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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGISTERED DIETITIAN AND A NUTRITIONIST?

A dietitian must complete a bachelor's degree, ususally in human nutrition and dietetics from a school with a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Additionally required is completion of a yearlong internship in nutrition and dietetics. A registered dietitian (RD or RDN) is a nutritionist who has been credentialed by passing the national exam given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon credentially, continuing education (CE) is required for the entire time of practicing, to maintain this registration, as are adherence to standards of practice and ethics.  It is illegal to advertise oneself as a "Dietitian", without credentialing by The Commission on Dietetic Registration.  A considerable number of RD's and RDN's have advanced degrees and specializing specific areas of medical nutrition therapy and disease prevention.

The label or title of Nutritionist in unregulated and unqualifies and can be adopted by anyone regardless of specific training or qualifications or standards of practice or ethics. 


WHAT SHOULD ONE EXPECT FROM A CONSULTATION WITH A DIETITIANS' EXCHANGE,LLC?  WHAT DOES THE VISIT ENTAIL  AND WHY IS THE VISIT SO LENGTHY? HOW OFTEN IS ONE SEEN?

The initial visit includes an interview to enable assessment of your nutritional status, education on what is happening in the body based upon this status and a personally designed Medical Nutrition Therapy (scientifically based) meal plan, that provides for your specific nutritional needs, considers your personal preferences and lifestyle, and supports your optimum health.  Personal pattern changing recommendations to support goal achievement are identfied and provided. 

Since plans are individualized follow up depends on specific needs and will be discussed and decided upon at the time of the initial consult.


WILL I RECEIVE INJECTIONS OR PILLS FOR WEIGHT LOSS; WILL I HAVE TO BUY SPECIAL FOODS?  

The DIET ALTERNATIVE is a scientifically based, personally designed, meal regimen focused on mindful eating with 25 + years of success in supporting significant weight loss and optimizing health through whole food, wellness nutrition, without pills or shots.  Historically, weight loss while on treatments with medications have limited success, confined to the term of their use with significant rebound weight loss often exceeding one's original weight upon starting them. 

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