I love nutrition. I am inching close to the finish line of achieving my masters in nutrition and after two years of learning about nutrition-related diseases, metabolism of vitamins and minerals, community nutrition programs, and practicing motivational interviewing- I can still say it firmly: I love nutrition.
Learning to properly nourish my body has been a journey. From counting calories to eating every “light” product under the sun, I am now at a place where I understand the value of food. The value of whole foods that keep me physically well. The value of indulgent foods that enhance experiences. The value of cooking a meal totally from scratch for my husband. I get it.
Breakfast: Oatmeal pancake made with 1 egg, 1/3 cup oats, 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, 4-5 tart cherries, and 1/4 tsp baking soda. Topped with sunflower butter. Dark chocolate & coffee consumed also.
Pre-run snack: blood orange (prettier than tasty)
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in nutrition personally is that the purpose of good nutrition is to enhance my life, not control it. My body relies on nutrient-dense foods to function well. The processes in my body need vitamins and minerals to function. However, every single bite of food I eat doesn’t need to be nutrient dense. Sometimes food, in the form of dark chocolate, is the best way to relax. Sometimes food, in the form of coffee and scones, is the best way to catch up with an old friend. Sometimes food, in the form of big fat juicy burgers, is the best way to celebrate my husband’s 25th birthday.
Lunch: Bad Daddy’s Burgers (thanks Sarah for the suggestion!). Turkey burger with white cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and spicy garlic ketchup on a lettuce bun. Sweet potatoes fries on the side.
Side note: This meal was a 10! I can’t wait to go back again. Terry’s tots were dynamite.
For me, nutrition is a priority. Eating copious amounts of veggies is a must.
However, a priority that exceeds nutrition is the priority to live freely. Be adventurous. Try new things (without justification!). Enjoy every single bite.
Never ever dwell on the food you’ve eaten. Unless you’re dwelling on how it was gone too soon ;). Eat your ice cream, and move on. The bigger deal you make of it, the more fixated on it you will become.
Dinner: Picnic style. Salad with boiled eggs, white beans, green peppers, carrots, and balsamic vinaigrette. (double this plate). Fresh pineapple and cantaloupe. Handfuls of popcorn.
Here are two of my top priorities: 1) living a meaningful life 2) honoring my body by taking care of it. With these at the top, being thin or eating 100% clean can’t also be priorities.
So yes, nutrition is awesome. I’m so glad I’ve chosen it as my career path. However, it’s not the most important thing in my life… and I’m okay with that. Give me veggies, but also give me fun times with friends. Remember that health is more than just the absence of disease.
So after a long day, exploring parks and stores with Terry, the night was finished off with a spoonful of peanut butter, eaten while watching we watched a movie.
Questions for you-
What do you consider a top priority?