One of the perks of my wonderful work is that I get free personal training (which I take full advantage of) and visits with a registered dietitian, which I took advantage of starting with a visit that I made yesterday morning.
When I told my mom that I was going to see an RD, she was pretty shocked. I’m perceived in my family as kind of the weird one who eats really crunchy weird stuff, and as a result, my mom didn’t think there was a need for me to visit with her – but because the visit was free, and because I felt like there were things I could learn from her, I decided to sign up with her and visit yesterday.
I think a lot of times, when you go to see a nutritionist, folks assume that you’re in it to lose weight, but there was more in it for me, and in the days leading up to the visit, where I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew these things:
- That my sweet tooth is a little louder than I’d like to admit.
- We could potentially be talking about kids in the next few years, and I’m interested in being in really great shape to get pregnant, continuing in good health throughout my pregnancy, and returning to good shape after having a baby, and I could get help with that.
- I’d like to have more energy – wake refreshed and ready to do stuff, rather than wanting to cut my own fingers off when I wake up in the morning.
So I was a little nervous to see Katherine (Katherine is the RD), because I as afraid she might be judgey, or condemn some of the unhealthy decisions I make. I DO eat well, but I really enjoy my diet coke and my candy. And it’s never like I feel like it would be impossible to give those up, but I haven’t. But I was really pleasantly surprised at a few things that we got out of our first visit.
Similarly to a good therapist, Katherine did a lot with questions – but not yes/no questions. Questions that involved me talking…a lot. I hope I didn’t come off as neurotic as all, but I did talk a lot.
I was really happy that Katherine didn’t tell me to do…or NOT do anything. She really listened. And suggested. And recommended. But there were no demands.
Katherine allowed me to set my own goals, and didn’t set any for me. I am going to share my goals with you for sure, but wanted to share with you my experience with an RD.
Have you ever visited a registered dietitian? What was your experience like?
Mine was inspiring, refreshing, and a reminder. No matter how awesome you eat, how many miles you run, or how many kombuchas you drink, there is always, always something to be learned from someone like Katherine. And I really appreciate the chance to get to learn something from someone who’s better at it than I am!