(and the women I work with)
DIANE MURPHY RNCP/ROHP, #OM10-009
I am a mother of two and a Nutritionist. I work with women over forty because, being one myself, I am discovering that some things aren’t as easy as they used to be. I’m not alone in this discovery.
Typically, the women I work with are starting to see (or have already seen) visible signs of the aging process and they are wondering where the time has gone. Having spent many years working, running the household, raising kids or taking care of family members or whatever the case is, she has completely lost sight of herself. She looks in the mirror ashamed, embarrassed, mortified, sad and thinks “when the hell did this happen?”
To her very core she feels frumpy, heavy, bloated, sick, achy, old, ugly, fat; she feels much older than she is. Time continues to go by quickly and she’s panicking because she doesn’t know what to do and more importantly who to turn to. Ultimately, she tries to do it on her own for a while or even years, but then she gains more weight, gets sicker and blames herself for failing. She’s sick of trying everything because nothing works.
As her Nutritionist, I care about her, so I’m not going to give her generic, bullshit advice about “eat less and exercise more” or to ‘teach’ her how to live a life of counting calories and tracking everything she eats forever so she can feel guilty when she fails, because she will, it’s just set up that way.
Instead, I see her as someone who has a whole new life ahead of her and it’s completely within her grasp. As her confidence and self-esteem are plummeting into a downward spiral, I help her to overcome those obstacles that are keeping her stuck. I teach her about why her body is responding the way that it is and how she can fix it, so she doesn’t feel like crap anymore, because feeling like crap just isn't normal.
That’s what I do. And maybe a meal plan here and there.
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