Foods Nutritionists Never Eat - A Response
Fri Oct 12 2018 22:16:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
My partner was scrolling through his facebook feed the other day, when he came across an article. Something along the lines of top foods nutritionists never eat.
I was intrigued to say the least... I am a nutritionist, so what should I be eating?
Without a second thought I had already decided to compare my diet with what ever was listed on this article. Others who might be reading such a list, could potentially be getting sucked into the comparison game as well.
“If a nutritionist doesn’t eat it, I shouldn’t either.”
Its true that, some of the foods on the list I don’t actually eat, but its not because I’m nutritionist... its because I don’t enjoy them.
Some foods on the list, I DO eat.
Some of the foods on the list, I would actively recommend.
Needless to say at this point I had a few ruffled feathers from this post... ugh.
I began to think about what influence these articles have. The message that the information sends to the reader, and, the kind of information and message I want to share through my own blog.
Some of these articles go against everything I believe in as a practitioner (hence the feather ruffling). Information that makes you feel bad about what you eat, that makes you feel like you need to restrict your diet in some way, or that makes you feel guilty for eating certain foods, even if they are all that is available to you at the time.
The kind of information that makes you compare yourself to a stranger on the internet.
I’d love to take a moment to use these restrictive mindset based articles (a mouthful I know), as a reminder, for you, and for myself. The reminder is that we can CHOOSE not to let these articles drag us into the comparison game.
I have coined the term ‘Inclusive Nutrition’ for the way that I practice as a clinical nutritionist.
This way of eating focuses on a shift in mindset, moving away from the metric of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods, saying goodbye to strict meal plans, and learning to bring joy back into eating so you can live a full life.
We can choose to focus on the information that is positive, and the information that is INCLUSIVE.