The practice of nutrition feels divided into many (many) “camps” these days. Many feel their way is the “right” way leaving those not in the nutrition field trying to make sense of where they belong.
Trying an approach to food because it “worked” for someone else is similar to buying an outfit that looked good on a manikin. Most of us aren’t plastic, immobile, featureless, trapped in one moment of time.
Let’s take a look at some common dietary practices and connect them back to shopping. All seem harmless at face value. Some seem very moral. But the point is, it’s not realistic for one approach to work for all people. Just like clothes, you have to find YOUR way based on your personal needs and circumstances – not the practices of others.
Morality Based Diets...
Most anyone can create a meal plan to cover the basics. But they do little to predict and adapt to circumstance or personal need such as holidays gatherings or the work lunch break. And they do little to help you develop the skills and confidence to change as needed.
Sometimes the answer is absolutely wearing shorts and dealing with the cold because all you wanted was to wear shorts. But other times it's recognizing that wearing shorts in 20 degree weather will leave you frigid. And doing it chronically for long periods of time may cause you harm. But you could wear them in the house...or at the pool...or with leggings to both meet your needs and your desires. Deeper still, it might be about recognizing the unspoken desire to go to Florida...or the need for freedom and flexibility...or you seriously need to turn down the thermostat in your house.
The Role of the Dietitian...
Stop beating yourself up for past approaches that no longer work. We’re not meant to wear the same clothes we did in high school.
That’s why I like and promote the practice of intuitive eating the most. It’s still based upon core nutrition value of giving the body quality fuel. But it's about developing the skills and awareness to find flexibility and adapt to and address where you are, right now.
Stay nourished friends!
DISCLAIMER: The writing here is for informational and educational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for individual care. Your needs may vary. or individual support, please contact a provider.
Please note it's been a number of years since I have updated these posts. The content and philosophies may have changed as I've grown as a provider. Please reach out with questions or concerns.
Dietitian, personal trainer, mother, wife, runner, and endurance athlete supporting well-being, one bit and bite at a time