I’m sorry, but maybe that is because my message isn’t for you.
Even Jesus couldn’t win the approval of everyone.
And I am done trying.
My ethics as a dietitian quickly comes under fire when I preach a message of inclusion of food groups — allowing you to release the need to control every calorie. And giving yourself permission be the sole author of what good health means to you and your daily life.
I get it. It’s scary out there without hard-pressed rules and regulations surrounding every bite you take. There is a part of you that wants a higher authority to take the reins and tell you what will or won’t kill you, what will or won’t make you fat. I get it because I lived with this mindset far too long. For years, I justified an extreme mindset by laying it on the altar of the elusive idea a “perfect” approach to eating, moving, and loving myself was out there.
Registered dietitians are trained to administer “medical nutrition therapy” (MNT) to a wide array of individuals who have a wide variety of unique nutrition needs. Without a doubt, there are individual cases which warrant strict approaches to their dietary intakes, to the point it is life or death.
For instance, peanut (or any authentic food) allergy can be so severe that a person must always have an EpiPen. There are genetic disorders, like phenylketonuria (PKU), which is an inborn error of metabolism that can lead to severe disabilities if consumed. Children and adults who suffer debilitating and life-threatening seizures often undergo the journey of a ketogenic diet to help reduce the risk or severity of seizures. People with type 1 diabetes spend their entire life counting carbs and adjusting insulin to enjoy foods us with a working pancreas take for granted.
That is a short synopsis of how strict dietary lifestyles do help people with specific, diagnosable needs. While the list appears extensive, most of you don’t fall into that category and end up restricting your diet for a variety of other misleading and often vain reasons.
Guess what!?! The people and parents who are navigating this world with legit MNT regulations wouldn’t wish that lifestyle on their worst enemy. But they do it and are grateful for the break troughs in nutrition science because it helps keep them or their children alive and healthy.
Indeed, the public can learn things from diagnosable diseases with unique triggers and treatments. Come on that doesn’t mean that just because it works for them to be healthy, it is necessary for your health.
My message includes food group inclusion and accepting your life’s limitations with grace. Some of the boundaries you need to accept can consist of physical limits or crazy schedules, for example. Even finally admitting to yourself, you have limited self-discipline, or legit don't want to give-a-damn about exceptional health can be life-changing. And no one can change those mindsets but you.
Don’t mistake for my message of being gentle with yourself as a get-out-of-jail-free-card for making your health a priority. Go back and scroll my facebook and read why I want you to want the lemons!
I want to challenge the way you THINK more than the way you EAT.
WHAT you EAT is a byproduct of HOW you THINK!
I could care less about WHAT you eat, but my heart hurts for so many because of WHY you are eating it (or not eating it).
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Jesus died, so you have joy – it’s time you learn to enjoy the body you live in, the food that nourishes, and the thoughts you have about yourself and your diet.
I will keep pushing the limits of your thinking and challenging you to question your motives. If that offends you, I’m not your problem.
Love you, mean it.