Shifting The Narrative Around Diets and Nutrition
Diet culture primarily focuses on telling individuals to “reduce”, “limit”, “restrict”, “avoid” and “eliminate” certain foods or entire food groups. As a result, when exercise professionals partner with their clients to examine their unique dietary habits and patterns, our clients often focus on “eliminating” something from their diet. Sometimes it means the client voices a need to eliminate carbs, cut out sugar, or reduce red meat intake.
Sustainable behavior change does not occur because someone says “stop that” or “don’t do this” messages. Instead, help your clients shift the narrative to be one of “how can I add healthy items and tasty ingredients to my current intake?” As a Holistic Nutrition Coach or Personal Fitness Chef, you can and should be talking to your clients about general healthy nutrition practices.
Here are a few ways to infuse flavor into ordinary meals and some suggestions for how to add more calories and gain weight in a healthy and sustainable way. [Read more…]