GIMMICKS: NEED NOT APPLY

GUEST POST FROM DIETITIAN MONICA AUSLANDER OF ESSENCE NUTRITION


The allure of nutrition fads, gimmicks, and trends, is remarkable. Even I, a registered dietitian with a Master’s degree, years of clinical experience in an academic hospital, and published research, have fallen prey at times (Hence - the four-hundred dollar liver "cleanse" pack I purchased from a holistic doctor rotting under my bed). 

As the dietitian, I stand for science. I stand behind the Cooking Collaborative because Deanna understands that science is unwavering, though her creativity with food is not. And through her cooking innovation, which largely uses what I call “Earth Foods,” (foods with minimal processing that come from the earth or a living creature on Earth) Deanna’s work (and mine) embody the science of nutrition.

WE'VE BOTH HAD EXASPERATING, MISGUIDED CLIENTS WHO SIMPLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT NUTRITION IS, AT ITS CORE, A SCIENCE. MINE USUALLY SIT ACROSS FROM ME IN MY OFFICE AND EARNESTLY 'ADMIT' THAT THEY EAT "TOO MUCH" FRUIT AND ATTRIBUTE MANGO INTAKE TO THEIR WEIGHT GAIN. THIS IS LAUGHABLE. FRUIT, OR ANY EARTH FOOD, IS NOT TO BE VILIFIED!

WHILE NUTRITION IS A SCIENCE, IT IS ALSO COMMON SENSE. EAT FROM THE EARTH AND AS CLOSE TO NATURE MUCH LIKE DEANNA SUGGESTS IN HER OWN BUSINESS.

WHAT CAUSES ISSUES AMONGST OUR CLIENTS IS POOR FOOD PREPARATION, POOR FOOD PLANNING, PORTION DISTORTION, EMOTIONAL/PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS, AND POOR FOOD CHOICES OVER TIME THAT CREATE NEGATIVE WEIGHT OUTCOMES.It’s poor food preparation, poor food planning, portion distortion, emotional/psychosocial factors, and poor food choices over time that create negative weight outcomes.

Some of my clients balk at eating a single date because there is just “so much” sugar, but will guzzle Diet Coke, a known metabolic disruptor, by the gallon. They’ll reject my promise that you can eat an entire avocado every single day and that you don’t have to measure out blueberries, but will imbibe “Alien Foods” - foods that are NOT from this planet, and avoid the big picture - changing your nutrition LANDSCAPE!! CHANGING YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS NUTRITION AND FOOD PERPETUALLY AND REALIZING THAT THERE IS NO SHORTCUT, NO QUICK FIX, NO CHEMICAL, AND NO PILL THAT WILL RESULT IN A LIFETIME OF A CONSISTENTLY HEALTH WEIGHT. CONSISTENTLY HEALTHY EATING CHOICES IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING YOUR HEALTH. SELECTING FOODS FROM NATURE WITH PURE, WHOLESOME INGREDIENTS, IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE ACHIEVED FOR THE LONGEVITY OF A HEALTHY WEIGHT, AND DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH FOOD.

CERTAINLY, THINGS LIKE CHOCOLATE CAN AND SHOULD STILL BE EATEN IF YOU ENJOY IT (A REALLY HIGH QUALITY, 85% CACAO CONTENT DARK CHOCOLATE, IN ONE OUNCE QUANTITIES). CONSUMING "ALIEN FOODS" (MAN-MADE INGREDIENTS) WILL NEVER RESULT IN A LIFETIME OF A HEALTHY WEIGHT. THEY WILL CONDITION YOU TO BELIEVE CLEVER MARKETING, PSEUDOSCIENCE, AND WILL MAKE YOU CRAVE MORE ALIEN FOODS. FOR SOMEONE TO CHANGE THEIR DIET PERMANENTLY - TO BEGIN A NUTRITION PROGRAM OR A MEAL PROGRAM WITH DEANNA IS TO BEGIN A PROCESS. IT IS NOT A VISIT TO THE DENTIST OR A DOCTOR. IT IS NO WHERE NEAR AS FINITE. IT IS THE BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY; JOURNEYS WILL HAVE UPS, DOWNS, HALTS, TWISTS, TURNS, TRIUMPHS, AND FALLS. NUTRITION CHANGE TAKES TIME. YOU'VE BEEN ALIVE AND EATING FOR OVER X YEARS, WHY WOULD YOU EXPECT MAGNIFICENT RESULTS IN ONE SESSION OR ONE MEAL? IT'S LIKE PHYSICAL THERAPY OR PSYCHOTHERAPY, THINGS UNRAVEL AND UNFOLD AND CERTAINLY, OVER TIME. THROUGH THIS TRANSITIONAL JOURNEY, PERMANENT CHANGE DOES, AND WILL OCCUR, HOWEVER PATIENTS & CLIENTS MUST KEEP IN MIND THE PROCESS REQUIRES YOU TO BE INVESTED IN CHANGE. 

SOME CLIENTS ARE STUNNED, ASHAMED, OR EVEN ANGRY WITH ME WHEN THEY AREN'T LOSING WEIGHT/REACHING THEIR NUTRITIONAL GOALS. USUALLY, IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING DISHONEST WITH THEMSELVES. THEY WILL HEED SOME OF MY ADVICE, HOWEVER WILL STILL CONTINUE ENGAGING IN NEGATIVE FOOD/EXERCISE/STRESS BEHAVIORS. THERE ARE EMOTIONAL EATING FACTORS THAT NEED TO BE COPED WITH. THERE ARE FEELINGS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED, EVEN UNRELATED TO FOOD. CHANGING YOUR BODY IS CHANGING YOUR LIFE! IT'S NOT AS SIMPLE AS JUST ADDING A FEW FRUITS/VEGGIES HERE AND THERE.

IF WE (DEANNA & I) COULD GET ALL CLIENTS TO AGREE TO PUTTING THEIR TRUST IN OUR PROFESSIONAL HANDS - FOLLOWING MY ADVICE OR DEANNA'S FORM OF SATIATED PURE-FOOD ADVICE SERVED ON YOUR PLATE, REALLY - WE WOULD SEE A LARGE DIFFERENCE IN OUR CLIENT'S SUCCESS. IT'S PAINFUL AND SAD TO WATCH A CLIENT FLOUNDER, BUT WE HAVE REALIZED IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE DEVIATED FROM THE PROCESS AND OFTEN TURN TO ALIENT FOODS AND GIMMICKS IN A FAILED ATTEMPT TO ACCELERATE THEIR PROGRESS. THERE IS HOPE. TRUST YOUR CHEF, TRUST YOUR DIETITIAN, TRUST YOURSELF, AND INVEST IN YOURSELF IN THIS ADVENTURE THAT IS NOURISHING YOUR BODY AND SOUL (AND #FEEDYOURESSENCE.) NOT ONE BODY IS ALIKE, HOWEVER EVERY SYSTEM DESERVES THE PUREST FORM OF NOURISHMENT. YOU'LL FIND THAT WITH YOUR OWN DILIGENCE, MOTIVATION, AND OUR HELP, YOU WILL SEE AND FEEL THE HEALING RESULTS OF GOOD, REAL FOOD & THAT IS EMBRACING CHANGE! 

BY: Monica Auslander, MS, RD, LD/N