I love to eat. I look forward to eating. I’m always on the look out for a great restaurant or new tasty recipe. In a way, my day revolves around food and that’s probably why I’m a dietitian.
My food philosophy is to create a positive relationship with food that nourishes both the body and soul in a realistic way.
Let’s start with the positive relationship and why it’s so important. This is key especially if you know what it feels like to have a negative relationship with food. Usually, a negative relationship starts with some kind of restriction in order to achieve a goal. You end up focusing and obsessing on the things you can’t have. Then, the food you are left eating is not fulfilling. I’ve been there. Losing weight made me restrict a lot of foods I loved. I ended up obsessing on the foods I told myself couldn’t have. I’ve since turned it around and created a positive relationship by allowing myself those crave-able foods in moderation and focusing on how the healthy foods I eat fuel my body for all the great things I do everyday!
We need food that nourishes the body first off but it also has to nourish the soul. Food that nourishes the body is easy to define. The food we eat gives our bodies vital nutrients to fuel our daily life. Without it, we don’t exist. We need basic nutrients to keep our bodies breathing, moving, laughing, running, sleeping etc. If you’re alive, then congratulations, you’ve had enough food to fuel your body! Of course, I’m simplifying this a great deal. There are lots of others things to consider when determining your body’s nutrient requirements and everyone is different. But on a basic level, we eat to live. And that’s where the next part comes in. We eat to nourish the soul. Our food can be an experience of all the senses creating such a moment that it feeds the soul. Can you remember something you’ve eaten that has comforted you? Something that gave you an endorphin rush or created such a lasting memory? Some that come to mind for me: that first bite of watermelon after a long run on a hot day, every time I eat my mom’s macaroni and cheese, the first bite of my husband’s chocolate chip cookies, or the first sip of a frozen margarita. Our brains are hard wired to respond to food in a pleasurable way to ensure the survival of our species. So it makes sense that food should nourish our soul. It’s a vital part of being a human.
The way we need to nourish our bodies need to be practical and realistic. It’s my goal to provide tips and ideas to make this a reality for our busy lives. There are so many ways to accomplish creating a positive relationship with food that nourishes both the body and soul. And the best news is that you don’t have to be perfect! Some believe that you have to “eat clean” or organic food is the only way to go, or some prescribe to the Paleo way of life in order to be healthy. Let’s take a dose of practicality. Can you always “eat clean” or whatever self imposed restrictions you may put on yourself? Probably not. There will be times where you have to deviate from your food philosophy. And that’s ok. Let’s be realistic with our expectations. Personally, that’s why I abide by the 80/20 rule. Eat sensibly for 80% of the time and give yourself some slack on 20% of your food choices. That way you can eat anything you want within reason! Doesn’t that sound great? No restrictions, no negative relationship with food and you won’t feel deprived. Your food will feed your body and soul.
So you can expect to read about my experiences with food with a focus on quick and easy family friendly meals. I share ideas on how to feed little kids along with stories and personal experience feeding my 2 year old and the coming newborn. Of course as a second time mom, I am looking forward to sharing my tips for breastfeeding success for both mom and baby. I also write about fueling strategies for endurance sports in all aspects including training, executing and recovering from a race.