you can and can’t eat. Eating should be a pleasurable experience, and the dietitian can help you establishing a diet that you can will enjoy.
- 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝘁
If you are considering to have a vegetarian or vegan diet, it is crucial to doing some research into what food you should eat instead to make sure that you have all the vitamins, proteins, minerals and trace elements so that you will not suffer malnourishment. They can help you with getting a well-rounded diet. Maybe you’ll discover something new you haven’t tried before!
- 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱
Dietitians can also analyse and understand what relationship you have with food so as to ensure a healthy mindset.
If you are pregnant or thinking about pregnancy, if you have kids that are fussy eaters, if you have vitamin and mineral deficiencies or anaemia….and much more!