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How Einstein Can Change the Way You View Nutrition

Can you imagine what life would be like without the internet? We’d have to thumb through dusty encyclopedias or card catalogues (remember those?), wait forever for that book or journal article we’ve put on hold at the library, and settle fights the old fashioned way (not by Googling the real answer.) With the internet, if you have a question about anything, whether it’s “are bananas really high in potassium?” or “what should I eat for dinner?” an answer is just a few clicks away on your computer or your phone, and free to boot!

With all this information at our fingertips, why is it that we haven’t become the healthiest we could possibly be?

As Albert Einstein (and Frank Zappa) once said, “Information is not knowledge.” Yes, we have access to the information that we need, but until we take the time to process it and apply it to our own situation, it’s not knowledge, it’s just raw data.

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In fact, the sheer volume of information that we’re exposed to every day has created an opposite effect. Instead of feeling empowered, we feel trapped in this web of data. We’re overwhelmed by the neverending stream of articles that seem to contradict itself from one day to the next. While we’re motivated to eat better and get healthier, we don’t know where to start, and we’re never sure whether we’re doing it right.

So, how do we figure out the best diet? The second part of that same Einstein quote is “The only source of knowledge is experience.” 

As a registered dietitian, my practice is guided by scientific evidence, so I can tell you what is most likely to work based on the experience of many others. Still, all the research in the world means nothing if you really can’t stomach the thought of eating meat, or you’re deathly allergic to nuts, or you really can’t do much in the kitchen other than boil water.

You know yourself best, so start by looking within. Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself –

  • Why do you want to change your eating habits? What do you want to achieve?
  • Imagine you have reached this goal – in an ideal world, what would your eating habits look like?
    • If you’re saying it looks the same as it does now, be honest with yourself. If your current eating habits are moving you toward your goal, or your goal is best achieved with changes outside of food and nutrition, then that makes sense, but if not, you might need to step outside your comfort zone a little bit when it comes to your food choices.
  • What changes can you make now towards this vision of your ideal eating habits?
  • Have you made changes toward a similar goal in the past?
    • If so, what worked well? What didn’t work? Why did those changes work/not work for you?

Your answers to these questions can help shape your best diet. You might be surprised to learn that eating well isn’t as difficult or complicated as you think!

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So you’ve got your answers, now what? Stay tuned next week for the second part in this mini-series, where I will help you troubleshoot some of the common barriers that keep you from eating better.

Need some help tapping into your inner wisdom? Find out how to work with me.

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Healthy eating should be straightforward, doable and enjoyable. What’s keeping you from eating well? Let me know in the comments below!

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