Challenge your beliefs about what you already know about nutrition Cindy Dexter, RD, CD
As a registered dietitian working in behavioral health, I'm exposed to an unlimited number of ideas about nutrition, and see first-hand the decisions that are made about food intake that can be extremely detrimental to the overall health of growing children and adults. It amazes me how an individual’s strong belief system can severely affect their diet, and set them up for a life of chronic illness or even an early death. This doesn’t just occur in a hospital setting, but also in everyday life, among individuals who are otherwise mentally healthy.
When people struggle to lose weight and improve their health, it’s usually core beliefs that are often overlooked in their desire for change. For chronic dieters, failure seems to be an all too common experience, which is why the diet industry is so successful. It’s an industry that sells hope and paints a picture of “the good life,” by showing actors who supposedly have already achieved their weight loss goals and now everything is there life is “perfect.” For many, weight loss isn’t going to equate to a better life. While for others, a diet that includes severe food restriction can be life-threatening.
To improve health and increase the chances for weight loss, proper nutrition education needs to happen first. People need to understand how to adequately nourish themselves and to listen to their bodies. Experiencing weight gain or weight loss is the body’s response to something that is acting upon it. Which for a healthy person, can be in response to the amount of food that is eaten each day and the amount physical activity. When a diet is properly balanced, the body settles to a weight that is optimal to its functioning. The latest fad diet, can’t do this. They are not geared toward the uniqueness of each individual needs based on health history, age, gender, height and weight, etc.
A place you can trust... a work in progress My plan is to develop a website where viewers can find accurate information based on current research from sources that have no other agenda other than improving public health. Sometimes when a population has been so inundated with inaccurate or skewed information, the best course of action is to go back and start from the beginning and move away from the hype.
The resources here may seem basic and rudimentary, but I encourage viewers to look and compare it to what they’ve already learned or heard about when it comes to nourishing our bodies. This information encourages readers to make decisions within the present moment, and to stop making decisions based on a future of empty promises. Let the first step for change be to identify and challenge strong beliefs with an open mind.