Eat Right Your Way Every Day

Our eating habits are influenced everyday from the time we get up to the moment we go to sleep. We choose what we want to eat for breakfast, what foods we buy from the grocery store, and what to prepare for special occasions. Our culture, ethnicity, emotional status, and food preferences are just pieces of the puzzle for why we eat and what we eat. No two people are the same so why should our eating habits be? There is no one-size-fits-all type of lifestyle, which is why it is important to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

Whether you’re an athlete, stay at home mom, or busy business executive, eating healthy can become a way of life with the right tools, resources, and guidance. Enter registered dietitians. Registered dietitians (RDs) are your most credible source for reliable nutrition information and can work with you to develop an individualized plan based upon your needs, nutritional goals, and health concerns. RDs can help you with understanding the role nutrition plays in a variety of medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, weight management, sports nutrition, and many more. RDs work in a multitude of capacities including in the hospital setting, school food service, outpatient facilities, nursing homes, military bases…the list goes on and on!

You may find yourself asking the question what is the difference between a RD and a nutritionist? A RD must earn a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, complete an accredited, supervised practice program, and pass a national exam.1 They must also maintain continuing education requirements. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionists” vary. An individual who identifies himself or herself as a nutritionist may not have a bachelor’s degree or have completed an accredited program.1

During National Nutrition Month, try to implement small changes such as choosing a nutritious snack or packing a healthy lunch for work the next day. Small changes can add up to big results and before you know it, you will be achieving your health and nutritional goals! Need some ideas? Check out our pins on Pinterest for healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes or visit www.choosemyplate.gov to find out more information on the five food groups and building a healthy meal.

Heather Shasa MS, RD

References: 1 The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Health Community. Eatright.org