Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
What does a digital diet tech do?
A nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR for short) is nationally credentialed as a food and nutrition technical practitioner. This means that an NDTR is trained and educated at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice.
NDTRs ensure the delivery of quality food and nutrition services, including but not limited to:
food service management teams
Traditional Diet Techs
Under the direct supervision of dietitians while practicing nutrition care, NDTRs generally work in the following settings:
Home health-care programs
When visiting a dietitian, diet techs may be the first providers you see. They often participate in intake and assessment, such as measurement or taking patient history.
Digital Diet Techs
Digital diet techs help to bridge the gaps in dietetics practice. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, technology is "entering into mainstream practice."
Utilizing technology for optimal healthcare is achievable. Digital diet techs function as virtual dietitian assistants to help professionals and providers to improve patient care.
Digital diet techs can improve efficiency and productivity by working smarter and working hard.
Do you follow a specific diet?
Nope! I try to eat as balanced as possible. The only real "rule" I follow is to avoid foods that are inflammatory to me personally when I can. Other than that, I try to enjoy nourishing, whole foods as often as possible.
What services do you offer?
I offer several services, including copywriting, blogging, branding, and more! You can access my portfolios by clicking here or book a session with me by clicking here. I also create lots of free resources for patients in my Free Resource Library.
What is one thing I can do right now to eat better?
Balance your plate with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious food! Focusing on fiber-rich, protein-packed, "healthy" fat foods can help you feel full for longer. Try adding whole grains, seeds, nuts, and more lean protein to your diet today!
What type of education is needed to become a diet tech (NDTR)?
An NDTR must complete a program accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This program requires a certain amount of practice hours. Then, a certification exam must be passed and continuing education credits completed every few years.
Are a diet tech and dietitian (RD) the same thing?
No. Dietitians must complete a dietetic internship (DI) following graduation from an accredited program and pass the registered dietitian exam before becoming an RD. They also must complete continuing education credits to hold an active license in their state of practice.
What is better, becoming a dietitian or a diet tech?
Generally, NDTRs are more familiar with the technical tasks of the field such as screening and assessment. RDs are qualified to evaluate, diagnosis, and prescribe interventions during the medical nutrition therapy process. Both are considered experts in the field.
I want to lose weight - what should I do?
Cultivate an abundance mindset, and focus more on what you CAN eat than what you can't. Fear-based eating isn't a healthy way to live. Focusing on whole, nourishing foods helps to train the mind to choose fuel over foods that harm.