New Year’s resolution – visit a Registered Dietitian | 2 min read

Signing up for the gym, eating healthy, and drinking 8 glasses of water per day are the top seasonal resolutions. Not to say eating healthier and exercising are not top priorities, but going on a whim when it comes to your health based on what you see on TV and the internet will see those resolutions be pushed down the list as the year progresses.

Downloading a meal plan for a quick fix diet will not necessarily work for you. Nutrition is a science, and no one solution fits everyone. Registered Dietitians are the recognised experts of evidence-based nutrition and will develop personalised meal plans for all their patients to ensure that they can reach their goals. 

Registered Dietitians commit themselves to on-going professional development that keeps them abreast of scientific evolution, making them a reliable source of the latest nutrition expertise. It also allows them to provide evidence-based advice. It further helps to cut through the noise of fad diets, sweeping universalities, and old wives’ tales, especially when it comes to working out what eating routine would be healthy and sustainable for you at your particular stage in life.

Professional advice from a dietitian is necessary at different life stages, for instance, to determine healthy eating plans for the nutrition requirements of childhood and old age and during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Dietitians also help patients over the long-term to prevent or improve the management of a disease. It is of paramount importance that you receive professional nutritional advice if you are dealing with conditions such as eating disorders, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders, pre-diabetes and diabetes, kidney failure, cardiac disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. For women, optimal nutrition can play a significant role in preventing or improving osteoporosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Dieticians also advise those who want to optimise their recovery from illness or injury, athletes, and those in good health who want to improve their performance in sports and physical activities. 

We are all very different when it comes to our eating habits, food preferences, physical activity, metabolic rates, and lifestyle choices at any given time in our lives. A dietitian works closely with you to determine a holistic and optimal nutrition plan that takes all these variances into account to ensure that you can make the necessary changes and sustain them over the long term. A dietician accompanies you on your journey and will provide you with vital support and encouragement when the going gets tough. After all, our wealth is our health.

Source: Registered Dietitian Gerlia Venter, Woodhill Dieticians www.woodhilldieticians.co.za

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