health, pregnancy,& motherhood
If you are a woman of child-bearing age, this post is for you. Not just for those who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. A common misconception is that you don’t need to worry about folate until you are actually pregnant. Not true! Even if you are only at the point of knowing that you want to one day have children, this is something you should be thinking about.
As I embark on the “year of nourish”, I’ve been thinking about how I’m spending my time, and what is truly nourishing me. What is bringing me life, and what is dragging me down.
Can I be honest? Dinner time has been a really tired place for me lately. A big part of my job is helping people navigate changing seasons or “phases” or life. I have found that most people go through times when they’re inspired and times when life is too chaotic and times when they’re burnt out and times when they just don’t know if they can make one more dinner. It’s part of my job to meet them in all of those seasons and help them navigate making healthy choices for themselves.
So I took myself on as a client.
When I made the mental switch to a word or theme of the year, instead of New Year’s resolutions, I was a bit overwhelmed at how to go about picking something. I knew I wanted something that would feel practical enough to span all the different aspects of my life. All that to say, it took a bit of internal conversation. But I came up with a word. 2019 is the year of nourish.
I recently wrote a blog post for EKG Nutrition about NOT making New Year’s resolutions, and I loved it so much I wanted to share it here. I also wanted to let you in on what I’m doing instead. After all, when so many resolutions fail, there has to be a better way, right?
People often ask me what’s more important, diet or exercise? What if that’s not the right question at all? What if that’s not the best way to be healthy?
So quit dieting. Stop trying to lose weight. I mean it. Focus on healthy habits. On consistently treating your body kindly. The “diet or exercise” question will actually fall away.
I love this version of carrot cake baked oatmeal. It is packed with nutrition from whole grain oats, plus fruits and veggies. It’s a little more work than a simple bowl of oatmeal, but it is 100% worth it. Great for a brunch or heated up throughout the week.
I’m not going to categorize food into “good” and “bad”. I don’t believe that food has a moral value. When we define food as “clean” that innately means another food is “dirty”. I’m just not into that distinction. I see too many women beat themselves up over their food choices. Eating a kale salad doesn’t make you more righteous than eating an ice cream sundae.
However, I can help you find food that provides the most nutrition. Instead of focusing on the foods that you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” eat, I’d rather encourage you to think about foods that nourish you, provide energy and nutrients – and to realize that there is an abundance of those foods!
If you follow food trends, you’ve seen cold-pressed juice in the grab-and-go section of your grocery store, convenience store, or gym. If you don’t follow food trends, you’ve probably seen it, but the only thing that stood out to you was the price tag. What is cold-pressed juice and how is it different from “regular” juice?
When was the last time you truly savored something? One pattern I notice in many of my clients is that they eat without realizing it. Far from savoring it, they don’t even know they ate it! There are two significant reasons that this happens: (1) They fall prey to distracted eating. (2) They eat a day’s worth of calories in small bites. Why is this a problem?