My Food Philosophy
I like to consider myself a “Realistic” Registered Dietitian. By that I mean that I aim to eat healthy but I’m the first to admit I’m not perfect, nor do I want to be, especially when it comes to food.
I LOVE food and I truly believe that you can maintain a healthy and nutritious lifestyle while still enjoying your favorite foods. Obviously you can’t have your favorite foods all the time but I don’t agree with cutting entire food groups completely out of your diet and saying you can never ever have a certain food again.
Let’s face it, life is hard. I personally think it would be even harder if someone told me I could never again enjoy a big, juicy cheeseburger and salty fries (my weakness!). You have to find a balance.
My Food Beliefs in a Nutshell
- Eating healthy has to be a lifestyle, not a short term “diet” plan
- Aim to eat fresh, unprocessed foods and use pre-packaged foods sparingly
- Think about the foods you are putting into your body and try to make sure they are actually “food”, not overly processed, chemical containing “fake” foods
- Make your meals enjoyable, because otherwise, what is the point
- Make realistic lifestyle changes, you can’t change everything all at one time or you’ll end up failing
- Don’t fall for all the food myths and fads out there
- Try sticking to eating healthy all week long and then pick one day a week where you are little more lenient. That way you won’t feel completely restricted and will be more likely able to continue eating healthy long term
- Limit unhealthy fats and sweets, but allow yourself a treat every so often. Life is filled with great pastries and desserts for a reason, just don’t indulge all the time.
- If you are going to indulge, make it something you love! If you want something sweet, make it a sweet you absolutely love. Otherwise you are just wasting calories on something you just think is mediocre. Make it count!
- Healthy living doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. It has to fit into your real life.
- Find a balance that works for you. Everyone’s life is different, think about when you have time to go shopping, how much time you can devote to prepping meals for the week, or how much time you have to prepare meals each day. Eating healthy has to fit into your life.
- No one is perfect. Expect to “fall off the healthy wagon” once in awhile. Don’t beat yourself up over it, just hop back on.