- Nutrition Counseling
- Emotional Health
- Weight Management
- Disordered Eating
- Pediatric Nutrition
Nutrition counseling is an ongoing process in which a Registered Dietitian (RD) works with an individual to assess his or her usual dietary intake and identify areas where change is needed. The nutrition counselor provides information, educational materials, support, and follow-up to help the individual make and maintain the needed dietary changes.
The goal of nutrition counseling is to help a person make and maintain necessary dietary changes to treat or prevent diseases, and promote overall health and wellness.
What is a Registered Dietitian (RD)?
A Registered Dietitian is someone who has completed a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a one year internship program that is accredited with the American Dietetic Association. They maintain their credentials with the Commission on Dietetic Registration annually by taking continuing medical education hours and paying annual dues. Only Registered Dietitians can be licensed as “Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN)” in the State of North Carolina.
How is a RD different than a Nutritionist?
Essentially they can be two in the same if the “nutritionist” is also a RD. If the nutritionist is not an RD then there in not a governing body that subsides over them to ensure that they are ethically practicing nutrition education to the public. The registration and licensing provides protection to the public from harmful nutrition practice.
Our Registered Dietitians at the Charlotte Center for Balanced Living are also specialists in eating disorders and hold special certifications in Pediatric Nutrition and Adult Weight Management by the American Dietetic Association.
Our Dietitians understand the struggle between food and emotions. They can help you identify thoughts and process that can trigger either over or under -eating. For people with emotional disorders, dietary change may be needed to promote healthier eating, to adopt a therapeutic diet, or to avoid nutrient-drug interactions.
Specific and balanced meal plan and guidelines are provided along with extensive nutrition counseling to help you achieve your weight management goals.
Specific guidelines are given for athletes and their increased metabolic need for energy and various nutrients to excel in their given sport.
Nutrition education is provided for a large spectrum of pediatric disorders, these include but are not limited to: obesity, food allergies, colic, celiac disease, failure to thrive, food hording, hypertension, diabetes, hypercholestrolemia, growth failure and gastrointestinal dysfunctions.
Food allergies or intolerances, prevention of seasonal allergies and skin disorders.
Nutrition education provided for moms to be or new moms on the requirements for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Carbohydrate counting education is provided and explained to help you achieve maximum control of your blood sugars and manage your HgbA1C.
Low-fat, Low-Cholesterol diet education is provided to help you understand the effects of food on your heart.