After my mother died, I went down to my all time flyweight of 115 pounds. At 5’10”, I knew I was way too thin. For my whole life I had been in the fashionable size 6/8 mode. I could always eat what I wanted in unlimited quantities, from cake to pasta. I never had to give it a second thought.
As time passed and I started to adjust to the world without my mother at my side, my appetite slowly came back. I got up to 120 pounds. A weekly carrot loaf from the farmer’s market and daily snacks of Brie cheese and pita chip pushed me to 130. Then all of a sudden, every time I went for my gynecological well visit, the scale revealed I had gained a few pounds. Was it the ice cream I was sharing with my teenage son every night, or the follow up bowl of popcorn?
I joined a gym and became more toned, but my weight remained the same. It even went up. (I rationalized that it was my new muscles.) Now I was regularly leaving the size 8 jeans in the dressing room, and walking out with the roomier 10.
I was at a crossroads. I needed to understand what was going on. I decided to consult a nutritionist.
I looked for someone in my health care network, and after doing some comparison-shopping, found a woman (my preference) who seemed to offer a holistic approach. Watching video clips from her website got me revved up. I made an appointment to get a handle on what was going on with my body.
Lisa Cohn’s office was compact, and well stocked with health and wellness literature. I introduced myself with a few humorous quips, outlining how my hips had morphed from Audrey Hepburn status to a much fuller Sophia Loren model.
She started the session with an explanation of what a nutritionist or registered dietician does (She is both.). Cohn explained that her goal was to make my life better using nutrition science and healthy living choices, based on research and behavioral science. She would advise me on how to shop for, cook, and eat better foods. Her three key phrases were “health promotion, why we eat what we eat, and food is chemistry.” I discussed my medical history, and she ruled out a need to consult with my primary physician.