My husband likes to joke at social gatherings that I only eat dry bread and lettuce. I am not sure why it is his favorite joke, but I feel that he brings up an element of truth of how my profession is perceived. For example, at a recent mom meet up that included food, one mom exclaimed that I brought apple cider donuts from our local orchard. She asked me if I actually eat donuts, and I responded, yes of course I do! She went on to say she believed that dietitians were extremely strict with eating habits and only ate kale salads or something similar.
I want to dispel the myth that dietitians have certain food rules, or that we even look a certain way. We come in all shapes and sizes and we eat a variety of foods. I love sweets, and I also love fresh produce of almost any kind. So one day I may for opt for that cider donut and a kale salad as a balanced lunch, which is a far cry from dry bread and lettuce (thanks hubbby!).
If you have been hesitating to seek the support of a dietitian related to any of the above concerns, please know that we are not super human vegetable eaters that are going to become the food police in your life. Quite the opposite, in fact. I take pride in offering my clients tools to incorporate a favorite treat on a regular basis while at the same time balancing other foods in a way that helps to meet each individual’s definition of happy and healthy.