A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or RDN, is someone who received a degree in dietetics, completed a dietetic internship and passed a registration exam. Dietitians take classes on human anatomy, metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, food science, and quite a few hard science classes.
(as opposed to seeking nutrition advice elsewhere) An RDN is trained in the hard sciences (including biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology). This in depth science training is paired with education on metabolism, food science and nutrition counseling. RDNs are the best prepared professionals to help you assess your nutrition issues and make recommendations to improve your health through food.
MPH stands for Masters in Public Health. A public health degree focuses on population level health trends and behaviors. Rachel’s MPH focused on Health Behavior and Health Education.
I typically work with clients who are struggling to manage their weight or chronic disease. I also work with people who are seeking to better their overall wellness through eating healthier.
I do not believe in fad dieting or eliminating whole food groups. There may be some instances in which your chronic disease or health issue requires you to reduce or eliminate some foods (e.g. due to drug interactions). Other than that, I tend to not prescribe diets. I will, however, encourage you to take a look at your eating behaviors as a whole and suggest small changes that can greatly impact your health in the long run.
At our first appointment, I will take time to learn about your health history, your current food habits, and your overall health and nutrition goals. From there we will work together to create a plan to help you meet your goals.
The healthy way to lose weight is typically not fast. The speed of weight loss is different for everyone (due to age, sex, current weight, and current eating behaviors). If you are interested in losing weight, we will work together to create a healthy plan to do so.
Generally speaking, I feel that most foods can fit into a healthy diet. I’m a believer in eating real, whole foods (basically foods that aren’t processed and found in a box).