“Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food” –Hippocrates
At HALE, we have a Registered Dietitian available to help guide you on your path of healthy living.
Megan Sewards MS, RD, CSO
Megan is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Specialist in Oncology (Cancer) Nutrition (CSO). She holds her Master’s degree in food and nutrition science and has extensive experience in all fileds of nutrition. Her areas of specific interest include sports nutrition, holistic nutrition, as well as nutrition as a means for disease prevention. Her work experience includes being an Assistant Graduate Professor at an established California State Univeristy as well as a practicing field dietitian who provides private and individualized nutrition counseling to those in need. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with specific involvement within the Oncology Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group. Megan’s nutrition philosophy is based around CLEAN and HOLISTIC eating- choosing a variety of healthy foods, limiting portions, eating smart, assessing your hunger, and no deprivation.
Nope. A registered dietitian has earned at least a bachelor’s degree focused on nutrition with course work approved by Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, including food and nutrition sciences, psychology, physiology, and laboratory sciences including biochemistry, microbiology and chemistry (organic and inorganic), etc. A registered dietitian has also completed a rigorous, supervised internship at a health-care facility (approximately 1 year), passed a national examination, and maintains registration through continuing professional educational requirements. The “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
On the other hand, anyone can call him/herself a nutritionist, whether formally educated or not. There is no one governing body overseeing their practices. Your ‘nutritionist’ may be well educated or a complete amateur.
A Registered Dietitian will work with you individually to assess your usual dietary intake and identify areas where a more healthful change may be needed to promote weight loss and/or a healthier lifestyle. During your session with the dietitian, services such as grocery tours, blood analysis, planned menus, and detox plans may be recommended as an add on to your session in order to best maximize your nutrition and overall health.