One of the biggest myths in eating is the idea of “calories in, calories out.” That by simply “balancing” or manipulating the amount of calories we take in with the amount of calories we burn is a direct path to weight change, health, and happiness. My goal for this post is to highlight some of the (several) reasons that calorie counting is unnecessary and calories in, calories out is scientifically unsound (and likely damaging to our relationship with food).
I’ve been doing more Q&A’s on Instagram lately and got a great question the other day that felt right for a blog post: how do I care for my body with nutrition without dieting?
This can be a such a hard question to approach if you have a history of dieting or an eating disorder. Diet culture tends to reduce nutrition to restriction, whether it’s through villainizing certain foods, calorie counting, ignoring hunger cues, or other methods. It’s my goal for this post to share how to start reframing the diet mindset and be able to use nutrition knowledge to support your body instead of punishing it.
I heard an analogy that owning a business is like riding a lion - everyone else sees you doing it and is impressed, and you’re sitting on a lion wondering how you got here and how to stay safe. And while that analogy may be a liiiiittle dramatic, starting and running a business is intimidating! I got little to no education about private practice during my coursework and internship while becoming a dietitian. Much of my knowledge comes from a mixture of trial-and-error, and having really supportive colleagues and mentors who are more than happy to share their input. Today, I’m sharing the online platform I couldn’t run my nutrition private practice without!