Video: What I’ve Learnt As a Nutritionist And Two Challenges For You!!

What I've Learnt As A Nutritionist via Nutritionist in the Kitch

Hello my lovely NITK readers and Happy Sunday!

I am pretty excited for my post today because I finally got my butt in gear and put together a video for my YouTube channel! I have been wanting to get videos up on the blog for so long and it’s finally happening!

Today’s video is about two key things I have learnt in the last 6 years as a Nutritionist and I’ve also got two challenges for YOU!

I’d love for you to watch the video and let me know about your experiences regarding the points in the video:

Have you tried diets that didn’t work, or worked temporarily but the results didn’t last?

Or have you tried a way of eating you thought might work for you but it didn’t?  And what has actually worked for you?

I’d also love to know what you would like me to talk about regarding health, nutrition, wellness, or my own experiences in future videos too!

Video Highlights:

0:48 – The first big lesson I’ve learnt (There No ‘One Way’ Of Eating for Everyone!)

1:50 – Two great examples (Deryn & Leanne)

3:20 – The second thing I’ve learnt (Diets Don’t Work!)

4:40 – My personal experience with ‘dieting’

5:12 – How I’m moving forward and my recommendations for sustainable weight loss

6:10 – My TWO challenges for YOU!

8:20 -Final remarks

I hope you’ve enjoyed the video and I look forward to creating the next one (and I aim to make it less than 5 minutes, lol, a little more ‘short and sweet’ as I know I can get a bit wordy).

Enjoy the rest of your beautiful Sunday and don’t forget to subscribe to the NITK Newsletter for great recipes, health and nutrition tips, and more videos to come!


Nutritionist in the Kitch

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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  • Hi Christal,
    Thanks a lot for this video! So inspiring!! 🙂
    I’ve been giving a lot of thought on diets, as I’ve been dealing with digestive issues for a while and now I’m in the FODMAPs elimination phase. I feel much better, but miss baking a lot!! Happily this is not a lifetime diet!!
    Can’t wait for your next videos!
    Best wishes from Brazil 🙂

  • You are a wonderful speaker! I really enjoyed seeing a video from you! It helps me feel like I know you a bit better as a person rather than just the words and pictures I see on the blog. I trust your advice even more after seeing you express yourself eloquently, intelligently, and compassionately, so I look forward to seeing more videos! Great job!

    • Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for the kind words!!! I’m excited to bring more video to the blog in the future, I think it will be a great addition overall 🙂

  • Christal,
    I’m just earned my Post Graduate Certificate of Nutrition and am just about to start my Masters of Nutrition. I still have a lot to learn. I am interested on your thoughts about stevia, erythritol and xylitol. I have a baking blog where I try to make cakes that are ‘healthy’ and this always involves removing the sugar component and replacing it with one of these three sweeteners and also replacing porcessed wheat flour with whole grain, whole legume or whole nut flours. I also use coconut sugar occasionally, but not often. But I’m still not 100% convinced that I’m doing the right thing. I’d appreciate your thoughts.

    • Hi Terri! I honestly do not use erythritol and xylitol often because I have a sensitive digestive system and those sugar alcohols have not usually sat well with me. I do definitely aim to stay away from refined sugars so I will often use raw honey, pure maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar, and I also use stevia often! I know there are many different kinds of stevia on the market so I try to go with a stevia that does not have additives like maltodextrin, or those that are alcohol free as well! I agree with you on the flour replacements, I love to use nut flours and I’ll typically use a whole grain gluten free flour mixture or play around with other flours that are unrefined! I think you are doing great, at the end of the day when it comes to baking, you still do want to ensure the end result tastes edible haha, so it’s not that the baking is going to be like eating a bowl of vegetables, but if you are aiming to make it lower glycemic, and still have the bonus of nutrients from whole foods, I think you are on the right track! 🙂

  • Way to go, Christal! Looking forward to seeing more videos from my favourite food blogger, aka NutritionistintheKitch. Loved what you had to say about no one way of eating being right for everyone. In October my Crossfit gym did a health challenge where we had to avoid grains, dairy, sugar and all processed foods AND we had to have 3 balanced meals a day and at least 2 litres of water and 7-8 hours of sleep. It wasn’t too big of a change for me with the food as I have been avoiding refined sugars for years (since I found your Eatmore Fudge Squares and realized I can have my cake and not eat sugar!) and I eat very little dairy or bread anyway. But I had been very busy in the months before the challenge and I had found myself reaching for sandwhiches with processed meat and cheese for their convenience. I was feeling tired and lethargic a lot of the time and my naturopath was trying all sorts of tests to find out what was wrong with me. Well it turns out that the problem was my diet even though I was eating quite healthy, or at least I thought I was. After being deliberate about having balanced meals and avoiding what Sherry Strong refers to as the lethal recipe of processed and GMO foods, I feel amazing and I lost 5 pounds that I have been dragging around for a while, without starving myself in any way. And best of all it’s sustainable. The challenge is officially over, but the 30 days was just what I needed to make some new habits. I’m shopping organic, usually with SPUD (what a time saver!). I prepare lots of food ahead of time so it’s always easy to throw a balanced meal together even when I don’t have time to make something fancy or even interesting! It’s amazing how enjoyable clean eating can be when the balance is there to really make me feel nourished. You continue to inspire me!

    • Hi Deb! Aww thank you of much for the feedback! Yes it is so interesting to see how much the body can change and how you can feel when you find the “right fit” for what works with your body when it comes to your diet! Ah, yes I know SPUD is AMAZING – I love how much time it saves me too! I’m so happy I can be an inspiration to you Deb and I am so happy for your continued support of the blog! I hope all is going wonderful for you in beautiful Vancouver!

  • You did great! It’s nice to hear your voice, and not in a weird, creepy way! Hahah. Good job, will be looking forward to your next one! Thanks for including myself and Leanne, two very different ends of the nutritionist spectrum and you’re right, we’re both thriving!

    • Hey Deryn! 🙂 Haha thanks for the comment and feedback! I thought you both were fantastic examples! Thank you for letting me chat about you!

  • Wow, Christal! You are going to end up with your own TV show one of these days! So well spoken, articulate, interesting, bright and of course everything you said MAKES SO MUCH SENSE! Can’t wait to see your future videos!

  • What a beautiful video! You look even more beautiful in video than in pictures!
    I’ve been following you since 8/2012 and you haven’t aged a second! must be the healthful eating.
    Cograts on your first foray into video or vlogging. Huge success!

    • Thank you SO much for the kind feedback! I appreciate it so much and your dedication to my blog over the years!! It’s readers like YOU that keep me blogging! <3