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You’re more than just what you eat

We’ve all heard the old adage “You are what you eat,” but I think a lot of people take that statement to heart, and believe that how they eat defines who they are as a person.   I read a story recently about a popular blogger, Jordan Younger, who called herself The Blonde Vegan, admitting to suffering from orthorexia. Orthorexia, while not technically classified as an eating disorder by the DSM-5, is recognized by eating disorder professionals as an “unhealthy obsession” with healthy eating. Younger is the classic example of this disorder– she started eating vegan for her health, and in the beginning she felt great eating this way. Over time, however, she found that she was no longer enjoying food, she Read More…

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But, seriously…what should I eat?!

Sometimes, people who are used to diets and regimented eating plans get frustrated at the fact that I’m not going to tell them what to eat. Because I follow an Intuitive Eating philosophy, I believe that you possess the internal wisdom that tells you what, when, and how much to eat, and that my job is to help you reconnect with those internal cues. If you learn to listen to it, your gut or intuition will tell you what it wants or needs at any given moment. But, I get it…sometimes you might need a little guidance. So, while everyone is different, my advice would be that in general, eating a little bit from all food groups will not only make you Read More…

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Kick the can

Little by little, I’ve been making an effort to decrease the amount of packaged foods I buy, steering more towards whole foods that are prepared at home. It’s definitely not all-or-nothing for me, though, as some things I find take far too much effort for me to make myself, and are too delicious and convenient when bought pre-packaged. I haven’t, for example, tried making my own bread, pasta, marinara sauce, almond milk…a myriad of food items that I use regularly and happily purchase from the store. Maybe some day I’ll be blogging about making all of these items from scratch, but for now, I’m good. After successfully making my own granola bars, I’ve since explored other from-scratch alternatives to food Read More…

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Eating too much…kale?!

If you know anything about eating healthy, then you definitely know about kale.  It’s the quintessential “health food,” boasting high levels of calcium, vitamin C, and iron, and providing lots of fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants.  As far as most people are concerned, it can do no wrong.  Or can it? I read an article recently about how eating too much kale can actually be bad for you, and I thought it was an excellent example of how too much of anything– even kale, the holy grail of health foods!– can be detrimental to your health.  The problem with kale, and other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and bok choy, is that it is goitrogenic, which basically means Read More…

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Thinking outside the box: Simple and delicious homemade granola bars

I apologize for the long hiatus from blogging.  Since my last post, I’ve completed my thesis, so I now officially have my Master’s degree in Nutritional Science!  My thesis project was designing a web-based intuitive eating course, so stay tuned for details on how you can enroll in the class once it launches. As I’ve mentioned previously, I believe that a diet made up mostly of whole, minimally-processed foods is optimal, so with that in mind, I’ve been trying to slowly decrease the amount of packaged foods I regularly consume.  One item I’ve consistently eaten that comes from a package is granola bars.  They’re a convenient food to throw in my purse (or, these days, my diaper bag!) and grab Read More…

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Meal plans vs. planning meals

I don’t write meal plans.  Sure, you can find many a nutritionist who will gladly tell you what, when, and how much to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, but I’m not one of them.  I believe that prescribing meal plans violates personal boundaries, and while they may work to improve eating or promote weight loss in the short term, they are not sustainable, and inevitably lead to dieting backlash in the form of overeating.  Instead, I believe that people should eat when they are hungry, (rather than when a meal plan tells them to), stop when they are full (versus eating a prescribed portion size), and eat what is appealing and satisfying to them in that moment (as opposed Read More…

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A whole lotta frittata

First, I must apologize for my extremely long hiatus from blogging.  The last couple months of pregnancy were pretty crazy, and then life got infinitely crazier once the baby arrived.  But our baby girl is here, and she’s healthy, beautiful, amazing, and also a lot of work! One recipe I’ve made several times comes from a cookbook a vegetarian friend recommended to me and that I found online for literally a few dollars.  The cover is pretty hilarious– straight out of the 80s!– but there are some great recipes in there, including one I’ve grown to love and depend upon over the last few weeks: the Zucchini Frittata.The first few weeks of motherhood were particularly challenging, and I found myself Read More…

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Intuitive cooking

A friend, classmate, and fellow intuitive eating enthusiast occasionally teases me about the fact that I’m a great intuitive eater, but a terrible intuitive cook.  What she’s referring to is the fact that I religiously follow recipes when cooking, and am reluctant to stray from the prescribed ingredients or cooking instructions.  I figure if someone took the time to write it down, then it must be good, right?!  Why mess with what works?!  I even tend not to make recipes that include ingredients that I don’t like (such as whole tomatoes or mustard) because I’m afraid that cutting these ingredients out will change the whole recipe and essentially ruin it. Anyway, her friendly chiding has led me to make attempts Read More…

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Organic and “clean label” food choices made simple

One question I’ve often been asked, and something I myself have been figuring out over the past few years, is how big a role organic foods should play in our diets. Because I try to avoid black and white thinking (“this is good for you, this is bad for you”), I try not to let myself be overly concerned or obsessive about eating only organic foods. In fact, this obsession with organic foods or so-called “healthy” foods is considered by some to be an eating disorder in and of itself, called orthorexia (here‘s an interesting article about orthorexia from the Huffington Post). First of all, I should start with a little introduction about what organic means.  When something is stamped Read More…

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Fat: friend or foe?

I grew up believing that fat was unhealthy, and should be avoided at all costs.  My whole family bought into this concept, and as a result, we spread margarine on our toast instead of butter (in fact, for years I told everyone I “didn’t like” butter because it weirded me out– it was that foreign to me!).  I even remember my mom buying a “Fat Free Living” cookbook, and we would buy “low-fat” and “fat-free” versions of everything.  It was always the first, and sometimes the only thing I would glance at when I checked a nutrition label, and much of my decision of whether or not to eat a certain item was based on how much fat was present. Read More…

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