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Why Registered Dietitians Hate the Word “DIET”

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Sammy Pappas is a co-founder of Dietitians of Palm Valley, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. Pappas enjoys blogging about nutrition, fitness, and wellness.

Yes, I am a registered dietitian and yes—I hate dieting. I never want you to feel like you are on a diet. What do you think of when you hear the word diet? The most common responses I get are: restriction, deprivation, calorie cutting, hunger, and negativity. This is FAR from what I want for you.

When you hear the word diet I want to challenge you to think of simply what you eat and drink each day. All food and beverages have the potential to nourish to our body and supply our body with energy.

 For so long, dieting has been looked at as negative. We try a diet for one week (maybe two weeks if we have a lot of will power) and then we go right back to our old food habits because it is TOO hard, TOO restricted, TOO depriving, and so on. It is time to kick “dieting” to the curb and make a lifestyle change. What if I told you that you could enjoy eating again and not feel shameful after eating a cookie?

As a registered dietitian, I am licensed to assess a person’s caloric and macronutrient needs based on their height, weight, age, gender, activity level, and lifestyle. Please note: I am not the food police. My job is to help people fuel their bodies with food and make sure that they enjoy what they are eating. Because in the end, if you don’t enjoy what you are eating…it’s never going to stick.

Have questions about dieting? Contact Dietitians of Palm Valley at 904-250-0075 or