the food guide pyramid sucks.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


i'm a nutritionist. did you know that? hopefully you did since i write health related posts.

my formal name is rebecca baust, RD (registered dietitian). fancy i know. but who cares?

i worked as a nutritionist in a rehab center for the longest time. the affiliated hospital essentially tells you what to say to each patient. you know, milk is liquid gold, and follow the food guide pyramid.

guess what? the food guide pyramid sucks.

truth is, people are paid to tell you things that aren't true. if you've watched any food related documentary, you'll know the specifics. in fact, go watch food, inc. immediately.

i don't practice as a nutritionist in that setting anymore. over the past few years, i've kept my nutrition knowledge on the back burner and let my creative side take over. but why not merge the two?

i post a few health and wellness things on the blog, but i'm toying with the idea of making it a more regular thing. this doesn't mean the blog is taking a turn for the serious. i'm just hoping to find more focus.

hopefully you guys are with me.

44 comments:

Vanda said...

I think I heat well myselfe(and my family)...I try not to follow the food guide pyramid, but at least to have a healthy way of life.I used to be vegetarian, now I am not. My father was vegetarian for 40 years and at the end he got stomach cancer! Life is full of irony and as you say..sometimes..sucks!
I would love to hear from you some ideas of health and welness, it would be great!!!!
Kisses,Vanda

little t said...

Totally with you!

P.s I always suspected that was the case about that pyramid!

Kathy said...

Go for it. Can't wait!

Melissa said...

Sounds like great idea!

Katie said...

yes, please!

Aly Casey said...

Do it!

Patrice said...

Absolutely wonderful idea. Totally on board!

Rob and Jen said...

The food pyramid was ousted this past summer...Welcome to the "Choose My Plate". Glad to see some of those nutrition roots coming out again. :)

Ashley Faye - ourbklyn.com said...

This is perfect because I desperately need guidance in that department as I dedicate myself to a fitness routine (i'm trying!)

Jackie Rice said...

as a creative with an ever growing interest in nutrition i'd love to see those elements merge on your blog.

Rebeca said...

Absolutely! Please do so!
Rebeca (1st time commenter)

Ashton said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more health and wellness posts! Over the last year I've reworked my diet and exercise and I am always looking to learn more! :)

Kim said...

Totally with you! I watched Food, Inc. and lately my husband and I are very conscious about the things we eat - at home we follow a vegan, no-added oil diet, but it's hard to stick to that it public or at friends' houses. It's crazy how the food pyramid has warped people's perceptions of how much protein and dairy they should be consuming!

Anonymous said...

That would be awesome!!

jen said...

I think one day I'll become a nutritionist. It seems like a fun/satisfying job. Though, I never really thought about having to tell people to drink milk, eat animals, etc! We're also "at home vegans" since December. (Have you seen Forks Over Knives??) I'd love to see regular health related posts on here. I'm already following your skin care advice and my skin has never looked better. Maybe I'll just tell people you're my life coach. ha ha.

TheBeautyFile said...

I like this idea. A whole bunch. I went to a nutritionist this year for the first time in my life because I still felt like a truck a year after my son was born. And you know what, on the days I don't eat healthy, I still feel like one. I know that habits are so hard to break, but a big part of my nutrition quest is about breaking the habit I have set up to eat unhealthy. Then I can probably move on with my non-truck-feeling existence. TMI??

Heather Hands said...

I love this post. It's awesome knowing that I'm not the only one. I am also a RD, but have put it on the back burner for a couple of years, trying to focus on more creative things. Sometimes I have panic moments about the decision, but ultimately I am happier. Seems like you are as well :)

Mel said...

Oh yes yes yes!!! I'd love to hear more on health and wellness! totally with you!

I'm Pam said...

I think the combo would be great. DO it!

You must have loved when congress wanted to add pizza to the pyramid. I was shocked.

