It may come as a surprise to some but my role as a dietitian is not synonymous with being the food police! My mission is not to make you comply with a rigid set of food rules. On the contrary, I strongly believe that there is space in our diets for ALL foods to fit. I’d like to share with you the principles by which I practice (and eat):
- DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ: The internet is a sea of myths and misinformation when it comes to nutrition. Seek out reliable, evidence-based resources that will enable you to make educated food choices.
- GET BACK TO NATURE: Eat less processed foods. Eat more whole foods. Eat fresh foods in season. Try to fill at least half your dinner plate with vegetables.
- DOWN SIZE: Standard portion sizes have doubled in size over the past three decades. To avoid over-consuming calories, pay attention to the size of your servings. Try using smaller dinner plates, mugs etc.
- BE PRESENT: Slow down and try to eat and drink mindfully. Tuning in to your body’s hunger and satiety cues.
- GET REAL: Understand that eating habits developed over years are not going to change overnight. Visualize the dietary goals that you want to achieve and set yourself a series of small goals and rewards to help you move in the right direction. Allow yourself to include all foods in your diet.
- STAY POSITIVE: Focus your energy on living better rather than on the shape of your body or the foods you consume. Engage with like-minded people to help you stay motivated. Most of all taste, savour, and enjoy!