I am a strong believer that eating and food should be looked at as something that is enjoyable and not something that is dreaded or feared. Below I have listed some of my thoughts, tips, and advise about health and nutrition. In the past, I used to be very strict about my eating and my diet (before I became a dietitian). But having completed a bachelors degree in dietetics, I had a much different outlook on what heath and nutrition really mean.
- Strive for a healthy lifestyle and not a number. This strategy is a much more positive experience, rather than trying to reach a certain number on a scale. Granted, we should strive to maintain a healthy weight, but this number will not define you.
- Eat well and exercise because you love your body, not because you want to change it.
- Eat VEGETABLES! Plain and simple. It should be a goal to have at least one serving of vegetables with each meal.
- Life is about balance. Eat well and exercise, but don’t be afraid to go to happy hour with friends, special dinners with family, or any other things you like to do that may involve foods you wouldn’t have on a normal basis.
- If there is a diet that eliminates an entire food group (unless needed for a medical reason), it is probably not a good idea.
- Our bodies need many different nutrients to function properly, and if we eliminate these, we could very likely miss out on key nutrients.
- Very restrictive diets can actually cause weight gain in the long-run as they can be very hard to maintain and it is easy to revert back to old eating habits.
- Try one new recipe each week.
- Get on Pinterest, look through old cookbooks, get ideas from your office mates, visit my blog or ANY other blogger – but trying new recipes is a great way from staying out of a “food rut” as I call it, and getting excited for shaking up the meal rotation!
….more to come