In celebration of the first ever Dietitians Week, I have written this poem entitled “Why I trust a Dietitian”. It’s a bit of fun, but highights the importance of always checking your nutrition ‘experts” qualifications, as there are lots of ‘quacks’ about! Enjoy!


Why I Trust a Dietitian

When it comes to nutrition ‘expert’, the waters are murky,

Some ‘experts’ say I should eat nothing but turkey.

I decided to visit a nutritional therapist

To clear my mind and put their skills to the test.


So I asked the nutritional therapist what I should eat,

Secretly hoping she’d still let me eat wheat;

Don’t eat carbs, sugar or bread,

Eat coconut oil, quinoa and fancy seeds instead.”


No gluten, no wheat, no cake, no sweets,

Definitely nothing processed, and no red meat.

Drink only still filtered water from home,

And don’t forget you’ve got leaky gut syndrome!”


Please let me test your skin, blood and hair,

As your many intolerances make your immunity impaired.

Don’t forget to take your expensive pills,

‘Cos all these supplements are will cure your ills.”


So now you’ve heard my rant about BANT,

I ask myself ‘to what does a Dietitian amount?’

They all have fancy letters after their names

How do I tell the difference, you hear me exclaim!


Whilst all Dietitians are nutritionists,

Not all nutritionists are Dietitians.

Dietitians are HCPC registered, and follow strict codes,

So you know you’re heading on the right road.


Simple, realistic, honest advice;

Professional and evidence based, to be precise.

Translating science to words you understand;

Explanations, information, in the palm of their hand.


If you think you have a food intolerance, only exclusion will tell;

There’s no need to cut out carbs as well.

They won’t send you off for expensive tests,

But their individualised advice is simply the best.


So why choose silver when you can have platinum?

All other competition we’ll flatten them!

They’re on a mission to give you the ammunition,

Trust a Dietitian to know about nutrition!

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Annemarie Aburrow

Annemarie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a first class honours in Physiology with Nutrition. She went on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, leading to registration as a Dietitian. Between 2005 and 2013, Annemarie worked for the NHS in a wide variety of clinical and community roles. More recently, she has specialised in health promotion and prescribing support. She has particular experience in obesity management (both adults and children), diabetes, nutrition for the under 5s and nutritional supplement prescribing. In 2013, Annemarie left the NHS to set up her private practice 'Expert Dietitian'. She now works as a freelance Dietitian, offering private consultations in Hampshire, telephone and Skype appointments, corporate nutrition consultancy and bespoke training. She has a growing portfolio of project work, including working with her local council to provide nutrition training and expertise to Early Years settings, article writing, work with schools and running training/workshops. Annemarie is a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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