Real Talk & Tough Love
People tend to freak out when I tell them I'm a nutritionist. They may not outwardly say it...it's evident with their wide-eyed look and the way they suddenly seem self-conscious. They look down at their plates and immediately shrink back, as if I'm about to smack that cookie out of their hands.
Look, I'm into living a healthy lifestyle, but I don't judge. I'm certainly not perfect about it either. (Peppermint anything is my weakness this time of year.)
I work with people and give advice. You have the education and decide for yourself what you want to do with it. This isn't about dealing with the food police. That would be a waste of my time and energy, and quite frankly, it's not my interest to micromanage you. I can't want you to be healthy more than you do.
I get that many people are afraid to work with a nutritionist because they don't want to have to give up foods they love. I offer advice, strategies and support. That's what people pay me to do. You get the education and decide for yourself what to do with it.
While it can be challenging to make changes to your diet and lifestyle, it's important to note a few things when you work with me:
1. No one expects a dramatic change in just a day, but you WILL see positive results if you're willing to do some work. I will make recommendations and we can decide how big or small your steps will be toward your goals.
2. Think about the positives. You are likely adding MORE foods to your diet that you thought you couldn't have before, so don't worry about removing some things that haven't been working for you.
3. Adopting a nutritious diet doesn't have taste bad and you don't have to start eating foods you hate. That's not the purpose and it certainly would make life miserable!! There are so many options out there you won't feel deprived.
4. Once you're used to eating high quality, real food, your taste buds and desires for junky, processed food will change. It's amazing when you suddenly realize what you can live without or no longer crave! I've been there and it's kinda weird to dislike something you used to think you needed to have.
5. These changes will make you look and feel better over time and give you the freedom
to make healthy choices when faced with unhealthy options. Think about it: Have those shake programs or promises of "magic pills" ever worked long term? Do they teach you what to eat when you're not at home??
6. Be proud of yourself. You're here because you want to do more of the right things, improve your well-being, and avoid the consequences of continuing an unhealthy lifestyle. That's an incredible first step in making a commitment to be well.
I'm here to guide and support you. Let's do this!
-Krista Smith, NTP