Hey friends! Today’s podcast is answering all of your questions. I love these types of episodes and I hope you enjoy :)
Ep 23: Listener Q&A
Q: I recently got engaged and want to look and feel my best on my wedding day. Do you have any tips for preparing for the wedding?
Samara: It’s easy to feel like you need to look a certain way at your wedding, but if you are taking care of yourself, what really matters is the quality of your relationship. Those things will help you feel like your best self!
Lindsey: Weddings can be stressful: as for exercise, do whatever helps you feel your best, whether that is boot camp, yoga, or walking.
Q: I work in an office where coworkers will bring pastries and desserts frequently, and I occasionally help myself to them even if I don’t necessarily want them. My coworkers will make comments about how I am “too healthy.” The situation has become annoying to me, and I don’t know how to address the situation without coming across as orthorexic or food obsessed, which I’m not. How do I make their comments stop?
Lindsey: Make it clear that your choice isn’t about the other person: it’s about what works for you and your body. You are the only one who knows what’s best for you! This requires a conversation with your co-workers about the choices you’re making. Your colleagues might not even realize that what they’re doing is bothersome, so having these conversations in a non-confrontational way can be useful.
Samara: I definitely choose to eat certain foods if I want them, but if I don’t want something, that’s my personal choice. It requires a conversation with your co-workers sharing that when they make comments on your choices it makes you feel self conscious, and that you would prefer that in the future they don’t discuss your eating habits.
Q: I recently saw online where another dietitian said she did not look at nutrition labels and it surprised me. I see on Instagram that you look at labels all the time. Is this disordered eating behavior and should we be looking at nutrition labels?
Lindsey: Whether or not this is disordered eating has to do with your intention. A nutrition label is a tool: it can be helpful in making a decision about what you’re eating. It becomes disordered when this is the single driving factor of why you’re consuming something. For example, if the calorie, fat, carb content etc. is the only way to get “approval” of whether or not to consume something, that is a red flag for disordered eating.
Samara: I think that in terms of having social media presence, you have to think about your audience and who is watching you. For those dietitians whose target audience is those who have suffered from an eating disorder, the way they approach topics may be different than someone like me who doesn’t primarily see eating disorder clients. Like Lindsey said, it’s all about the intent. One way I use nutrition labels is to talk with clients about satiety; we look at the protein, fiber, and fat are in products. This isn’t to implement food rules, but like Robyn Nohling said on the podcast, bridging mind knowledge (nutrition education) with body knowledge can help you make choices about what will keep you more full for longer.
Q: What advice do you have for balancing life and a healthy lifestyle?
Samara: I think we need to remember that health looks different for everyone and you need to meet yourself where you’re at. You have to be kind to yourself but also think about what is good for your body at the end of the day.
Lindsey: There isn’t one single defining factor for a happy, healthy life. These things go hand in hand! It’s all about experimenting and figuring out what works for your body.
Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, CLT is a dietitian passionate about food and nutrition made simple. Specializing in food allergies and sensitivities, Lindsey loves helping people find easy, delicious foods and advice that work with their individual needs and an enjoyable lifestyle. Lindsey operates an online nutrition coaching practice as well as a food and wellness blog, Nutrition to Fit