You’ve likely heard the old saying “you are what you eat”, and it most certainly is an accurate statement when it comes to maintaining optimal health and wellness. So much of our mental and physical health is directly correlated with what we are putting into our bodies. With our bodies being the miraculous mechanisms they are, it’s no wonder that they let us know almost instantly when something is off. If something isn’t quite right and balanced in your body, it may give you a red flag through some of the following signs:

  • Headaches or “brain fog” 
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Mental and physical fatigue 
  • Inability to concentrate 
  • Hormonal imbalances 
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Digestive issues 
  • Weight gain 
  • Inflammation 

Of course, we may all feel these symptoms from time to time. But, if you are finding that you’re experiencing a number of ailments and they’re drastically affecting your day-to-day life, it may be a sign that you’re experiencing some intolerances to food. It’s no question that each of our bodies is very different. What might work really well for
one might have the opposite effect for another. You might really agree with meat and dairy as part of your regular diet, while your friends may run into some serious digestive or hormonal issues. Each person’s journey with nutrition is unique, which is why working with a dietician one-on-one can be extremely beneficial when it comes to finding what
works best for you!

What is a dietician?

Dietitians, similar to a doctor or a nurse, are provincially regulated health care professionals. They have the proper credentials and training under their belt that qualify them to be a reliable source of knowledge when it comes to your health and nutrition.

Whether you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, getting ready for pregnancy or worried about your blood sugar levels, a dietitian will work with you to find the support you need.

working with a dietician
A healthy, colourful, plant based meal is a perfect example of the type of meal a dietician would recommend!

Not only do dietitians contain a wealth of information surrounding what foods suit your body best, but they also work with you to get to the root of your potential ailments surrounding food. Isn’t that so much better than simply putting on a band-aid solution to cover up the deeper issue at hand?

If this sounds like something that would benefit you, read on to learn more about some of the deeper reasons why working with a dietitian can be so beneficial.

To clear up confusion around nutrition.

There is undoubtedly a whole world of information floating about out there around what foods we “should” be putting into our bodies. With the ever-changing fad diet, information from unverified sources sweeping the web and some of the major changes in how food is grown, processed and cooked – it’s no wonder our poor bodies and minds are left confused distorted over what’s best for us! With the help of a dietitian’s well-rounded knowledge and credentials, they are able to debunk some of the myths surrounding food. They will get to the facts by providing you with accurate information surrounding nutrients, calories, allergies, ingredients and much more.

You suffer from inflammation or digestive issues.

Certainly, we can all agree that everyone wants to feel optimal health both physically and mentally. When certain issues come up in the body that keeps us from feeling our best, it can be quite discouraging, to say the least. If you’ve ever suffered from inflammation or poor digestion, you can likely attest that it’s far from comfortable and can keep you from living a high quality of life. Inflammation to a degree is necessary for our bodies to heal infections, clear out toxins or support an injury. However, too much inflammation can cause an array of issues that can drastically affect one’s health. Anything from disruptions in the gastrointestinal tract to chronic pain and fatigue can occur when too much inflammation exists in the body. A dietitian can help identify some of the foods you may be eating that are contributing to inflammation and find a meal plan that works for you in reversing some of the more harmful effects!

You want to feel better overall.

Perhaps you’re just a curious and health-minded individual who is looking to increase your overall sense of vitality – and that’s more than enough reason on its own to consider a nutritional assessment! Living a healthy lifestyle is a practice and requires that we remain proactive rather than reactive to issues as they arise. Having your nutrition assessed by a dietitian will help you to stay ahead of the curve and on top of your well-being. By finding what foods work best for your optimal performance, you can stay on top of your physical health, while reaping the rewards of
feeling more energized, clear and happy overall!

Taking your own health and wellness into your own hands will also make you feel empowered and inspired to continue living a healthy lifestyle, and the results will speak volumes!

Do you think you would benefit from having your nutrition assessed?

It’s certainly no question that working with a licensed professional can create many positive results for your overall physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re seeking to live a more energized, balanced and joyous life overall, consider working with one of our dietitians to have your nutrition assessed. At Crossroads Collective, we have a team of registered dietitians who would be more than happy to support you on your journey. Book an appointment with us any day of the week to get started.

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