It's true that timing can be everything. A few weeks ago I was asked to speak to some very special people about nutrition. This was a group of cancer survivors, participants in the THRIVE Program at the Central Bucks Family YMCA. Talk about inspiring individuals! I was pretty nervous as it's been a long time since I've presented (formally for an hour!) in front of a group. But I was prepared and excited to share a little bit of what I've learned so far as a Nutrition Coach.
The "conversation" went very well and I received alot of great questions which hopefully I answered adequately. I believe they absorbed a few tips and that I helped to cultivate their interest in eating better.
The truth is that our health care system really falls short when it comes to nutrition counseling for cancer patients. It's at best inconsistent. Some patients get a little, others none at all. And these folks are the ones who need it the most. Their bodies and brains have been through so much. Their energy levels are low and they may not feel terribly motivated. A good nutrition plan can repair damaged cells and tissue, boost their energy and improve their mental focus.
If I left them with nothing else, I'm sure they will at least start paying more attention to what their plate should look like for every meal. Mostly vegetables, some protien dense foods, a reasonable amount of stratchy carboydrate and a small amount of healthy fat. As they persist with their new exercise program, good nutrition is key to their success. The timing couldn't be better for them.
As well for me as I look to expand my services in the community. I certainly look forward to other speaking opportunities to leave a bit of "What is Good Nutrition?" on the table...