Happy National Registered Dietitian Day!
March is National Nutrition Month, and March 13 is National Registered Dietitian Day! Today is meant to celebrate dietitians, our nation’s health experts, who are committed to improving the health and wellness of their patients, clients, and communities. Here at Swerve, we love working with dietitians to help spread the sweetness without the negative health effects. We have so much respect for dietitians and their commitment to helping others, so we would like to thank them and recognize them for all of their hard work!
Why I Love Being a Dietitian
Growing up in New Orleans in a family that really knows how to cook and eat, I’ve always had a love affair with food. At the same time, and through my own health journey, I realized how powerful good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can be on our health, weight, energy levels, and overall wellness. When I set out to become a dietitian I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to combine my passion for amazing-tasting food and nutritious, better-for-you ingredients.
I love being able to do exactly that at Swerve! I get the opportunity to share why it’s important to use Swerve over sugar, almond flour over white flour, natural food coloring over artificial, and have multiple taste tests along the way! There is so much misinformation about health these days. Being able to contribute to the conversation with credible, evidence-based information is more important than ever. Ultimately, it’s all about helping people be the best version of themselves!
Dietitian vs. Nutritionist
A question I often get is, “What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?” Registered dietitians have earned degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination. They are well-educated and able to interpret the science of nutrition to the public. A nutritionist is defined as someone who studies or is an expert in nutrition, but this does not have formal credentials. That being said, there are great and experienced professionals in each category. Some of our best friends are nutritionists! In the spirit of education and RD Day this month, we thought we'd explain the difference.
We’d like to thank all of the dietitians out there teaching, sharing, cooking, calculating, researching, and doing all of the immensely important work you are doing! If you are a dietitian or a passionate nutritionist, we’d love to show our appreciation by sending you samples and a little Swerve swag. Simply fill out the form at the link below, and get excited!
Amy was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and is proud to still call it home. She studied nutritional sciences at Louisiana State University, then went on to complete her dietetic internship at Tulane University. Some of her favorite things are avocado toast, wine, live music, traveling, and her cat, Pepper. Her favorite Swerved recipe are these decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Find her on Instagram @thebalanceddietitian!