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Overall Healthy Eating

At Nutrition Aligned, we believe all foods can fit into a healthy diet, hence the word “overall” healthy eating; 80% of the diet should be more nutrient-dense or “healthy” foods, and the other 20% can and should include your favorite “fun foods.”  As registered dietitians, we can help you find the perfect balance between the two. Your dietitian will provide you with the necessary tools and nutrition education that will help you realistically achieve your health goals without having to completely overhaul your entire life.

The dietitian’s role

Assisting you meet your health and nutrition goals by providing nutrition education to aid in making better food and beverage choices that are realistic to your lifestyle, provide resources, and support whether it is helping manage a chronic disease or improve your relationship with food.


Prediabetes means that you have a higher-than-normal blood sugar level and hemoglobin A1C but, not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes doesn’t typically have any symptoms; it is diagnosed through blood work. Most people diagnosed with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years unless they make lifestyle changes. But the good news is prediabetes is reversible!

 The dietitian’s role in the treatment of prediabetes

The primary goal of medical nutrition therapy provided by a registered dietitian is the prevention of the individual developing type 2 diabetes by providing research-based/evidence-based nutrition education and guidance that is also realistic to the individual and their lifestyle.


Diabetes is a chronic long-lasting health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Your body breaks down the food you eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into your bloodstream and blood sugars naturally increase. This then signals your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy. With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as well as it should. This results in too much sugar staying in the bloodstream. If uncontrolled, over time this can cause other serious health problems such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.

The dietitian’s role in the treatment of diabetes

The role of the dietitian in the treatment of diabetes is to provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to prevent the development of further health complications. Because of the direct correlation between diet and diabetes management, the dietitian provides individualized nutrition education and counseling that is specific to the patient’s/client’s clinical and lifestyle needs.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when your blood pressure, the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels, is consistently too high. If uncontrolled There are different categories of blood pressure; normal 120/80 mm Hg, elevated 120-129 systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic, hypertension stage 1 130-139 systolic or 80-89 mm Hg diastolic, hypertension stage 2 140/90 mm Hg or higher. At this stage a health care provider are likely to prescribe a combination of medications, lifestyle changes and send a referral to a dietitian. Hypertensive crisis if you reading is 180/120 mm Hg wait 5 min and test again. If it continues to be unusually high this requires immediate medical attention you could be experiencing a hypertensive crisis.

IMORTANT: if blood pressure is higher than the 180/120 mm Hg or you are experiencing signs of possible organ damage like chest pain, difficulty breathing, speaking, back pain, numbness/weakness, change in vision, do not wait to see if your pressure comes down on its own. Call 911.

The dietitian’s role in the treatment of high blood pressure

Registered dietitians play a vital role in the treatment of high blood pressure by educating the patient on appropriate lifestyle changes/modifications including but not limited to reading nutrition facts labels to reduce sodium and saturated fat intake, as well as how to properly improve body composition, and help create a personalized plan based on the patient’s food preferences, intolerances, and emotional relationship with food to improve symptoms and lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney damage and vision loss.

High Cholesterol

High levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. high cholesterol, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Sometimes, those deposits can break suddenly and form a clot that causes a heart attack or stroke.

The dietitian’s role in the treatment of high cholesterol-

A registered dietitian can help decrease and manage your cholesterol levels by evaluating your diet and lifestyle habits. The dietitian will provide you the proper medical nutrition therapy and education, suggest strategies and tips that are realistic, and will advise you to make gradual adjustments over time until you achieve your goals. Your dietitian will also educate you on how to read nutrition facts labels to help limit your intake of saturated fat and trans-fat.

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