Nutrition is a key aspect of our health with 1 in 5 people needing to follow a special diet. That’s where a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) comes in. They provide sound, evidence-based nutrition information and create individualized meal plans to help people make positive lifestyle changes.
If you have a chronic disease or just want to improve your eating habits, nutrition counseling may be the right choice for you.
What Is Nutrition Counseling?
Nutrition counseling is a process in which a trained professional works with you one-on-one to help you make healthier choices and develop better eating habits.
A nutrition counselor will:
1. Help you understand how the food you eat affects your health
2. Work with you to set goals for making healthier choices
3. Help you create a plan for changing your eating habits
4. Provide support and motivation to help you stick to your plan
5. Monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments to your plan
What Does Nutrition Counseling Help With?
Nutrition counseling can help with a variety of chronic health conditions, such as:
High Blood Pressure
A nutrition counselor can help you lower your blood pressure by helping you make changes to your diet. These changes may consist of eating more fruits and vegetables, cutting back on sodium, and avoiding processed foods.
If you have high cholesterol, a nutrition counselor can help make suggestions on how to lower your cholesterol levels. They may suggest making changes to your diet, such as eating more fiber-rich foods, eating less saturated and trans fats, and adding more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.
If you have diabetes, nutrition counseling can help you manage your blood sugar levels. A nutrition counselor can teach you about healthy eating and portion control. They may also recommend that you make changes to your diet, such as eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting back on refined carbohydrates.
One of the best ways to lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke is through diet. A nutrition counselor will help you create a personalized diet plan that includes heart-healthy foods. This plan may include eating more fish, nuts, and seeds; eating less saturated and trans fats; and adding more fiber to your diet.
Gastrointestinal problems, such as celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can make it difficult to digest certain foods. Through nutrition counseling, you can learn which foods to avoid and how to create a diet that is easy on your digestive system.
Kidney disease or chronic kidney disease (CKD) can make it difficult for your body to process certain nutrients. A nutrition counselor can help you create a diet plan that includes foods that are easy on your kidneys and help you get the nutrients you need.
Do You Need Nutrition Counseling for Kidney Disease?
If you are struggling to manage your CKD, nutrition counseling can help you. At Texas Kidney Institute, we have nutrition counselors who can provide you with the support and resources you need to make long-term changes to your diet and eating habits.
For more information about our nutrition counseling services, contact us today.