5.26.2008

Ask the Nutritionist - the results

Is it wrong if I want to invite my dietitian to dinner? She was so, so lovely and positive and helpful.

The me report: We looked over my food journal together and she thought it was fine, just that I needed to increase my protein intake, and my fiber intake tends to wobble a bit, so I should keep that a bit steadier. She let me keep my half and half! We spoke about what times during the day I eat and how much I eat before and after exercising. She covered all aspects of wellness, asking about my exercise levels, my relationship with food and my relationship with my body. I'll be having lab work done at my physical next month, and she'd like to see the results of those. She's also not keen on the recommended height/weight charts, saying "They are ridiculous, there is no magic number that works for every body. Please throw that out the window." How fabulous is that? I told her about my body fat percentage experience, and how my eyes had been opened to using that as a guideline, rather than a number on a scale. She said that was great, because muscle is 2.5 times as heavy as fat, and that it is not uncommon for some women to have percentages in the low thirties as well. Then there was the flattery factor, which will get you everywhere with me. She's the second person who has recently told me that I don't look like I weigh over 200 pounds, adding that I carry my weight beautifully. Thus, I want to hug her and put her in my pocket, and then go eat some pasta with her.

Also confirmed - 30/30/40 diet works mainly because it is reduced calories - not because of the magic proportions. It does encourage people to make a balance between carbs/protein/fat.

Low fat diets don't work due to the lack of satiety factor. This is so true for me! Fat is not the enemy. Saturated fats are.

She too does not believe in only eating good-for-you-foods all the time, because many times it leads to a binge of stuff you've been craving. Loving her...

Eating too few calories will cause you to gain weight, as the body is protecting you from famine. Because of my activity levels, 1500 a day was too low for me.

Vegetarian protein sources
  • Beans - an amazing food, eat them as much as possible
  • Edamame
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Quinoa
  • Seitan/field roast
  • Soy products - like the soy sausage I'm having for breakfast

Finally, when I asked her what would happen at my next two sessions, she said that she didn't really think I needed to come back. She said that she'd be happy to answer any questions sent to her via email, but that I had a good handle on what I was doing for weight loss. I truly admire someone saying no to money because it is unnecessary.

This was a fantastic experience and and really helped me fine tune my meals and my map to a healthy weight. Viva la dietitian!

6 comments:

Fab Kate said...

She sounds wonderful... It's so nice to get the professional opinion on what you're doing, and what you can do better!

Heather said...

that sounds so great! glad that she answered your questions and confirmed a lot of things you already knew.

Sarah said...

I am a huge fan of edamame. If you have never had them you can find them in the frozen food section (depending on the store they may be in the health food frozen section). You just boil in the pod and then drain. Allow to cool, salt and then eat. The beans will pop right out. So yummy, great snack and lots of protein.
So glad to hear that you had a positive experience with the nutritionist-- you do have a good handle on what you are doing-- you must eat to lose, not all fats are not bad and the occasional splurge is better than denying yourself all the time.

Keep up the good work!!!

Sarah said...

Ooops, that should say not all fats are bad.

Cammy said...

I'm glad that was such a positive experience for you, Sara! I may have to follow your lead and visit a nutritionist someday soon.

Scale Junkie said...

Sounds like a great experience. I love Edamame, steamed, in salads its just yummy!