Dietary counseling

During dietary (or nutritional) counseling, you will work with a registered dietitian to assess your eating habits and identify where change is needed. Your goal may simply be to improve your nutrition in general, or you may undergo dietary counseling for a specific reason. For example, you may be interested in weight loss. Or you may have a particular medical condition – like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or even pregnancy – that can be helped by eating (or avoiding) certain foods.

Dietary counseling is usually done by a registered dietitian, a health professional with a degree in nutrition and clinical hospital experience. He or she will review your health goals and medical conditions. You’ll talk about your current diet and will likely be asked to complete a food diary showing what you eat over a typical period of time.

Once the counselor has this information, the two of you will work together to decide what changes are needed and to come up with a plan for how you will achieve your goals. Your counselor will provide a lot of information, educational materials, support and follow-up to help you make these changes. It will be a gradual process, but your improved health and well-being will be worth the investment.

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