Ask the Nutritionist | Marcie, MS, LN
By Jackie Cartier
July 15, 2016
In an effort to introduce the nutritionists behind the Dishing Up Nutrition microphone, we're back at it with our 5 Questions series. So far we've asked Britni what her favorite client success story was and Stephanie what shocking discovery inspired her to become a nutritionist. Today we're asking our top five questions to Marcie.
Here's what Marcie had to say ...
1. What do you think is the biggest misconception about nutrition?
The low fat/no fat lie! It's still so prevalent in our society that many of my clients marvel that they are able or are given permission to eat healthy fats, like butter and eggs. After I educate them why this is a myth, they are able to understand and begin to make changes.
Another misconception is that because I'm a nutritionist, I must eat perfectly. At times clients will say, "I know it's bad, but ..." or "I know I shouldn't have." I always stress that food is a part of life. Since we must eat, we need to fuel with the best foods we can. Taking a step back or even a couple steps back is okay. We are human, so just keep moving forward.
2. What's one of your favorite client success stories?
I believe that client success stories come in all shapes and sizes. Success can be someone sleeping better, or having better energy or losing weight. My favorite stories are when a client returns or emails me to tell me they heard what I taught them and because of that they have been empowered to make changes, some big and some small.
3. What would you tell people who are considering changing their eating, but nervous to start?
I'd ask them if what they're doing right now is working. I wouldn't tell them anything, but rather listen to their reply and educate to empower. The client needs to answer the question and from there changes can be made.
4. You're a mother of twins. How do you help your family eat nutritiously? Any tips for busy parents?
Always, always have a protein cooked or cooking in the crockpot, pair that with frozen vegetables and top with butter for an easy meal. Same goes with frozen fruit, it's already cut up, and it takes only minutes to warm or make a smoothie. Another idea is to prep and plan for the week, but if that is too overwhelming prep and plan for the next two days and just go from there.
5. When you're running out the door for a long day what do you grab for a snack?
Canned salmon, celery sticks and almond butter or nuts. Easy, tasty and fuel for the day ahead!
What questions are you curious about for our next 5 Questions blog with a nutritionist? Let us know in the comments!