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First comment people always say to you upon learning that you are a Dietitian: "Don't look at my grocery cart/lunch etc!"
Confession: I don't judge what foods you're buying. All food can fit into a balanced diet. I don't presume to know what you're eating all of the time from the items in your shopping cart. Because, seriously, I have processed snack foods, bacon, chocolate, and alcohol in my cart too. Repeat to yourself, "All food can fit."
I am not the food police.
Second comment people will say to a Dietitian: "You should give me a meal plan/tell me exactly what to eat."
Confession: I do not want to make you a meal plan and tell you exactly what to eat.
Why? Because you're an adult and get to make those choices for yourself. And also, it's hard to make an exact meal plan and I would charge you a lot of money. If you really feel you need the decisions taken out of your hands for a while, you can buy meal plans from any number of weight loss centers. I want to you enjoy and cherish your food and your health. You're an adult and need to learn how to make your own good choices. Dietitians are happy to coach you along in making those choices.
I am not the food police. I'll let you police yourself.
Third comment people always ask a Dietitian: What do you think of XYZ diet (Insert latest fad-diet here)? I hear it's great. My friend has lost 20 kajillion pounds and feels....
Confession: Without even hearing the rest of the story, let me just interrupt. I think this new diet is fluff. Likely total bunk, not right, bad advice. That was a little judgey of me... maybe the new fad diet is just a healthy diet dressed up with a new fancy name. Are you eating Clean? Organic? Paleo? Green? High Protein? Low Carb? Meh.
Do you have an actual medical condition like insulin-dependent diabetes? Or insulin-resistant diabetes? Or Hypertension? Or Celiac's Disease? Or Chron's Disease? Or Irritable Bowel? Kidney Disease? Metabolic Syndrome? Because those conditions do have real research-proven diets to help improve or manage these conditions.
You're probably just trying a new gimmick diet and that's probably fine. Just, please, don't expect me to be real excited for you and the pseudo-science behind this new fad-diet. Why? Because diets that are gimmicky are a fad, not a ground breaking discovery. I plan on practicing dietetics for a couple more decades. I can't jump on the band wagon of every new diet fad and you shouldn't either.
Take a moderate stance. Enjoy your food. Enjoy your body. Appreciate these gifts.