“All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.” –Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Just to remind everyone… having lost 60lbs or having recovered from an eating disorder doesn’t make you an expert in food or nutrition. Yes, that person might have something that worked for them but it doesn’t mean that it was healthy or that it will work for other people. Weight loss is a very broad area of study… wouldn’t you rather have someone that actually studied it giving you recommendations?? Instead of someone who did one self-study that was spun off unhealthy eating behaviors to begin with?? Remember this when you are taking advice from anyone regarding food and nutrition. Go to an expert, not an amateur!!
While I think it is important to seek professional advice when changing eating habits, I don’t think there is anything wrong with recipe sharing. Don’t forget the claims that person puts with their recipe or food item might not be accurate, so be educated. Calorie breakdowns or typecasting certain foods as healthy or bad or cheat foods might not be correct. Don’t follow advice from someone without a license or scope of practice; instead find a local Registered Dietitian. I feel strongly about advocating for myself and fellow RDs because the word nutritionist is commonly misinterpreted and so many people are self-proclaimed health, nutrition, and weight loss experts. It’s important for potential consumers to be aware of the difference and seek help from a nationally recognized licensed professional to make changes and improve health. That’s what we’re here for, your health 🙂