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.

part I|42 pages


chapter 2|8 pages

Start with a Blank Sheet

chapter 3|14 pages

Hear and Understand

chapter 4|7 pages

Assess and Review

chapter 5|8 pages

Empower the Patient

part II|23 pages

Everyday Eating Routines

chapter 6|2 pages

Motivations and Barriers

chapter 7|3 pages

A Different EER

chapter 8|16 pages

Commonly Reported Eating Patterns

part III|110 pages

Common Referrals and FAQs

chapter 9|3 pages

Common Referrals

chapter 10|22 pages

Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

chapter 11|28 pages

Heart Disease Prevention and Management

chapter 12|15 pages

Chronic Kidney Disease

chapter 13|14 pages

IBS and the Low FODMAP Diet

chapter 14|26 pages

Weight Counseling

part IV|35 pages

Putting It All Together

chapter 15|13 pages

Health Literacy

chapter 16|6 pages

Cultural Competence

chapter 18|5 pages

Making PLANS and Taking Action