So, I get a bunch of e-mails from health and fitness related companies. A recent one from Idea Fitness caught my eye. (On a side note, Idea is an awesome website with a lot of different articles to inspire new and creative workouts. Highly recommended!) The title of the e-mail was “POLL: Why don’t women eat more healthfully?” You can read the entire article here. Basically, it boils down to these reasons, by percentage that they were cited:
1. 57%: Eating healthful foods is too expensive.
2. 47%: Social settings are too tempting.
3. 39%: Life is too short; I want to enjoy what I eat.
4. 33%: It’s hard to find healthy options when eating out.
5. 29%: I don’t have time to prepare healthy meals.
6. 25%: My family prefers less healthy meals.
7. 20%: Unhealthy habits are too hard to change.
8. 18%: Healthy foods don’t satisfy my appetite.
9. 13%: I’m not sure which foods are healthy.
With the exception of number 3, an RD can help with all of these. Although the credential is what gives a person the authority to work in a hospital and feed critically ill patients, they offer services that are extraordinarily helpful for all people. RDs are trained in the biology of nutrition, as well as social aspects of nutrition, cooking, and have a comprehensive understanding of foods and food items on the market. They understand food assistance programs, where to get quality foods for less (as well as what isn’t a good deal), how to navigate a restaurant menu and which restaurants in the area have the best options, easy quick-prep dinners that the whole family will enjoy, and effective methods of counseling for behavior change. They can fill you up and keep you full of all essential nutrients regardless of your special medical needs, and they can do it on a budget. RDs aren’t just medical nutrition experts, they’re food experts.
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