Why see an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)?

 In Nutrition, Wellness

Why see an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)? This is question I get a lot so I thought why not tell you more about us dietitians and hopefully we may surprise you a little!

Food and nutrition is a topic that many people think they know a lot on. You can read up about nutrition on the internet just from someone’s personal blog (hey they lost weight they must know what they are talking about).

However, as more and more people put nutrition information on the internet and write books, the bigger the potential for mis-information is.

Make yours an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)

How many of you are confused with the range of conflicting nutrition advice out there? Is paleo good or bad? Hang on wasn’t it the South Beach Diet we were supposed to follow? Or the Blood Type diet? Or the Atkins Diet?? Ahhhhhh!!

While it is important that we all have access to nutrition information when we want to look something up, it is important that it is right, and not just an opinion dressed up to be scientific.

What a lot of people don’t recognise is that just like physics, biology and chemistry; we are still learning about nutrition! Research is constantly showing us new information. Nutrition science does evolve and so as we know more, sometimes our recommendations change so they reflect the latest evidence.

Food and nutrition is a highly complex science and should be treated as one.  You wouldn’t go to a doctor who is not qualified, would you?  Then you shouldn’t lower your standards when it comes to nutrition care.  Accredited Practising Dietitians are the only recognized health professionals under the government (Medicare) to deliver dietary and nutrition therapy.  This is because we have gone through rigorous scientific training that made us skilled in examining scientific evidence and translate that to everyday practice. Nutted Out Nutrition’s dietitians have all studied at university in nutrition for at least 4 years and have continued to study in more specialised areas (so probably more like a minimum of 5 years of nutrition study! As you can imagine that is a lot more than a couple weeks within a personal training course etc).

More than just a nutrition scientist, a Dietitian is also a counselor, coach and a teacher, helping you to understand how the body works, how foods impact on your health, and assisting you to change your habits for good.  We are skilled at translating the most complex science into recommendations personalised to you.

Don’t settle for less, I encourage you to do your research, check  credentials and specialties to make sure you have got the right health professional for your needs.  No matter what your nutrition and health goal is, a Dietitian can get you there.

When people ask why see a dietitian, why can’t people who have just studied a few weeks to a year of nutrition be as good? I always like to answer, “well I do my tax each year- does that make me an accountant”? Just because someone knows some information about nutrition and can memorise facts, doesn’t mean they have the skill or knowledge to scientifically analyse information and then make personalised recommendations.

Remember dietitians love food and nutrition; we are crazy and passionate about it! We want our clients and patients to have as much variety as possible and expand your food options where we can (depending on your medical condition and goal). We like to show what you can eat, not just what you can’t eat! Food is part of life to be enjoyed- let us show you how you can- no matter what your health goal is!

And remember: a dietitian is a nutritionist, but a nutritionist is not a dietitian (we do more training at univeristy for longer)!

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