Acceptance and commitment therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals to accept their thoughts and feelings, clarify their values, and engage in actions that are meaningful and fulfilling. ACT has been shown to be effective in treating a range of mental health conditions, including eating disorders, body image concerns, and chronic dieting.

Acute inpatient unit

The purpose of an acute inpatient unit (AIU) is to provide immediate and intense medical attention for patients facing acute medical conditions, and nutrition plays a critical role in the care provided by the AIU. The AIU is also relevant to the treatment of eating disorders as it provides a comprehensive treatment plan, including medical monitoring, therapy, and nutritionally balanced meals, to help patients stabilize their health and begin their recovery journey.


Addiction is a chronic brain disorder characterized by compulsive activity or substance-seeking behavior. Treatment for addiction typically involves a combination of medication and therapy. A dietitian can play a crucial role in helping individuals overcome food-related addiction.

Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by persistent restriction of energy intake, intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image. Treatment typically involves a combination of medical and psychological interventions, including nutritional support, psychotherapy, and family-based therapy, to address the physical and psychological aspects of the disorder and promote recovery.

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a type of eating disorder characterized by avoidance or restriction of certain foods. Treatment typically involves therapy, nutrition education, and exposure to a variety of foods, along with possibly medications to manage related conditions such as anxiety or depression.


Alcohol is a beverage produced by the fermentation of grains, fruits, or vegetables, and excessive consumption can negatively impact nutrition by providing empty calories, impairing nutrient absorption, and disrupting nutrient metabolism.

AIP diet

The AIP diet (Autoimmune Protocol diet) is an elimination diet that aims to reduce inflammation and improve symptoms for people with autoimmune conditions. It involves removing certain foods from the diet, such as grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods, and emphasizing nutrient-dense whole foods to support gut health and reduce inflammation.


A1C is a blood test that measures a person's average blood sugar levels over the past 2 to 3 months. It is commonly used to diagnose and manage diabetes and can be impacted by factors such as blood sugar control, red blood cell lifespan, anemia, kidney disease, medications, and more.