As a nutritionist you might think I eat healthy all the time, but that’s not always the case.
I feel that the pressure of being perfect all the time - thinking of the diet as ‘all or nothing’ - is really overwhelming.
I also find that this type of pressure mentally takes its toll and steals the joy from eating (and joy is a huge part of eating!!). It’s also a self limiting approach to thinking about food and our bodies.
In fact, eating clean and indulging don’t need to be mutually exclusive.
A big part of my wellness journey has been navigating the middle ground - connecting with a healthy way of eating that makes my body feel light and energized so that when I want something sugary or a outrageously girly cocktail, I can enjoy every morsel.
My food foundation is pretty simple - I skew most of what I eat to be plant based, whole foods - aka vegetables, legumes, and whole grains balanced with sustainable proteins, when possible. I also try to make most of my meals from home because I love cooking and its a practice that helps me feel grounded and truly nourished.
I also make sure to check in with myself
Staying connected with how I feel emotionally and questioning why I gravitate towards certain foods has been a revolutionary practice for me. I’m always checking in and exercising my inner dialogue to better understand my higher motivators when it comes to emotions and food. For example: Why am I choosing XX food? Do I really want it, or am I feeling stressed / tired / anxious / overwhelmed? If I really just want chocolate, I enjoy every single bite, but if I’m displacing my feelings towards food - I try to channel that energy in a different way.
So I wanted to share a day of eating in the life of a real nutritionist. What makes my body feel is constantly shifting, but today was also pretty damn delicious, so without further ado …