In honor of Registered Dietitian Day, I’m sharing my favorite books by registered dietitians, highlighting RDs at the cutting edge of nutrition science and unique, holistic approaches to wellness.
Little did you know, today is the most important holiday of them all. No silly, it’s not Christmas…although depending on where you live, it might still feel like it! March 11th is Registered Dietitian Day, a day to celebrate the valuable role Registered Dietitians (RD) play in communicating nutrition and health information to the public.
There’s a lot of talking heads spouting nutrition advice in books, magazines or online. I suppose I’m one of them! But with all the different credentials and fancy titles, many people don’t know what distinguishes an RD and RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist). To achieve an RD/RDN credential, one must have a 4-year degree in nutrition or a related field with nutrition prerequisites, complete a dietetics internship and pass a (loooong and hard) exam. To continue to practice, RD/RDNs must keep up with continuing education and advanced degrees/certifications. The title nutritionist is unregulated, so it’s a term anyone can use, regardless of their level of education and experience in nutrition. Although to be fair, there are many nutritionists who have masters and doctorate degrees in nutrition, but didn’t complete the internship and exam, as well as health coaches who are skilled at guiding others through making behavior changes.
Sometimes I see dietitians getting a reputation for being too conservative or not up to date with the latest nutrition. I get that. When you’ve seen diets come and go, and the negative impact fad diets have on healthy and the ability to have a normal relationship with food, it can certainly make you a bit hesitant to jump on the latest trend trend.
Still, there are SO many dietitians who are truly on the cutting edge of nutrition, changing thousands of lives with science backed nutrition and unique approaches to wellness. So, in honor of that, I thought I would share my favorite inspiring books written by registered dietitians!
INTUITIVE EATING by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD // A must read for absolutely everyone. Intuitive eating is a revolutionary, non-diet approach for building a healthy, balanced relationship with food. Learn to trust your body, honor hunger and fullness cues and finally make peace with food.
THE COMPLETE IDIOTS GUIDE TO EATING WELL WITH IBS by Kate Scarlata, RD, LDN // Knowing what to eat with IBS doesn’t have to be so complicated. The low FODMAP diet (despite being a totally convoluted acronym) is an effective way to determine what foods trigger your IBS symptoms. Studies show about symptoms are reduced or eliminated in 75% of IBS sufferers following the diet. This book takes you through everything you need to know about digestive health, food sensitivities, what a low FODMAPS diet is, and it includes recipes!
YOUR CHILD’S WEIGHT: HELPING WITHOUT HARMING by Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, LCSW, BCD // Easily the best book out there teaching parents how to feed their children and raise normal eaters. I love this book so much I’ve even given it as a gift to many of my new mom friends! Ellyn Satter has designed a science backed approach to feeding children that turns conventional wisdom on it’s head and takes the pressure off mom and dad.
THE COMPLETE IDIOTS GUIDE TO PLANT BASED NUTRITION by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT // A vegan diet is by far and beyond the most effective way to protect and heal your heart. This book is truly what it claims to be, taking the reader through everything you need to know about plant based nutrition: special concerns in planning a vegan diet, label reading, how to plan a meatless meal. What I appreciate most is that Julieana emphasizes whole foods as much as she emphasizes plants – no mock meats here!
THE SWIFT DIET by Kathie Swift, MS, RDN // After listening to a webinar by Kathie, I’m a little bit obsessed with her! She just seems like someone you want to go and have drinks with (of bubbly, probiotic rich kombucha of course). And we would have plenty to talk about because she is obsessed with a topic I’m passionate about – gut bacteria. This book teaches you exactly how to eat to nourish healthy intestinal flora.
GO GREEN, GET LEAN by Kate Geagan, MS, RD // Plain and simple, the modern American diet isn’t sustainable. If you care about the environment, and I hope you do, you must think about the impact your eating choices have on the earth. Luckily, whats healthiest for the environment is also healthy for you – whole foods, plants and local food!
EAT YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS by Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD // As a passionate advocate for joyful eating, you know I love this book! This book teaches you how to nourish your brain for a happier, more energetic, and balanced you.
THE SMALL CHANGE DIET by Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN // Fad diets, the flashy before and after pictures and weight loss promises are appealing, but it the small changes that lead to sustainable weight loss. Keri leads you through simple strategies you can be successful with and explore on your own timetable.
NO WHINE WITH DINNER by Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD // I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with Liz and Janice at Blog Brulee, and besides being the most hilarious dietitian duo, these two are experts on getting picky eaters to try new foods. Half cookbook, half guide, this is an essential tool for families with children. I actually bought it as a resource for my clients, and have cooked many of the recipes myself. The food is kid AND adult approved.
Fellow dietitians, what are your favorite nutrition books?
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