Here is a short interesting story: I was talking with a free range chicken farmer a month ago. He has a shop that he sells his eggs and USDA approved chicken from his farm. He told me a 50+ lady came into his shop 6mths ago and asked how to cook up a whole chicken and then asked where the nugget part of the chicken was located. People are paid to say things because the majority of people have no idea and are easily lead for all kinds of reasons.

Notes from Holly St. said...

i would love to read more health related posts! please, enlighten me :)

rebecca said...

rob and jen-
i am humbled to know the food guide pyramid doesn't even exist anymore.

heather-
another RD!!

jen-
you're the second person that has recommended forks over knives. i gotta jump on that.

pam-
that's hilarious and disheartening at the same time. thanks for sharing.

Meagan Murtagh said...

i'm in! can't wait to see your healthy tips.

xo the egg out west.

Kelsey said...

I am excited to learn from your new segments! It will be good to know the information is coming from a professional with no political or monetary agenda. It is crazy how misinformed people are about nutrition, and even crazier that it isn't *completely* their fault.

Whitney said...

please!!

nyc dental clinic said...

yeah!

kitchu said...

excellent idea.

i am careful with these sort of documentaries as they will always "cater" (little food humor) to their own bias, but i loved that film. i also just watched forks over knives (excellent, though the science was way off- in terms of they left SO much out of the studies, so do your research after you see it kind of thing)- but still worth seeing.

rebecca said...

kitchu-
good advice. everything with a grain of salt.

Chessa! said...

I'm with you. I'd love to read more posts like this from you since what I've seen so far has even prompted me to do some more research. I'm playing around with eliminating red meat from my diet. It's not like we eat that much of it anyway and when we do I buy the grass-fed variety but still. I really need to make some changes in my habits and I need to just start with that one.

Aside from that, your posts in that area are always so optimistic and honest and I always learn something new. I love your attitude towards food and living, in general. big fan over here!

rebecca said...

thanks so much for the feedback and encouragement guys.

Holly said...

isnt that why "they" ditched the pyramid for the new plate style?

more veggies!

id love to see more health posts here, sign us up!

Lonely Wife Project said...

I am all the way for more posts on nutritional information. I pretty much like to pack my brain with health-related information.

rebecca said...

holly-
cause it sucked? yes. :)

Shoko said...

I'm SO excited for this!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Absolutely with you. On the food pyramid, and a new addition to the blog.

in dreams said...

...so this means i can eat dessert for EVERY meal of the day now?! yummm.

i jest. though it would be delicious, i would also feel sick, and i love veggies just too darn much. i wasn't aware of the change in the food-chart stuff, though...so i'm definitely looking forward to some delicious+actually-good-for-me prods in the right direction. :)

hbomb said...

I am so very with you. I am not an RD, but I take nutrition very seriously and LOVE the intersection creativity+healthful living as one of the focuses for The Daily Muse. Any recipes for family meals are most welcome, and I look forward to reading more health related posts.

jillian m. said...

I'm behind you on this one. I'd love to hear what you have to say, especially with that RD that follows your name (haha). And when it comes to food and health, I'd definitely like to join in on the discussion!

likeyourteeth.com said...

I always tell people to watch Food Inc, and read the Omnivore's Dilemma.

House of Milk said...

Totally with you. Can't wait to see what you have to say :)

Jane said...

yes, please! I'd love to read your thoughts. :) I'm also down with the apple cider toner you suggested, and have taken it all to a new level with my hair. apple cider vinegar + baking soda = excellent hair treatment that allows you to wash 1-3x per week depending on your hair thickness. awesome!

rebecca said...

jane-
awesome tip! thanks for sharing.

Rebeka said...

Your nutrition tips are GOLD! Do it - give us tips. And if it sucks... then I'll tell you? Or something.

ashley // chasing heartbeats said...

Food Inc has been on my must see list for quite a while now.... I would love to hear more of your thoughts on diet and nutrition! Surely something you can never have too much of :)

The Remarkable Redhead said...

I haven't seen "Food, Inc" yet, but recently watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" which made me terrified to eat half the food in America, mainly processed stuff. It definitely makes you want to triple your veggie intake.
I like ready your health tips!

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