Registered dietitian nutritionists — RDNs (sometimes simply called registered dietitians/RDs) — are the nationally-accredited food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDNs use their evidence-based nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.

Unlike those who can claim only to be "nutritionists" and are not required to have any special training, RDNs undergo several years of academic and hands-on training to earn their credential, including:

  • Completion of at least a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university and coursework approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a nationally recognized accreditation organization.
  • Completion of an accredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, and/or a foodservice corporation, typically lasting 6-12 months in length.
  • Passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Completion of continuing professional educational requirements (75 units every 5 years) to maintain registration.

Individualized Support & Evidence-Based Guidance

Nutrition for Daily Life understands that every person trying to make lasting lifestyle changes faces their own unique set of needs, skills, goals, and challenges.

Graduate-level training in both nutritional science and health psychology, plus years of professional experience in weight management and lifestyle counseling, provides you with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who can:

  • understand where you are currently in your health lifestyle,
  • help you identify where you'd realistically like to be, and
  • help you find the most effective path to reach and sustain these goals, using dietary and behavioral guidance supported by scientific research.

No gimmicks, no fads, no lose-it-quick schemes or magic supplements.  We believe in real food, realistic goals and expectations, a plan of action that works within the constructs of your real daily life, and flexible personalized support to help keep you focused through all life's ups and downs.

For more information on RDNs, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) website here.

About Our RDN...

Ashlee Gossard, MS, RDN, received her BA Psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and her MS Nutritional Science and RDN credential from San José State University.  

Prior to attending SJSU, she also completed two years of graduate training in applied health psychology at Northern Arizona University, where she received clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, eating disorders, lifestyle modification for the prevention of chronic disease, and the essential connections between physical and mental health.  She has been working as a nutrition and weight management counselor since 2009, first at a local weight management firm and then in private practice.

Outside of work, Ashlee loves spending time with her family and her three cats, and enjoys cooking, reading, playing the piano, singing, dancing, traveling, hiking and camping.

An Important Note about "Your Weight"...

    We at Nutrition for Daily Life subscribe to the "Health at Every Size" model, which means that WEIGHT ISN'T EVERYTHING when it comes to overall health.  As our Fundamentals of Everyday Health (see home page) show, weight management is only ONE component of total health, along with diet, physical activity, and other health-related lifestyle behaviors.

   However, it is also often true that shedding (if overweight) or gaining (if underweight) a few pounds through healthy changes to diet and exercise has been scientifically associated with reduced risk for acute and chronic diseases.  Our job is to help you find the balance between a healthy lifestyle and an unhealthy obsession with weight.

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?