Lessons from a Dietitian: Nichola Whitehead RD

What’s the one thing a dietitian would love you to learn before the year is out? We ask this and more in today’s mini interview special.

Our interviewee? Eminent UK Specialist Registered Dietitian and award-winning blogger, Nichola Whitehead – AKA the Nic behind Nic’s Nutrition!

With Nic banishing the ‘bad’ from your food conversations – and warming up the dietary chat over on YouTube – we have a feeling you’re going to love her take on moderation and balance…

Nichola Whitehead UK Dietitian Head Shot

1. THE ONE GOAL YOU’D LOVE EVERYONE TO SET FOR THE MONTH AHEAD…

As it’s just been breakfast week, I would love everyone to either give breakfast a go (if they don’t already) or try a new one.

Breakfast really can set you up for the day both physically and psychologically – it provides energy for activity and concentration as well as nutrients for wellbeing. I’ve been posting some of my favourites over the past few weeks, such as my banana & blueberry muffins. You can see them here.

2. THE CHANGE YOU’D LOVE EVERYONE TO MAKE OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS…

It would be great to aim for a more balanced diet. I personally promote the 80/20 rule, where if you eat mostly healthy/whole foods the occasional junk food won’t harm you!

A great place to start when trying to achieve a healthier and more balanced lifestyle is to do a food diary for a week and be your own ‘diet detective’. For example, ask yourself how many portions of fruit and vegetables you’re eating a day (the aim is 5-9 portions, a portion being a handful!) or how often you’re eating foods such as biscuits and sweets; if it’s daily, try to cut down!

3. THE LESSON YOU HOPE WE’LL ALL LEARN IN 2016…

In 2016, I would hope everyone learns to have a healthier relationship with food. We shouldn’t be afraid of food or calories as we need them to stay alive. Even sugar won’t harm you in moderation! I am a firm believer in ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’.

I would also love everyone to learn that, in the most part, diets simply don’t work. My personal motto is “it’s not about diets, it’s about a way of life”.

4. YOUR PERSONAL GOAL FOR THE YEAR…

My personal goal is to start writing a book. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a few years and I’m finally going to take the plunge!

5. THE NUTRITION NEWS OR HAPPENINGS CURRENTLY EXCITING YOU MOST…

The world of nutrition is constantly evolving and I think the most exciting thing happening at the moment is something called the ‘moderation movement’ – promoting healthy minds, bodies and relationships with food.

Well, you have us excited Nic! Thank you so much for sharing your insights; we wish you well for the book and the rest of your year!

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NIC’S DIETARY PHILOSOPHIES & SEE HER IN ACTION? HERE’S WHERE TO FIND HER:

Website: nicsnutrition.com
Twitter: @nicsnutrition
Facebook: @nicsnutrition
Instagram: @nicsnutrition
YouTube: Nichola Whitehead

AND COMING SOON…

You’re also going to want to watch out for Nic’s upcoming YouTube video featuring Minvita…and a giveaway! We’ll keep you posted.