Mental Health and the Total Body Diet

By Victoria Shanta Retelny, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Taking the plunge into the Total Body Diet isn’t a solo process. Getting social support from family and friends, as well as professionals, can be a tremendous help.

Think about these folks as being part of your Total Body Diet team. Assembling an effective team around you can help in many ways. There is nothing like having other people rooting for you when you’re starting a new behavior change program. Getting support from a team is not a new concept — organizations and institutions all over the world use an interdisciplinary approach to healthy behavior change, especially when it comes to healthful eating, weight loss, or weight maintenance.

Your team may consist of a whole host of professionals, including the following:

  • Registered dietitian nutritionists

  • Nurses and nurse practitioners

  • Pharmacists

  • Physicians

  • Physician assistants

  • Physical therapists

  • Psychologists

  • Social workers

You may not choose to work with all these people at once, but knowing the range of help available allows you to reach out for appropriate support when necessary. Also, you may not be working one-on-one with every one of these folks — for example, a nutritionist may lead a support group you can join.

Family members should also be on your team. They can be your cheerleaders for personal change! The Total Body Diet approach encourages the whole family to get onboard with lifestyle changes.

Support begins in the home. Talk with your spouse, kids, siblings, and/or parents to make them aware that you’re transforming your eating and lifestyle for the better. Ask them for support!