Healthy Eating Is Challenging For Dietitians, Too

By Yimin Chen

Lunchtime and snack time in the hospital for a registered dietitian is always a challenge, as everyone around stares to see what we will choose to eat.

Just the other day, another fellow dietitian and I were cruising down the snack aisle of a food shop when someone made a comment about the chips we had chosen for a snack being “unhealthy… especially for a dietitian.”

It got me thinking — as difficult as it already is to eat a healthy diet, it is particularly difficult when I am expected to “know better.” I always find myself explaining to people that I balance my caloric intake with increased physical activities, and that every food can fit into a healthful diet. If you are willing to work off the extra calories from that bag of chips, then you can have that bag of chips. Continue reading