With a lot of options on offerings from nutritionists in New Jersey, it can be confusing to understand exactly what a nutritionist is and if they are able to help you. So, what exactly is a nutritionist? Well, a nutritionist is an expert in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage diseases. Most nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or medical offices here in New Jersey. These people specialize in advising people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle, achieve a specific health-related goal, or simply have a better relationship with food. They can be a vital part of your recovery process to a healthier lifestyle and how you eat.
Many may also get confused with the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist. Although the difference between the two is slim, it is important to understand, not only when it comes to finding what is best for you, but knowing what to expect. A nutritionist is a more broad term than a dietician. In simple terms, all dieticians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dieticians.
Nutritionists focus on a vast amount of areas of expertise, one of the most commonly used is when it comes to eating disorders. Clinical nutritionists are used often with eating disorders, but that isn’t the only person you want to be seeing in this type of situation. Having a team is so important to your recovery, regardless of why you are there.
At Body Positive Works, we take a more holistic approach to your nutrition. Whether it’s for emotional eating, overeating, binging, and/or food restriction there is more than just one approach to using a nutritionist, and not all of it is with specific dieting. Nutrition is so much more than a “good” diet. It’s about nourishment on every level; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It encompasses our relationships with our family, friends, nature, the wider world, and most importantly, our relationship with ourselves. That’s why we identify and address the mind and heart issues behind your relationship with food in order to cope with emotional eating, overeating, binging, and/or food restricting.
The benefits of good nutrition are endless, not only can it make you feel more energized and motivated, but it also increases brain function, lengthens your life span, helps your digestive system function, lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and helps strengthen your bones. If this isn’t enough, think about all the great things it does for you as a whole and do something great for yourself to be a happier and healthier human being. A diet low in cholesterol, sodium, and fat or that includes only “good fats” (like avocado and coconut oil), will lower your risk of heart disease. A diet rich in calcium will build bone strength. With these benefits in mind, just remember that although it is hard to take that step, Nutritionists are there to help you and be there for your specific needs, not to judge you or restrict you. That’s why taking an integrative approach that fosters self-love, self-care, and self-acceptance is so important. Food protocols are focused on overall well-being, rather than trying to achieve a certain weight or culturally defined standard of beauty.
Nutritionists can help with so many different types of people with different lives and struggles, and these are just some.
Nutrition for kids
Nutrition for tweens
Nutrition for teens
Nutrition for prenatal and postnatal women
Nutrition for menopause
Nutrition for negative body image
Nutrition for addiction
Nutrition for eating disorders
Nutrition for depression
Nutrition for anxiety
How to stop emotional eating
How to stop overeating
How to stop binge eating
Having said this, remember that your journey is your own, and a nutritionist is just one part of it all. Having a relationship with someone you can trust, but also knowing when to challenge yourself, be kind to yourself, and accept yourself is vital in your nutrition journey. Allowing yourself to connect your mind, body and spirit can have life-lasting effects in order to experience freedom, comfort, and joy in your own body.