Wednesday, February 4, 2009

R.D. vs. Nutritionist – what’s the big deal?


clip_image003The term “RD,” or Registered Dietitian, is different than “nutritionist” contrary to popular belief. A Registered Dietitian has to complete an extensive 4-year degree with an accredited university, complete a 900 hour minimum dietetic internship, pass the National Registered Dietitian Examination, maintain membership dues for CDR (Commission on Dietetic Registration) and ADA (American Dietetic Association), and complete 75 hours of continuing education credits every five years in order to maintain their credential. 

Anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” really, and many states have licensure laws to protect the RD credential. Nutrition information is always changing and RDs are up-to-date on the latest nutritional information backed by sound research and must continue their education and professional development even after graduation.  This information cannot just be given out for free.

To be assured that you are receiving legitimate nutritional advice, it is important you are working with a Registered Dietitian.  It is disheartening when people give out nutritional advice when they don’t have the credential to back it up because it not only discredits our profession, we lose client confidence in spending money for our services. 

For more information you can visit the American Dietetic Association.

The Time is Now!

Never before have we seen how important nutrition and overall health is in clip_image002the prevention of many diseases from diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and obesity. Prevention is the key to this puzzle. You are the creator of your world and you ultimately have the power to build the path to health and happiness.  Only you can unlock your potential!

















Oh and here is what I had for dinner . . . . Chili Chicken Tacos!  I featured this recipe on my first ever post titled low and slow awhile ago (at the bottom).  It is just such a great, easy recipe I just couldn’t help it!  You just throw all the stuff in the crock-pot and let it get nice and tender . . . Yum!  I piled the chicken into crunchy corn tortillas with cheese, spinach, avocado and non-fat greek yogurt, and it was just the thing after a long day.  Now I’m off to kick-my-butt box!


 Do you use a crock-pot for speedy weeknight meals?  What is your favorite and why?


Caitlin said...

Hi I recently found your blog and I wanted to thank you for posting this. I am getting my MS in Nutrition, as well as my RD and after ALL of the HOURS of work I am putting into it, I want people to better understand the difference between an RD and someone who becomes a "nutritionist" over a weekend. Oh- and I use a crock pot sometimes, one of my favorite recipes is a healthy version of an enchilada casserole. Delicious!

kristen :) said...

Thanks for visiting and your comment! I agree :) That enchilada casserole sounds awesome.

Thinspired said...

Hi Kristen! Thank you so much for your comments on my blog. I am so excited to read a blog by an actual R.D. I am really looking forward to reading more :)