Recently, a friend told me he was sent to a nutritionist by his doctor to try and get a handle on his weight problem.
Fantastic, I thought. A professional recommending a professional. This is what I did and what I tell people to do all the time.
Only there was a problem.
My friend told me he didn't feel comfortable with the advice he was being given. This particular "nutritionist" was telling him to eat a high-fat, low-carb diet. He was being told to avoid fruits and vegetables.
My friends, when it comes to health and wellness, you have got to trust common sense. We all know fruits and vegetables and whole grains are healthy. If someone is telling us they are unhealthy, then we need to utilize common sense and run in the other direction.
Putting your hand on the stove burner while it's on is a bad idea. No matter how many people told you it was OK to do it, you wouldn't put your hand on the hot burner because you know better.
And yet, when it comes to our health, lies, misinformation and stupidity often rule the day.
So with that, here is what you should do if you want to learn how to eat properly:
1.) Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) website and click on "Find a Registered Dietitian." Also check with your health insurance company to see if they have someone they would recommend and cover under your health plan.
2.) Make an appointment and go to the appointment. Ask questions. Learn about portion control and grocery shopping. Learn how to eat properly. Take notes.
3.) Keep a food journal and measure your portions and count the calories.
4.) Drink a lot of water.
And above all, USE COMMON SENSE!