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When I tell people I’m a Dietitian the response I receive about 90% of the time is, you must eat really healthy. Of course, I try to eat well, but I definitely do not eat healthy all of the time. Just because I know better doesn’t mean I do better. Do you think a dentist flosses every single night, do you think a doctor never smokes, do you think a chef never eats fast food? Of course not, because behind the title and profession, there’s a human.
I will slather Cheez Whiz on everything if I have a jar in my fridge. I can probably count on one hand the number of days that I go without chocolate in a year. I rarely read food labels when I shop. I just saw the other day that the flavoured tuna I consume regularly has 500mg of sodium…and I still bought it.
I reached out to a group of Dietitians to ask them about their own “food confessions”. Let me tell you, the responses were entertaining. I laughed out loud more than a couple of times.
Here are just a few of my favourite responses:
- I have no idea what a cumquat looks like (am I even spelling that correctly?)
- I am currently eating the leftover pumpkin pie cupcakes from Halloween…for breakfast.
- My accountant yelled at me for 20 minutes for spending over $500 on fried chicken last year. That was only what he saw on my credit card, he didn’t even see what I paid for in cash.
- I do not off the top of my head know the micronutrient content of every type of food. What vitamins or minerals are there in pumpkin seeds? No idea! (A lot of agreement on this one – we use google just like you do)
- My favourite cheese cake is from the Cheesecake Factory. Since we don’t have one close by, when we do go – I buy the whole large size pie…for myself.
- I love Kraft peanut butter. It spreads so much better than the all natural kind (we also don’t just eat one Tablespoon at at time)
- When I bake my chocolate chip banana muffins, I always have left over chocolate chips, which I then proceed to eat by the handful.
- I’m a new mom and I don’t know everything my daughter should be eating at 6, 9, or even 12 months. I don’t make baby food, I purchase pre-puréed pouches like everyone else.
- Sugary cereal is my weakness. Froot Loops, Cap’n Crunch, Alpha Bits, Honeycombs, you name it, and it’s probably been in my cupboards in the last 6 months.
- I love to bake. I also don’t do modifications either to make it “healthier”.
- We always eat dinner while watching TV on the couch.
- I love food, and cooking some basics, but I am not a foodie. The saffron threads someone gave me for Christmas a few years ago? Still in my cupboard. The slow cooker I bought last year because I thought it would be so handy? Still haven’t used it.
- I tell my clients to slow down when they’re eating, only to inhale my next meal in less than 15 minutes
- I prefer regular or thick-crust pizza over thin-crust. Extra carbs and gluten! And white crust over whole-grain
- I think quinoa looks like boogers
- I eat whipped cream straight from the can–I can finish the whole thing in one sitting!
- I dip my pizza in mayo
- I’m terrible at drinking water. My day goes coffee, coffee, coffee, and then wine.
- I’m just not interested in using cauliflower in my pizza crust or zucchini in place of noodles.
As the discussion amongst the Dietitians on these food confessions progressed, it became clear that we were in agreement, these aren’t secret confessions. In fact, they are things we would all want our clients or the general public to know. We want to debunk the Dietitian myths such as Dietitians only eat salads, Dietitians cook every meal from scratch, Dietitians never indulge in dessert, etc. But we also want to show that these confessions are healthy eating. We do not feel guilt over the nachos, cool whip, cheez whiz or Mc Donalds that we consume because those foods bring us enjoyment and therefore have a place in our diet.
So the next time you’re around a Dietitian, don’t feel guilty about ordering the fries, instead offer to share!
What is one of your “food confessions”? Are you surprised by what Dietitians eat?