Since working in dialysis I have been fortunate enough to work with some phenomenal dietitians. For someone who has weight issues it can be daunting to start working with a dietitian. Initially, I would wonder “are they watching what I eat?” and wonder if they are judging me for my weight. Turns out those are my own issues and not my coworker dietitians.
When I became friends with the nutritionists I worked with I saw that they were also just people with a specialty and passion for food and nutrition. Sometimes they struggle with their weight and eating too. I’ve become a person who completely encourages individuals to work with nutritionists if possible. They can be so much a resource. (They are not the eating police.)
“I know what to do, I just don’t do it.” I am sure I’ve said it before. Many of my family and even clients have said it too. The thing is I think that is just an excuse not to move forward and live healthier. Nutritionists can help in so many ways. The Nutritionist, Christine, with my practice is a busy mom. I bet she can help you plan easy and healthy meals both you and your kids can eat. She has a passion whe can share with people. In my quest to give up (or at least greatly reduce) my intake of diet coke, Christine, was the first person to help me figure out an alternative. (It turns out it isn’t the taste of diet coke that was keeping me drinking it. Water, flavored or otherwise wouldn’t work as a substitution because it was the carbonation I was craving. Who knew?) I have been maintaining a greatly decreased intake of diet coke because she asked me the right questions.
Taking the time to join weight watchers and talk about is helpful because I am not just living in denial, I am paying attention to what I eat. I know sometimes that I put food in my mouth without thought and I bet I’m not the only one. This is one way for me to take responsibility. I don’t know how far I’ll go but this time is wasted because it is a time when I am present and in the moment with food.
Ok. Probably more than you ever wanted to know about my thoughts on Nutrionists and food but what the heck. Today’s parting advice: Don’t let past perceived failures get in the way of living the way you’d like today.