It’s Not What You Think
As I set out to write my first blog as a dietitian at Lemond Nutrition, my mind is flooded with various ideas. Through all of the ideas, there is one that is near and dear to my heart- self acceptance. It may sound odd that I am writing about self-acceptance on a blog dedicated to nutrition and health, but isn’t health all-encompassing? I personally believe that in order to have good health, you must also learn to accept where you are at. The key is to know that you do not have to stay where you are at! Small and consistent changes really do make a difference.
While having the opportunity to see a wide array of clients, I must admit that when a younger client comes in seeking nutrition counseling for weight management- my heart aches to help. The truth is, this is probably the case with every dietitian. Dietitians are known for wanting to help others and thrive off of the opportunity to do so. We honestly want you to succeed and want to build lasting relationships with you. We love having the chance to be a part of your journey because, as I previously mentioned, you do not have to stay where you are at.
Just as many of our clients open themselves up to us, I am pleased and excited to have the opportunity to do the same with you. Growing up, I was the typical teenage girl that was overly focused on appearance. That is not to say that other things were not important to me, but what others thought definitely held a position higher than it should. I struggled with not loving myself where I was at the time. When I graduated high school, I did exactly as they said I would- I gained the “freshman 15+” (the plus sign means that I exceeded their expectations, but not in the way I would have hoped for). A few years later, I don’t know what exactly clicked in me, I guess you could say I had an awakening of sorts, I decided that I wanted to be healthier. I joined a gym, which I worked at, so some could say that I had the ultimate form of accountability. During my time at the gym, I decided that I would start to change my eating habits, as well. Needless to say, I decided to go to school to become a Registered Dietitian to help myself and others.
After much dedication to choosing the “all the time” foods the majority of the time and the “sometimes” foods on occasion, I finally met my goal. I have learned that obtaining good nutrition habits does not happen overnight, rather it is about consistency. I feel healthier and have finally learned to accept where I am. Sure, I still have areas that I would like to improve on, but now I consider myself to be an adult that is making small and consistent changes in order to reach her goals. I will be honest, it does not get any sweeter than that- acceptance of the journey including the dirt roads and not just the paved.
Somewhere along my journey, it became very important to me to help others learn to accept themselves the way that I have learned to accept myself. As a dietitian, it is a goal of mine to empower others through providing them with nutrition counseling. It is my responsibility to ensure that they know it will not happen overnight. It is through offering accountability and support along the way that I have the opportunity to be a part of their journey and success. A huge part of my role is helping the client set realistic goals and encouraging the client to meet them. When do I consider myself successful? It is when a client realizes that they do not have to give up when they struggle or do not reach their idea of “perfection”. It is when they learn to accept their journey to achieving good nutrition.
What I want you to take away from this is everyone has to start somewhere, but it does not mean that they cannot learn to accept where they are in the process.
I will say it again- EVERYONE HAS TO START SOMEWHERE, BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY CANNOT LEARN TO ACCEPT WHERE THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS. Now, let that sink in. Where will you start today?