Heads-up, I am NOT the Food Police
I know, it’s just a bad habit that most people have. They assume that just because I am a dietitian, I wear a badge and write tickets for every poor food choice they make. Well, first let me say, that would be very cool, and I may need to invest in said badge and tickets….maybe that’s the secret to get people to change their ways. But I digress, as you will find that I do sometimes. I want you to know that even though I may glance at your plate or tray, it does not always mean that I am criticizing you! I do this only out of habit, and it’s a hard habit to break. But here’s the good news. By having this characteristic trait (sounds cooler than “habit”), I am the first to congratulate you on the amazing variety of vegetables you tossed on your salad or that swell-looking wrap you made of black beans and quinoa! Who doesn’t like to have their healthy habits noticed and pray tell, who doesn’t like a pat on the back for a job well done? While I am not the police, if I do see something horrific on your tray, let’s say 12 donuts, I may have to say something. Not because I am disappointed in you or that I want to mock your choices, but because I care…it’s my job…it’s my life…and now that I am a mom, it’s worse. So here’s the deal, dietitians are NOT the food police. They are people that genuinely care about your health and how you feel. Our goal is to teach you how to make good, yummy, healthy choices and keep encouraging you to do so. Next time you see your dietitian, give him or her a hug, because they care! And watch out, because I might start wearing that badge!