Let’s try this whole blogging thing…
Welcome to the 21stCentury RD website, I am happy to have you here! I wanted my first blog post to say I AM NOT A WRITER. Like, not at all. I have a hard time getting my thoughts down concisely and lack fluidity. However, I am still going to give it a go!
My virtual practice is not up and running yet, but I am hoping within a month or so I will be open for business. Besides seeing clients virtually on this site, I will be adding some blog posts mostly on food, the bus, but also sharing some random thoughts.
Nutrition is a really fascinating topic. Granted, I may be biased, but hey we all eat food. It is amazing how food affects most aspects of our lives, from emotions to our health. Nutritionism is a word that really stuck out to me in college. To put it simply, nutrionism is the idea that a food’s nutritional value is more than the sum of its parts (carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, etc.) As someone who is rooted in science, this really made me stop and think.
How simple is it to think of food as being nutrients? You need X amounts of this nutrient, and this vitamin…And everyone would eat the perfect amount of everything and everyone will be healthy. This way of thinking is completely unrealistic.
Nutrition is confusing. People are unsure of how to eat. How many times have you heard the old “well my granny used whole milk and butter in everything and she lived to be 105.” I can guarantee that your granny wasn’t inundated with fad diets, food pyramids, Instagram fitness models, or protein powders. We live in an interesting time where nutritional science is advancing, and yet most people no longer know how to eat.
Rather than thinking about just balancing your nutrients, wouldn’t it make more sense to balance activity and sleep, friendship and time alone, work and play? When eating, shift the focus from nutritional balance, to how food makes you feel: Honoring your hunger. Enjoying food with loved ones. Eating something for pleasure without guilt.
Our modern-day relationship with food is flawed, and this is one of the many reasons chronic diseases are on the rise. In my personal practice, I have a commitment to providing legitimate nutritional science and helping clients to develop a healthy relationship with food.
I would love to hear your thoughts on nutrition and nutritionism please leave comments below! Also any suggestions for future blog posts are welcome.