Content vs Context
Thank you all for welcoming me into Dr. Kim’s practice. I have enjoyed meeting many of you at regular appointments or at the support group meetings. As you all know, I am a Registered Dietitian as well as a Physician Assistant, so I have the unique opportunity to help out with nutritional concerns regarding lap gastric bands and gastric bypass.
Today I just wanted to start out by talking about the concept of Content vs. Context. Over the next months and years we will talk a great deal about what to eat, how to eat, when to eat, anti-obesity foods, vitamins, minerals, etc. But that is all content; it is the nuts and bolts of nutrition and can be quite boring and technical. I realize that there is more to life than the grams of protein you eat during the day, there also exists the fact that our nutritional intake is affected by the context in which we eat.
I have seen numerous people who come to the office upset about the amount of “forbidden foods” they ate over the past month because they are stressed regarding having to care for ailing parents, difficult school exams, poor sleep, the economic crisis and other pertinent aspects of well, being alive. So, remember when we talk about whey protein isolates and the biological value of protein and their affect on your hair; we really need to take that content and place it within the context of our lives and remember to give ourselves the self-respect we deserve. Even the most skilled eaters, will experience difficulty at a party with a plethora of food.
A part from the emphasis we place on eating protein first to maximize weight loss and reduce losing muscle during rapid weight loss, we need to focus on eating a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, dairy and whole grains. In order to do that we will need to work together on developing skills that will help navigate the crazy world we live in and realize that effectively managing the context in which we eat is as important as the quality of vitamin supplement we take. Talk to you soon.