How a nutritionist can help you gain confidence in the kitchen
Understand the basics of a balanced dietWith so much conflicting information online about what foods are ‘good for you’, it can be hard to know what to include in your diet. A nutrition professional can help you get back to basics here, telling you what a varied and balanced diet looks like, the importance of different food groups and how to ensure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. They will also be able to consider your individual circumstances, for example, if you’re vegetarian or vegan, or if you have a particular health condition or goal you want to address.
Get to grips with portion sizesKnowing what portion sizes are appropriate for you and your family is a big help in the kitchen. It can help reduce food waste and ensure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. Whether it’s learning what constitutes one portion of fruit or veg (for example, did you know fruit juice contributes to your 5 a day?) or how much pasta is enough for your kids - a nutritionist can help.
Learn basic cooking skillsNot all nutritionists will offer this as part of their service, so it’s worth asking if they can help with this if it’s an area you want support with. If they can help, they might arrange a session on cooking with you where they’ll chat with you about the level you’re at and what you would like support with. This may include knife skills, understanding food combinations and how to prepare food.
Know how food affects youThis is where working with a nutritionist is particularly beneficial. As well as learning more about food in general and building your confidence in the kitchen, they’ll be able to teach you how the food you eat affects your body and mind. If you want more energy, for example, your nutritionist can suggest recipes to help and advise what types of foods can help. If you’re looking to build confidence outside of the kitchen as well, a nutritionist will be able to talk you through confidence-boosting foods.
Come up with new meal ideasThis is something a lot of us struggle with - inspiration! Once you have learnt some of the basics and your nutritionist knows what your goals are with your diet, they’ll be able to suggest recipes or even recommend books, podcasts and websites to find inspiration from.
Gaining confidence in your abilities in the kitchen is a great way to take control of your health. Hopefully, by feeling more confident, you’ll be encouraged to make more meals from scratch and develop more awareness of what goes into your meals, rather than relying on pre-packaged meals.
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