Fad diets. Self-help books. Talk shows. You may have tried them all and still be struggling with health problems or weight management. Whether you don't know where to start or how to keep going, seeking help from a nutritionist for your health and food goals often proves to be the most beneficial
There are so many different diets, programs and supplements for weight loss, a nutritionist can help you weed through the gimmicks and help you stay healthy for sustained weight loss. Having an expert help you through the process is important, but they can also offer support, counsel and help you stay creative with your food and exercise choices.
How can I incorporate holistic nutrition into my lifestyle?
If you start something you can’t do forever, you’ve already failed. You have to achieve optimum health in a way that is sustainable and makes the most sense for your lifestyle. Something to keep in mind when you are trying to change your lifestyle is to remember why we are setting these goals in the first place. We do it because we love our bodies, not because we hate them. Self love and self care is where the journey begins and where it ends.
Aspects that we can alleviate by working together
Junk food cravings
Low sex drive
WHY A NUTRITIONIST
As food allergies become more common, a nutritionist can help someone with food allergies avoid products that can make them sick. They can also make sure you are still getting balanced nutrition if you have to cut out foods from your diet. Food allergies especially like gluten, lactose or tree nuts can be tricky because so many foods can have these ingredients in them. A nutritionist can help you look for all the names that allergens can be hiding under in ingredient labels.
Nutrition for diseases
What can you eat if you develop diabetes? What should you eat if you have cancer and are on chemo? What should you eat if you have high blood pressure, gout, obesity etc? The list could go on. Because food has a direct impact on your health, anytime you have a disease state, it can be beneficial to meet with a nutritionist. They can really help you understand what you should eat or stay away from specific to your condition.
Even if you get enough, or too many, calories, you could be undernourished. If you know you are deficient in a nutrient, a nutritionist/dietitian can help you get your levels back to where they should be. A common deficiency especially for women is iron, and a nutritionist can help you know what to eat or what foods to combine for optimal absorption of iron. Often a medical team will be working together to solve these issues, as some deficiencies can be found only through testing like blood draws.
Healthy relationship with food
You don’t need to be sick or want weight loss just to see a nutritionist/dietitian. Another great way a nutritionist/dietitian can help is to help establish a healthy relationship with food. Disordered eating is growing right along with the obesity epidemic, and speaking with someone about this can really help free you from any bondage you feel with food.
The food you eat can have a strong impact on your exercise performance, so working with a nutritionist for athletic performance goals can really be helpful.