What is the difference between a registered dietitian (RD) and a nutritionist?
A registered dietitian (RD) has completed a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and has completed a dietetic internship and passed a national board exam. Many RDs have a Master’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Food Science, or other food/nutrition related field. RDs are able to provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT), which is defined as a “nutrition-based treatment provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist” and includes “a nutrition diagnosis as well as therapeutic and counseling services” to help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, Celiac’ s disease, etc.
A nutritionist is someone who has completed a 6-month certification program and passes the certification exam. A nutritionist is only able to provide general healthy eating advice and is not able to provide nutrition intervention for chronic disease.
What can a RD do for you?
A registered dietitian helps you achieve your nutrition goals by using evidenced based recommendations for a variety of cases. Whether your goal is to lose weight, maintain weight, gain muscle, manage your diabetes, lower your risk for heart disease, or learn to manage food allergies, a registered dietitian can help. And these are only a few examples!
Does Lil’ Slice of Health accept insurance?
At this time Lil’ Slice of Health does not accept insurance. I do provide Superbills. Check with your insurance company to see if they will accept a Superbill for telehealth nutrition counseling.
Does Lil’ Slice of Health offer online counseling?
Lil’ Slice of Health is primarily an online nutrition counseling service. If you live in the Minot, ND area we may meet in person upon request.
Do I have to purchase a package to receive counseling services?
No, you do not have to purchase a package to receive counseling services. Lil’ Slice of Health does offer a la carte services for meal plans, initial consult, and follow-up services.
Does Lil’ Slice of Health accept clients from out of state?
Lil’ Slice of Health does accept clients out of state. Lauren Brady is licensed in Texas and North Dakota for Medical Nutrition Therapy and can provide general healthy eating guidance (weight management, diet plans, performance improvement) in any state.