Happy Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist Day!
That’s a mouthful! It used to be just RD, now it’s RD or RDN. Consumers have always been confused about what exactly an RD is–and then they changed the name and made either one acceptable.
Yes, that’s even more confusing, but as I always say, “They didn’t ask me…”
So because I assume you are still left wondering, my simple message for National Nutrition Month–Week 2 relates to what an “RD” is:
An RD is a college-educated, internship-trained, national exam-certified nutrition expert. While lifestyle coaches are now a dime a dozen, we are the original lifestyle coaches—but as with any profession, the credentials are only the first box to ✅…
You must seek out an experienced, evidence-based RD with integrity who understands and personalizes an approach to match your needs.
In other words: not all RDs are the same.
Here are some additional criteria to look for in an RD:
✅ Experience and specialization in the area you are seeking help
✅ Evidence-based advice (with citations when appropriate)
✅ Emphasis on a sustainable, non-diet lifestyle approach
✅ Compassionate, non-judgmental communications
✅ Humility and a deference to promising research
✅ Employment of a growth mindset (we are all continually learning)
✅ Minimal bias (especially financial gain from products you buy)
Hope that is helpful. As always, I’m here for your questions!