Misfit: A person who just can’t seem to fit in, no matter how hard they try.
Long story short
I tried to be a traditional dietitian. Someone that was starchy. Who didn’t stray far outside the lines of what was taught to me about nutrition in graduate school. Who wore a white lab coat and carried a clip board. Who passed out dozens of hand-outs.
But it made my skin crawl. And it made my patients fall asleep.
So one day I stopped.
At any chance I could get, I was explaining the science behind diabetes like I was auditioning for Sister Act. I was telling bad nutrition jokes just to get a laugh. I was sneakily sharing sprinkled covered donuts with non-dietitian co-workers.
And what I noticed is that my patients no longer fell asleep. And more importantly, my non dietitian, donut eating co-workers were asking for nutrition advice.
Why did they trust me? I eat donuts.
Then it dawned on me. That’s exactly why!
I’m a skinny dietitian, who knows her sh*t that still eats donuts! (Oh and by the way, I loathe exercise too. I do it, not as much as I should, but really only to eat more.)
And through the years of working with countless people on weight loss, diabetes control and bad hearts, I’ve learned several things:
We love our food!
We really want to change but not always sure how!
We want help!
We want a cheering squad when it gets tough.
Just hold my hand. (So I don’t grab that margarita.)
Make it easy.