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Dietitians Eat Ice Cream Too!


This is just a friendly reminder that dietitians love to eat foods like ice cream, too. I can't tell you how many times I've met someone new at a party and they find out I'm a dietitian (usually mid-cookie) and then say something like, "Oh no! Please don't judge me for what I'm eating!"

Honestly, I get really sad when people say this. I understand where they're coming from completely, but it still sucks when people think I'm the food police.

Most dietitians I know love things like ice cream, donuts, cookies and other "fun foods". We also enjoy and appreciate vegetables, salads, stir fry and other things people typically deem healthy choices. Studying nutrition and really understanding the biochemical processes behind your body's magnificent metabolic system—in many cases—actually helps people embrace all foods.

There's nothing wrong with you if you enjoy palatable foods like ice cream. Those of us who value nutrition and have studied it formally tend to also love those same foods you do. Resist the urge you may have to label foods as good/bad, right/wrong, should/shouldn't. They can all fit into your life with more connection to your body and by practicing attunement. Quality nutrition is about a zoomed out, birds' eye look at things, not about the minute details of our food choices.

If you've ever wondered why you see ice cream, cookies, veggies, burgers, etc. on my social media feeds, it's because I'm attempting to show that all foods can fit in a healthy, balanced, positive approach to food. Healthy eating isn't perfect eating and perfect eating isn't healthy eating. You've got this! More nuance, more grey, more messy, complicated realness.

#nuance #mythbusting

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