First of all, if you are starting the journey to find the a Registered Dietitian for you, congratulations on starting your journey! Finding a nutritionist that is the right fit for your needs and goals can be tricky but worthwhile.
When it comes to finding the right dietitian, how do you know where to start? Do you ask friends for referrals or look online? And once you find someone, what should you look for in a good dietitian-client relationship? Read on for tips on how to find the right registered dietitians for your needs and goals.
Finding the a registered dietitian can be overwhelming. You may not even know where to start! But don’t worry – we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll give you some tips on how to find a dietitian who is a good fit for you and your needs. Keep reading for more information.
The term Dietitian is a protected title just like nurse, pharmacist, psychologist, and physician. All Dietitians in Canada must complete an approved university degree, an internship program, pass the national registration exam, and become registered in at least 1 province to work as a Registered Dietitian. All Dietitians in Canada would have extremely similar educations (at least to start their careers).
In British Columbia, only those who have been have been to an accredited university, internship program, passed a national exam, and registered with the BC regulatory body are able to use the title Dietitian. Whereas anyone can use the term Nutritionist. Whereas, in Alberta, Dietitians and Nutritionists are both protected designations and only Dietitians can call themselves Nutritionists. However, it’s not the same case in every province!
If you want to work with a Registered Dietitian and you are speaking with a Nutritionist, make sure you clarify whether they are a Dietitian or not.
For example, I have a special interest in women’s health such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, building healthy relationships with food, and sustainable weight loss. I often provide PCOS nutrition counseling for women in British Columbia.
You may not know this but Dietitians practice in numerous areas of nutrition such as:
If you don’t have a specific nutrition goal in mind, you might not need to worry about finding someone who specializes in a particular area!
Do you prefer in-person appointments?
Do you prefer to see a Dietitian online?
Do you prefer private and personalized nutrition?
Are you more motivated when working with others?
4. Take a look at their blogs & social media!
You can get a good idea of whether you’ll like them by looking at their blogs and social media accounts. You may be able to tell if you will vibe with them just from watching the videos online, so take advantage!
Just as an FYI – Dietitians in Canada cannot post testimonials from clients so that is not something you can find online!
This is my favourite suggestion to find a Registered Dietitian that is right for you! Before you purchase a package or an initial consultation, sign up for a free consult call!
During this nutrition consultation, listen for the following:
If you have questions or you’re looking to find out more ways you can better manage your nutrition, our first consultation call is always free.
You can find out what to expect even before you make that call by checking out my summary of the process.