So you’re a dietitian, you must eat healthy

“Oh, you’re a dietitian? Don’t look at what I’m eating, you probably NEVER eat anything like this”.

Oh how far from the truth that is.   Happy belated National RD day to all my fellow RD and RDNs! Yes it was yesterday, but why not dwell our day for another day.  Being a dietitian is awesome. Our profession revolves around food. Because of this, I get asked, told, or have had statements made that I must eat super healthy, don’t eat junk food, or drink things that I shouldn’t. Now I can’t speak for all but for me, that is farthest from the truth. I love sweets.

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In fact, I rarely turn down dessert. I also have an obsession with Chick-fil-A, so much so I don’t even wait to take a pic with my food. It’s SO good. I also will have cereal for dinner  when I don’t feel like cooking. Oh and during Lent, you bet I hit up fish frys like its my job.

My point is this, dietitians diets aren’t perfect and neither is anyone else’s diet. It’s all about finding balance and what works for you. Don’t expect yourself to eat healthy or correctly 100% of the time, you’re going to set yourself up for failure. Try more like a 70% healthy  30% less healthy or 80% healthy 20% less healthy. I promise a “cheat” meal or whatever you call them will not be bad or ruin your goals.

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You’ll be more successful in the long run if you do 🙂

That’s all of my ramblings for a Thursday.

How do you treat yo self?

xoxo,

Katie

Show Some Love to Your Heart and to your Bikini

It’s National Nutrition Month making it a great time to make some changes in your diet to get geared up for summer and swim suit season. Anyone else feel like this?

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To get ready for that Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini add these foods to your diet. Not only will your bikini thank you but your heart will as well!

    Salmon is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which help raise good cholesterol (HDL), lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower triglycerides.  Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon also can help prevent blood clots. If you are not a fan of salmon, try mackerel, herring, sardines or tuna.  Aim for 2 servings of fish a week.

Oatmeal is filled with whole grains meaning lots of fiber. A half cup of oatmeal contains 5 grams of fiber to help your cholesterol, keep you full and the weight off. When shopping for high fiber, check the ingredient list for the whole grains. If it doesn’t say whole, you aren’t getting the full benefit of the grain.

Avocados not only add color to your plate but they are packed with monounsaturated fats which raise your good cholesterol and lower your bad cholesterol. This green super food also contains vitamin E which decreases formation of cholesterol, phytosterols which reduce cholesterol absorption and dietary fiber which keeps you nice and full.

     Berries are delicious, nutritious and good for your heart. Blueberries can help widen arteries of the heart; blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries have polyphenols and antioxidants which help decrease heart disease risk. Acai berries are the super fruit that are packed with heart disease fighting antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and polyphenols. Finally, cranberries help to increase your HDL.

     Flaxseed gives you the one-two punch of fiber and omega-3s.  Add this to your oatmeal, cereal, soups, and side dishes. One tablespoon contains 1.8 grams of omega 3 fatty acids as well as 2g of fiber.

Sooo it’s March 6th, where the heck have I been??

I’m back! I don’t know how February slipped by so quickly but it did. We’ll review indepth the month because I have lots to share but to give the month to you in a brief statement, here it goes: best friends visit, mardi gras, blues games, family visit, brunch, delicious dinners, broken jaw, disney princess half marathon, and lots of fun. Woo that’s a whirlwind. And March is off to the same start. It’s already March 6th!!!

The biggest thing going on right now is…..

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As a registered dietitian I am SUPER excited for this month. Having the theme be “Eat Right Your Way, Everyday” opens up a world of opportunities to share my love of food and nutrition with all of you! Get ready for info overload, this girl is back ;).

Nutrition month fact #1 and challenge #1:
Add as much color to your plate as possible.

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The more color you add, the more vegetables are in your meal. Non-starchy vegetables (any vegetable but corn, peas and potatoes) are low in calories, higher in fiber, full of antioxidants and will keep you full an happy for hours.

How are you going to add color to your plate?

xoxo,

Katie