health, pregnancy,& motherhood
It seems to me that we need to switch our mindset. Instead of a holiday being a reason to throw caution to the wind, I wonder if we need to treat holidays more like Tuesdays. And honestly, I’m less interested in living most of life under crazy restrictions that make me feel like I need to treat myself to something, and more interested in living out enjoyable health each day.
After all, understanding these special occasions is actually just figuring out how to do life NOT on a diet. Living a real life, with real friends and family, with real opportunities to celebrate and enjoy good food and good people.
High-protein diets have been very fashionable lately. Whether it’s a specific diet like Atkins, Paleo/Whole30 and Dukan, or just a push for high protein items, protein is EVERYWHERE. But could high levels of protein be harmful to your health? Even worse for you than smoking??
It’s National Healthy Weight Week (Jan 20-26), and as I’m celebrating by pursuing true health (no diets allowed!), it reminded me of a blog post for EKG Nutrition about intuitive eating and obesity. If you’ve been following intuitive eating or any kind of non-diet content, you might start to question whether or not the approach even values health and nutrition. “Isn’t there an obesity crisis in America?” you might ask. How can we (dietitians) tell people to eat what they want when obesity is only getting more out of control? How can we reconcile this intuitive eating approach with the growing obesity epidemic?
How do you even know if you’re on a fad diet? Today’s fad diets are usually taking on a different shape. With changes like this every few years, it can be hard to stay on top of it all. Is the latest way of eating you heard about a fad diet, a “regular” diet, or something that is actually good for you? It’s really tempting to rush to a diet that promises fast results without a lot of effort. Who doesn’t want to hit the easy button on life? I have been there. To help you steer clear of the fad diets, I have 8 signs that you’re following a fad and you might want to rethink your health priorities and goals.
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.