Are you putting off having a nutrition consult? A few times a day someone will say to me: “I know what to eat, but I just don’t do it.” Do we really know the how’s of eating – how to balance our meals, grocery shop, cook a meal and figure out a plan for how to a put it all together for our individual needs?
Over the past 20 years our food supply and diets have changed in dramatic ways. Things are not as simple as they used to be. There are many layers to how we eat, things to know about what goes into food, how it’s grown, fed or raised. These details are difficult to decipher unless you are reading multiple studies and researching food a good part of the week, besides having the education to comprehend these studies.
The biochemistry of food is still the same but what we know about how food affects our health has changed. Whether our animals are fed grass or corn, how our crops are grown with or without hormones, pesticides, etc. does affect our chemistry. Multiple ingredients and fake sweeteners in our “foods” have produced products that are not in our favor.
People go to lawyers, attorneys, doctors, counselors and trainers since they realize they require the expertise these professions require. At the same time it is curious to me how so many individuals think they know nutrition from reading a newsletter, or an article in the paper.
Find a Registered Dietitian who goes to multiple conferences and keeps up on the research. Bring a log of a few days of what you are eating, a copy of your most recent blood work, and bottles of any medications or supplements you are taking. Think about your goals and needs ahead of time to get the most out of your appointment.
An hour and a half of your time could be all you need to set your eating plan on course in a nutritious direction. Re-balancing your nutrients and some shifts here and there could make all the difference in your energy, your weight and most of all your health and happiness.
You might find yourself saying after your appointment: “I thought I knew what to eat, but after our session I realize I did not have the knowledge or tools, and now I really do know what to eat.”