Do you love food? So do we!!Experience Momentum | Food & Nutrition, | September 06, 2017
Many people are put-off by the phrase “Registered Dietitian”. Dietitians are often labeled the Food Police, suggesting that our only mission is to take away your favorite foods, or that we never eat dessert because it’s “bad” for you.
Let me tell you a secret: Registered Dietitians love food.
That is why we got into the profession in the first place. That is also why we care about your health – because whether you want to admit it or not, food has an impact on your health. Research shows it, countless stories from individuals show it, and you yourself have probably experienced feeling a certain way (good or bad) after you eat something.
Our job as a Registered Dietitian is not to take away your favorite foods, or tell you to only eat salads for the rest of your life (hint: that’s not healthy). We are here to help you optimize your health through the foods that you eat – whether that means you make a complete food overhaul, or just make a few small changes to your eating patterns. Our job is to meet you where you’re at; if you’re not ready to make a lot of changes, that’s okay – we’ll start small.
What most people don’t realize is that eating to support your health is not complicated, and it doesn’t mean that you can never eat out again or never have your favorite meal or dessert again. What it does mean is that you are intentional and thoughtful about your food, and our job is to give you the strategies to get there.
So what does a first appointment look like with a Registered Dietitian? We’ll probably ask you a lot of questions. Most likely, you’ll be asked to share what a typical day of eating looks like for you. We’ll ask things about your fluid intake, what medications or supplements you take, what your physical activity is like, if there are any foods you’re allergic to or that give you indigestion, and what your sleep and stress levels are like. If you have a history of a chronic disease, we’ll ask you about it – what you do to manage it or if there any specific medications or therapies you use for treatment.
Based on the information you share, we will be able to determine a few initial suggestions to help get you started on your way to whatever health goal you have. Most likely it will be simple steps – making sure you eat every three to four hours, eat breakfast, balance your meals with protein/carbs/fat, or make sure you’re adequately hydrated. From there, we’ll dive into more detail and strategy on how to make those things happen.
Here at Experience Momentum, our goal is to educate, support, and empower you with knowledge about how food works in the body so that eventually, you won’t need our help ever again.
We don’t believe in crash-diets, or really dieting at all. We don’t believe that healthy eating is complicated, or that you have to slave in the kitchen for hours to have nutritious meals. We also don’t believe in restriction or never eating your favorite food again – because what is life without eating something for the pure enjoyment of it? What we DO believe in is slow, steady change that addresses the whole person – because we have seen time and time again that this works.
If you’re looking for long-term healthy habits that stick, this is the place to be.
Ready to start making some of those changes that will stick for a lifetime? Call the front desk at 425-776-0803 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute nutrition assessment with a Registered Dietitian.