Why I leave my “food police” badge at home

I can’t tell you how many times I meet someone and when I tell them I’m a dietitian they get this slightly horrified, deer-in-the-headlights look and say things like “oh, well I won’t be eating around YOU”.    It’s like they’re expecting me to whip our a ruler and whap them on the hand if they reach for a cookie.

That’s not me.

Food philosophy principle #1: There are no “good” or “bad” foods

I’m not the food police, nor do I wish to be.  For one, that sounds exhausting.  And more importantluy food is fun, and should be enjoyed!

“When the joy goes out of eating, nutrition suffers” – Ellyn Satter


I feel like my job is to dispel fear connect to food.  Fear of food?  Yes, FEAR.  It’s part of our society, it’s part of our diet-obsessed culture, it’s part of the fat-phobic media, and it’s part of the health-first messages that bombard us.


What are your food fears?

  • Here are some of the food fears I see most commonly:
  • “Carbs make me fat.”
  • “If I eat that, you’ll judge me” (translation: if I eat that I’ll judge myself”)
  • “I have no idea what’s in that food.”
  • “If I decide to care about my health, I can never eat anything that tastes good again”
  • “If I eat that cheesecake, I will need to go run 5 miles to burn it off”


Food fears are started by dieting crazes, perpetuated by fear of being fat, and all too often they are ingrained by fear-fed headlines on “health” topics which are meant to get your attention more than they are to inform.


Step 1 to a truly healthy, happy life: don’t let fear run your life!





Lynae Klinginsmith is a Pacific Northwest native who loves all things food. She uses an intuitive eating approach for everything from diabetes to emotional eating and hypertension to body image concerns. Combining the principles of nutritional awareness, personal growth, and positive psychology, Ruby Slippers Wellness provides practical methods for redefining the role food plays in our lives. Lynae incorporates humor and empathy in her no-nonsense, non-diet approach. Lynae serves the greater Portland area from her office in Vancouver, WA. Nutritionist by day, she is a biking, dog loving, traveling, dancing, yogi by night.

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