Dietitian's Week 2019
If you've been following me on social media, you'll be aware that this week was Dietitian's Week - a week dedicated to celebrating Dietetics, Dietitians and all those who support their work. As it comes to an end, I wanted to reiterate this year's focus:
What Dietitian's Do
It's a common misconception that Dietitian's only support people to lose weight. Although this is certainly one of the many roles of Dietitians, our work extends far beyond weight loss. Personally, much of my career so far has actually involved the complete opposite! You can find out more information about the variety of areas that Dietitians work in here.
Every Dietitian works slightly differently - they have their own style, personality and ways of doing things. Personally, I believe that my role is about much more than the nutritional status of an individual. It's not only the food that we eat that's important; the way we think and feel about food is important too.
'Good foods', 'bad foods', 'healthy foods', 'unhealthy foods', 'clean foods', 'junk foods' - honestly, there are none! It's the overall diet that's important. When we talk about food in this way we encourage an unhealthy relationship with food. If we eat a food that we believe is bad for us, it's not surprising that many of us feel guilty afterwards. Food should be enjoyed and we should never feel guilty about finding pleasure in the food that we eat.
There are no good and bad foods, just good and bad diets.
The internet is flooded with self-proclaimed nutrition experts who often cause more harm than good. As stated in the link above, Dietitians are regulated by law and governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standards. Dietitian's provide up to date, evidence-based information that you can trust. We 'keep it real' in a society where we're constantly bombarded with unsubstantiated nutrition advice.
All images in this post are from the British Dietetic Association.