Once myself and a group of clients went out to Sammy’s for happy hour after their workout. When it was time to order, everyone was staring at me, and then one said “what should be order?” “I am having a burger and beer!”, was my response and encouraged them to do the same, as this was a special occasion.
Weeks later I was introduced to a psychologist whom specialized in eating disorders. Little did I know at the time, but one of my clients had an eating disorder an was seeing this doctor. When introduced, the psychologist said “I know who you are…you told my patient it was okay to eat a hamburger and drink a beer.” The way she said it made me feel as if I had overstepped my boundaries as a trainer.
She then replied “You are the only trainer I know that does it right. Trainers usually tell client that they cannot have certain foods, and this only fuels eating disorders and other unhealthy behaviors.” Dr. Susie Mendelsohn has been a dear friend and a consultant to Sensible Fitness ever since.