Bite My Words started this much needed discussion with her post “Sorry, dietitians aren’t Sexy” which was followed by a strong rebuttal tittle “I Respectfully Disagree: Some of Us Dietitians Are Sexy, And That’s Okay” from Abby Langer. These post went viral in the dietitian world with invigorating debates, facebooks posts, hashtags and tweets about if dietitians and the topic of nutrition should be sexy? I was enticed by the very strong opinions from my colleagues and the back and forth banter that occurred. And just when sexy debate had really left my mind, what pops up in my newsfeed, “Why Sound Nutrition Advice Just Isn’t Sexy” by Toby Amidor in US New and Word Report Health. All of these post were amazing and I respected all the strong points each of these dietitians have made.
So for the past 3 months I have been thinking about “am I a “sexy” dietitian? And does that matter?” I still have no clear answer on this one, because I think just like beauty, this is in the eye of the beholder. Although I do think sex appeal has it’s place in nutrition, because it is the way to grab someone’s attention. But what you do after you have someone attention, I think that’s where dietitians need to continue to differentiate themselves from other non-RDN health professionals. The part that is often overlooks by the public (and due to no fault but our own) is dietitians base their advice on science, rather the latest fad or hot topic.
However science also can only take us so far. Dietitians are trained beyond the science of nutrition. We are trained as behaviorist, chefs, entrepreneurs, managers and the list goes on. All of these additional skills we bring to the table are keys to helping our clients and the public choose what is best for them and their bodies. We are the best of both worlds, brains and beauty (“sexy”) and we need to continue to promote that we can individualize change based on science! I may be a nerd but that is pretty sexy and very appealing if you ask me.
So I am personally ok with using buzzwords and phrases like superfoods, energy boosting, top 10 health foods etc… if that grabs the public attention in this flood media market and get someone to eat more veggies or consider changing their eating habits. Heck we even have research on how certain buzz words influence our food behaviors. (Check out Brian Wanskin) If call my Quick & Healthy recipe today “Sexy Zucchini Zoodles with Spicy Turkey Sauce” to get someone to eat more vegetables and give zucchini a shot, why not use this science to our advantage and the public’s as well. If “sexy” words get public to seek out more dietitians, I am all for it because I am 100% confident that after we grab their attention, what we do as dietitians next is what is really “sexy” and makes us very different from other non-RDN health professionals.
Quick & Healthy: Sexy Zucchini Zoodles with Spicy Turkey Sauce
1 packaged ground lean turkey
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 carrots chopped
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
3 cups spinach
1 can diced tomatoes
2 Tbps olive oil
2 Tbps red pepper flakes
1 tbsp herb de provence
1 tbsp basil leaves
Step 1: Chop and mince, garlic, onions, peppers, and carrots.
Step 2: In large skillet over medium heat, at 2 Tbps olive oil and cook vegetables until tender.
Step 3: add ground turkey, cook thoroughly.
Step 4: Add 1 can diced tomatoes. Add seasonings.