1. Get information that’s reliable, personal and practical.
There’s so much nutrition information out there, and it can be nearly impossible to make sense of it all. A knowledgeable and experienced nutrition counselor can explain the information and help you find out what’s true for you.
A good counselor will take into account your unique body, goals and circumstances. And then give you practical steps to develop healthy nutrition habits, keeping in mind what you want and what you’re able to do.
You shouldn’t get the same advice or plan as everyone else. You should get advice that’s precise to you.
For me, it’s important to give my clients simple yet spot-on advice that isn’t overly complicated, and is highly individualized. I recommend the changes that I believe will bring the greatest improvement for you, but I never tell you what you should do. I give guidance, not instructions. I always put your inner guidance first.
2. Learn how to follow healthy nutrition habits.
We can’t learn how to eat simply by getting information.
Information is important. But we also need to know how to determine if the information is right for us and how to incorporate it into our day-to-day.
Just as we need to take lessons to learn how to play an instrument, we also need guidance to help us learn how to eat. We need to learn how to hone intuition to guide our food choices. We also need to learn tools and techniques to help us change behavior.
A nutritionist shouldn’t only give you recommendations, but should also teach you how to listen to your body and live by those recommendations.
In my counseling, I don’t focus on nutrition plans. I teach you how to make your own nutrition plan by teaching you how to read your body. I teach you knowledge and techniques so you can feel self-sufficient and self-confident in your food choices. I teach you how to be a nutritionist to yourself.
3. Make permanent changes and get long-lasting results.
So often we make changes but end up back where we started, or worse. We might follow a diet for a month or two, then revert back to old habits and lose the benefits we worked hard for, like gaining back more weight than we lost.
With counseling, you have an experienced professional who understands the process of change, the challenges that come up and how to guide you through them. You get tools to help you achieve and maintain the results and behaviors you want. You improve your ability to become the person you want to be and never go back.
You also remove the mental blocks that keep you stuck in old patterns. For example, you may go on a diet, lose weight and look great, but then you start attracting attention you don’t want. On one hand, you want to be healthy and trim, but on the other hand, you’re bothered by the attention.
You then find yourself overeating again and losing interest in your goals. Counseling can help you resolve the uneasiness that comes from the unwanted attention so it doesn’t get in the way of your desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
4. Have an example to follow.
As humans, we learn much more from the examples set by others than from information. So when we’re trying to improve ourselves, it’s important to surround ourselves with good influences, with people who embody the values and behaviors we want to live by. We need others to help show us the way, and not by what they say, but by how they are.
Although I know a great deal about nutrition, I don’t simply give information. I’ve been through a lifetime of challenges with food, cravings and health, and I’ve learned firsthand how to overcome those challenges. So I speak from the wisdom I’ve gained by going through this process myself and by helping others through it.
I created Cravings Master. But I’m also a student of it and a living example of its principles.
5. Feel supported, inspired and empowered.
I can’t overstate the benefit of having an experienced professional help you through the challenges of healthy living and self-improvement.
There’s tremendous benefit in simply having someone to talk to every week: Someone you trust. Someone you can talk to freely without feeling judged. Someone who cares about you and always has your best interests at heart. Someone who inspires you to make good choices. Someone who helps you feel more self-confident and loving toward yourself. Someone who encourages the process of change through kindness and sincerity.
Through counseling, you’re empowered to be your best self. My aim isn’t to help you fit some standard of appearance or behavior. My aim is to help you use nutrition so you can love yourself and love your life to the fullest.
Even though it seems easy, changing how we eat can be quite difficult. It seems that it should be easy to just stop putting food in our mouths and follow a plan. But it isn’t.
As we underestimate this challenge, we may overlook the value of being supported by a professional.
Let’s look at 5 benefits of nutrition counseling.