In case any of you wonderful readers are experiencing a case of the Monday's - here's a quick blog post that might make your life a little easier if you're ever looking for some reliable nutrition information (and you don't live with a dietitian)!
Finding reliable nutrition information on the world wide web can be a challenge. In fact, you may be reading information that you THINK is legit but isn't backed by any credible resource or is sensationalized by the media to send a misleading message. Your first, foremost, and most reliable source of nutrition information is going to come from a registered dietitian. Registered dietitians are health professionals that are licensed to give advice on food and nutrition that is individualized for YOU! We are trusted experts that help make medical and nutrition research easier to understand and can provide information that you know is safe and based on the best available scientific research. If you want to learn more about what dietitians do and how they can help you decipher what's fact and what's fad in the world of nutrition check out the FAQ page or visit the WHITTY NUTRITION business website.
Now that being said, not everyone has a live-in dietitian or easy access to one at a moment's notice to answer those burning nutrition questions. In fact, access to dietitians is a major problem in Canada and some of the largest health care plans do not currently cover our services. Seeing a private practice dietitian out of pocket can be expensive because you are paying not only for the actual meeting time, resources, and individualized advice, but also for the time it takes to research, create a plan, maintain office space, and keep an up-to-date license. There is much evidence to support that the services of a registered dietitian can help lower health care costs, improve the quality of life and reduce disease risk for individuals that receive appropriate counselling from a qualified individual. All of which make it absolutely inexcusable for health care plans to cover services such as chiropractors, naturopaths, and massage therapists but neglect to include coverage for this useful, and quite frankly essential health care service.
Can you tell I'm a little passionate about this subject?
One thing you can and SHOULD do is sign this petition that was created by the Dietitians of Canada Consulting Network that is in support of ensuring that registered dietitians are covered under Canada's Public Service Health Care Plan.
It takes less than a minute and we still need about 5,000 signatures.
If you want more information on this subject I highly suggest reading this article in The Globe and Mail by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (all around physician extraordinaire).
So while we wait for dietitian coverage situation to rectify itself, here are some places of my favorite places to get reliable nutrition information online!
NOTE: I have not received payment or endorsements of any kind to promote these websites.