Today is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. I could go on and on as to why I love this profession, the people I call colleagues, friends, foodie-loving bombshells, but I thought I’d take a different approach and explain to you why I consider myself an imperfect registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Why? Because I’m human. And it’s not always kale chips and quinoa in this house. And you know what? If you talk to the majority of registered dietitian nutritionists they’ll tell you the same!
Truths from the Imperfect Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
I won a pancake bake-off. The winning ingredient? Bacon. Yep! I put bacon in pancake batter!
I struggle to eat breakfast everyday. I wake up, have a big glass of water, a big mug of coffee, and bam! I’m set for a few hours. I just can’t stomach myself to eat breakfast. I’m working on this one… especially since I want to model the behavior/routine of eating breakfast for Joey and Anthony.
I have bad days with my relationship with food. In fact, there was a time when I can honestly say I had a few bad years with food. I thank God, my family, and my friends for helping me get through those dark days. But I’m not past the days or moments where I eat an extra helping or two of something not so “healthy” and I feel like crap. But I’m now strong enough to know it’s not going to make or break ME. Or the scale. Speaking of scales…
I don’t own one. And every time I go to the doctor I ask them NOT to tell me my weight [except when I was pregnant]. Numbers + Katie do not mix.
I’m about communicating the basics. Seriously. I’m about as basic as MyPlate: fruits, vegetables, lean protein, dairy, and whole grains. And red wine. And coffee. But have no fear! If you have a special diet question or concern, ask away! Just because I practice the basics of nutrition in my own home doesn’t mean I can’t tailor advice to meet your needs.
Dinner is my biggest meal of the day. I’m sure you’ve heard the recommendation to make breakfast and lunch the most substantial meals of your day. I can’t program my body to be that way. I LOVE dinner. Breakfast? See #2. Lunch? I’m indifferent.
My favorite food to make is pizza. Cheesy, meaty pizza. Need I say more?
As I approach the five-year mark as a registered dietitian nutritionist, I know one thing to be true: I’m living out my passion. And that’s food. I might not be the most green or politically correct registered dietitian nutritionist, but I’m happy. And well-fed.