People learn and know different things... We really love cooking but no that doesn't make us all chefs. Just because someone has a hot bod on instagram and loves working out and raw, vegan, clean, sugafree, only green, no dairy, no flavour eating doesn't mean they're a reliable source for nutrition advice.
So just like you wouldn't let some freak off the street delivery your babies - don't buy training/meal plans off people who don't know what they're talking about!
Why you could benefit from seeing a dietitian.
A common misconception is that Dietitians only treat people with chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular health. Although true we are also qualified to work in hospitals and treat people who require nutrition support through feeding tubes, surgical wards, dialysis etc; community and public health areas; and privately. Dietitians are qualified to treat people with chronic diseases but also in the areas of: coeliac disease, gastrointestinal problems, food allergies and intolerances, pregnancy, fertility, breastfeeding, vegetarian and vegan eating, sports nutrition and general health and wellbeing.
A common question asked is “So if I change my diet how much longer will I live for?”. Unfortunately health isn’t a quantifiable measure however it is most definitely qaulifiable. The biggest difference my clients report from their consultations is how much better they feel. Why is this important you ask? Well we are always searching good quality whether it is in the time we spend with others, the car we buy or house we build. So why not your quality of life?? We need to stop focusing on ust the number son a scale and starting looking at all the other areas that can be benefited from good health.
Changing your lifestyle to one that is healthier can benefit you in so many ways including:
1. Benefit your cardiovascular health
By decreasing the amount of saturated fat in your diet and increasing the good fats (monounsaturated and polyunstautared) you can decrease your risk of cardiovascular accidents.
2. Achieve your healthy weight range
Learning about the adequate amount of food groups you should be eating per day ensures we have a great variety of macro and micro nutrients. Just following a 2 fruit, 5 veggie approach can boost the immune system and, because of their low calorie content, help with weight loss.
3. Relieves skin complaints
Limiting additives and preservatives by eating an abundance of natural foods; determining foods that may be causing intolerances; and controlled exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can have a therapeutic effect on skin complaints such as acne, psoriasis and dermatitis.
4. Regulates appetite
But altering the types of carbohydrates you eat, the distribution and glycaemic index can help normalise mood changes, appetite control, cravings and satiety.
4. Increases physical movement
Fuelling your body with the right food and snacks and beginning an exercise programme appropriate for your age and health not only increases your fitness, but builds muscle tone, can add bone strength and helps with muscle/joint fluidity and agility.
Water is vital to thousands of chemical processes that take place in the body's cells to enable it to function. These include promoting digestion, regulating body temperature, improving the health and vitality of our skin and flushing toxins from the body.
6. Helps to regulate sleep
By making healthy lifestyle changes including types of food, when you eat and how your structure your day can help those suffering from sleep disorders such as insomnia.
Whether you are overweight, feel you just don’t know what is healthy anymore, have a child who is a fussy eater, about to commence a new training program or just want to feel healthier a consultation with a dietitian is a great way to start. Its non-invasive, doesn’t require you to take any tablets, won’t make you sore and has no side effects (other than uping the motivation). So why not book in today and get yourself well and truly on the way to a happy healthier you. After all a great man once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” (Hippocrates).