However, I must confess something to you. It wasn’t always this way. There was a time when I didn’t like being a dietitian. I wanted to walk away from it all and never talk about food again. “What?! Why?” I was discouraged. I was using “traditional” diet approaches with my clients, and instead of watching them reach their goals, I was watching their problems get worse.
I was teaching macronutrient counting, calorie counting, meal planning, and “clean eating” to my clients. These strategies weren’t too hard for my clients to follow at first. The first couple months they would stick to their diets, but inevitably, something would interfere. Maybe their mother brought over a cheesecake for their birthday, and they ate the whole thing. Maybe they didn’t follow the diet on their vacation, or something stressful came up and it became too difficult to follow. My clients felt like failures, and I felt like a failure.
Meanwhile, I was having my own struggles with food. While my eating habits weren’t “that bad” by society’s standards, I was worried about everything that I put in my mouth and felt guilty when I didn’t eat a certain way.