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    Default Anyone been to a dietitian or nutritionist before? why? and did they help?

    I'm looking into this career and want to know your experience with it... still trying to determine what they do exactly and if its for me.

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    I was getting major pain in my gut and the gut doctor did a few nasty tests and told me there didn't seem to be any thing wrong. So he sent me to a dietitian.

    She asked me several questions and told me she wanted me to fill out a diary. She also pushed heavily that I'm probably lactose intolerant. I went away and thought about this. 1 I had told her multiple times I hardly touch milk and 2 she didn't believe me. I also decided that if she thought this when I knew I hardly touched milk then maybe I should drink more milk.

    So I didn't go back and drank more milk. My gut felt better but years later, while still suffering speriodic pain I discovered I had a huge growth on my left ovary. It was removed (+ my ovary) and I have had no problems since.

    I think dietitians are quacks but they have there uses when it comes to self diagnosis.

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    I see a dietician.

    I've had what's known as gastric sleeve surgery, where a large portion of my stomach is removed, permanently, for the purpose of weight loss.

    Life after having this kind of surgery is different, as the small amount I can have means I have to focus on certain types of foods. For most people with this operation, it's protein-heavy, 60g a day at minimum, which sounds easy, but can be quite difficult when you can manage so little in a setting (a 2-year-old would eat more than I do per meal).

    Also, after surgery, you have to re-feed... so start at liquids then make your way back up to solids over numerous weeks (as the stomach heals). Obviously you need to try and get enough in... the dietician helped figure out what i should be eating, how much, and also when I should move up in texture (say, from liquid to purees).

    She also helped figure out an ideal weight for me, based on body fat percentage and my bone size rather than BMI. SHe's been able to keep track of my losses this way.

    Not all dieticians deal with this, but mine sort of specialises in it (perhaps because she shares her building with a surgeon who performs this surgery).

    There's been times an elderly couple have been there too, and I have once heard them talking as they left about how the little old man needs to up his calories etc, so I assume she helps other people with their various nutritional needs as well.

    Some are realistic and some are idealistic. Mine is realistic, and I know that's definitely what I prefer in a dietician. Some seem to get mad if you're not 100% perfect... whereas mine is more like, "Look, if you find yourself having to eat takeaway... here's your best options..." etc. Realistic.

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    Dieticians have a big role with inpatients in hospitals too. They are involved with gastric surgery and also with people in intensive care and on therapy. They help people who are coming off tracheostomy tubes with their nutrition in conjunction with speech therapists. They also help with PEG tube feeds and high calorie diets with hospital. I would imagine there would also be specialties within hospital and outpatient services for eating disorders as well as weight management and diabetes management. Of course they also have a role in conjunction with exercise therapists too.
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    Default Anyone been to a dietitian or nutritionist before? why? and did they help?

    I went to a dietician after being diagnosed with IBS. Dietician was super helpful with meal planning etc and eliminating food that exacerbates it. Was worth the visits. I didn't go back because I got pregnant and my IBS symptoms seem to have subsided. The place I went also did weightloss/health lifestyle type support. I thought it was great.

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    Default Anyone been to a dietitian or nutritionist before? why? and did they help?

    I have just started seeing one as I am overweight, and newly pregnant, and don't want to gain too much weight. I am also vegetarian and wanted to make sure we are getting everything we need. So far, so good !

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    thank you everyone for you replies... These stories are exactly what I wanted to hear. Samken, I'm guessing you got the bad egg so to speak. Like all professions there are some who are great at their job and others who need to improve. I dont think dietitians are quacks and I think our population statistics suggest that people could learn a lot from them!

    They also deal with allergies etc so keep the stories coming!

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    I saw a dietician as I'm always underweight but got really thin when I got sick. I also suffer a lot of bowel issues due to my illnesses and malabsorption issues. I think I was unfortunate but the lady I saw did not seem to take my health history into account and simply wanted me to increase my calories by 1100 a day. I tried for a week and was so sick so went back and was basically told to put up with it but that didn't make sense, if by increasing my calories I was having diahorrea then it's not going to work. I gave up in the end, i'm still underweight and can't keep up a high enough calorie count.

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    I saw 2 dieticians when I was pregnant as I am overweight. The first one was great and helpful and went through my requirements and what I was eating etc. The second one pretty much told me if I didnt lose weight I wouldnt be around for my child. I put on 5kg through my pregnancy which I thought was good considering I had an almost 4kg baby. I lost 12kg after the birth.
    Dont be negative you will lose people straight off. Making people feel bad about themselves is not the way to go.

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