National Nutrition Month 2016

Happy National Nutrition Month! As we celebrate eating right all year long, let’s take a look at the “Fad Diet Timeline” on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s website. Among the cigarette diet, baby food diet, cheater’s diet and blood type diets, you’ll see the first low carb diet trend documented was in 1825. Yes, America has been bouncing from diet to diet and seeing them come back again for that long!! Isn’t that exhausting?
You know I already post on the importance of ditching the crazy diets and supplements and finding an RD for help so, I highly recommend checking that out. I know you are sick ofwasting your money on all of those programs to drop pounds and then have them all come back. So this month, if your fad diet of the year hasn’t already come to an end, ditch it. Get back to basics so that you never have to “go on a diet” ever again! Commit to working on the eating pattern that works best for you and your lifestyle. Not the life of some celebrity, mommy blogger, or even your best friend.
I don’t even want you to follow the same eating pattern as me.. because you’re you! If you still need more convincing to ditch your diets, another RD, Abby Langer, has already written blogs on why you don’t need Isagenix, Shakeology, Juice Plus, and more. Thanks for the awesome posts, Abby!
This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” and with that there are two messages I would love for you to focus on. The first is to take steps to eat a little more whole foods that taste good and are satisfying to you. Asparagus is only healthy for you if you actually like it, not if you hate it, are forcefeeding, and then wish you had something after.
The second is to take time to focus on one extra meal or snack each day, focusing on mindfulness.  I used to make sure I took time each day to truly enjoy my breakfast… 2019 mom update: it’s my favorite meal so while I try to do this sometimes, I usually have a mindful afternoon snack these days while Cooper is at daycare or napping. Breakfast used to be what I felt was the only time I could control since I never knew what might be thrown my way at lunch or if I’d be having dinner at work or home. Stages of life change, so it’s helpful to shift your focus to new goals when it does! You aren’t a failure if a mindful breakfast didn’t work out, for example, just find another time to really enjoy food. Have a mindful meal may help you kick start my day feeling more satisfied or more energetic.
Meal prep can help a lot, too. For example, you can have a pre-made broccoli fritatta with homemade habanero hummus and a side of pineapple and berries. Nutritious and delicious!!
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What is “Healthy”?

Have you ever thought that “eating healthy” was just having salads with grilled chicken for every meal? Or that it meant all of your food was going to have to taste bland? Sounds pretty boring, right? I often have people meet with me for one on one sessions saying “I guess I just need to stop liking food as much” or “I just love food so I will never be able to lose weight”. If you have ever followed along on my instagram account, I consider myself a foodie and enjoy food each and every day! Following a healthful lifestyle should include enjoying what you eat at every meal and snack. Sure, every once in a while I would love for everyone to try something new, and maybe that doesn’t always work out but, for the most part, choose healthy foods you love. If you don’t love many healthful foods yet, incorporate them into dishes and recipes that you already do so that you can acclimate yourself to them. My husband hated lots of foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, and even peanut butter when we got married. Now he loves all of them! I had a student a few weeks ago who made the most disgusted face when I suggested having dates as a pre-workout snack in the morning. She emailed me later that day about how much she loved them!
Here are some of my most flavor packed recipes that can help you enjoy foods you love but with healthier ingredients:

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
(My very first post – as evidence by this poor quality picture!)

veggie burger

Garbanzo Flour Flatbread and Pizza 

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Spaghetti Squash with Lentil Bolognese

Baked Lentil Loaf


Spelt and Oat Pumpkin Muffins


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