1st Edition

Think Like a Dietitian A Nutrition Counseling Starter Kit

By J. Barretto Patterson Copyright 2024
    236 Pages 40 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    236 Pages 40 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    While courses in nutrition counseling teach providers to listen to their patients, this book gives registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) a heads-up on what to listen for, with educational materials that address the everyday challenges many people, hence many RDNs, face.


    Split into four distinct sections, this book equips readers with comprehensive education and counseling for the most common nutrition referrals.


    Topics include:

    -        How to structure a nutrition counseling session, from getting a patient to open up to empowering them with information and strategies for self‑care.

    -         Strategies for the provider to address personal challenges such as cultivating empathy, implicit bias, and cultural competence.

    -          Routine eating patterns and challenges reported in nutrition counseling, such as night eating, emotional eating, and more.

    -          Common reasons for referral to a dietitian, and frequently asked questions on topics including diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and weight counseling.

    -          Special issues in health education


    This book is appealing to both early nutrition professionals and experienced dietitians alike, providing a holistic tool kit for RDNs of all levels of experience.

    1.      Introduction

    a.       What this book is

    b.      What this book is not

    c.       Why you need it

    2.      Part 1: SHARE

    a.       Chapter 1: SHARE - A Step-by-Step Approach to Nutrition Counseling

    b.      Chapter 2: Start with a Blank Sheet

                                                                  i.      Learning the Ropes

                                                                ii.      Breaking The Ice

    c.       Chapter 3: Hear and Understand

                                                                  i.      The Patient-Dietitian Relationship

                                                                ii.      Cultivating Empathy

                                                              iii.      Communicating Compassion

                                                               iv.      Compassion Starts from Within

                                                                 v.      Beneath the Surface

                                                               vi.      Implicit Bias

                                                             vii.      Limits and Boundaries

    d.      Chapter 4: Assess and Review

                                                                  i.      Understand the science.

                                                                ii.      Think like a dietitian. 

                                                              iii.      Speak like a person.

    e.       Chapter 5: Empower the Patient

                                                                  i.      Goal Setting, Problem Solving, and Action Planning

    3.      Part 2: Everyday Eating Routines: A Different EER

    a.       Chapter 6: Motivations and Barriers

    b.      Chapter 7: A Different EER

                                                                  i.      Everybody Eats

                                                                ii.      Everyday Eating Routines: A Different EER

    c.       Chapter 8: Commonly Reported Eating Patterns

                                                                  i.      Night Snacking

                                                                ii.      Skipping Meals

                                                              iii.      Squeezing Calories and Chasing Hunger

                                                              iv.      Emotional Eating

                                                                v.      All or Nothing

                                                              vi.      Grazing

                                                            vii.      Frequent Dining Out

                                                          viii.      Habit Cycling

                                                              ix.      A Multifactorial Pattern

    4.      Part 3: Common Referrals and FAQs

    a.       Chapter 9: Common Referrals

    b.      Chapter 10: Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

                                                                  i.      What You Need to Know

                                                                ii.      What Patients Want to Know

                                                              iii.      What Patients Need to Know

    c.       Chapter 11: Heart Disease Prevention and Management

                                                                  i.      Dyslipidemia

    1.      What You Need to Know

    2.      What Patients Want to Know

    3.      What Patients Need to Know

                                                                ii.      Hypertension

    1.      What You Need to Know

    2.      What Patients Want to Know

    3.      What Patients Need to Know

    d.      Chapter 12: Chronic Kidney Disease

    1.      What You Need to Know

    2.      What Patients Want to Know

    3.      What Patients Need to Know

    e.       Chapter 13: IBS and the Low FODMAP Diet

    1.      What You Need to Know

    2.      What Patients Want to Know

    3.      What Patients Need to Know

    f.        Chapter 14: Weight Counseling

    1.      What You Need to Know

    2.      What Patients Want to Know

    3.      What Patients Need to Know

    5.      Part 4: Putting It All Together

    a.       Chapter 15: Health Literacy

                                                                  i.      What is health literacy?

                                                                ii.      Know Your Audience

                                                              iii.      Tailor the Education

                                                              iv.      Consider Learning and Teaching Styles

                                                                v.      Use Various Teaching Modalities

    b.      Chapter 16: Cultural Competence

                                                                  i.      What is cultural competence?

    c.       Chapter 17: SHARE Your Screen – and Other Virtual Care Tips

                                                                  i.      Lessons Learned

                                                                ii.      Best Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities

    d.      Chapter 18: Making PLANS and Taking Action

                                                                  i.      Making PLANS

                                                                ii.      Turning PLANS Into Action


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    Handouts for FAQs

      1. What can I have for breakfast?
      2. What can I have for snacks?
      3. How much protein do I need?
      4. How can I find time to cook?
      5. How can I eat healthy on a budget?

    Educational slides

    1.       Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

    2.       Nutrition and Heart Health

    3.       Protecting Your Kidneys

    4.       IBS and the Low FODMAP diet

    5.       Nutrition and Weight Management

    Counseling handouts

    1.       Goal setting and action planning worksheet

    2.       Tips for successful food and physical activity tracking



    Joyce Barretto Patterson, MPH, RDN, BC-ADM, CPT is a registered dietitian and a diabetes care and education specialist at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. She also spent several years as a lifestyle coach for the Diabetes Prevention Program. She is a recurring speaker for the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, where she has presented on topics including behavior change, weight management, physical activity, and telehealth. She also serves as the preceptor for dietetic interns who rotate through her clinic. She is a recurring guest lecturer for the clinical nutrition class at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She currently provides nutrition education and counseling for individuals with diabetes, obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and other nutrition-related conditions. She also provides group education to patients with diabetes and kidney disease. Prior to specializing in diabetes, she was a cardiovascular dietitian providing group education in cardiac rehab, as well as individual counseling for patients with lipid disorders, hypertension, and other risk factors for heart disease. Prior to becoming a registered dietitian, she spent several years working in marketing communications as an editor and graphic designer. Having earned both her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Arts degrees at the University of Michigan, she bleeds Maize and Blue. Her undergraduate degree is in English Language and Literature. She continues to write, frequently contributing to various blogs and publications including the Food & Nutrition Magazine Stone Soup blog, the University of Michigan’s health blog, the ADCES In Practice journal, and her personal blog thefeelingsnackyfix.com.