March is National Nutrition Month, the perfect time to “put your best fork forward!” But what does that mean? What is good nutrition? I can’t tell you how often clients come to me complaining of mixed messages about nutrition, not just from the media but from healthcare providers.
It’s important to understand that, with nutrition, one approach does not work for everyone. We are all unique, and so are our bodies and lifestyles. Our gender, body shape, genetics, level of activity, and age all can affect what’s needed for our bodies and minds to flourish. For someone with celiac disease, it is imperative that they cut gluten out of their diet; for most of the population, there are no discernible benefits to a gluten-free diet.
It’s also important to make changes that are sustainable. A two-week focus on better choices doesn’t matter if you’re not committed to making those adjustments long-term.
A dietitian can help you on your path to wellness not only by sharing nutrition information, but by helping to keep you accountable and identifying a realistic, individualized approach that can work for your own lifestyle. Many people have a great deal of nutrition information in their brains, but they don’t know which information to trust and how to apply it to their lives. If you find yourself looking for guidance in these areas, a dietitian may be just the person to talk to.