The Nutrition Academy: Introduction

The Nutrition Academy: Introduction

Overview

We will cover the following topics:

  • The job of a nutritionist
  • Skills needed 
  • Potential Client Groups
  • What makes a healthy diet?
  • Understanding food labels
  • Understanding RDA’s (Recommended Daily Allowances)

 

Introduction

Now more than ever, nutritional consultants are becoming a necessity for children, teens, adults and elderly.

Obesity is at an all-time high. More and more citizens are eating fast foods or eating out at restaurants that serve larger and larger portions.

There is less focus on home-cooked meals with lots of vegetables which contain healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates and more nutrients.

Nutritional advisors are necessary to help inform the public how to eat and cook foods that are healthy. Which contain atleast the recommended daily allowances of nutrients. 

Some medical conditions require the aid of a nutritionist to work in conjunction with doctors, nurses and other specialist.

Nutritionists can use the latest in nutritional information to help support better management of many conditions. 

There are scores of medical conditions in which diet plays a role and with which, as a nutritionist, you can help.

Ethics and Safety 

A word about ethics and safety. It is of paramount importance that you always consider safety when dealing with any client.

Remember, you are not a doctor and only doctors are legally allowed to make diagnosis. 

NEVER advise a client to give up their medication. You will need to be aware of “red flag” conditions that necessitate immediate referral to a doctor. 

These include:

  • Severe Depression
  • Breathing Difficulties 
  • Heart problems 
  • Bleeding of any nature
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Vomitting
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Any acute allergic reaction 

 

Remember nutritionists generally deal with mild chronic conditions such as the management of weight problems or food intolerance’s. 

Nutrition as Science

Nutrition is an evolving science and like all sciences new discoveries bring about changes in recommendations. So it is very important to keep reading and researching, even when you finish a nutrition course. 

You will find that not all experts agree about nutritional recommendations. Official guidelines are likely to vary from cutting edge discoveries. This is normal. 

Enjoy exploring the fascinating subject. There are many resources on the internet and in local libraries. Always remember when you are researching something to check the quality of your resources.

For example, do they have any scientific references or is this just a non expert’s blog?

Any commercial resource is likely to contain some bias.

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