This is a subject that I’ve been debating writing about but I’ve decided to do it since I feel it’s important to me in order to do my job the best way I can. I am just starting in this nutrition business and I have to admit that it hasn’t been easy. I’m just going to come out and say it…if you are looking for quick and easy fixes then I’m not the person for you. There! Plain and simple, black on white, there it is. I know that a lot of people think they understand this and still think they are ready to make some changes but as soon as I tell them my recommendations, they decide It’s too difficult and some don’t even try! They run the other way. I’m not an evil being trying to deprive you of all your “little pleasures”. If I tell you that what you are eating is causing your complaints and issues (this could range from weight gain to blood sugar imbalances to acne and bloating) then maybe it’s time you stop eating those foods and try something new. If a doctor said you were allergic to peanuts, would you eat them? If a doctor gives you a pill to “fix” your stomach issues or headache, do you take it? Yes, you do, why? Did you know that most doctors don’t have nutrition courses in medical school? Am I saying you shouldn’t listen to your doctor? Of course not. I am saying that if you seek help from a nutritionist then why aren’t you doing what he/she recommends? In order to make changes in life, whatever it might be, it takes sacrifice and dedication. You don’t get something for nothing. There are no magic pills or miracle solutions for nutrition. You need to understand that you will have to make some changes, sometimes big, sometimes small, in order to better your health and well being. Please if you are thinking of hiring me to help you with your dietary lifestyle, come ready and come with an open mind. You must be prepared to not like what I have to tell you and you must be prepared to do it anyways and reap the benefits. It is a process that can take over a year for some people depending on their health issues. I am not writing this to discourage you from seeking nutritional counseling, I am simply preparing you to face the fact that things that are worth doing are most times difficult to do, or else everybody would be doing it.
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As soon as I told people I was taking a nutrition course, everybody seemed to have so many questions for me. It's still part of my daily life to get asked at least a couple questions a day about food or diet or anything that has to do with nutrition. I quickly learned that it's best if I let people come to me with questions than me just blurting out "oh don't eat that" or "hmmm, that's full of sugar, don't drink that". I wasn't trying to be a "know-it-all" but at times I felt I wasn't minding my own business so I stopped doing that. Now I know that if people have questions, they will ask when they are ready but they often don't want to hear the answer I have for them or are not ready to hear it. I will be very clear on this...Nutrition is not a one size fits all, there is no mold that everybody fits in and that everybody should follow to the tee. Nutrition is very individualized and personal and has to be tailored to your bodies' needs, demands and lifestyle. When someone asks me "should I avoid grains?" or "why do you think I feel tired all the time?" or "should I stop eating dairy?" I can't give you a direct answer as I have not sat with you and gone through your health profile. In order for me to make an educated decision to determine what is best for you as an individual, I need to know all the facts. Some people can handle grains, others can't, some people can eat dairy, others can't. It's as simple as that yet very complex and detailed when it comes to YOUR individual needs. As a general rule I do tell everybody to cut out convenience food, fast food, sodas, processed foods and sugar. This is beneficial for everybody in the long run, no exceptions. As for everything else, well, it depends. As much as I want to answer everybody's questions all the time, I must have all the facts.
Being a nutritionist also doesn't mean I know everything there is to know about food. I too am constantly learning and nutrition is an ever changing thing. We discover new things everyday with science and that's what so great about it. With my science background it's ingrained in me to always want to know more and the reasons behind everything. Right now i'm learning a lot about high fat low carb diets and how it can benefit many people with various health issues. I am trying it out on myself to see how I feel on this particular way of eating. I have enjoyed how it makes me feel and in order to recommend it to my future clients I am trying to get as much information and real life experience to be able to guide them if they want to try it out. Now will I push this diet on everybody? No. I feel that everybody should lean towards what they feel is right for them. Is something isn't working for you then try something else. If you feel like crap on a specific diet or way of eating but you read somewhere that that's what you should do, well maybe you should rethink it. I think our bodies have a way of telling us what it needs and it wants to be healthy and balanced. We all need to learn to listen to our bodies more, myself included.
Take home message is: Keep asking questions but be prepared for the answers. Do what works for you and if it's not working then do something about it. Listen to your body, it wants you to thrive!
Karine Vaillancourt R.H.N.
Vitamin K Nutrition
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