Adapted With Permission: Northern Arizona University UCAN Program Philosophies
Cutting out certain foods or counting calories may feel fun and exciting at first, but most find that restricting calories or certain food groups makes them feel cranky, sluggish, and deprived. When you completely eliminate enjoyable foods, social and mental health suffers.
The KSC Nutrition Coaching program promotes a more holistic approach to health and wellness. We want to support you in incorporating more nourishing, nutrient-dense food in your meals and snacks and moving your body in ways that feel good rather than for the sake of punishment.
We find that it’s best not to eliminate foods that bring you joy. We want to help you find that happy and healthy balance where you enjoy more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, and also make room for dessert, if that is what you want. All foods fit!
Pressure to look a certain way is hard to ignore in the culture we live in. We totally get that you might have a strong desire to change your body. The truth is, as you discover a balanced and enjoyable eating pattern, and fun and consistent forms of activity, your weight may change and it may not.
Researchers have found that improved health is possible without changing body shape or size and obsession over weight can lead to anxiety, depression, and disordered eating. The good news is that there are other ways to improve your body image and health that don’t have anything to do with changing your body shape or size.
While the KSC Nutrition Coaching Program is not a weight loss program, we do want to help you find a healthy relationship with food and exercise while supporting your journey towards self-acceptance. The KSC Nutrition Coaching Program promotes a focus on behavior change rather than on the scale and on feeding yourself well and discovering other self-care strategies that support overall health and well-being.
Whitney Hightower, MS, RDN
KSC Dietetic Internship Program
Keene State College