Dietitian or Nutritionist: What’s the difference?
The title "Registered Dietitian", "Professional Dietitian", and "Dietitian" are protected by law -- through
provincial legislation -- so that only qualified practitioners who have met education qualifications can use that title. Dietitians who have met national standards for education and training and who are members of the provincial regulatory bodies can use one of the following designations -- RD, RDN, PDt or RDt (or the French equivalent Dt.P.). A dietitian is a health professional who has a Bachelor's degree, specializing in foods and nutrition, as well as a period of practical training in a hospital or community setting. They are also members of a provincially regulated profession that has Public Protection as their mandate. Many dietitians further their knowledge by pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree.
The term "Nutritionist" is not protected by law in all provinces so people with different levels of training
and knowledge can all themselves a "Nutritionist". (Source: Dietitians of Canada)
What gives me the knowledge, skills, and expertise to help you?
As a Registered Dietitian I have worked at several healthcare institutions in the Greater Toronto Area, including St. Michael’s Hospital, Humber River Regional Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre for over 8 years, which afforded me top-notch training and educational support, provided me the opportunity to develop and sharpen my professional and clinical judgment and helped me become an effective educator.
How soon will I reach my goals?
How often do I need to meet with the registered dietitian?
Every individual is different and after meeting with the dietitian at your initial assessment, you’ll have a better idea about how much support you require to achieve your nutritional goals. Based on your individual
needs, you can select one of the nutrition counselling packages that have been created which allows you to follow up weekly to monthly with the dietitian to help get you started with your healthy eating plan.
What should I do before the first appointment?
Before your initial assessment, our office will be in contact with you (generally via email) to send out our Nutrition Health & History Questionnaire as well as a 3-day Food Intake Record to complete in advance of your appointment. These two forms allow the dietitian to take a better look at your eating patterns and medical history, which saves time asking you those background questions and reserves your appointment for an in-depth discussion of your nutrition questions and concerns. Further details regarding how to complete each form will be provided to you once your initial appointment is booked. Once completed, please bring these two forms with you to your initial assessment.
I have been on several diets, and none have worked - how will this be different?
At WISECHOICES Nutrition Consulting we believe that there is no "one diet fits all" program for good health. We offer ideas, programs, and tools that are individualized for you. Based on the outcome of your personal nutrition and health assessment, our dietitian will creates a customized nutrition plan that is specific for your needs and goals. We will teach you the importance of meal timing, help you understand the vital role diet plays in everything from disease prevention to optimizing overall health, how to select
foods that give you energy, vitality and get you to your healthy weight without dieting.
Will I have to give up my favorite foods?
Not unless you’re allergic to them. We like to tell people that there are no good and bad foods, just good and bad habits. We can show you how to improve the quality of your diet while still leaving room for the occasional indulgence.
Do I need a referral?
No, a referral from a doctor is not necessary to see a Registered Dietitian (unless required for your third-party coverage). Some family physicians and/or other healthcare professionals may still choose to write you a referral to see a dietitian, which is perfectly fine. Self-refferals are also welcome. You can self-refer yourself by contacting the registered dietitian.
Are dietitian services covered by OHIP? Do insurance plans cover Dietitian services?
At this time, there is no OHIP coverage for private practice dietitians, however, nutrition/diet counseling by a Registered Dietitian may be covered under extended health benefits plan offered by your organization or through employee assistance programs. Check with your benefits manager. You will be provided a
detailed itemized receipt listing the service provided, the credentials of the Dietitian, as well as payment details for reimbursement. Dietitian services are tax deductible under medical expenses.
What Payment Methods are accepted?
At this time, only cheque or cash are accepted. Payment is required at time of service and package options must be paid in full at the beginning of the first session. An official receipt will be issued once payment
is received, which then can be submitted to you insurance company or EAP program for reimbursement.
Where do sessions take place?
Sessions can take place at Beata's home office, at your office, in the comfort of your own home, nearest public library, or at the grocery store. Contact Beata to book an appointment and determine an appropriate location.
Nutrition Myths Busted
You have to drink eight cups of water per day
You hear it so often — that eight cups of water a day is necessary for everything from weight control to cleansing the body — that it seems it must be truth, but the reality is there is no good evidence to support this claim....
Beata Blajer, RD, CDE
Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Founder & Consultant
WISECHOICES Nutrition Consulting
Serving Greater Toronto Area, Ontario
Tel: (416) 885-9764
Fax: (905) 398-6054