One of the most important aspects of our jobs is to educate our patients. No matter what your discipline, a health care professional's tendency is to try out all those polysyllabic words we spent so much time and money learning.
Re: Weight Loss
- "Every step counts; every bite counts."
- "Show me the person who eats less than they want to and I'll show you a person who's losing weight."
- "Take one less bite at each meal and you've skipped 5-10 meals a month."
- "He who shops on an empty stomach goes home with an empty wallet and wakes up with tight pants."
- "Seconds on the lips, decades on the hips."
- "I can tell you what, when and how much to eat, but I can't be there when you visit with Ben and Jerry."
- "Nobody gets fat eating apples, oranges or carrots."
Re: Eating Healthier Food
- "There are 21 meals a week. If 18 of them are healthy, you'll be healthy."
- "Eating the fruit is much better than drinking the juice."
- "Iceberg lettuce and a cherry tomato is not a salad."
- "One green, one bean and three colors = a salad."*
- "Avoid the middle of the market."
- "Better food is fresher food and fresher food is on the perimeter of the market."
- "Food that goes bad is good for you."
- "Foods that keep forever should be kept out of your mouth."
- "Whenever you're out, it's sauce on the side."
*At least one type of dark green, one kind of bean and three different (and preferably bright) colors of vegetables.
- "Show me a person with a magic pill, potion or powder, and I'll show you a person after a bunch of your dollars."
- "If what they are selling cures everything, why didn't it work for them?"
- "You are what you eat, not what you take."
- "A good diet without supplements is better than a bad diet with them."
- "Sometimes you can't tell if something's helping until you stop taking it."
- "If they recommend you stop a product that works, I recommend a second opinion."
When asked if I believe in vitamin supplements, my answer is: "No, but I believe you need vitamins, and if you don't get them from food, you'll have to take them from a bottle." And regarding single-pill products that have dozens of ingredients in tiny amounts: "I believe a product that has everything doesn't have enough of anything to really do anything."
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