What a Nutritionist Eats (... aren't you just a little curious?)

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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 …

 
 
7 am - Wake-up - Americano #1 (served black, no sugar). Morning times are sacred for me and I try to sit quiet and journal. I have an on / off relationship with journaling but was recently gifted The Five Minute journal and it’s been wonderful to have a morning writing practice that is easy enough so I can maintain the consistency. **this is  not  a sponsored post! I just love sharing tools that I use!  8:30 a - Americano #2 (shamelessly). I didn’t take a photo because both cups were pretty much the same ;)

7 am - Wake-up - Americano #1 (served black, no sugar). Morning times are sacred for me and I try to sit quiet and journal. I have an on / off relationship with journaling but was recently gifted The Five Minute journal and it’s been wonderful to have a morning writing practice that is easy enough so I can maintain the consistency. **this is not a sponsored post! I just love sharing tools that I use!

8:30 a - Americano #2 (shamelessly). I didn’t take a photo because both cups were pretty much the same ;)

 
 
9:00am: Breakfast smoothie made with  Xymogen’s Opti Cleanse vegan protein  + 1 tbsp  collagen peptides  + 1 c frozen blueberries + handful of spinach + GOS powder + partially hydrolyzed guar gum (the latter two are bacteria food!) I have customized this specific recipe to reflect what my gut needs based on microbiome testing.

9:00am: Breakfast smoothie made with Xymogen’s Opti Cleanse vegan protein + 1 tbsp collagen peptides + 1 c frozen blueberries + handful of spinach + GOS powder + partially hydrolyzed guar gum (the latter two are bacteria food!) I have customized this specific recipe to reflect what my gut needs based on microbiome testing.

 
 
10:30 am. Peppermint tea. Fighting the urge for coffee #3!

10:30 am. Peppermint tea. Fighting the urge for coffee #3!

 
 
11:55pm - handful of raw walnuts. I stash little bags of nuts in my purse / gym bag and desk drawer so I never go hungry even if I have to eat while working.

11:55pm - handful of raw walnuts. I stash little bags of nuts in my purse / gym bag and desk drawer so I never go hungry even if I have to eat while working.

 
 
2:30 pm - I spent the entire morning / early afternoon with clients and this was the first time I had time to eat lunch! Slow cooked steak (recipe to be posted soon) + chopped kale, cherry tomatoes and roasted eggplant.

2:30 pm - I spent the entire morning / early afternoon with clients and this was the first time I had time to eat lunch! Slow cooked steak (recipe to be posted soon) + chopped kale, cherry tomatoes and roasted eggplant.

 
 
3:15 pm - bottle gingerade  kombucha

3:15 pm - bottle gingerade kombucha

 
 
5:00 pm - organic apple with 2 tbsp  sun butter

5:00 pm - organic apple with 2 tbsp sun butter

 
 
7:30pm - veggie mash bowl coconut cauliflower rice with carrot-ginger soup, cooked lentils and roasted sweet potatoes topped with cilantro. This was a total mish-mash of meal prep leftovers.

7:30pm - veggie mash bowl coconut cauliflower rice with carrot-ginger soup, cooked lentils and roasted sweet potatoes topped with cilantro. This was a total mish-mash of meal prep leftovers.

 
 
9:00pm - berries and dark chocolate

9:00pm - berries and dark chocolate