National Nutrition Month

Toes are being amputated, tubes for breathing, tubes for eating, medications for medications…
Working in a hospital is a reminder of all the reasons to be thankful for health!
Now that we are in National Nutrition Month,  I want to encourage my friends and family to take care of themselves.
 Don’t let a preventable illness be the cause of a hospitalization…there are enough accidents and viruses out there to dodge in this life.  I’m afraid the real message of nutrition has gotten lost.
 Before I became a dietitian,  I thought nutrition was about the individual nutrients…”How do I get more Vitamin C?”  or  “Am I eating the right kind of fat?”
 Vitamins and minerals work together in harmony.  They have the power to heal and repair and they come best from natural packages…plants.
 This month, I encourage you to walk away from the
 frozen meal that leaves you starving and wanting to binge eat later.
 Put down the protein bar that promises you muscle but probably leaves your body with inflammation.
 Instead, pick up your pots and pans and cook from scratch.
 Add vegetables.
  Add spices.
  Add fat (gasp)!
 Snack on fruit.
 Try a new grain.
 Drink  w a t e r.
 Savor the flavors of real food and finish it off with a walk outdoors.
 I love yous guys.
 Don’t let your insides fall apart ♥

Should I go Paleo?

Should I go Paleo?

Raw? Gluten-free? 8-hr diet? Organic? GMO free? Vegan? So many choices…who is right?

Do we eat too many refined carbohydrates as a population?    Yes.

Are the additives, packaging and GMOs causing disruptions to our genetics?  Uh huh.

Are pesticides and poor soil quality affecting our produce?  Duh.

Is animal cruelty a part of most meat/dairy distribution?  Sadly, yes.

There is no one right way to eat, because there are so many issues with our bodies and our food supply. We are all individuals with unique genetics (some of which cause food allergies and intolerances), distinct passions (animal rights, human rights), and unique talents (cooking, gardening, athletics) that will dictate what foods we choose to put into our bodies. What is best for your body may not be what is best for your neighbor.

Whatever way of eating you choose, eat with sensibility and compassion. By sensibility, I mean moderate portions and variety of nutrient sources. By compassion, I mean think about how the food you purchased got to you (did it come from a company that widely used pesticides or GMOs, traveled across the world and left a large carbon footprint)? Animal rights is a huge part of compassion, follow your heart with however you feel lead.

We can all eat better. In turn, we can help our bodies, our animals, and our earth.

April, what do you think about a paleo diet?

 Although I’m not personally a proponent of the Paleo Diet, I definitely support any meal plan that advocates less processed foods.
 Paleo can be healthy, but it seems to unnecessarily restrict grains and legumes. If it comes from the Earth (and it’s not poisonous) it is likely beneficial for our bodies. The grains and legumes aren’t bad in themselves, it’s the general over consumption of them, notably grains and sugar.
 Most packaged foods are hardly food anymore…all the husks and fiber removed, bits of cheap soy and corn added, extra sugar and salt to enhance flavors, emulsifiers…we aren’t doing our bodies a favor by eating them.
 However, eat a 1/2 cup of black beans or 1/2 cup of quinoa and your body will be nourished.
 I’m a proponent of eating foods as close as possible as they come out of the Earth. Its a lot of work, and it’s not realistic 100% of the time.
 But following something like the 90/10 rule…eat well 90% of the time and allow 10% of the foods you eat to be treats, can be an easier path to follow.
 Getting back to the basics of eating unprocessed is a goal I’m working toward and I’m really enjoying.
 It feels good to eat real food. ♥