How the “Stages of Change” Affect Goal Planning & Outcome

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

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Researchers who study why some individuals do and some do not accomplish their goals, have a very compelling answer for us. “They are not ready!” As simple an answer as this may be, considerable study at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has shown that individuals go through “stages of change” which, when followed, will lead anyone to their desired outcome and, hopefully, their goal. Continue reading How the “Stages of Change” Affect Goal Planning & Outcome

8 Alternatives to “Stress Eating”

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

8 Alternatives to Stress Eating

Many of us make quick, unplanned decisions regarding our eating choices. We may even avoid conscious thoughts about what is healthy and nutritious, and instead have the following internal conversations:

“I go to the gym every day and I work out hard. I feel entitled to spurge a little afterwards. I don’t feel anything is wrong with that, even if it is a trip to a fast food restaurant. I am truly hungry at the time…but later I realize a well-chosen breakfast at home might have been a better choice. I act without thinking some days and always in a hurry.”

“My life is really stressful. I work hard all day. I have many difficult decisions to make at work right now. My family life is very busy, not a lot of time to think about what I am putting in my mouth. Some days it is, well, anything.”

Does this sound like you? These are common themes for active people living active lives. But, this is not about what is good to eat or even what is good for you; but rather what to do in physical or emotional situations, besides eat. Continue reading 8 Alternatives to “Stress Eating”

The Truth About Dietary Myths: I eat well most of the time, so why am I not losing weight?

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Dietary Myths-I eat well most of the time, so why am I not losing weight

Weight loss can certainly have its ups and downs. We start the week with good intentions; pulling out the fresh vegetables and cutting them up for lunch. We try new breakfast items like almond butter and toast. Snacks have been cut way back, and dinner is simple and quick, with just a little meat and vegetables. Continue reading The Truth About Dietary Myths: I eat well most of the time, so why am I not losing weight?

The Truth About Dietary Myths: Fresh, Frozen, or Canned

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Dietary Myths-Fresh Frozen Canned-Elite Sports Clubs

Should we use canned fruits and vegetables? Aren’t frozen vegetables really the best you can use in cooking?

For years we have been instructed to use fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, identifying them as the best for nutrition. Many times, the nutritional conversation outlines that fresh or frozen are the best for nutrients and the best for fiber. Today, this message has all changed. Individuals are encouraged to use what best fits their needs and schedule. But, for the most part, research done by independent studies has shown that, fruits and vegetables, fresh, frozen, and even canned, are very comparable. Continue reading The Truth About Dietary Myths: Fresh, Frozen, or Canned

The Truth About Dietary Myths: Weekend splurges & cheat days

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Dietary Myths-Weekend Splurges and Cheat Days

Can I eat a careful diet during the week, and do what I want on the weekend? As in, one or two free days per week?! This has come up often and is popular in the press! That is, “free days.” But what exactly is a free day? Continue reading The Truth About Dietary Myths: Weekend splurges & cheat days