Sometimes eating the right foods isn’t as easy as we would like it to be. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain weight, get on a healthy track for your life or a specific event like a race or competition, how do you know you’re eating the right foods to properly fuel your body?

There are a lot of options out there including working with a registered dietitian. They can provide all kinds of tips and tools to customize a plan that fits your lifestyle.

SSMI Registered Dietitians Chrissy Barth and Rachel Masser talked about some of the benefits:

>Registered Dietitians can help clients develop, prioritize, and achieve their nutrition and wellness goals in a supportive manner.

>Registered Dietitians can teach clients how to plan and prepare meals in a simple, healthy and convenient way.

>Each one of us is made uniquely and therefore each one of us has individualized needs when it comes to food and nutrition.  In addition, these food and nutrition needs change over the span of our lifetime.  Working with a registered dietitian empowers individuals to understand their unique food and nutrition needs and build a customized plan just for them.

>Many of us tend to be reactive instead of proactive when it comes to our health.  We wait for something to not feel right or be wrong and then go to the doctor.  There are often nutrition and lifestyle behaviors that can prevent or, at minimum, delay the onset of chronic conditions like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.  Working with a registered dietitian is important when it comes to healthy aging and quality of life because they educate patients on nutrition and lifestyle behaviors that promote health.  In addition, registered dietitians can empower patients with chronic conditions to manage those conditions through food and lifestyle to minimize the use of medications and maximize quality of life.

>Working with a registered dietitian is important because they are the true nutrition experts. Anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist,” but not everyone can call themselves a registered dietitian and legally practice medical nutrition therapy.  Patients can feel confident that by working with a registered dietitian they’re with a person who has completed years of nutrition education as well as a rigorous dietetic internship. This is where registered dietitians are required to complete a minimum of 75 CEUs every five years to stay up to date on the most recent evidenced based nutrition recommendations.

If interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment with Chrissy or Rachel, call the office at 480-664-4615.