How working with a Dietitian in making sustainable food and lifestyle changes can improve your physical and mental health
Well firstly, what is a Dietitian?
A Dietitian is someone who has taken on a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree or (like me) a 2-year Masters. We are registered nutrition specialists who work in partnership with you to make small-stepped changes to alleviate symptoms or manage disease. Changing your food can positively improve your mental health. How? Not only do we look at food, but we consider the following when we work with you;
How Dietitians can help
Unfortunately, as much as I believe in the magic of good quality food to improve health, there is no quick fix. As frustrating as that is, steady changes ensure the improvements last longer. We won’t try to sell you a product with instant effect but create a plan that will fit into your current life.
Whether you have a diagnosis or not, Dietitians can help to identify what is going on! We understand symptoms can negatively impact your quality of life, so we’re there to support you to try relieve these.
Have you been on every diet out there? Tried every tea tox? Compare yourself to everyone on Instagram? We’ve all done it, but Dietitians will provide support and knowledge to improve your health and self-confidence. Whether you are anxious or embarrassed of symptoms, having the support to make accurate changes can offer significant relief for physical health and mental health issues such as low mood and anxiety.
Dietitians show empathy to how challenging it can be but ensure advice is non-judgemental and confidential. The aim is to ensure you feel empowered to take control by providing accurate knowledge and resources.
Dietitians work as part of a team alongside other healthcare professionals such as speech and language therapists to ensure you are seen by the correct person to help you with your most significant needs.
About Eimear Menton – @em_nutrition_
My name is Eimear and I’m Irish but currently living in England studying a master’s in Dietetics! Many people aren’t sure what a Dietitian is and how they can help, so I thought now’s a great chance to spread the word! In September I start second year, which is mainly placement, and I can’t wait. I’m the Student Officer for the British Dietetic Association’s Mental Health Specialist group.
I qualified as a mental health nurse from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2015 and have experience in Ireland and Scotland which has given me invaluable experience. I have also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Food, Nutrition and Health at University College Dublin, which pushed me to continue to try become a Dietitian. Promoting positive relationships with food is SO important and no doubt you Thrivers do too!