Being a Nutritionist is equal parts counselling and food education. Over the last decade food messages have become so confused, mixed, and often commercialised. Eat this, don’t eat that, cut out several food groups and so on.
There was a time when eating was simple and we were much healthier. Now, my days are filled with teaching women to love their bodies and that there is no such food as a bad food. Sure, there are foods we should eat more or less of than others, but beautiful women, mostly mums, come to me confused and exhausted. So I am going to dispel two of the most common food myths that I encounter, in the hope that, as you read this, you will treat yourself with a bit more of the kindness that you treat the rest of your family with:
1: Bread and all carbohydrates will make me fat:
No, I promise you, they will not. Carbohydrates give your body the fuel it needs to function. Good quality, whole grain carbohydrates are incredibly good for you. Choose wholegrain breads and crackers, brown rice, quinoa, barley, oats, etc. Aim for 1-2 serves with each meal. A serve is a slice of bread, a small potato, or 1/4 cup measure.
2: I had a baby 6 months ago and even though I am breastfeeding I am not losing weight…
Your body just built a tiny human from scratch!! You are still nourishing that little person with your body. Be kind to yourself. You may not lose that extra bit of baby weight until your child is a year or more. Focus on fueling and nourishing your body along with your amazing accomplishment. I understand that you want to wear your old clothes again, but it takes time just as it took time to grow another human. Please be patient with yourself.
My wish is that each of my clients could see themselves through my eyes.