I am applying for a grant for a nutritionist where I work. Though I know they won't be paleo...I hope we can get someone who is paleo-friendly.. I am looking for some heLp.
Do you know of a good pre- and post- test to measure people's nutrition knowledge? I am looking for one that doesn't spew BS.
What is a good measure of success for seeing a nutritionist/registered dietician? (especially if the nutritionist is not exactly paleo)
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on September 30, 2010
at 03:10 PM
No, I don't know of one... Maybe Diane will chime in on this.
Here's a list of pre-test questions I'd love to ask my fitness clients:
- What's the difference between saturated and unsaturated fat? Which should you eat more of?
- How does cholesterol affect your health?
- What nutrition/fitness advice would you give to a friend who wanted to lose weight?
Here's a list of fantasy post-test questions. Too hard and too long, yeah. But they are more like a litmus test that I use to try to identify whether the person I'm talking to (or the author of the blog/article/book I'm reading) knows what he or she is talking about.
- What role does evolution play in human nutrition?
- Identify common anti-nutrients present in various foods and basic strategies for avoiding or neutralizing them.
- Explain two common misconceptions about the application of the First Law of Thermodynamics to the calorie-deficit theory of weight loss.
- Explain the lipid hypothesis of coronary heart disease and its major shortcomings.
- Explain the carbohydrate hypothesis of coronary heart disease and its major shortcomings.
- Explain 5 common misconceptions about cholesterol.
- Briefly describe and explain 5-10 non-dietary factors that can interact with dietary interventions to influence positive health outcomes.
- Identify 10 "Diseases of Civilization" or "Western Diseases."
- With respect to the Diseases of Civilization, briefly describe the role that managing inflammation and insulin can have on prevention and treatment.
- Identify 3 common factors that can negatively impact adherence to recommended dietary or lifestyle interventions, and how to address them.
Finally, good luck finding a Paleo-friendly nutritionist. I'm not sure what the value of a Paleo-hostile nutritionist would be, so be careful. People often look to "experts" to tell them what to do, and when that "expert" legitimizes bad practices, it's MUCH harder to get people to change directions in the future.
on September 30, 2010
at 03:35 PM
That's a great list, Jae, though I do see that it's certainly skewed towards what you know as a Paleo-head, I can pretty well answer all of those questions I think. I find that a brief consult- usually they'll offer a 10-20 minute free chat- is enough time to garner the type of advice you'll be getting from a nutritionist. I saw one myself years ago before studying this on my own and was fed the same low-fat, high-carb, processed/whole grain BS as everyone else. I followed it at the time, but man, I was ALWAYS hungry...
Anyway- that's my .02