Nutrition information is ubiquitous in modern society. Food companies want to sell their products, and news outlets want to grab your attention with shocking nutrition revelations. Most of these sources do not have your best interest in mind. They can increase confusion and frustration or encourage poor food choices.
Often, we are ignorant to the effect foods have on our mood, behavior, and energy levels. Some foods may make you feel ashamed, depressed, lethargic, or unmotivated. Others can inspire you to take on the world. Learning which foods bring out your best and worst is one of the first steps in developing healthier habits.
Most of us feel that we could be healthier and happier if we could change our eating and exercise habits. Although this sounds simple, for many, it is one of the hardest challenges we face. Often, progress is difficult because we have a lot going against us. We lack adequate support from friends and family. We are too busy to make conscious choices about the foods we eat or if we exercise. We experience stressors in our life that can derail our efforts and drive our eating habits. We are surrounded by food advertisements and food temptations. We are swayed by quick fix solutions such as diet books, supplements, and apps that often leave us back where we started. Suddenly, this simple goal has become a complex issue. Many people feel that they haven’t been successful because they aren’t strong enough, they don’t have any willpower, or they are simply failures. This simply isn’t true. We all have unique relationships and responses to foods we eat. In nutrition counseling, you are able to explore this relationship free from shame or judgement to get closer to a healthier you.