Happy Hump Day everyone! How was your St. Patricks day? Feeling rough this morning? I partied hard last night…at a pasta party! I was at a Catelli event that I will be sharing all the details of soon.
Today is Dietitians Day! If you’re in the US you celebrated it last week but apparently us Canadians have to be different so we chose a different day.
I love being a Dietitian but sometimes I really hate telling people I’m a Dietitian. Why? Because it’s immediately greeted by one of these responses:
“Can you make me a meal plan?”
No! First of all, I said I’m a Dietitian, I am not YOUR Dietitian.
Secondly, the work I do has absolutely nothing to do with creating meal plans. There are many different areas and specialties of dietetics. Getting a meal plan from someone who primarily calculates tube feeds all day may not be the best source.
Lastly, on a whole most Dietitians don’t make meal plans. We’d rather teach people skills on healthy eating and how to make changes into their lifestyle rather than giving an exact plan of food to follow because that’s not sustainable and doesn’t teach long term success.
“So you must eat healthy all the time then right?”
I’m a Dietitian but I’m also a human. As I’ve said so many times on this blog before, my personal motto is that all food fits. I try to eat healthy most of the time but I don’t believe in strictly clean eating and I absolutely indulge myself in not so healthy foods on occasion. I think that’s the key to a healthy relationship with food and a healthier & happier life overall.
“So what’s the best way to eat?”
If I had the answer to this I could probably end the million dollar diet industry. The truth of the matter is I don’t know, no one does. Nutrition is a young science and it’s constantly evolving and changing. I can give you the best information on what’s currently being researched but that could change again.
Also, we’re individuals and have individual needs and ways of life. I don’t think there is one right way to eat but many different ways that work for different individuals
“Well I heard on Doctor Oz…”
Let me just stop you right there! Hearing that name makes any Dietitian’s blood boil. Stop getting your nutrition advice from Dr. Oz and start getting it from reputable sources.
“Oh, don’t look at what I’m eating then”
When I’m eating with other people I am not judging what you are choosing to eat. In fact, it’s much more likely you’re scrutinizing my plate. Unless you’re paying me to monitor what you eat, I probably don’t care!
If you’ve said any of these things to me don’t worry, we’re still friends. Unless you watch Dr. Oz, then we’re probably not friends. 😉
To my Canadian Dietitians, Happy Dietitians Day! And to my US Dietitian friends, you can have another day too.
Does your profession get a certain response? Are you guilty of saying these things to a Dietitian?