Why I’ve Stopped Writing About Nutrition…For Now
So this week I received a bit of a bombshell regarding my blog.
I recently joined a nutritionist association as a final year student, which primarily assists its members in ‘attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests, nutritional therapy and the Nutritional Therapist.’
It’s the largest association that exists to support and moderate nutritional therapists and in promoting the acceptance of this practice into the general medical world – which it could do with.
Before I tell you what the bombshell was let me tell you why this is…
Our health system needs help…
Our doctors are given minimal nutritional education. For many years the importance of including nutrition in the training of health care professionals, as well as in the continuing education of practicing clinicians, remained a low priority.
Doctors are trained to treat disease; to know how to manage and reduce symptoms. They simply put a plaster over the issue.
They prescribe drugs which often lead to further health issues. They don’t know how to prevent disease or find the root cause.
I’m not knocking these practitioners. I’m grateful for them and many have saved my life from my appendicitis to my cancer. But disease can be prevented. Further education is required.
Thankfully, times are changing as the awareness of the importance of good nutrition to lead a healthy life increases
So all good yes? Well kind of…
Why I’ve Stopped Writing About Nutrition..For Now
As I was having a conversation regarding my newly instated membership with an association manager, I was told that I would have to remove all my posts on nutrition.
I was shocked. I’ve been writing weekly for a year now; in fact my anniversary is next week.
I created my blog, in order to have a platform to launch from when I graduate at the end of the year. I thought I was being productive with my time.
But when I heard this news I was gutted. It’s helped me get through the past tough 18 months of being stuck at home. I felt I’d had something snatched away from me. I felt hurt and actually tearful!
So why am I sharing this?
Because they’re right to make that request.
There needs to be an association that protects nutritionists AND clients. As a student I’m unqualified to make statements about nutrition, although I use scientific papers and journals as back up.
My insurance won’t cover me if someone takes something I say literally and causes themselves harm. I’ve heard some horror stories since starting my course, of practitioners being sued just because of a short sight in paperwork or the way something was worded or omitted.
We are dealing with people’s health and their lives. We have a responsibility.
So, after hearing the rather shocking news, I took a walk the some deep breaths. What positivity can I get out of this request? A morning affirmation came straight to mind.
‘I choose to see opportunities over obstacles ‘.
I can still use my blog to share stories and discoveries to hopefully inspire others. I now have the opportunity to focus on areas outside of nutrition, which I wish to learn more about. Things that would actually benefit from myself – such as my yoga and mindfulness.
I’ve literally dropped off my mat this past 3 months due to various illnesses and surgery and it’s about time I looked the excuses in the eye and got back on it!
I survived the Vipassana experience FFS?! So get on with it Nicky!
So, I will no longer be posting articles on nutrition until I graduate but will be delving more deeply into the other areas I wish to teach and share with others at my future dream retreats.
I now have an opportunity to experience and share even more knowledge; To help you feel happier from the inside. 🙂
I hope you continue to join me on this adventure!
Photo thanks to OuadiO