So, what does a Nutritionist do? Many people still don’t know. And how do Nutritionists compare to Dieticians? And what are some examples of cases that I have helped with in my decade long career of being a Nutritionist?
What does a Nutritionist do?
Nutritionists go to school for up to two years, depending on whether they are in the full-time or part-time program. All they study is food and the body. It is a very intensive program yet at the end of it, they still don’t know all there is to know about nutrition; there is so much to know!
I believe that every person can benefit from seeing a Nutritionist, unless you have done a lot of research yourself on how to feed your family healthily. It is particularly important to see a Nutritionist if you believe your child has an issue with food. I now know that the first person I should have taken my daughter, Taylor, to when she was in so much pain (with constipation from adverse food reactions) was a Nutritionist. Unfortunately, like most people, I didn’t know that we needed one. I thought our family was eating healthy foods. In fact, I was wrong. In addition, I learned that healthy foods for one person could be completely unhealthy for another.
The job of a Nutritionist is to help you identify and eliminate any health issues that your child is experiencing by recognizing symptoms. If they believe your child needs further testing or help, Nutritionists will recommend you to other complementary practitioners.
Nutritionists can help you detect food sensitivities/allergies or nutritional deficiencies and then assist you in devising a plan to change your child’s diet. If you determine the foods to which your child reacts and your findings include one of the major food groups, such as dairy and wheat, you might ask yourself, “What can I feed my child?” A Nutritionist will teach you exactly what to feed your child, what the alternatives are and ensure that your child does not miss out on any important nutrients. They will even supply you with recipes and books to assist you, so that you do not need to do any of your own research if you don’t want to!
Again, in choosing a Nutritionist, you will want to make an appointment with someone that has been recommended to you. One that has his or her own children would also be best, as children do have different interests and requirements, when it comes to food and nutrition, than adults do. You may often find that Nutritionists, who are also mothers, became Nutritionists because of issues they were trying to get to the bottom of with their own children.
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician?
A dietician knows a lot about food and is linked with the medical field. They are usually recommended by doctors and often work in hospitals. They are big proponents of dairy, along with other foods that have been proven to present health challenges for the majority of people. Dieticians also do not have training in nutritional supplements and natural remedies. Many dieticians are now calling themselves Nutritionists, so make sure you understand the distinction between the two professions.
Children I have helped as a Nutritionist
It is through my knowledge of food, supplements, food sensitivity testing and life coaching that I have had the privilege of helping so many children recover from symptoms and conditions over the years. Many Nutritionists could share similiar stories as to how they have helped others. Here are a few of the children that I have worked with:
- Certainly, helping one teen overcome major depression that had him living in his parents’ basement for 5 years, on three major drugs, not completing high school or acquiring his driver’s license had to have been one of my largest achievements. I will never forget when he showed up for his final appointment, driving his mother, after having just acquired his driver’s license the week before. He is now at Georgian College studying how to help other teens overcome depression.
- I have helped children with Autism and ADD considerably reduce their symptoms. One boy was not able to ride a bike because his concentration was so poor; he is thoroughly enjoying riding his bike this summer!
- One child simply came to me for food sensitivity testing. His parents took him off the foods that showed up as problematic for him and he is now off his puffer.
- One girl was throwing up small amounts, up to ten times an hour, all day long. It was her digestive system that needed healing. She is now on the road to recovery.
- Another girl was having major weight issues. By eliminating three food groups and going on a cleanse, she is now approaching her ideal weight.
- One child had been diagnosed with anxiety disorder at the age of 6. Through food sensitivity testing, dietary changes and just 2 coaching sessions, her anxiety diminished significantly.
I have helped children overcome eczema and rashes, chronic ear infections, recurring colds and congestion, colic, constipation, diarrhea, behavioural challenges, poor sleeping, food sensitivities and allergies, and more.
When I teach future Nutritionists pediatric nutrition, I share these stories with them so that they can see how powerful our work can be and come to believe in the difference each of them can make in the life of another. I remain overcome with gratitude for my girls in sending me in the direction of helping others heal, for there is nothing I would rather be doing with my life.
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