Dietitians, to the rescue!

Dietitians, to the rescue!

August 3, 2020

If you find it challenging to eat right, you’re not alone. When meal planning is tough to prioritize, remember there’s help out there for a healthy diet. If you need advice about your car, you talk to a mechanic. When there’s a problem with your teeth, you see a dentist. When you injure your foot, you go to a podiatrist. We seek professionals’ help all the time because they are experts in their fields. So what if you are unsure about your diet?

A registered dietitian (RD) is an expert on food and nutrition, and can be your go-to with questions about the best way to fuel your body, like:

  • Which diet is the best?
  • How can I change my diet to lose weight?
  • What is the best oil to cook with?
  • What are probiotics and prebiotics?
  • Is dairy good for me or not?

The questions are endless and can feel overwhelming! Dietitians are educated to provide answers—and more. Diet is so important to our overall health, and dietitians can provide nutrition advice for both preventing and treating disease. Let’s take a look at how you can benefit from working with a Teladoc RD.

Planning meals

If your life is a series of decisions you make, then your health is the series of bites you take. Without question, what we eat impacts the quality of our lives. Some foods simply do not support our health. When we regularly eat processed foods that are high in fat and low on nutrients, they will wreak havoc in the body and send us on the path toward debilitating disease.

On the other hand, there are many foods that nourish us—like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, and whole grains—that allow our bodies to thrive. A registered dietitian can help bring these nourishing foods into your life with planning and consistency to yield remarkable results. If you fly by the seat of your pants every day, it’s much harder to make positive diet choices. After all, the most convenient foods are often the least healthy.

People who plan their meals are less likely to be obese and more likely to have a varied diet that meets nutrition recommendations.1 An RD can tailor your meal plan perfectly to you, ensuring you get the proper ratio of macronutrients (fats, protein, carbohydrates), micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) and phytonutrients. It’s easiest to build meals around the foods you already enjoy, using the time and tools you already have. A Teladoc dietitian is here to help you make the most of these resources.

Meeting health metrics

Imagine this: Your doctor’s reviewing the results of recent bloodwork, and your blood pressure is high. She recommends making some diet changes to lose weight and lower your numbers. But where do you begin? And what do complicated values like “A1C” even mean? (It’s a marker for blood sugar.)

A dietitian, at the crossroad of food and health, is highly qualified to help you. She understands how the two are related and how her knowledge can lead to positive changes in your eating habits. An RD can look at your test results, answer your questions, discuss your routines, and work with you to reach your goals to improve these markers and your overall health. Targeted nutrition therapy provided by a dietitian has proven more effective in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors, A1C, body fat percentage and waist circumference.2

Imagine finding joy in healthy eating and tasting success! With well-rounded support—from meal planning to targeted nutrition therapy for health metrics, to addressing the mental and emotional side of diet and lifestyle changes—dietitians are trained to treat the whole person, metrics and beyond.

Getting motivated

With endless demands on our time, it’s common to feel worn out or unmotivated to take on a new project. You are not alone in this. Lack of motivation is a real challenge, but not insurmountable. Others overcome barriers, and so can you! Teladoc dietitians can be the boost you need to move in the right direction.

We’re trained in counseling techniques based on the ideas of partnership, non-judgment and compassion. It’s effective in bringing about behavior changes associated with positive health outcomes including weight loss, dietary modification, physical activity and smoking cessation, and has even been effective with kids.3 We take the time to ask, “What concerns you most about your health?” and “How do you think making this change would improve your life?” Dietitians can help pinpoint personal motivators for making positive changes, offering both accountability and a listening ear for your unique situation, experiences and challenges.

Don’t put off positive change any longer. If your health has taken a back seat to work, caring for family, or other demands, you’re not clearly seeing the importance of nutrition. Through Teladoc, it’s never been easier: Our network of 150+ expert registered dietitians will customize a nutrition plan and help you meet your personal health goals. Get advice from an expert you choose from the comfort of home where you can make an appointment seven days a week by phone or video from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Start improving your health today by taking that first important step.

References

1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5288891/
2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5889846/
3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4379459/

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