Friday morning, I sat in a 3 hour meeting where people had brought in items for breakfast. There were massive muffins, bagels with a bevy of topping options, hummus and pita chips (apparently someone thinks this is breakfast food), and lots of coffee. I brought what remained of my apple cinnamon protein muffins, knowing I would need my mid-morning snack, anyway.
To my right was a woman who is so morbidly obese she can barely walk. She filled her plate with a little bit of everything, including 2 of my muffins, which she topped with peanut butter and jelly. As the meeting progressed, I watched her eat the whole plate, which probably totaled close to 1000 calories.
I don’t know I’ve ever had that exact experience, but I’ve certainly had more than my fair share of weak moments.
Thursday I visited Juliet Burgh, a dietician and trainer at Unite Fitness. I made a decision to make an appointment with her a few weeks ago because I needed a professional opinion as to why things hadn’t been moving in the direction I wanted them to on the scale.
We discussed my medical history, my family medical history, my non-Unite workouts and activity, and walked her through my typical day in food and beverage. We talked about my goals, my weaknesses, and after doing some calculations she told me my usual diet is exactly what she would prescribe to her clients. It has the right mix of protein, carbs and fat to fuel my body to perform how I would expect.
My issue, which in my head I knew, is consistency. My occasional bad days are just enough to send my good days off track. Hearing a professional say it was what I needed. I needed someone to say, “you’re doing the right things, but something is missing so that when go off track, you go way off track”.
So we talked about how I could keep those in check. Things like my muffins, which taste like a treat, but are healthy, or my tablespoon of dark chocolate chips in the evening, are exactly what I need to keep myself on track. Little treats that make me feel like I’m not depriving myself are the key to sticking to my clean eating plan.
She also challenged me to stick with this for 10 weeks. If I’m not where I’d like to be in terms of weight/body fat, then she’ll look to refer me to a doctor who will run tests to see if there’s something else going on internally that could be keeping me from moving forward.
All in all, I was beyond pleased with my experience, and highly suggest everyone who has goals they are trying to meet, whether weight, speed, strength, to find a registered dietician and have an eating assessment done. Know your goals, be willing to be completely honest, and be willing to make a change in the way you fuel. In the same way using a coach can make your running improve, using a dietician can make your performance improve.
Have you ever been to a dietician?
What would your goal be to improve?
What’s your weakness?