I’d given thought to seeing a dietitian for years, and this week I had my first appointment! I’m glad I stopped putting it off, because I’m really excited about this!
No matter how much we think we know about food, we can all benefit from more informed knowledge. Dietitians aren’t just for weight loss or meal plans. There is a wealth of information we can gain to help our overall wellness and performance.
My motivation is finding the energy I had years ago. I’ve always felt silly for holding onto 2014 for so long. It was 4 years ago! Although it seems like yesterday to me. But when we discussed my goals she said two words – “golden year” – and I didn’t feel so unreasonable anymore. We all have it, a gold standard. It’s not about a weight. It’s about how I felt, my energy, my performance, my health.
One thing I’ve learned is my body’s reactions are different. Even if I imitate what has worked in the past, I won’t get the same results. Our bodies change.
I’ve made no secrets about my history and relationship with food. Staying healthy & fit is important to me, and part of that commitment means having a better relationship with food. A steady, long term relationship…not an it’s complicated.
That involves gaining a better understanding of my body. The biggest thing from four years ago was I rarely got headaches, but I didn’t realize it until later when they started coming back more frequently. So I’m interested in knowing how my nutrition factors in, and if any food sensitivities play into it.
For me, working with a dietitian is all about knowledge. Learning and understanding MY body. It gets exhausting navigating all the conflicting regimens (count your macros, count calories, low carb, intermittent fasting, gluten free, juices cleanses, & the list goes on). What works for some doesn’t work for others because we all have a unique genetic makeup.
Most of what we find online for “nutritional guidelines and advice” is based on standards. Not you as an individual.
I’ve always been extremely interested in finding out my metabolic rate. You can find formulas to calculate it, but again your taking guesstimates. How do you know where you really fit?? Yes, I am pretty active and workout, but at the same time I have a desk job. So I’ve never really known where I plug in on activity level, and where I fit on calorie intake.
Tomorrow I am doing my metabolic testing! So I’ll have more to share soon 🙂