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Meal Planning with a Dietitian: Your Guide to Nutritious Living

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Dietetic Statistics


Individuals report feeling more confident in their food choices after working with a registered dietitian.


4 out of 5 Canadian adults possess a chronic disease risk factor, such as smoking, inactivity, poor diet, or alcohol misuse.


2.7M Canadians with diabetes benefit more from dietitian-led interventions than non-dietitian ones, as evidenced by lower A1C levels.

The Role of Meal Planning with a Dietitian

Eating healthy can feel like a daunting task, especially with the abundance of diet trends and conflicting nutrition advice out there. That's where a dietitian who can help you with meal planning comes in handy!

Our nutrition professionals have the expertise to guide you through the maze of food choices and create a personalized meal plans tailored to your unique needs.

In this section, we'll explore the many benefits of working with a dietitian, how they can help you achieve your health goals, and what to expect during a consultation.

What Does a Dietitian Specializing in Meal Planning Do?

When working with a dietitian, meal planning is about more than just handing you a pre-made meal plan and sending you on your way.

A dietitian who specializes in meal planning will take the time to get to know you before customizing a plan to your preferences, condition, goals, cooking skills, schedule, and more. Your dietitian will also teach you skills that will allow you to participate in and eventually create meal plans for yourself - if that aligns with your goals.

Assessing Your Nutritional Needs

When working with a dietitian for help with meal planning, they will start by evaluating your current eating habits and identifying areas where improvements can be made. They'll also take into account your lifestyle, activity level, and any medical conditions you may have.

Creating Personalized Meal Plans

After assessing your needs, your dietitian may offer to either 1) design a meal plan that fits your preferences and goals or 2) develop of more flexible structure aimed to guide your decision-making during the week. This can include deciding on or providing delicious and nutritious recipes, grocery lists, and portion guidelines.

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Offering Ongoing Support and Education

Your dietitian specializing in meal planning will continue to be there to provide ongoing support and guidance, answering any questions you may have and helping you stay on track with your meal plan and goals.

How Can Meal Planning with a Dietitian Benefit You?

Working on meal planning with a dietitian can provide numerous benefits, including:

  1. Receive customized nutrition advice tailored to your unique needs

  2. Assistance in managing medical conditions through dietary changes

  3. Support in achieving weight loss or other health goals

  4. Access to delicious and healthy recipes

  5. Reduce stress by removing the burden of decision-making

  6. Save time with more efficient shopping and cooking.

  7. Save money at the grocery store by buying food you have a higher chance of eating (because you know when you will eat it!)

Finding the Right Dietitian to Help you with Meal Planning

Research and Referrals

Start by asking friends, family, or healthcare providers for recommendations. You can also search for registered dietitians in your area through professional organizations like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or search right here on Online Nutrition.

Credentials and Specializations

Ensure the dietitian you choose is a registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Check for additional certifications or specializations in areas relevant to your needs, such as body weight concerns or diabetes education.

What to Expect During a Consultation

Initial Assessment

Your dietitian will begin by gathering information about your medical history, dietary habits, and lifestyle. They will also ask about your goals and preferences as they take a collaborative-approach to care.

Setting Goals and Creating a Meal Plan

Together, you and your dietitian will set achievable goals and develop a customized nutrition care plan which may include (but is not limited to!) a meal plan, meal planning, nutrition education, and goal-setting to help you make small sustainable changes that last.

Ongoing Support

Your dietitian will provide ongoing support, making adjustments to your nutrition care plan (or meal plan if you have one) as needed and offering guidance to help you stay on track.


Working with a dietitian on meal planning can provide you with the personalized nutrition guidance and support you need to achieve your health goals.

Whether you're looking to manage a medical condition, lose weight, or simply improve your overall well-being, a meal planning dietitian can help you navigate the complex world of nutrition and create a plan tailored to your unique needs. So, why wait? Take the first step towards a healthier, happier life by finding the right dietitian for you.

Frequently asked questions

Disclaimer: Nutritionist vs Dietitian

In Canada, there is sometimes a difference between the terms Dietitian and nutritionist. While both titles can be use interchangeably in some provinces, this is not the case in others.

The title ‘Dietitian’ is protected by law across Canada in every province. The term ‘nutritionist’ however, is only a protected title in Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Only nutrition professionals who are regulated and have protected titles have a legal scope of practice which includes: providing individualized nutrition counselling, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition education to individuals with specific health concerns.

That said, while the term "nutritionist" is sometimes used on this website, it is important to note that we only work with licensed Registered Dietitians in good standing with their provincial regulatory bodies. That means you can be assured that all of our partners providing nutrition counselling meet the education and ethical standards set by all of the provincial regulatory bodies across Canada.

We strongly recommend that you consult with a Registered Dietitian (or other recognized healthcare professional such as a doctor) when you are considering making any significant dietary changes.

Rest assured that on Online Nutrition, every nutrition professional is vetted to confirm they are a Registered Dietitian in good standing with their provincial regulatory body. 


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