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5 Common Misconceptions About A Non-diet Dietitian

5 Common Misconceptions About A Non-diet Dietitian

By Alex Raymond, RD,LD. I think most people would agree with the statement, “nutrition is a hot topic.” Nutrition “advice” (see how I put advice in quotes, that was intentional) is everywhere… on magazines, the TV, Instagram, heard while walking down the street, given to you by Aunt Carol even though you never asked… This “advice” is nearly impossible to escape and it can also be triggering for anyone who is trying to improve their relationship with food. Which let’s be real, the majority of people in our culture do not, unfortunately, have a positive relationship with food. So, I truly, truly respect those who are working through recovery (from an eating disorder, disordered eating, dieting…etc.) because our environment makes it so difficult. Anyways, the fact the nutrition information, or should I say misinformation, is so widely accessible, often does not capture the truth and often paints food in a negative light, frustrates me as a dietitian. Not only are people who aren’t dietitians doling out advice–you wouldn’t ask Aunt Carol about advice on brain surgery if she isn’t a brain surgeon–but this advice rarely even paints a full picture of what “healthy” actually means. There are so many different definitions for “health” for different people in different life stages…etc. But that’s a whole other blog. Because of the way nutrition misinformation is often portrayed, I feel like, it also paints a negative view of dietitians. Many people have preconceived notions of what a visit with me will be like. Like I’m the “diet police.” Or that I just help you meal plan. Or that I am an encyclopedia of...
Q and A: Body Image Discussion with a Dietitian

Q and A: Body Image Discussion with a Dietitian

By Alex Raymond, RD,LD. Question: I’m majoring in psychology at school and my hope is to work with eating disorders. I’m in a sorority and I already hear a lot of negative body image talk in the house as we try on clothes before heading out. I’d love to get advice on what I can say to counter my friends’ negative thoughts. I just want them to feel good about themselves, but I’m not sure how I can help them to not listen to the part of their mind that unnecessarily shames them! This question was actually sent to me by a past intern. I was emailing her back and forth about how school is going and wondering if she wanted to help us out with some social media projects. She originally went to school majoring in nutrition, but switched to psychology. When she sent me this question, I thought to myself, “wow, I’m sure there are so many other people who would benefit from hearing my answer… it’ll make an awesome blog.” So here we go. Let me first start out by saying that it’s very normal (and almost socially acceptable) to poke at your body and point out perceived flaws. I always think of that scene in Mean Girls when “The Plastics” are in front of Regina’s mirror body bashing, and Cady is over there like “uhh this is weird, we didn’t do this in Africa, wtf am I supposed to say here?” We are brought up in a culture that overly values physical appearance (especially for women). Women are defined by their bodies and there is...
The Log: An Analogy by Anita Johntson

The Log: An Analogy by Anita Johntson

The Log: An Analogy by Anita Johntson By Dana Magee, RD, LD, CLT What is The Log? If you have ever suffered with an eating disorder or work with those struggling with disordered eating you may have found them difficult to explain or understand.  We have to accept the fact that eating disorders do not make logical sense.   No one chooses to have an eating disorder.   Eating disorders are mental illnesses that have a genetic component. They are often triggered by a life event or experience for those with high risk factors.  These mental illnesses come with severe physical health consequences.  Since eating disorders can not be easily explained sometimes the best way explain them to my patients, their family and friends, and as a reminder to myself I use the analogy of “The Log”. This Youtube video by Anita Johnston, “The Log”, is one of the most important videos I watch with my clients.   This video is under 5 minutes yet it is so incredibly powerful.  I almost always play it for all my clients during our work together.  Timing is key. The video is relatable in different ways depending on what stage of phase of recovery they are in.  We often rewatch the video together at different points in recovery where it takes on new meaning and provides new insight.  The video itself moves me. It increases my understanding of the client I am with as I watch it through the filter their recovery, their struggles, and their successes.   First without any explanation I encourage you to watch the video at least one time through....
Making Your Commute Part of Your Recovery

Making Your Commute Part of Your Recovery

How to make your commute part of your self care, healthy lifestyle, and eating disorder recovery.  Here are 5 tips on making the most of your commute! 1. Where have podcasts been my whole life?  I have been driving 45 minutes to an hour to and from work for years without podcasts and now I don’t  know how I did it! Mine’s nothing compared to the commute some people have, sometimes 2 hours one way!  I am loving using podcasts to help my mindset driving through the DMV traffic. Podcasts help me learn new tools to help my clients, and am able to share them with fellow commuters. I am absolutely loving the Love, Food podcast by host Julie Duffy Dillon, a Registered Dietitian. She shares in our REBEL against dieting mindset and dieting culture philosophy.  Her voice is so compassionate and her approach is totally in line with us at Empowered Eating.  I can confidently encourage my clients to peruse her podcasts knowing that they will be in good hands.  She also features other big names in the eating disorder recovery world to give even more tips and insights.  I learn multiple things every podcast. At 20-25 minutes they are never boring and really easy to listen too.  You’re bombarded by dieting society constantly so having  20 minutes of your day focused on body positivity is so valuable! I also love the ED Matters podcast which also features big names in the eating disorder recovery world spark helpful conversation about eating disorders.  I was honored to be a part of ED Matters last month.  You can check out...
Japanese Cuisine: Experiencing New Flavors

Japanese Cuisine: Experiencing New Flavors

Otani Restaurant Japanese Cuisine in Crofton Maryland By Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD   Variety is the spice of life and also a good way to insure that you are getting a well-balanced diet. I often recommend to my clients to eat ethnic food once/week.  If you are not familiar with ethnic restaurants in Maryland, I will highlight one for you today.  Otani’s is one of my favorite restaurants. The tea mug sets the tone for the meal with 10 ways to better health!   I start the meal with edamame (soybeans) and a great way to add protein to the meal. Next, I was adventurous and tried the tuna for the first time ever.   Next, was dynamite roll which is prepared right at the table!   What is your favorite ethnic restaurant in Maryland? Contact us today at 240-670-4675 for more information about our nutrition services. We are here to help you reach your nutrition goals!    Note: This blog was edited and re-posted from October 16, 2015.          ...
Dietitian Dana’s Fast Food Favs!

Dietitian Dana’s Fast Food Favs!

Healthy Fast Food Options Yes, Dietitians do eat fast food. This week we asked Dana Magee, RD, LD, where are the best places to get food in a pinch? Where do you go? Here is what she had to say:     1. Starbucks- A lot of people only think of coffee and treats at Starbucks but I have grown to love their bistro boxes and salads when I forget my lunch or haven’t brought anything with me for the day.  The added bonus is you can purchase these when you get your morning beverage without having to run out again! My favorites are the chicken and hummus bistro box, edamame hummus wrap, chicken artichoke panini, and the zesty chicken and black bean salad bowl. 2.Near the Greenbelt office I love Perfect Pita.  I love the pita sandwiches, but when low on time I pick up the pre-boxed lunch with white bean salad, hummus, and tabouli salad which comes with a pita for dipping.  Easy to grab and go! 3.  Being from PA, I am a Wawa girl at heart.  I will drive a bit out of the way to choose Wawa!  I have my shorti sub sandwich order down pat which makes it an quick option.  Even shorter on time? They also have preboxed salads, sandwiches, fruit and veggies with dips to fashion a meal in no time. Try doing their hummus and pita pack with the carrot and celery with ranch dipper cup (you can use the veggies to use up the rest of the hummus) I also like the canoli dippers for dessert! 4. Giant/Wegmans/Whole Foods-...

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