October 12, 2021

6 Questions to Ask A Dietitian

We understand that it takes courage to go see and ask questions to a dietitian (aka: RD or RDN) about your diet. It’s personal, vulnerable, and might feel like a GIANT step to commit to. But you are thinking about it and, like a sensible person who utilizes Google to prepare for everything, you have landed here. Welcome! Now let me walk you through some questions to ask your dietitian during your first visit or discovery call. 

 

Questions to ask a dietitian: Personal Journey

#1. What is your philosophy on nutrition?

We all have different experiences with food and wellness. Some people have grown up in a house where eating everything on your plate is mandatory. Some people have learned to stay away from specific foods and never eat past 8:00 pm. Some people believe that the strict structure of meal plans provided by a dietitian is the solution to their nutritional problems.

We may all look for something different when it comes to seeking the help of a dietitian. For this reason, ask about what your dietitian believes in and how they work with their own clients. You don’t want to commit to something and then realize that the plan of action is not something you feel comfortable with. 

Let me give you a specific example. Here at Nutriving, we strongly do not believe in meal plans and we do not provide them for our clients. We believe that your choices in food and drinks are wonderfully personal. We believe that food may affect your body differently compared to others, which makes YOU the expert of YOUR body– not the dietitian.

That is our philosophy. You may or may not be looking for this approach. It is imperative for you to feel like you’re making the right decision when choosing to work with a dietitian. So ask away!

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#2. This is my history with nutrition. Can we work together?

There are too many factors that might have influenced your decision to seek the help of a dietitian. The history behind your health journey is a massively important part of the conversation. 

  • You might feel very anxious about weighing in or talking about your weight.
  • You might have a history of extreme restrictive eating or binging.
  • You might have a complex relationship with your body and shame is the primary driver. 
  • You might have health concerns that you have discussed with your doctor that this brought you to consider some nutritional help. 
  • You might have allergies and feel afraid to eat anything.
  • You might have sought help in this department and had a horrible experience.

 

All of those reasons relate to a deeper conversation that you might need to have with your dietitian. Feeling safe with your new health guide is imperative for any meaningful change. The space of nutrition and health may be a challenging topic for you and your mental health is part of overall health.

Honesty and clear communication is very important.

 

Questions to ask a dietitian: Patterns of Meals and Drinks

#3. Based on my pattern of meals and drinks, am I missing anything?

Dietitians are uniquely qualified to analyze your diet and give you personalized nutrition advice. Depending on your age, gender, medical history, and meals consumed (or lack of), you might be missing some essential macro or micronutrients

For example, if you follow a Vegan or Vegetarian diet, your dietitian might be looking for any potential deficiencies of specific vitamins or inadequate protein intake. You might experience heavy bleeding during your menstrual period and you might be at risk of iron-deficiency anemia. Or you might be reaching an age where calcium intake becomes an imperative part of an overall healthy diet.

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