I don't mind chatting about nutrition for a bit with people since it's a popular topic. Sometimes though, I'd just like to talk about the latest movies or current events.
I remember this one party I went to where I was eating a few chips from the snack table. After a few moments a gentleman came up to me (knowing I was a dietitian) and said: "You know chips are bad for you right?"
Of course I know chips are not good for me! But does that mean I am forbidden as a dietitian from ever eating them? Hell no! I decided to have my own fun and stared down at the chip still clutched in my hand with a look of surprise and said "Oh damn, I thought this was an apple. Thank you for saving me." I then promptly tossed the chip in my mouth and walked away.
Yes I am a dietitian and Yes I do promote eating well and cooking at home first. I do however believe that food is more than just nutrition. It is an experience and should be enjoyed. I still eat things like chips and chocolate because I like them. I also respect that eating too much of them will be damaging to my health, so I have to limit my intake.
Sometimes treating yourself means eating out and that is why I still enjoy restaurants. Like my treat foods, I just don't eat out all the time. I also believe there are different levels of quality when it comes to eating out. Big chain and fast food restaurants would be an examples of food I do not promote. These hyper foods as I like to call them are often loaded with salt, sugar, fat and other modifying chemicals to make this food taste amazing even though there is hardly any nutrition. Meals that go for the 'shock and awe' approach by serving you half a cow or a chocolate-glazed-deepfried-carmelized-buttercream-filled hotdog are also pointless in my mind.
Restaurants and chefs that understand the importance of quality ingredients, that try to source local meats, cheese and veggies and prepare the ingredients with care and integrity should still get recognition.
So I am a dietitian and I am still a foodie. They can exist together. I try to live in a way that I can still enjoy the foods I love, feel healthy and respect the fact that some foods are not as good for me and have to be limited to special occasions. And when I have those special occasions I savor every minute of them. I do this because life is short but I am not going to be responsible for shortening my own life with poor choices and not caring for myself. I am also not going to decrease the quality of my life by with holding all enjoyments. Live long, but live happy. :)