Lighthouse Nutrition & Wellness

7116 Stinson Ave. Suite A-206
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Office:  253-269-8888
Private Fax:  844-364-8491


​Come with us on a Voyage To Great Health!

​​ Cathy Hains is your  caring and compassionate Nutrition, Health and Weight Management Coach, for the Gig Harbor, the South Sound Area & Nationwide

Why You Should Choose a Registered Dietitian?

Treat yourself right!

Should a plumber work on your taxes? Or a veterinarian see your sick child? Or a car be taken in to be fixed by a kindergarten teacher? You get the point!  Each professional specialist handles a different area. It's not appropriate for chiropractors, personal trainers or supplement salespeople or other professionals who are trying to make a living off nutrition who do not have appropriate training, to sell nutrition products or therapeutic services.

A Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist:

  • Has a medical background training in hospitals and clinics and other nutrition venues, usually 1,000+ documented hours
  • Has a solid background training in physical health
  • Had to pass a monitored national board exam for registered dietitians
  • Will be able to apply Medical Nutrition Therapy to your condition(s) - Don't look to your typical corner nutritionist to do this for you.
  • Will help you sort out fact from fiction in the nutrition field
  • Is trained on counseling skills to help you where you're at 
  • Is required for continued status as an RDN, to document 75 continuing education credits in nutrition and nutrition-related subjects every five years for approval

Top Nutrition Care = Registered Dietitians

But how about other "nutritionists," especially with the CN (certified nutritionist)  title? Well, these health professionals, especially the ones with background degrees in nutrition, may be superb at what they do. They may even have great success stories. But there's one thing to keep in mind.

There is little to no accountability there.

Certified nutritionists and others claiming to be nutritionists, basically have no one looking over their shoulders.

However, when nutritionists go the route of the registered dietitian, they have to adhere to a professional Code of Ethics for dietitians, and keep up constantly with the field of nutrition, as well as the evidence-based side of it. They are constantly taught how to separate fact from fiction in the nutrition field, and to provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to the public.Hospitals, dialysis centers, long-term care facilities use registered dietitians, not CN's or other health professionals for their nutrition guidance. This is the strongly recommended practice in the medical field, to hire dietitians for these roles, as they are part of an accredited and accountable professional group.

Registered dietitian-nutritionists have the Commission on Dietetic Registration holding them accountable every few months to keep up those continuing education credits (CEU's) in the form of webinars, reading, research, classes, conventions and other such means of continued learning - and each learning event (even reading) must be screened for legitimacy and evidence-based practice,  There are many dues and fees to pay, and dietitians are strongly encouraged to get involved in their profession with their peers in their local dietetic associations,  join dietetic practice groups (DPG's), compare notes with others in the field, and keep up reading the clinical and evidence based medical journal publications published by the Academy. 

Many people still today don't realize that dietitians are the go-to for nutrition guidance, and dietitians have been long trying to get the word out. These days, the expertise of dietitian-nutritionists are no longer just found in hospitals and large facility kitchens. Now you can find them in private practice, still staying connected to physicians and nurses and therapists, and helping clients as the nutrition authority. 

"Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists (RDN's) hold the highest level of nutrition counseling in their specialty areas. 
​'Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but only a registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In addition to holding a bachelor's degree, and often a Master's or higher, an RD or RDN must fulfill a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum, complete an extensive supervised program of practice at a health care facility, food service organization or community agency and pass a rigorous registration exam. What's more, roughly half of all RDs and RDNs hold graduate degrees and many have certifications in specialized fields, such as sports, pediatric, renal, oncology or gerontological nutrition.'"”   – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

You deserve an expert in nutrition.

Free health and nutrition "advice" abounds everywhere, online and in person. Please don't be one of the ones who succumb to do-it-yourself weight loss and nutrition, one-size-fits-all weight loss plans, or the latest shiny marketing gimmick online or elsewhere.  You treat yourself in other ways - So treat yourself to nutrition guidance by the right professional.  With Lighthouse Nutrition and Wellness, you can finally get truly customized nutritional guidance and the most supportive health professional, that your body and mind have been  looking for. Give us a call today!