Dietitians’ Inspirational Nutrition Mantras

Do you have an inspirational nutrition-focused mantra? Perhaps it is a line, thought or quote that you share with your clients to help them stay motivated on their health journeys. We asked registered dietitian nutritionists to share their positive nutrition mantras with us – read on to feel inspired!

Mantras that Remind Clients to Keep it Simple

“Don’t over complicate this. You don’t need a grandiose plan to be successful. Simple and realistic will win. It’s totally normal to find bumps along the way. Remember, they’re bumps, not roadblocks.” Sarah Chapel, RD, CDE

“Nourish your mind, body and spirit” – Erin Macdonald, RDN, U Rock Girl

“It shouldn’t take a degree to eat.” In other words, it’s not that complicated!” – Julie Lanford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, CancerDietitian

“Stop making mealtime so hard!” – Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT,

Mantras that Remind Clients to Enjoy their Food

“Make the unhealthy healthy and still taste good” – Ginger Gantenbein Sandifer, RD, LDN

“Focus on “delicious health” - nutritious food is flavorful!” – Kim Beavers, RDN

“Food is for eating and should never be punishment. Eat it. Enjoy it. Move on.” – Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, Sound Bites Nutrition

Mantras that Remind Clients to be Patient with Themselves

"Be confident in the pivot.” Life takes us in expected ways and so can the best-laid nutrition plans. The key is being comfortable and confident in pivoting as we go throughout our journey. – Heather Steele, RD, LD

“Create a life that sets you up for success.” – Kellie Blake, RDN, LD, IFNCP, CMHIMP, NutrisenseNutrition 

“Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” I started using this during triathlon transitions but it is so helpful in everyday life. When I rush, I make mistakes, I forget things, I do things that end up taking more time that slow me down (like shattering a glass because I stacked too many so I could cut down on a trip back and forth). It reminds me to take a deep breath, use a moment for a quick pause, and refocus to be smart and get things right. I say it out loud to myself. I know it sounds silly, but try it, it may help you too! – Arielle “Dani” Lebovitz, MS, RD, CSSD, CDE, ExperienceDelicious

“Success is like wrestling a gorilla…you don’t quit when you get tired, you quit when the gorilla gets tired.” – Darla Moore Warfield, RD, LDN

“It’s a journey, not a destination.” Life, eating patterns, everything really is about the journey, not the destination. The practice, not the perfect. We all need to constantly remind ourselves of this to stay present and avoid letting our minds focus too much on the future (and all the worry and self-blame that can ensue when we get off track)! – Diane Norwood, RDN, The Wandering RD

“Think baby steps. It’s about making small changes every day that will give you the result you want at the end.” – Kahti Paydar, RDN, CD

“Not practice makes practice.” I encourage my patients to think of their health goals as they would any other skill such as playing the piano. We don’t play to get to the end of the song - we play for the joy of the experience. At no point are we just “finished” with our health goals. Every day we grow and practice - even if this simply means fine-tuning the skills we already have and enjoying the ride! – Shena Jaramillo, MS, RD, Peace and Nutrition

“Progress, not perfection.” – Cathy Leman, MA, RDN, DAM.MAD.AboutBreastCancer

“Rarely is there one perfect choice, so stop waiting for it. Whichever option you choose will lead you to other choices. You don't have to know where you'll end up when you start.” I said this to many patients who were paralyzed about making the perfect eating choice. – Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD-S Understanding Nutrition

“You don’t just set up shop and become a millionaire overnight. You have to write the business plan, develop revenue streams, manage to the market landscape, etc. It is the same with health and nutrition (or weight loss, whatever). You create a plan. The plan has multiple “levers” you can pull to get results, not just one. You plan for challenges and obstacles, and you work your plan. Every day. That’s how real change and success happens.” – Diana Reid, MPH, RDN, The Global Dietitian

“Not one day or one meal is going to make it or break it, it’s all about the lifestyle, eating well and staying active most days of the week is what matters. Nutrition and hydration impact an individual both physically and mentally. We must feed our body to nourish both our mind as well as our ability to physically function. Remember, it is all about the lifestyle – Keep it real, all foods can fit when you eat well and stay active year-round!” – Kathleen LaBella, RDN, CDN, CSSD, ACE-CMES/CPT, Peak Performance


Comment below – what is your nutrition mantra?