Happy National RD day!

3.5 years ago my passion turned into a career and I became a Registered Dietitian.

I am so happy that I took the time to go back to school after graduate school to further my knowledge and meet the requirements to be eligible to take the RD exam. 

Many people use the title nutritionist, nutrition expert or nutrition specialist but I am incredibly proud to be one of a select group of professionals who can be a nutrition expert and place "RD" behind our name.

My credential does not mean that I know everything. I am a Registered Dietitian that specializes in sport nutrition for endurance athletes. I follow a strict code of ethics and when I don't know something, I know that there are many other RD's who specialize in areas that I am not an expert in. 

Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist regardless of education, experience or background.  There are dozens of meal plans, books, articles, counseling sessions and tips provided by nutrition experts who have little formal education on nutrition but proclaim to be a nutrition expert.

Much of our public is confused and mislead by so much nutrition information and advice from these experts. Today is celebrating the many RD's out there who, by law, can analyze and assess a person's individual nutrition needs and provide nutritional counseling. 

There is a lot of great information out there on healthy eating given by individuals who are passionate about nutrition and there is nothing wrong with seeking tips from these individuals. You will many times see a disclaimer "I am not a RD" because this individual understands that she/he is providing nutrition tips, recipes, advice but is not counseling you or trying to treat your symptoms. Where the line is crossed is when you have symptoms that you need treated through a change in the diet, a clinical issue that you are concerned about or fitness goals that you want to reach through a change in diet or body composition. If you need dietary assistance, go and seek a RD who has met a rigorous set of standards to properly assess, diagnose and treat your situation. 

Who is a Registered Dietitian?
Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a registered dietitian are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices

Trust a Registered Dietitian
When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease— rely on qualified professionals in the field.
Registered dietitians draw on their experience to develop a personalized
nutrition plan for individuals of all ages. They are able to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into information you can use. A
registered dietitian can put you on the path to lowering weight, eating healthfully and reducing your risk of chronic disease.

Registered dietitians know the science of nutrition. They have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities. Anyone can call him/herself a nutrition expert but only RD's can use the title Dietitian. 

Looking for a Registered Dietitian?
When you need trusted, accurate, timely and practical nutrition advice, seek the services of a registered dietitian.
To find a registered dietitian in your area, visit EatRight.org and click on “Find a Registered Dietitian.”

Happy RD day!!!

Here are a few of my favorite blogs during my RD journey:

Breaking news - I passed!