I haven’t even finished my degree and I’m already getting the infamous question….
“Should I see a nutritionist or dietician?” and the subtle difference, “what’s the difference between you and a dietitian?”
We both need to be ‘accredited,’ whether it’s an accredited practising dietitian (APD) or an accredited nutritionist (AN). A number of health professionals such as naturopaths and personal trainers with human nutrition knowledge can call themselves a ‘nutritionist’ where they may have completed as little as a 6 week nutrition course. An accredited practising dietitian (APD) or accredited nutritionist (AN) must have completed a minimum of 4 years university degree.
So what does a nutritionist do?…
Nutritionists have expertise in a range of services including public health nutrition, community health and tertiary education related to nutrition. Nutritionists may design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a range of population health interventions to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities and the population as a whole, through better food and nutrition.
Dietitians may work in many of the same settings as Nutritionists, such as public health and community nutrition, research and teaching, food industry and nutrition marketing and communications. However, Dietitians are also qualified to work with hospitals and the medical nutrition industry.
To simplify it we are both very similar and can do similar things within practice. I will just not be able to work within a hospital setting. But I will still have the medication knowledge and interactions.
The bad fats:
Trans Fat – Occurs in foods naturally. but mainly found in oils through a food processing method call partial hydrogenation. meaning the oil becomes easier to cook with. This type of fat can increase unhealthy LDL cholesterol and lower healthy HDL cholesterol. FOUND IN: Chips, pastries, doughnuts, biscuits, muffins, cakes, pies, margarine, fried foods (French fries, fried chicken)
Saturated fats – Generally this comes from animal sources such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Saturated fat raises total blood cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular and type 2 diabetes. FOUND IN: Butter, cheese, ice cream, palm and coconut oil, lard, whole- fat dairy, High fat cuts of meat. chicken with the skin, fast food.
The good fats:
Mono-unsaturated fats – Found in a variety of foods and oils. eating monounsaturated fats improves blood cholesterol levels and can regulate insulin levels controlling blood sugar regulation. FOUND IN: Olive oil, peanut oil, canola oils, sesame oil, avocados, olives, nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, pecans cashews)
Polyunsaturated fats – This is the fats found mostly in plant based foods and oils. This type of fat will improve blood cholesterol levels. most common polyunsaturated fat is Omega 3. FOUND IN: walnuts, flaxseeds, soybean oil, sunflower seeds, eggs, sesame seeds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, tofu, fatty fish (Salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout and sardines)
**A good fat can become bad if heat, light, or oxygen damages it. Polyunsaturated fats are the most fragile. Oils that are high in polyunsaturated fats (such as flaxseed oil) must be refrigerated and kept in an opaque container. Cooking with these oils also damages the fats. Never use oils, seeds, or nuts after they begin to smell or taste rank or bitter.**
Endorphins are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. Generally triggered by stress and pain endorphins can also be triggered by exercise, childbirth, acupuncture, Pilates, yoga and tai chi. why not give yoga or Pilates a go this weekend.
Did you know there are approximately 20 different kinds of endorphins?