Not That Kind of Dietitian

I have a client who referred his co-worker to see me for weight loss.  The co-worker told my client that she had an appointment with me the following week, and commented that she should eat all her favorite foods now because I would likely tell her she couldn’t eat them anymore.  My client’s response was priceless, “Oh no, she is not that kind of dietitian!”When I meet someone in a social setting for the first time and they ask what I do for a living, I’m sometimes reluctant to say “I’m a Registered Dietitian.”  Why? Because typically the first thing many people say is “Oh! Can you put me on a diet” or “What do you think about (insert fad diet of the month).” Putting people on diets or providing them with a rigid meal plan and a list of foods they should never touch again? Many people believe that is what dietitians do, right? Not this dietitian!   Lets take a step back for a sec.  The definition of a diet is simply the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.  People follow certain diets for a variety of reasons based on religion, culture, ethical reasons, food tolerances or preferences. Somehow the term ‘diet’ has evolved into a word implying restriction and/or weight loss and these, my friends, are actually fad diets. There are an endless amount of fad diets on the market, that I’m sure most of you are aware of, so I won’t bore you with a long list. Fad diets do not work people…plain and simple.  Not only do they not work, but can...
BARS, BARS, BARS

BARS, BARS, BARS

My clients are always asking about bars, so I thought it was appropriate to make this my first blog topic! There are so many bars to choose from and A LOT of misleading marketing claims, that make it a bit overwhelming to find a legit snack bar. The claims are endless: gluten free, organic, high protein, added caffeine, vegan, dairy free, low glycemic, soy free, and so on… Don’t get me wrong; I do think bars can be a good snack choice. They are convenient, portable, relatively affordable (some can get $$$), and can get you from one meal to the next with minimal planning. I keep bars stashed in my purse, car, and desk just in case of an emergency hanger situation.   Ideally, I would regularly be making my bars from scratch using the many recipes I have pinned on my Pinterest page , but let’s get real! The confusion is real folks even for an RD at times! I took a trip to my local Whole Foods to scope out the situation. Luna Confession: Luna bars were a staple during my college days, along with Lean Pockets and Yoplait Lights. Not going to lie, these bars taste pretty good, but now that I’m older and wiser I have found these bars to be far from real food. Red flag #1 is the laundry list of ingredients; the first ingredient being soy protein isolate (along with 3 other soy ingredients). The amount of soy products in this bar is a little concerning; as well as the 11 grams of sugar (that is almost 1 tablespoon!) I’m not all...