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When It’s Worth Seeing a Dietitian for Weight Loss

Seeing a Dietitian for Weight Loss - HelpAs a dietitian, who also happens to be a family member and a friend, I often find myself in an interesting position in my personal circles. The position in which people often want to talk to me about nutrition and get advice on losing weight, only to tell me they know all there is to know about eating healthy.

You know I get it, it seems really simple – calories in have to be less than calories out and eating healthy and adding activity are key.  And to be fair, thanks to all the great information available on the subject these days, to a certain extent we all do know a lot about nutrition. In fact I know a whole bunch of extremely nutrition savvy individuals who have learned everything about nutrition based purely on their own interests. And I also know a lot of people who have decided to lose weight and then done just that in a way that would make any dietitian proud.

However, there are times when even though you know everything there possibly is to know about something – you’d still benefit from having an expert on your team. Just like you would consider getting a photographer for your wedding or seeing the doctor when you need antibiotics, seeing a dietitian for weight loss could just be the key to success you’ve been looking for.

That’s because while it sounds easy, we all know that there is much much much more to losing weight than just what goes into your mouth and how much you’re working out (like just not having enough time or not knowing what to make at 5:00 when the kids are crying for dinner, etc.).  In my opinion, and I’m not saying this because I am one, there is nothing quite like having a personal nutrition expert – in particular, a dietitian – to guide you through your daily food challenges.

At the same time, when you’re paying out of pocket, which is usually the case, it may seem like an expensive luxury with the average cost per session for a dietitian running between AED 250-500 (roughly $70-140 USD) and the average weight loss package requiring that you have 12 consultations here in Dubai.

Seeing a Dietitian for Weight Loss - Keep Calm

When Seeing a Dietitian for Weight Loss is Worth It

So when should you consider shelling out the cash for counselling?

If you:

  • have been planning/trying to lose weight for a long period of time (you need to judge what this length of time is for you) without results.
  • have lost and gained the same weight over and over again.
  • are willing to put in the work but aren’t sure where that work needs to be put in exactly.
  • have a medical condition (like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, PCOS, hypothyroidism) which makes it more challenging for you to figure out what you need to do.

There are 2 caveats though:

  1. An expert can give you the road map but you’re the one who has to do the work to get there – and it will require you to make changes; so do it when you are mentally READY to put in the time and embrace change.
  2. Not all nutrition experts are alike – and not all of us have the same experience or expertise or personalities so you need to find the right fit for you. My clients have told me I’m really nice, I’m pretty firm and everything in between. And while some of us need the nice guy others prefer having a drill sergeant. The important thing is you need to be able to connect with someone that you can develop a comfortable relationship with.

The reason I say this is because, while I’ve helped my clients lose a little over 6,000 lb. and counting so far in my career, not everyone I’ve worked with has had success – mainly due to one of these 2 reasons. That being said, I personally feel that just like I work hard for my money, my clients should see/feel that their money and time are also being well spent, which is why I offer a 30-day money back guarantee and a free initial consultation. And I am sure there are other nutrition experts who do the same too. So make sure to ask!

At the end of the day, when you add up all the money you’ve spent on supplements, diets, books, exercise equipment, etc. as well as all the times you were determined to lose weight or fit into that dream dress or pair of jeans you love without success; you may just feel that the money and time you spend with a dietitian will in fact be worth it for you.

The best part about seeing a dietitian for weight loss in my opinion is, unlike solutions like healthy meal delivery, you get to take all the valuable knowledge you learn in the process with you. After all it’s like the saying goes “give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.”

PS. Don’t forget to check and see if your medical insurance provider covers the services of a dietitian as this is becoming more common now.

Organic Produce Home Delivery in Dubai

Organic Produce in Dubai - Ripe
Now that the organic foods movement has been around for a while, a lot of us are familiar with the benefits of choosing these foods over regular everyday grocery store alternatives.

However, the biggest challenges with  buying organic produce have and  (while this has improved a bit over the past few years) still are how much it costs and how much effort it takes to find it.

The question is, is it really worth it? Honestly speaking, the jury is divided even though there are a whole array of opinions ranging from those who feel its a waste of money to those who won’t put anything in their mouths unless it’s certified organic and everything in between.

