Seems like we all know that eating a healthier diet has positive impact on our short-term and long-term health. Managing diabetes, reducing our cholesterol and blood pressure, and preventing weight-related medical complications are common reasons to consider improving diet. The question is, why don’t we take steps to make those diet changes?
Years of helping clients answer that question has convinced me that nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian nutritionist helps you determine the reason(s) you don’t improve your eating patterns and moves you into action.
While we know we should eat better, some words of wisdom shared by my mom can help me explain why nutrition counseling is a necessary part of a healthy eating pattern. Perhaps like me, you’ve had these words of wisdom shared with you… “knowing and doing are two separate things.”
The conversations with mom always went something like this. Mom would say, “you’re supposed to do the dishes after dinner.” To which I would respond, “I know”. Then came those words… “knowing and doing are two separate things”. I find myself having empathy for my clients because of mom’s words of wisdom. There’re one or more reasons why we are not doing something we know we should do.
Let’s go back to what we know: improving our diet will make us feel better and stay healthier, but we still don’t do it. What are the reasons? Based on nutrition counseling sessions with people just like you and me, here’s a list of perfectly honest and good reasons for why we don’t eat a healthier diet.
1. I Tried and It’s Just Too Hard
Changing your diet to improve your health can be done, but when you try do it by yourself it is hard. To put it quite simply, you don’t have all the tools you need. It’s like digging a hole in the soil with a snow shovel. It can be done. But, digging that hole will be harder and will take longer than if you had a regular shovel.
When you enter nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian nutritionist, you’re receiving the right tools. We’re able to assess your current nutrition, guide you in establishing a realistic nutrition goal and work with you to find ways to step towards the goal. Get the right tools!
2. I Don’t Know How
Have you googled healthy eating lately? I’m a registered dietitian and the google results overwhelm me! There’s so much information available but without knowing what works best for you, it’s relatively useless information. I liken it to building a website. There’s lots of great information out there but I still don’t know where to start. I’d rather find a website designer to get me started and coach me along the way.
Nutrition counseling gets you started and teaches you the “how to” for what you need to know. We’ll start with where you are and build upon. You’ll learn as you go and gain confidence. So, refer to reason number 1. Just try, it’s doesn’t have to be too hard.
3. I’m Too Busy and Can’t Find the Time
I usually respond to this statement with four words. You. Are. Worth. It.
Unfortunately, I hear this most often from busy moms and dads. They work, take care of home responsibilities, take the kids to all their extracurricular activities and too often only find time to eat when they run through the Drive-Thru or stop for pizza.
I know it’s easy for me to say “You are worth it” but let me flash forward 15 to 20 years. That’s when you’ll show up in my office (ok I realize I will likely be retired on a beach somewhere but stay with me here). You’ll tell me your diet has really taken a toll on your overall health and you are just tired of not feeling well. The kids are out of the house, life is a little less hectic and you want to finally start taking care of yourself. Find the time now. You’ll feel better longer and yes…You. Are. Worth. It.
4. Eating Healthy is Too Expensive
I’ll make this one short and sweet. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Schedule an appointment. We’ll take a hard look at where you’re spending money on food and find ways to make it healthy without costing more money. Make food a priority, plan it into your lifestyle and believe that you can afford to make healthier choices.
5. I Don’t Want To
Yes, that’s a reason. Too often clients go to a dietitian because their doctor told them to go. Making changes to improve your health can only happen when you are ready. You need to do it for yourself not for someone else.
You’ve likely heard the Tai Te Chiing quote, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear”. When you’re ready, a One You Nutrition registered dietitian nutritionist will be here.
I’ll leave you with this thought, the second part of the Tai Te Chiing quote. “When the student is truly ready... The teacher will disappear.” That means we’ve had a successful client-dietitian relationship. You got that healthier diet and lifestyle and no longer need nutrition counseling. Now that is success and it’s our goal for you!
What’s your reason for not eating a healthier diet? Think about it and then schedule a Free 30 Minute Getting Know You Call we would love to help you find the way to better nutrition and a healthier lifestyle.
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Janet Schuch RDN, LDN
About the Author
I am passionate about nutrition and I love being a registered dietitian nutritionist. Nutrition can and does create better health for all of us. I wholeheartedly believe that a healthy diet is not just part of a healthy lifestyle. It is part of the foundation for a healthy mind, body, and spirit. If you are ready for connection to your true self, come see me in our Allentown office!