The difference between a Dietician and a Nutritionist

In Canada, being a Nutritionist is something that’s fairly new and up-and-coming. Many are only familiar with Dieticians and not with what Nutritionists are promoting. 

For those of you who were confused on the difference between the two, here is a small overview for you:

Dieticians work with the Canada Food Guide as well as Doctors to advise patients on what they should be eating along with the medications their doctors have prescribed. Dieticians also work with schools and hospitals to create meal plans that consent with the Canada Food Guide. In order to become a dietician, you need to go to University for 4 years and then get a Masters, if you wish. It is very expensive to see a Dietician, but the visit is usually covered with your medical insurance. If you have a chronic disease, I recommend seeing a Dietician.

Nutritionists naturally heal your body with the power of food and changing your diet. They are experts of nutrients, vitamins, super foods, how food affects your body, and creating meal plans to help you change your diet, lose weight and feel great. Nutritionists are trying to educate the world about how our foods aren’t what they used to be and change the way people think about the foods they put in their body. Nutritionists require a certification or diploma and study Anatomy and Physiology and Nutritional Consulting to effectively examine your body type to find the best meal plans for you.

No matter what you feel is best for you, it’s good to do your research first. I will always advocate people who are looking to lead a healthier lifestyle and lose a little bit of weight to try Conventional Medicine (chiropractors, naturopaths, ancient Chinese medicine, and massage therapy) before Integrative Medicine (seeing a doctor or dietician), and a nutritionist may be your first stop on that journey.