ABOUT THE BLOG
Welcome to Dietitian Debbie Dishes, a space for finding wholesome, vegetarian recipes and practical tips for making the transition to a healthier diet.
WHAT I BELIEVE
Approach a healthy diet like a minimalist would approach a cluttered home. Pare down to the basics of simple, wholesome, unprocessed or minimally foods. Clear out all the clutter (ie. junk food, refined grains, and sugar). Limit things that come in boxes and bags and incorporate more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and vegetarian protein. Anything that does come in a box or bag should have an ingredient list with no more than 10 ingredients. Eat with the seasons to make the most of fresh fruit and vegetables.
All the recipes you find on the blog:
- Are vegetarian.
- Focus on seasonal fruit and vegetables.
- Incorporate whole grains.
- Are occasionally vegan or gluten-free.
- Use ingredients that are minimally processed.
- 80% are healthy, 20% are indulgence foods like booze or cookies.
- Are delicious!
I am a Registered Dietitian who works at a local hospital by day and blogs on this space by night. When my job as a hospital dietitian left me feeling like I needed a creative outlet, this blog was born. I currently live in Chicago, Illinois with my husband Will (who is also a dietitian) and our rescue pup, Honey. When not working on the blog, you’ll be most likely to find me shopping the farmers market (iced coffee in hand!), reading a good book, or biking around the city with Will.
WHAT IS A REGISTERED DIETITIAN?
Sometimes it can be confusing to know what the difference it between a registered dietitian, health coach, or nutritionist. Let me explain!
- To become a registered dietitian, you must meet certain academic and professional requirements in order to sit for the exam to become credentialed. This includes:
- A bachelor’s degree in nutrition from an academic program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). I received my bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Bluffton University.
- Completion of a post-bachelor’s supervised practice program at an accredited facility. I completed my dietetic internship at the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. I also completed my Master’s of Science Degree in Nutrition at the same time as my internship at Case Western Reserve University. However, a Master’s degree is not a requirement for becoming credentialed as a Registered Dietitian at this time.
- Pass a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration.
- After completion of the exam, RDs must then complete a certain number of continuing education hours to maintain registration.
- Nutritionists or Health coaches have more of a general knowledge of nutrition that is often obtained through programs like the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since Registered Dietitians must go through more rigorous academic programs that focuses on pathophysiology, metabolism, and biochemistry, only dietitians are legally able to provide medical nutrition therapy in a setting such as a hospital or medical clinic.
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Disclaimer: Although I am a Registered and licensed dietitian, the nutrition and diet information provided on my blog is not to be interpreted as medical nutrition therapy. If you are on any medications for chronic disease or other health issues, please consult your registered dietitian or other health care provider before making any significant diet changes or stop taking any prescribed medications.