Food allergies are a reality for a number of people in the United States. It can be overwhelming to know how to maintain a healthy diet when foods need to be eliminated due to food allergies or intolerances. A great way to begin is to meet with a registered dietitian at the Colorado Food Allergy Centerwho can help you develop a healthy eating plan based on your specific needs.
When you schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian, you can expect advice personally tailored for you. He or she will complete a thorough review of your medical history, analyze your current eating patterns and develop a plan that ensures you are getting a well balanced diet with all the nutrients needed for optimal health.
When meeting with a registered dietitian regarding food allergies or food intolerances, he or she can help to pinpoint what foods need to be avoided or limited. Some of the ways a dietitian will assist you in adhering to your diet is by helping you learn to read food labels to identify specific allergens, providing lists of foods to avoid and foods that are safe to eat, assisting in menu planning and he or she can also assist in strategies to adhere to your diet while eating out. You may find, after meeting with a registered dietitian, that you can eat a wider range of foods than you previously thought you could. On the other hand, hidden sources of food allergens may be identified.
When specific foods or groups of foods need to be removed from an individual’s diet due to food allergies or intolerances, there is always the potential for nutrient deficiencies to occur. A registered dietitian is able to create an eating plan that has all the required nutrients to keep you healthy and vibrant. Your preferences will be taken into consideration in the development of the eating plan to ensure it is a plan you will be successful with.
Keep in mind that a dietitian, whether he or she has worked at the Colorado Food Allergy Center or elsewhere, is able to provide professional assistance. While anyone can claim to be a nutritionist, a registered dietitian has fulfilled specific requirements, including earned at least a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration exam. They must also maintain continuing education requirements for recertification. If you have questions or concerns regarding adhering to a healthy diet while also addressing a food allergy or intolerance, consider meeting with a registered dietitian and the Colorado Food Allergy Center.