Mindful-less What to Eat Tuesday
I missed my Mindful Monday post this week on account of me deep cleaning my kitchen in preparation for new appliances. Okay, also, it was mostly because JJ is on a work trip to Japan and I wanted to bide my time with something mindless. Mindful Monday is anything but mindless, so forgive me! I’m bringing you some real RD (that’s Registered Dietitian) talk on this Tuesday, as I like to put all my long hours of nutrition education to good use once in a while.
As a Dietitian, I get asked daily what people should or should not eat. I am classified as the food police. People think all dietitians do all day is count calories and monitor food intake. Either that, or they think we prep food in hospitals for sick patients.
While not entirely wrong, it’s also not entirely right.
However, as a far as I see it, as a dietitian, I help clients figure out what their health goals are and how we can both get there together. THEN we discuss what to eat. Sometimes that means cutting things out but most of the time it means adding things in. Why focus on the negative, when we all know positivity is the way to a healthy and happy life?
Tell Me What To Eat
I could tell you eat this type of diet, or this kind of food, or this special supplement. OR I could tell you to do you. I’ll, however, settle for somewhere in between.
You do you, so that it helps you reach your goals and allows you to be as healthy as possible.
What does that look like? IT DEPENDS. It not only depends person to person, but it also depends for one single person throughout their life, even throughout the year.
What I will tell you, is to eat food that nourishes you inside, out and everywhere in between. If you are hungry, for crying out loud, EAT. If you are bored, find something else to occupy your time. If you cannot figure out the difference, find someone who can help you.
You Tell Me What to Eat
Eat food, real food and sometimes eat food that provides real-ness to you (aka if you want that PSL, have it, enjoy it and move on). And remember, I am NOT the food police and I give zero Oreos what you ate at that wedding you went to, or that work happy hour. I maybe should say instead, it’s not that I don’t care, because I do, it’s just that I’m not judging you.
Eating a certain food does not make you a bad person, end of story.
You deserve to live your best life. As long as your food and lifestyle choices are not hindering that but adding to it, I am happy and content. I can tell you what to eat, but I’d rather show you, through example, recipes, meal planning and joining you for a meal!
Next time you ask me what you should eat, come prepared for some follow up questions. I’m not going to let you off the hook that easy…
Tell me what YOU eat and I’ll tell you how we can work together to improve it. I’m not a miracle worker, just a dietitian with a passion for making food and fitness fun again.