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“Look at what the dietitian is eating” – Part 2

A small-town RD from Nova Scotia shares her take on how to respond to comments about your food choices.

LLHS1.jpgLynette Amirault is a true East Coast girl. She loves the ocean and is fiercely proud of her French Acadian heritage. Lynette loves her work as a clinical dietitian at the Yarmouth Hospital in Nova Scotia. Occasionally, you may find her volunteering her time speaking to community groups about good nutrition, where she mostly tells people to worry less about analyzing labels and eat more vegetables instead. Leave a comment for Lynette below!

I was born and raised in rural Nova Scotia (NS). I have lived here all my life, except for the few years I pursued my post-secondary education. After returning to NS to complete my dietetic internship, I started working here as a dietitian.

My friends and colleagues affectionately know me as, “The One Who Knows Everyone.” The converse is also true: after practicing as a dietitian in the community hospital for 15 years, most people know who I am and what I do. It’s no surprise that there are people who may pay particular attention to what I eat when I’m out in public with my family, or even what I choose to eat at work. continue reading

"Look at what the dietitian is eating" - Part 1

A dietitian provides perspective on our society’s obsession with judging others’ food choices.

AmandaHS1.JPGAmanda Li is a true foodie at heart. Most of the time you will find her either talking about food, shopping for food, cooking food or eating food! As the food and nutrition expert amongst her students, shoppers and clients, she often feels pressure to make “the perfect” food choices. To cope with this, Amanda has learned to be an intuitive eater, recognizing that the only person who knows her body best is herself. Her passion lies in helping others restore their own level of self-confidence towards their food habits. To contact Amanda, email her or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @amandalird.

Do you ever feel like you are under scrutiny when you eat in public, or amongst friends, family members, and colleagues? Let’s face it, most of us have likely felt shamed or have shamed others in their food choices.
Food shaming has become so rampant – and it goes both ways: as a dietitian, you’re scrutinized if you’re politely asking for a double scoop of chocolate hazelnut gelato, but it doesn’t get much better if you are chomping away at a vegan kale slaw. continue reading

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