#Meal_Planning – Why Use A Dietician?

Have you ever wondered how a dietician can simplify your life when it comes to nutrition and healthy eating?

As a dietician we provide food and nutritional information that is scientifically approved and supports and guides people’s decision making to improve their health.

We provide advice on nutrition-related matters for instance what you should be eating if you have an elevated blood cholesterol level or if you have renal disease.

We also provide nutritional guidance for all stages of life and for sports athletes who want to improve performance with nutrition. Dieticians can also modify diets to help manage conditions such as: diabetes, heart disease, overweight and obesity, cancer, food allergies and intolerances.

One of the tools we use is to prescribe a nutrition prescription for each patient, that will meet their individual needs to assist them to achieve their goals. We then create an individually based, customized meal plan on request, according to your preferences, lifestyle, budget, schedule, and more.

The aim of the meal plan is to use it as a guideline to teach our patients what a real portion size should be, what combinations of food can be added together, teach our clients how to get into a routine of eating if they haven’t really been eating, guide them on how to include more plants in their diet and how to get back to the basics of eating for healing.

Each meal plan caters for the reason you came to see the dietician.

The reality is that many of us don’t have the time, energy or money to make gourmet or just normal meals happen. Preparing and cooking meals become stressful, if not an impossible task.

We all know that healthy eating does mean some planning and change, therefore you will need set some time aside for planning and be willing to make changes, but our meal plans should not keep you in the kitchen the entire day and the changes will be according to your pace.

You also need to remember that our eating patters do change as the seasons change, that’s why it is so important to have an open discussion with you dietician about changes or challenges you might experience in your daily life, which will guide us to change, adapt or improve your meal plan where needed. We develop or change at least 2-3 meal plans per person during there journey with us to help guide and support them in their transformation.

When you want an individualised meal plan best suited for your lifestyle, family and condition or disease if any present, contact your nearest dietician. We are here to serve and support you into a healthier you.

Warmest Regards

Your Dietician Team

About the author:

Tanya has been providing dietary guidance since 2009 as a registered dietician licensed in South Africa. Her goal is to help patients understand the connection between diet and diagnosis for improved nutritional well being.

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