In honour of Dietitians’ Day in Canada, I thought I’d share a bit about this profession I’m so proud to be a part of. Disclaimer: Unlike good nutrition advice, this list is anecdotal, as in, based on my personal experience. I’m sure you can find exceptions, but based on the hundreds of dietitians I’ve had the honour and pleasure of working with, here are 18 things you might not know about us:
- We eat ice cream. Without guilt. But not every day.
- We are passionate about food and nutrition.
- And have at least one degree in it.
- We cook. A lot.
- But we’re not above the occasional shortcut. Canned beans, frozen fruit, and even store-bought chicken stock might be found in a dietitian’s pantry near you.
- And we love a good restaurant meal too. But definitely not every day.
- We have the BEST potlucks.
- We are also nutritionists. (But not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. Check credentials.)
- We eat pasta. And other gluten-containing foods, unless we have a medical reason not to.
- Dairy too. (Except vegans, of which there are a few).
- We eat our vegetables. (Some stereotypes are true.)
- We bring lunch or snacks when we’re away from home.
- We won’t make you eat kale. (We won’t make you eat anything. We’re here to support you in achieving your health goals.)
- We’re regulated by provincial colleges, just like registered nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. That means ongoing professional education and ethical, evidence-based conduct.
- We won’t give you a hard time or judge you if your diet isn’t perfect. Perfection isn’t the goal.
- Same thing if it’s a disaster. No worries. That’s what we’re here for. We get that healthy eating can be a challenge.
- Our services are covered by many insurance plans. Check with your benefits department.
- We don’t put butter in our coffee. No, not even grass-fed butter. Seriously people.
(My sweet husband, who is a marketing/communications guru, says you should have nice round numbers for your lists, like 7 or 10, but once I got going with this, I got 18. So there it is. Sorry, honey.)
Happy #DietitiansDay, and happy #NutritionMonth!
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