dietitian and patient going over a nutrition label

Even if you are a pretty independent person, everyone needs help sometimes. For instance, if you want or need to make a change in your diet, you should talk with a dietitian! Why? Check out these seven scenarios this professional would come in handy!

You Have a Food Allergy.

Having a food allergy can be more complicated than simply avoiding that specific food. You have to look at ingredients, know if that food is typically processed in the same facility or could come in contact with the product you’re buying. A dietitian has an extensive knowledge of food and how it comes to you and can help you steer clear of unsafe products.

You Have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, or High Cholesterol.

Preventing or improving health conditions requires adjustments to your diet. Whether you need to avoid sodium, triglycerides, or sugar, your dietitian can help you understand which foods are off limits, which can be enjoyed in moderation, and which can help you head in the right direction for your health.

You Have a Digestive Issue.

Crohn’s or Colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other problems can be managed through your diet in addition to treatment with your physician. A dietitian is well aware of potential triggers for diarrhea, heart burn, cramping, and other unpleasant symptoms. They can help you avoid beverages and foods that will cause you discomfort.

You Want to Lose Weight Safely and Effectively.

Fads and gimmicks come and go, but certain principles for losing weight stay pretty consistent. Your dietitian can give you the information you need to select foods that will help you shed excess weight in a healthy way and keep it off for the long term.

You Want to Learn Nutrition Skills.

To the layperson, a nutrition label can seem intimidating or confusing. A dietitian can teach you how to interpret this information and know what you’re choosing to put into your body. In addition, this professional can guide you through the process of creating a weekly meal plan and specific grocery list, so you reduce unhealthy, impulse buys at the store. With these skills, you can make smarter, better choices.

You Have a Picky Eater.

Many kids, and even some adults, struggle to expand their tastes for new food, but a dietitian can give you plenty of advice for making new experiences possible, positive, and exciting for your picky eater.

You Want to Save Money or Have a More Sustainable Diet.

At first glance, it may seem that healthy, responsibly sourced foods are substantially more expensive than alternatives, but there are ways to make nutritious, greener foods more affordable. A dietitian can give you guidance and suggestions that match up your food selection with your budget and morals.

Ultimately, this professional is a valuable resource you should take advantage of so that you can live a higher quality of life and still enjoy foods you love and that will love you right back!

About the Practice

At AlignRight Chiropractic, we are privileged to have a registered dietitian nutritionist on staff. Janel Kobza-Chukhman has about 20 years of nutrition counseling experience and earned her degree from Texas A&M University. She finds great satisfaction in helping patients achieve their health goals. To schedule an appointment with our dietitian, you can contact our Richardson office online or call 972-907-2800.

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