Top 5 reasons to see a dietitian

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A dietitian can help you to make the best food choices and take care of your health. They will give you support, knowledge, skills and advice. You don’t have to have a health issue to work with a dietitian. They work with healthy and sick people.

There are many reasons to visit a dietitian

  1. You want to prevent or manage a health condition like diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Changes to your diet, eating habits and physical activity levels can prevent or improve certain health conditions. A dietitian can work with you to set goals and make lifestyle changes that can improve your health and how you feel.
  2. You have a digestive issue like irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease or Colitis. A dietitian can help you figure out which foods and beverages to avoid that make your condition worse and give you symptoms like bloating, cramping, burping, heartburn or diarrhea. At the same time, they will make sure that you get the nutrients that you need from your diet and that you include foods that you enjoy.
  3. You have a food allergy or intolerance. It can be hard to know what to eat when you have a food allergy or intolerance. A dietitian can help you work out what foods you can safely eat and what foods you need to avoid. They will help you find substitutions to keep your diet healthy and enjoyable.
  4. You would like accurate, practical advice to improve the way you eat and feel. Canadians are confused about food and nutrition and nutrition advice and information is found everywhere. Dietitians are the best choice to help you look beyond the fads and gimmicks and provide you with accurate nutrition and food information. A dietitian can look at your diet to help you set goals to improve it. They can give you skills to read nutrition labels, help you create meal plans, give you grocery shopping suggestions and more.
  5. You want help feeding a picky eater. Getting your child to try a new food or eat different foods can be frustrating. It can make mealtimes stressful for you, your child and the rest of the family. A dietitian can work with you make mealtimes more pleasurable by giving you ideas and strategies to get your child more interested in trying new foods.

There are so many more reasons to visit a dietitian. It’s important to remember that a dietitian is the best source for food and nutrition information.

Get started! Find a dietitian near you

It’s easy to find a dietitian near you, visit Find a Dietitian. You can search by postal code, city, and/or health condition.

Many dietitians offer services virtually and most employee benefit plans cover dietitian services. Check your plan today. If your benefits don't cover dietitian services, share this resource with your employer.

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Last Update – November 30, 2020

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