Registered dietitians are trained medical professionals that have dedicated their career to studying and implementing nutrition that benefits their clients form a medical perspective. Some dietitians also seek additional training in functional nutrition and understand how nutrition and the gut-mind connection impacts our mental health. All mental health conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, PTSD, autism, schizophrenia, substance abuse, addiction, and eating disorders to name a few) would benefit from the services of a registered dietitian and nutritionist.
We’ll Conduct a Nutritional Assessment
Typically, an RDN will conduct a full nutritional assessment that accounts for their client’s medical conditions, psychiatric symptoms, lifestyle, and preferences. Religious or cultural beliefs that influence food choice, allergies, and texture aversions are also screened for in the first assessment. Many individuals with mental health symptoms also have co-occurring medical issues that would require attention and be benefited by the services of their dietitian including: kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Celiacs disease, autoimmune diseases, chronic diseases, food allergies/intolerances, and many others.
We’ll Develop a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
After the initial evaluation, a dietitian will work with you to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses both your physiological and psychological needs. This may include changing diet, adding foods in, eliminating harmful foods/beverages, including supplements, or experimenting with how your body does with varying meal plans. We are all part of this n=1 experiment of figuring out what relationship with food matches our biological, sociological, and emotional needs. This includes non-perfectionism, non-rigidity, and being able to eat in a way that includes ALL foods from time-to-time, barring that the client doesn’t have any severe allergies or compelling medical reasons to not eat these foods. It is our mission to help you develop a health relationship with food ultimately. The dietitian will continue care through bi-weekly or monthly check-ups to assess what’s working, what’s not, and get feedback from you and ensure that the plan works for you from a holistic perspective. Eventually you will know your body well and be able to eat in a way that works for you after collaborating with the expert/research driven suggestions of a dietitian. In a society driven by marketing and stress, most people would benefit exponentially from working with a dietitian for at least a couple of sessions.
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