A Day in the Life of a Dietitian

Anna Cortesi Interview

“A dietitian needs to be an example to the people surrounding them and most importantly, their clients. In other words, the saying “practice what you preach” fits perfectly to any question.”

My interview for Vestnik Kipra magazine – A Day in the Life of a Dietitian

 

Q: How difficult is being a dietitian?

A: A dietitian’s work can not only be difficult, but challenging at times. Most of the time, it is enjoyable, interesting and best of all, fulfilling. Let’s just say that being a dietitian is only a little difficult, at times.

 

Q:  What do dietitians do?

A:  Dietitians help people who seek professional advice about their health, certain foods and nutritional diseases. This is where we play an important role in health promotion, without being biased. We are able to explain complex ideas about the science of nutrition in a simplified manner, allowing our clients the ability to make informed and educated decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.

 

Q: What is the hardest part of your work?

A: With all new theories and fad diets coming out capturing people’s attention, it’s difficult to keep our clients interested in healthier and scientifically proven diet plans that we have been taught about and recommend.  Although as a dietitian I may explain the benefits of eating properly, in general, people want to see miraculous results, instantly! What they do not know is that this can be detrimental to one’s health, and although the results may be instantaneous, they will not last because the eating plans were not realistic in the first place.

 

Q: Do you develop specific nutrition plans for everyone?

A: Each person is different, from the way that their mind works, to their entire bodies. Allergies, hormones, pregnancy, stress and basic metabolism all affect the outcome. This is where a dietitian can encounter difficulties. A specific diet plan may not work the same as it does for another individual and may take an extended period of time to help the patient, once many factors are ruled out like blood tests, clinical conditions and daily lifestyle.

 

Q: Being a superior in the subject of nutrition and health, requires a dietitian to always be in good shape. This must be difficult, right?

A: Absolutely! A dietitian needs to be an example to the people surrounding them and most importantly, their clients. In other words, the saying “practice what you preach” fits perfectly to your question. Of course, it does become difficult to always be the example of perfection at all times. Dietitians are humans too, with cravings and downfalls. In the world we live in today, with sweets and processed, unhealthy foods being on the rise, it is important to allow a little indulgence every now and then. The key here, is of course, moderation.

However, no matter what, dietitians are the only real nutrition experts who have the professional knowledge and ability to help and treat their patients in the most effective way possible.

 

Best of Health,

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