I’ve been trying to make Tuesdays Q&A day (for no particular reason other than that’s when the first one was posted)…but I haven’t received any questions this week! So, if you think of something, send it on over (PreventionRD@gmail.com) and until then… 🙂
RANT #1: “I work(ed) hard for this body.”
I think everyone has their pet peeves and triggers. One phrase that tends to lather my face with the “oh-no-s/he-didn’t” expression is when I hear someone say something along the lines of, “I work(ed) hard for this body.” I am one of those in support of a healthy balance and de-emphasizing the outer appearance and emphasizing the body, mind, and spirit from a holistic view of health. Not only this, but lab data…show me the healthy numbers — the healthy insides. You know, what matters. This is what’s important to me, and I wish it were more important to those more focused on pants sizes and numbers on the scale.
Furthermore, there are people (::hand shoots straight up in the air::) who just aren’t meant to have an anatomically correct body and shape. If I “word hard” (so subjective…but whatever “work hard” means) on my body and physique, it doesn’t guarantee me anything similar to a perfectly flat stomach or wingless arms. Does this make my hard work not enough? I hear bloggers say that they feel inadequate at times when there’s so much with which to compare yourself, and I think this is one of the very few instances where I find myself feeling inadequate, too.
Question: Is there a situation or time you can think of where you’ve felt inadequate? Or is there something (health/nutrition/fitness-related) that others say that rubs you the wrong way? Are you with me on not being “anatomically correct”? J
RANT #2: “Clean food”
There’s been such a huge influx of the term “clean” into the nutrition world, and I wanted to share the American Dietetic Association’s definition of the word. Frankly, “clean” is a term right up there with “Superfood” in my list of petty annoyances. But anyways…here’s the definition from the ADA Times Winter 2010 Issue (p. 6):
The term’s imagery connotes a natural implication that a good that isn’t a “clean food” must be an “unclean food”. For this reason, it is unlikely that we will be seeing references to “clean” on food product labeling in order to avoid consumer confusion that could lead to potential food safety hazards. Nonetheless, “clean food” is popping up in several diet, lifestyle and cookbooks this year, though because there is no official definition of the term, one needs to consult the individual sources for the meaning in each context. Its most common usage seems to be replacing “beyond organic” for critics who feel current USDA organic standards are too low. In this instance, “clean food” refers to that which is in season, locally grown, 100-percent organic and in its natural state. For other people, there is an additional dimension of “clean food” that incorporates harmony and love into the kitchen. “Clean food” also has a religious dimension; some Jewish and Christian groups use the term to refer to the dietary codes of the Old Testament.
Question: Was/is your perceived definition of “clean food” anything close to the ADA definition?
P.S. If you use the word “clean” – that’s okay! It is pretty catchy, if I do say so myself!
RANT #3: Dietetic Internships
I get a LOT of questions from readers who are wishing to pursue a career as a dietitian. And while the schooling and internship requirements can be grueling, I was unaware of the shortages in internships until opening the most recent issue of ADA Times. The article states, “96 percent of dietetics students plan to become RDs. Less than half of them will find internships. The rest will become RD’s competition.”
In the November 2009 dietetic internship match, 573 nutrition students were competing for 196 available internship positions, leaving 66% of applicants unmatched. While this statistic is alarming and saddening, it is also resulting in non-credentialed nutritionists filling jobs which would otherwise be held be RD’s, creating a more saturated job market for those credentialed RD’s.
I am torn on this issue. Having gone through the dietetic internship match process, I am elated to have escaped unscathed. However, the number of strong applicants failing to be matched to an internship is saddening. While I feel that being credentialed is crucial to the outlook, credibility, and autonomy of the dietitian role in the medical field, I cannot discredit these unlucky applicants from seeking non-credentialed nutrition jobs. Sigh.
Question: Knowing this, would you second guess your decision to seek a career as a dietitian? Or does this simply indicate the regard of the dietitian title among other medical professionals?
Apologies for all the rants! I think most of you know that I’m a glass-half-full kinda chick, but today…I just needed to take a load off!
Have a wonderful day!