bite my words

Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

Why I won’t tell you what to eat

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When people learn that I’m a dietitian they often ask me to tell them what to eat. While I could hand over a menu plan for a week this isn’t really what we do. My goal is to help people figure out how to make healthier decisions on their own.

It’s quite possible that I would tell you to eat foods that you dislike (I’m a huge fan of things like tofu, beans, and plain yoghurt). Even if I were to give you a menu plan consisting of foods that you enjoy, what would you do when it ended? Would you just start again? Could you stand to eat such a limited variety of food for the rest of your life? Bearing in mind that variety is important in a healthy diet.

Wouldn’t you rather be given the tools you need to make healthy choices on your own? Sure, it’s more work to decide what to make for supper or what to pack for lunch but if it’s the difference between enjoying your food and following a prescribed diet it seems like a no brainer to me.

Author: diana chard

I'm a registered dietitian living in Nova Scotia, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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