Our quotes of 2021 that go forward — The Nutrition Mechanic

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In our final segment of the year end recap of Favorites and Must Haves, we share quotes that resonate with us. You know the kind of quote that when you hear it, there is either a deep silence that follows as your brain goes “YESSSSSS… .That Is It !!!” or you shout out loud “HECK YESSSSSS…. THAT IS IT !!!”

Kristin’s Pick:

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”  — James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

I am fascinated by habits–the ones we have, the ones we keep, how we build them, and how they affect behavior change. 

A lot of what we do as dietitians is related to a client’s habits, working to determine whether or not those behaviors help meet their goals, and providing strategies and different points of view that enable the adoption of new habits. This takes time and there is no one-size-fits-all approach that many so-called nutrition experts would have you believe. 

This is also the time of year when every diet, supplement company, and weight loss program under the sun bombards us with false promises to help us lose weight, burn fat, and finally feel better. It’s crazy making! These companies push every insecurity and fear button we have.  

The reality is that changing our food habits takes time. In fact, behavior change around food generally takes longer than other goals such as a new exercise routine or an earlier bedtime, and that’s because food is about so much more than just hunger. Other influences include:

  • Psychological factors such as stress, loneliness, and mood

  • Biological factors such as appetite, hunger, satiety, and taste

  • Economic factors such as income, proximity to a well-stocked grocery store, and cost

  • Social factors like cultural food norms, family food preferences, meal patterns, and peers

  • Physical factors like cooking skills, knowledge, time, and access to a kitchen

  • Attitudes and beliefs around food and cooking

Nothing we do as dietitians involves a magic wand or promises of quick fixes. As actual nutritional professionals, the Registered Dietitians at The Nutrition Mechanic have over 30 years of collective experience helping clients establish and build systems that promote lasting change. 

Whether it’s a Kona slot at the Ironman World Championships or crossing the finish line at your first 10k, we’re here to help. What are your goals for 2022?

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