Dr. Mallory Franklin, RDN
 

Why Food Matters?

 
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DISORDERED EATING 

Many of us have been on a diet at some point in our lives, likely in an attempt to lose weight. For many of us dieting doesn't work and isn't sustainable. Yet there seems to always be the latest and greatest diet for you to try that promises more than the last. This diet culture often creates a distorted relationship with food. Binge Eating Disorder is a common but unrecognized condition that many highly educated and functional individuals suffer from. 


PREVENTION AND LIFELONG HEALTH

Research shows that the traditional American diet is a leading cause for many of the diseases that afflict our country. What we eat greatly impacts our lifelong health. By changing our eating habits we can improve our health and reduce our risk for developing many common chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer, and more. 

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MENTAL HEALTH

Foods have the power to change our mood, concentration, energy level, and overall ability to cope with emotions and challenges. Being more conscious of the foods we put in our body allows us to be more aware of what foods help us thrive and which foods bring us down. Whether you are working to improve your relationships, coping with stress or anxiety, or hoping to increase your work performance, exploring your diet can have profound implications on your success. 

The Challenges We Face

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We could be healthier and happier if we just changed our eating and exercise habits. Although this sounds simple, this is one of the hardest endeavors.

And here is why....

Social Support

The foods we eat are very personal and because of this we can get defensive about what we eat.  Any changes others make to improve their diets can feel like a threat to our own food choices. As such, when we try to make healthier food choices, we often lack adequate support from friends and family. Family gatherings or meals out with friends become challenges to overcome, rather than events to enjoy.


Life Stressors

We are all very busy. Many of us feel like we are too busy to make conscious choices about the foods we eat or if we exercise. We experience stressors in our life that can derail our efforts and drive our eating habits. Suddenly food and nutrition are only a part of the equation. By discussing how these dynamic relationships support or hinder our health goals, we can decipher ways to succeed. 


False Promises

We are surrounded by food advertisements and weight loss promises. We are swayed by quick fix solutions such as diet books, supplements, and apps that often leave us back where we started. Suddenly, this simple goal has become a revolving cycle of failed diets. By focusing on your personal needs and ignoring the plethora of dos and don'ts you can better meet your goals.


Self Blame  

Many people feel that they haven’t been successful in their health endeavors because they aren’t strong enough, they don’t have any willpower, or they are simply failures. This isn’t true! We all have unique relationships and responses to foods we eat. By exploring these relationships we can begin to understand what motivates us and what health goals are important and achievable. 


Misinformation

It seems that everywhere you turn you hear or read something about nutrition. It can be from food companies trying to sell you their products, or news outlets hoping to grasp your attention with shocking nutrition revelations! Unfortunately, neither of these sources have your best interest in mind. They often leave you confused, frustrated, and potentially persuaded to make food choices that aren't right for you. Luckily, you don't need to follow every nutrition trend to be healthy, and frankly ignoring them can do wonders for your health.