By Guest Bloggers McKenzie Hall & Lisa Dixon
When it comes to our jobs, we sometimes feel like we’re on a never ending shift. We’re Registered Dietitians, so that means we share our knowledge about food and the effects it has on the body. Since everyone has to eat, and more recently, food is at the forefront of everyone’s radars, the conversation around food seems to be a constant one.
When we meet someone for the first time and share what we do, it often seems to open the gateway to a game of 20 questions. “What do you think about the Paleo diet?” “It’s a good thing to give up gluten, right?” “Is a banana bad for me?” “So, do you always eat healthy?” When we’re asked these kinds of questions, we’re happy to answer them. We feel grateful that people feel comfortable enough to ask. But when it comes to the topic of food (and mostly everything else in life, for that matter), people don’t want to be judged. It is our mission to engage in food based conversation, judgment-free. We’re on a mission to repair broken relationships with food and to change the negative relationships people have with their bodies to healthy, loving ones.
For us, food is one of those amazing things that enriches lives in so many ways. Food should nourish your life, not the reverse. Food is meant to help us feel energetic and vibrant, not lethargic or drained; food is meant to help us feel beautiful, not meant to induce self-hatred; food is meant to bring our loved ones together, not to be feared at social gatherings; food is meant help fight off disease, not cause it; food is meant to be simple, not complicated.