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John Lamberson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
John is a Registered Dietitian, a North Carolina Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and a Ceritified Diabetes Educator. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from James Madison University and a Master of Science in Health Sciences & Dietetics from James Madison University. He is also a Duke University Trained Intergrative Health Coach.
After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1991, he decided to change career paths and returned to graduate school to become a Registered Dietitian. John's professional experiences include work with a diverse client base including diabetes education, sports nutrition, renal nutrition, weight loss and Cardiac Rehab. Without being diagnosed with diabetes, he would not have become what he is today. John says, "Having diabetes has been, and continues to be, a motivating factor in my life. When first diagnosed, I was determined to not let it control me and have used diabetes to benefit my life and the life of others. I personally understand the frustrations, uncertainty and fear one might have when living with a chronic condition and want to help others become more aware of the control they can have".
Embarking on change to improve health can be a challenging endeavor. John uses his experinces to help others better understand how they can achieve the goals they have for themsleves. He has teamed with his wife, Angie, also a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Integrative Health Coach to form Nutrition Pair. Their goal is to work with others and help them live the life they see for themselves. You can find out more about the Nutrition Pair team by clicking here!
You have the ability to become whatever it is you want to become.... "It's Your Health. It's Your Life. Make That Change!" (TM)
Nutrition Pair, LLC
May 2005 - present
James Madison University
1988 - 1990
Bachelor of Science, Political Science
Richard Bland College
1985 - 1988
Associate of Arts
James Madison University
1994 - 1997
Master of Science, Health Sciences and Dietetics
Integrative Health Coach
Duke University School of Integrative Medicine
January 2014 - April 2014
John Lamberson replied:
Great question! The answer can depend on many different things. But let's forget the most common resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, eat healthy... and look at things you can do right now to help you get ready for the New Year.
- Resolve to make a plan! No matter how well intentioned we are, if we don't develop an outline or guideline, our goals may seem too elusive. So, write down what you want to accomplish!
- 2. Resolve to patient. Many resolutions involve a long term commitment. However, we get eager for the results before we put in the work to gain those results. Give yourself time, but be accountable to your plan. A great way to do this is to break down your goals into smaller, more manageable steps. For example, if you want to exercise more, How are you going to exercise? Where are you going to exercise? How often or what days? Are you ready to exercise? Have clothes, shoes, facility available? Are you comfortable exercising in group sessions or by yourself? Asking and answering those questions can help you get more specific with your plan.
- Resolve to celebrate all successes, no matter how small or how big they may seem! Recognizing successful change can sometimes be difficult. That's another reason why being specific with your goals and plan of action is so important. If you wanted to change the way you eat by adding one piece of fruit to one meal a day, celebrate the week of eating 7 pieces of fruit! Change starts in small increments and carries on as you become more aware of that change. So celebrate all success! If you want to celebrate more, share your goals with a friend or work with a coach. They can help hold you accountable to the process and help you truly recognize successes.
- Resolve to seek out high quality advice! Don't rely on methods that promise huge results without putting in work. Fad diets, supplements, and other "health" products are usually not the best way to progress. Use the trained and licensed professionals you have access to: Registered Dietitians, Certified Integrative Health Coaches, and Exercise Physiologists. Always remember the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!"
- Bonus Resolution: Resolve to be forgiving! While we may always need to be forgiving of others, we must also be able to forgive ourselves. Hold yourself accountable to making changes but don't allow yourself to be held hostage by them. You're going to have difficult times and setbacks as you work toward change. It's ok to hit a barrier but don't let that stop you. Forgive yourself for not sticking to your plan but get right back to it. Barriers are meant to strengthen you. Find a way over, under or around that barrier. Then, celebrate your new found path for accomplishing your goals!
Warm Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!
John Lamberson replied:
Great question. But, diabetes is not a result of poor dietary habits alone. Lack of exercise, weight gain and genetics play a part in the development of diabetes. Keep in mind, many people that are diagnosed with diabetes today may have had it undetected for years. The longer you have gone with undetected diabetes, the more at risk you are for developing other health issues, like heart disease, kidney disease and ciruclatory problems. Unfortunately, "high" blood sugars don't have to be that high to cause these problems.
We never really say that you are "cured" from diabetes. Instead, we say you can manage it better. Improving meal plans, increasing exercise, and following healthier lifestyle patterns will all help to provide you with overall better health. We do try to help people control their blood sugars through diet and exercise only, if possible. Regardless of if you have diabetes or not, following the lifestyle designed for a person with diabetes can provide you with a great way to live healthier! So, pretend like you have diabetes and adopt the healthy diabetes lifestyle and improve your health.