Theresa Dvorak, a registered dietitian at University of Utah Health. What's the best and worst thing you can eat? What often causes people to fail at their diet? How do you know if you're eating healthy? Hear what answers Theresa has for these questions and more.">

Sep 18, 2017 — On this episode of Seven Questions for a Specialist, The Scope speaks with Theresa Dvorak, a registered dietitian at University of Utah Health. What's the best and worst thing you can eat? What often causes people to fail at their diet? How do you know if you're eating healthy? Hear what answers Theresa has for these questions and more.

Interview

Announcer: Seven questions, seven answers. It's Seven Questions for a Specialist on The Scope.

Interviewer: All right, it's time for another edition of Seven Questions. Today, it's seven questions for a dietitian. Theresa Dvorak is a dietitian, registered dietitian. I'm going to ask you seven questions. Just looking for your answers, okay?

Theresa: Okay.

Interviewer: All right, shotgun style, here we go. Number one, what's the best thing you can eat?

Theresa: Fruits and vegetables.

Interviewer: All right. What's the worst thing you can eat?

Theresa: Added sugar.

Interviewer: What do people inevitably ask you when they find out what you do? I can't wait for this one.

Theresa: It's usually weight loss help, "So I heard about this diet. Tell me about it. What do you think about this eating plan?"

Interviewer: What's the most common mistake people make that cause them to fail at their diet?

Theresa: Too much, too fast, too soon.

Interviewer: What do you know now as a registered dietitian that you wish everybody knew?

Theresa: That it's not as hard as what we make it out to be.

Interviewer: And how so?

Theresa: You know, most people know that they need to eat a balanced diet and lots of fruits and vegetables, whole foods, less processed foods, and to move more. And it's really that simple, but it's making it a priority and taking the time to integrate those foods.

Interviewer: What's the best way to make sure that I'm eating healthy?

Theresa: Making sure that you're enjoying it and that you've got lots of color in your diet.

Interviewer: Okay.

Theresa: Natural color.

Interviewer: Sum up all your nutrition knowledge in one sentence.

Theresa: That's really . . .

Interviewer: Unfair?

Theresa: Yeah, really. I'm at a disadvantage here. Eating well throughout the lifespan and finding a way to eat for a lifetime is really the key, rather than just, "How am I going to eat for the next say 10 days or 30 days?" But, "What works for my body for the long term?"

Interviewer: Good job, seven questions for a dietitian.

Theresa: Thanks.

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