Nutritionists are not Carrot Stick and Celery Stick Agents
Often, when I ask my clients what foods are healthy to eat, they reply “vegetables” or “fruit and vegetables”.
It seems that many folks view nutritionists as carrot stick and celery stick agents. This fact underlines a basic misunderstanding of the function of nutritionists in the health system. It is important to correct this view so that we can communicate efficiently and move forward with lifestyle goals.
We are health promoters
As health promoters, nutritionists design eating plans and recommend improving ones lifestyle, in order to upgrade their clients’ “wellness profile”. The wellness profile is comprised of a wide range of factors which influence our well being, (not just weight and BMI).
The “Wellness Profile” includes: exercise patterns, adequate sleep, stress management techniques, medical issues, heredity, medications and nutrition supplements, alcohol use, weight, BMI and eating habits.
Follow up visits: A Tool for Progress and Success
There are many clients who skip follow up visits. One of the reasons is that they are embarrassed to go because they did not succeed in losing weight.
The purpose of follow ups is NOT to hand out punishments, but rather to measure success (according to the “Wellness Profile”), tweak the eating plan and to figure out the next steps for the client to take.
One widespread misunderstanding concerns how to measure success.
Success is measured by looking at the factors comprising the Wellness Profile.
In follow up meetings, successes are noted and continue to be part of the lifestyle. This is followed by
evaluating challenges that occurred and how the eating plan can be modified to deal with them.
Follow up visits are an important and helpful part of weight management and upgrading eating habits.
Research shows that the more follow up visits that clients do, the more successes they have!
In conclusion, improving lifestyle and eating habits are important to overall well being and energy level.
Remember: When improving ones eating habits, it’s vital to enjoy eating. There is NO contradiction
between the two.