Find the answers to a few frequently asked questions I get a lot as a dietitian and here on Lively Table.
What should I eat?
This is usually the first thing people ask me when they find out I’m a dietitian. This is a very complicated question with many factors, and I simply can’t make individualized recommendations without fully assessing someone for their medical and dietary history, goals, etc. It’s both a legal and ethical issue in my field. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is probably not a dietitian and is trying to sell you something. I can make a blanket recommendation that will hold true for most people – eat a balanced diet that includes a lot of plants, and don’t eat rotten food.
Do you provide nutrition information for your recipes?
I don’t provide calories or macros for my recipes. As a dietitian who believes in the intuitive eating and health at every size philosophy, providing calorie counts is counter productive. It’s my job and my goal to bring the joy back to cooking and eating, while providing nutritious, delicious food. I don’t want readers to deem a recipe ‘off limits’ simply because of a number at the bottom of the page. Instead, I want them to focus on what the recipe can bring them – nourishment, joy, satisfaction, a bonding experience with those they share it with. If you’re concerned about macro nutrients (such as carbohydrates) because of a medical condition, it’s fairly easy to calculate nutrition information using one of the many free online calculators. And if you have diabetes, you should already know how to count carbs. If not, make an appointment with a dietitian, asap.
What do you think about XYZ diet?
If it’s a diet, chances are I don’t recommend it. I don’t think a book can tell you exactly what will be the best food for you at any given time (see Q: What Should I Eat?). If a certain plan is restrictive, cuts out entire food groups, or is for the sole purpose of weight loss, it’s just not sustainable long term. I prefer to help people get back to trusting and listening to their bodies so that they can understand what foods make them feel best.
The one exception is the term ‘diet’ when it refers to a general eating pattern, such as the Mediterranean diet, in which the goal is overall health and wellness and amounts and ‘off-limits’ foods are not specified. I always think it’s a good idea to increase the amount of plant foods we eat and try to go with minimally processed foods when possible, but I also think there is always room for dessert or fast food at times.
Do you do meal plans?
Nope. Again, I don’t want to tell you exactly what to eat. I’m just here to educate you on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of food.
What camera do you use for your photos?
Have you ever heard of Beauty Counter?
Yes I have. I think Beauty Counter is great. I am already a consultant but t’s not something I spend a lot of time on. (If you’re curious about my favorite safe beauty products, you can learn more here.)
May I share your recipe in a roundup post or article?
Thanks for asking! You are welcome to share a photo with a link back to my recipe and proper credit. Please do not share the recipe itself on your site. Thank you.