How to Give Nutrition Advice

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,
June 14, 2010

Ask the Diva: How to Give Nutrition Advice

Q:   Alyssa asks: How should one go about bringing up the topic of nutrition with people who eat poorly? There are some folks in my life that think they are eating healthy and exercising well, but they're not, and it shows. What are some good tips for those just starting out on the healthy-eating journey, and how might we present these tips to them?

 A:   There really is no proper way to correct other people’s eating habits, unless, of course, they are your own children. Even though I’m a nutritionist, I never comment on what my friends or family members choose to eat--unless they ask my professional opinion. I’ve found that most people don’t appreciate unsolicited advice, even if you have only their best interests at heart.

However, I think it’s okay to speak up when you hear people repeating nutrition myths and misconceptions. For example, you know what to do when you hear someone say that eating every three hours kicks your metabolism into a higher gear. If you’ve been listening to the show, you’ll have some solid facts--or at least some logical arguments--to back up your positions. But it works best if you remain respectful and keep an open mind. Nobody likes a know-it-all!


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