Change Is Hard, So Start Small

October 19, 2014 9:56 PM

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Change Is Hard, So Start Small

Any change is hard. I know this because as I visit with my clients I learn most of them actually do know what healthy eating and behaviors look like. Most people know eating more fruits and vegetables, decreasing portions or exercising consistently will be beneficial for them, yet they are not putting this knowledge into action. Intention seems to be very popular. A statistic that impacted me greatly when I first heard it is that only 20 percent of what makes us healthy is related to our genes but 50 percent is related to healthy behaviors. Healthy diet and physical activity are a big part of healthy behaviors so it has become a passion of mine to teach nutrition in a practical way that works for each individual.

As a registered dietitian nutritionist at Mayo Clinic Health System educating people about the benefits of a healthy eating plan (individualized to their diagnosis) and what that looks like is a big part of my job. But then comes that word "change." Whether it is weight loss, an improvement in diabe...

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