While scientifically speaking there is still little evidence to suggest that organic foods are necessarily more nourishing than their non-organic counterparts, in my opinion if you can afford it, I would say for the most part yes it absolutely is. Truth be told, I’m not a gung-ho organic advocate. In fact there are times when I feel local is a more sensible choice than organic, but if it’s available and the price isn’t significantly restrictive I do opt for organic produce whenever I can.

That’s because even though both conventionally grown and organically grown produce may have the same amount of nutrients based on lab results, I’d venture to say that the quality of these nutrients is more than likely different. Furthermore not having the added cancer-causing chemicals, and the use of more humane and sustainable farming practices all add up to something much better for us and Mother Earth in my opinion. And my hope is that if enough of us use our consumer buying power to support the production of organic foods, then soon all food will be organic by default.

But this post isn’t about convincing you to spend an arm and a leg on expensive organic produce that’s hard to find (there are many discussions across the web that weigh out the pros and cons of these for those who are interested)…

Its about buying organic produce that is in fact affordable and super-convenient too. The amazing thing is that in the last few years Dubians, like their North American counterparts, have been blessed with a number of local farms who deliver organic produce  straight to the doorstep. And the cost – a mixed vegetable box that weighs about 5kg – costs only between AED100 -175. I’d say that’s pretty comparable to the average amount one might spend at the grocery store on a week’s worth of produce, wouldn’t you agree?

Comparing the Organic Produce Options in Dubai

Organic Produce in Dubai - Greenheart
Organic Produce in Dubai - Greenheart
Organic Produce in Dubai - Ripe
Organic Produce in Dubai - Go Organic
Organic Produce in Dubai - Go Organic
Now, from my own research I found three companies here in Dubai that offer organic produce home delivery and wanted to give you guys feedback after trying all of them in case you are thinking of doing the same. I tried ordering the:

    1. Ripe Large Vegetable Box (AED 155) approximate weight 5.5 kg plus 2 herbs.

 

    1. Go Organic Large Veggie Box (AED 175) approximate weight 6 kg plus 2 herbs.

 

    1. Greenheart Organic Mixed Box Classic (AED 100) approximate weight 4 kg plus 2 herbs.

 

And while I plan to do a more thorough post on each of the three in the upcoming weeks, here’s a summary of what I found:

    • All of these companies offer similar organic produce in their vegetable boxes and the great thing is you get what grows seasonally in the region.

 

    • The vegetables all arrived fairly fresh and were easy to clean and store. It was actually quite nice to open the door to a box full of colourful vegetables – it kind of felt like Eid/Christmas. In fact Go Organic put ice in their box to ensure their produce survived the heat during delivery (though it made a bit of a mess as it made the produce and the box a bit soggy). Also, considering they are coming fresh from the farm there is a bit more dirt (Greenheart had the most out of the three the first time I ordered from them – but thankfully since the amount of dirt has become less) on the produce compared to what you get when you buy it at the grocery store. The good news – NO BUGS.

 

    • While the boxes are filled with pre-selected veggies based on what’s growing around the region, you can ask to have items substituted. All three companies were happy to make some changes without any additional charge. The only thing is, of the three companies, only Ripe remembered to make the substitution for me.
    • On that note, all three seem to have pretty good customer service too – in fact Greenheart gave me a free box (100 AED value) for missing my substitutions – how often will a company do that?!

 

    • You do pay a deposit (5 AED) for the box with Greenheart unlike Ripe and Go Organic, but all companies will collect their boxes for reuse.

So what’s the verdict?

Overall, I would definitely recommend getting an organic produce box delivered to your doorstep. I ended up going with Greenheart because as a small family of 3 adults their box lasts us about 2 weeks, which is perfect for us.

On a side note, while I considered getting organic fruits delivered as well, the fact is most of it comes from Europe and North America. When I think about the environmental impact of shipping fruit all the way to us here in Dubai I felt that buying local produce makes more sense, especially considering a lot of farms around the region may in fact still use older farming practices.

Oh yeah, if you’re looking for organic produce delivery in America – check out www.localharvest.org.