Hi everyone, welcome to Nutrition Gone Wild!
If you’re here, that means that you’re ready to discover how making small changes to your diet can greatly improve the way you look and feel, without having to sacrifice your socially active lifestyle. Cheers to that! But, before we get into it, I want to tell you a little story about me, and where Nutrition Gone Wild came from.
I also have a nutrition challenge for you, but I’ll get to that in just a minute.
When I started my journey into the nutrition world, I was VERY optimistic. I thought that I could make a huge difference in the obesity crisis developing in the United States by becoming a Registered Dietitian. But, throughout my studies in the first couple years in school, it became apparent that dietary idealism was all that was going to be preached.
What I mean more specifically, is the only approach really discussed to be used for counseling was preaching an ideal diet, with little room for compromise. It’s as if the humans who wrote the lesson plans forgot to take into account that those who we would be counseling in the future were not human (or super-humans who never craved a cookie once in awhile)!
In a classroom full of future nutrition professionals, few were strong willed enough to be eating an absolutely ideal diet. AND it’s COLLEGE, so we were all partying our faces off… I was often in class learning about the metabolic pathways of amino acids and the dietary needs of diabetes patients royally HUNGOVER.
I needed to find that balance between my desire to have fun and be carefree, while at the same time eating the best I could. Because at the end of the day no one was going to listen to a fat dietitian… If I was struggling with my own diet, how could we expect our future patients and clients to change everything about their diet and expect them to be successful? If I had all the nutritional knowledge to make good choices, but I still had the same struggles with keeping a healthy diet and general lifestyle, I can only imagine how hard healthy eating would seem if you didn’t have a background in nutrition!
Two nutrition degrees and a whole lot of partying later, I have come to the realization that we are not going to improve the diets of people in the U.S. by telling them what they SHOULD be doing and leaving the rest for them to figure out. So I opted out of becoming a Registered Dietitian for a different path, and for many reasons (I have a lot of respect for Registered Dietitians, it just wasn’t the career path for me).
The optimism I started school with hasn’t left me, it’s just been adjusted for the real world. We need to be approaching diet like the glass if half full, even if it isn’t.
Let’s talk about all the things you’re doing right, or the small things you can change every day that makes each meal just a little healthier.
Just because you have a donut in the morning doesn’t mean you should say FUCK IT to the rest of the day! Conversely, if you know you’re going out drinking at your friend’s rager tonight, maybe you should eat something nutritious for lunch that day. This is not DIETING. It’s MINDFUL EATING.
With Nutrition Gone Wild, I would like to educate my fellow party-goers, just like you, about how making small and easy diet changes can lead towards a healthier life and a happier you.
Don’t be intimidated by healthy eating.
Just because you like to have fun, doesn’t mean that your health has to go completely out the window. I’ll help you learn how to make those health(ier) choices and I promise to present you with useful information presented in an approachable, applicable, and honest way. Ultimately, it’s up to you, so commit yourself to making each day a little healthier and we will get there together, one small change at a time.