What is a Registered Dietitian?
My name is Ashleigh Fabian, I am the owner/creator of Rooted Life Foods and Adaptogen Butter. If you've been following along on social media, you know I'm also a Registered Dietitian based out of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, FL.
I'm very excited to be sharing various blog posts including recipes, Q+A's, nutrition and wellness chats, biz/startup stuff, and everything in between. I wanted to start off the blog posts with a description of what a dietitian is, what we do, and the credentialing process. You can read more about why I became an RD and also why I started RLF here.
A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has completed a science focused course load and internship. Dietitians work in various settings including hospitals, schools, grocery stores, armed forces, public health programs, corporate wellness, private practice, food businesses, and more. Some of the skills and area of expertise include counseling for weight management, diabetes management/prevention, heart health, auto-immune disease, gastrointestinal disorders, intuitive/mindful eating, disordered eating, hormone related nutrition, and food allergies or intolerances, to name a few. Dietitians are qualified to assess your macro and micro nutrient consumption and suggest changes that cater to your specific needs, but also treat or prevent chronic illness or disease. At the core, a dietitian is here to listen, educate, counsel, and help you overcome barriers.
To become an RD, the following requirements must be met:
- Complete a bachelor's degree in dietetics and nutrition through an ACEND-accredited program.
- Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship.
- Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration's dietetic registration exam
- Gain licensure in your state of practice.
- Maintain continuing education.
Thank you for reading ya'll! I've been blessed to experience almost all areas of Dietetics & Nutrition, and it has all contributed to the knowledge base and passion I have for both product development and helping others find food freedom.
Stay Rooted friends!