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Managing Our Cookie Intake: Real vs. Virtual Cookies

By Keri Stoner-Davis, MS, RDN, LD // Feb 02, 2017

One of the main hats that I wear as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is one of being a “teacher.”  At the end of the day, I provide people with information.  I coach them.  I am a personal cheer leader for them.  It is up to them to really *learn* the information, decide how they are going to apply the information into their own lives, and how they are going to use information to make positive and healthy changes.

With that being said, learning what information is important and how to apply information into our own lives has become quite difficult in our age of technology, social media, and “electronic cookies.”  Personally, I am not very tech savvy.  But what I have come to realize over the past couple of years while teaching nutrition is that electronic cookies have a lot of similarities to the cookies that we eat.

 

Real Cookies Can Provide…

Virtual Cookies Can Provide…

Feed your tummy…

Feed your brain…

Provide *quick* energy…

Provide *quick* information…

Provide energy that may or may not be used…

Are easy to eat…

Provide information that may or may not be used…

Are easy to obtain…

Fuel our need for more sweets…

Fuel our need for more of the same information…

Provide empty calorie nutrition….

Gives us extra calories we do not need…

Provide empty value information…

Gives us information that we do not need…

Are stored for future energy use…

Are stored in your computer’s memory…

 

 

 

Nutrition lessons regarding the foods we choose, can also be applied to the nutrition information on the web that our “cookies” point us, too.

  •  Clicking on “one” nutrition article, will just lead you to another similar nutrition story.  If you are reading about “fad diets,” you will just keep getting more and more information filtering into your about similar fad diets.  If you click on reliable and quality information, you will continue to get reliable and quality information into your social media feed.
  • Everyday choices must be made between eating healthful and nutrient rich foods, choices must be made about based on the quality of the information you choose to click on and read – not always accept what is available, ready, and easy to eat.
  • Just like we want to inform ourselves and learn more about health and nutrition topics, we must also learn how to choose our information choices carefully and intentionally – this is also how we should be making our food choices.
  • Since we try our best to minimize our physical cookie intake, we should also think about limiting our electronic cookie intake as well.  Since we want to optimize and maximize our nutritional intake through healthy food choices, we can also optimize and maximize the quality of food and nutrition information received in our news and social media feeds – just choose the articles you are reading intentionally and specifically.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I spend time working with individuals on how they can change their environments to make healthy food choices “easy.”  So, with the analogy of how we can feed our bodies with cookies, let’s think about how cookies feed our electronic environments. 

I now challenge you to also look at your personal electronic environment and social media feed and determine how to make it healthier and with quality food choices.  “The bottom line is simple: If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”  Read more here.  You can also “change the way you think about food” and improving the quality of your everyday food choices AND media feeds by following Lemond Nutrition on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pintrest.


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sun city roseville ca // Thursday Feb 09, 2017

Cookies are delicious. It serves as a snack and energy food for us. But, our body has limitations too.

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