How Can I Get Personalized Nutrition Advice?
If you’re living a plant-based lifestyle and need some support on the nutrition front, the best source is a vegan registered dietitian nutritionist! Did you know that most doctors have very little required schooling in nutrition? Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) also known as Registered Dietitians (RDs) have the education, training, and credentials to provide nutrition assessments, diagnoses and interventions to help optimize your wellness and even address, treat, and prevent disease.
But watch out—the term “nutritionist” is not regulated and requires no specific education or training. If you want to be sure you’re working with the most qualified experts, look for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs).
Do I Need to See a Dietitian?
Many people go through life never consulting a dietitian. If you’re feeling healthy and on top of your wellness game, you don’t see anything abnormal in your blood tests, you’re regularly supplementing Vitamin B12, and your doctor gives you a big thumbs up, that’s great!
You can certainly get all the nutrients you need to thrive on a well-balanced plant-based diet. Plus, there are several books and resources out there to help you educate yourself about health and nutrition. Vegan for Life, Vegan for Her, and Even Vegans Die are books I recommend, and of course, you can find lots more resources on my blog, Whole Green Wellness.
That said, talking with a vegan Registered Dietitian can be a wonderful asset to you and your health. Our health and wellness are so important, but sadly, in today’s busy world many people don’t take action on their health until it’s too late, and then they have to urgently race to the doctor.
Finding a Registered Dietitian you trust who can be your guide into plant-based living can be enormously helpful. And of course, if you feel unhealthy in any way, are worried that you may not be hitting all of your nutrition needs, are struggling with your eating habits, or just have nutrition questions and need answers from an expert, consulting a vegan RDN (or even working with one on an ongoing basis) could be great for you.
Common Reasons For Consulting A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist:
- Chronic health condition such as diabetes
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Eating disorder or disordered eating
- Prenatal nutrition
- Sports nutrition
- Food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities
- Irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease
- Meal planning and prep guidance
- Intuitive and mindful eating guidance
Not all dietitians are experts specifically in vegan nutrition, which is why I’ve compiled this list for you! These dietitians (below) are vegan themselves, so you can trust that they have deeply studied and understand plant-based nutrition.
Vegan Registered Dietitians
Amy is a vegan Health at Every Size dietitian who works with people with eating disorders, disordered eating, and compulsive dieting. She uses the Intuitive Eating approach when appropriate and believes that all foods can be part of a healthy, balanced life.
Los Angeles, CA (sees clients virtually)
Julieanna specializes in lifestyle transformations, helping people transition to a well-balanced, sustainable, nutritious whole food, plant-based diet for optimal health.
Karla specializes in vegetarian/vegan nutrition and shares practical vegan recipes and nutrition-related articles on her blog. She also provides one-on-one virtual coaching to those interested in adopting a more plant-based lifestyle to ensure they are meeting their individual nutrient needs.
Jack Norris is the founder of VeganHealth.org. Jack does not see private clients but puts great care into maintaining this site. VeganHealth.org provides reviews of the scientific literature related to the health benefits of a vegan diet, discussions about concerns related to vegan nutrition, and recommendations for nutrients that can be low in the diets of some vegans.
Los Angeles, CA
Sharon Palmer is a plant-based and sustainability food and nutrition expert, writer, recipe developer, blogger, and author of The Plant-Powered Diet book series. She focuses on promoting whole, plant-based foods to people—no matter what their diet pattern. Sharon presents internationally on topics of plant-based and sustainable eating and serves as the nutrition ambassador for Meatless Monday.
Matt is an ethical vegan of over 22 years with two nutrition degrees, including graduate training at Loma Linda University, one of the only plant-based, accredited nutrition programs in the world. Matt specializes in sports nutrition and in using food to prevent chronic disease. See his video crushing myths about soy here!
Anya Todd has over 15 years of experience providing nutrition therapy and wellness consultations to a variety of clients. She especially enjoys working with vegan moms-to-be and those non-vegan individuals looking to make radical, compassionate changes.
Chicago, IL (sees clients virtually)
Taylor uses a non-diet approach to health and wellness and provides lifestyle coaching to help clients prioritize self-care, ditch dieting and make peace with food and their bodies. She works with vegans and non-vegans, people recovering from disordered eating and those looking to establish lifelong healthy habits that fit their preferences and lifestyles. You can see all her World of Vegan articles here!
Ann Arbor, MI (sees clients virtually)
Angela offers intuitive eating coaching, plant-based nutrition counseling, and medical nutrition therapy for specific health concerns. She takes an individualized, weight-neutral approach to nutrition that focuses on finding sustainable solutions to reaching your health goals.
What Do These Dietitian Credentials Mean?
When it comes time to hire a professional, you’ll start to see lots and lots of acronyms after people’s names identifying their credentials. Unfortunately, for the average person, these have little meaning unless you dig into what they represent. So let’s take a moment now to break down those credentials and what they mean.
RDN: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Issued by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, this credential means the individual has completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university, completed at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice (internship) and passed a national examination.
RD: Registered Dietitian
This credential is synonymous with RDN.
LDN: Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
This person is licensed to practice nutrition in a specific state.
LD: Licensed Dietitian
This person is licensed to practice nutrition in a specific state.
MDA: Master of Dietetics Administration
A Master of Dietetics Administration has a professional degree signifying thorough training in management and leadership in food and nutrition program administration.
The label “nutritionist” does not carry any specific meaning. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist without any specific training or education. Beware of this term and look for the RDN credential.
MS: Master of Science
This is a master’s degree in the field of science, engineering, mathematics, or medicine awarded by a college or university. Each program is different, but most require writing a thesis.
CPT: Certified Personal Trainer
Issued by the National Academy of Sports medicine, this certification means the individual has passed a national examination relating to human body fitness and prescription of exercise.
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Please note that the information presented here is not to be construed as medical advice or used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease.