Posts tagged self-care
One Diet to Rule them All

It's no secret that diets are hard to follow. If you've ever felt the effects of "yo-yo dieting" and the cycle of weight loss/weight regain I don't have to tell you that. And it's no secret there isn't wide agreement on what the best "diet" is; it takes one quick Google search for "best diet" to return over 53 million hits. The only clear thing is nutrition research is really confusing (read previous post about why that is).

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10 Tasty Road Trip Snacks that Won't Clog your Arteries

I've been on the road a lot this summer: to the farm, to the mountains, to conferences. In trains, planes, and automobiles (but not that many trains).

I want you to guess how healthy my eating habits have been on the road. Spoiler alert: less than healthy. And my gut knows it.

Nonetheless, I've been working hard on my healthy strategies this summer since I've had so many opportunities, and I'm very happy to share a few of the knowledge nuggets I've gained.

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Coffee is my Love Language

I am a self-proclaimed coffee snob. I mean, I'll drink any coffee in a pinch, but I really love a freshly ground cup of high-quality French press coffee.

Lucky for me, more and more nutrition research is pointing to the health benefits of this sweet nectar of life. So if you're a fan of coffee, here is your daily dose of good news...

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How to Make Breakfast the BEST Meal of the Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Haven't you heard? It's definitely my favorite. Almost every day I wake up Hungry (with a capital "H").

However, for most people I know this isn't the case. Breakfast is an after thought.

If you want to step into the "in" club (yeah, breakfast is cool, ya'll), here are three easy tips to make breakfast YOUR fave meal, too:

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Dietitian Eats

Every day I talk with people about food. How to balance healthy eating vs. living in the real world. And it's hard.

Believe me, I know - I also live in a world obsessed with both junk food and weight. I don't always want to cook dinner when I get home at 7:00pm after a long day at work. I, too, have many excuses for not exercising.

Sometimes I think it's hard for people to imagine balancing life with the healthy lifestyle choices they know they should be pursuing. So, today I'm sharing with you a glimpse into my own life to give you an example of how one person tries to balance all of these things.

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Survival Mode

I don't know about you, but lately I feel like I've been racing from one event to the next. Work, rehearsal, cooking class, exercise, sleep (?), dinner with friends, hike in the mountains, fly to Kansas City, sleep, work, repeat.

Whew. I'm exhausted. And it's all great stuff - I really have no room to complain. It's just busy, you know? Hats off to all of those teachers out there who are really feeling the busy-ness of the season (looking at you, Meredith!).

In all of the chaos, eating healthy is still really important to me. As such, I've developed some strategies to stay on track even when life is a blur.

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Wine Camp

Good food, good drink, and good people.

Three of my favorite things in the world collided last weekend at my very first year of participating in Wine Camp, an annual tradition which I was invited to by my dear Leanna and her mother, Lanette. We spent last Saturday hopping between local wineries sampling the local fare.

Every year, Lanette helps to organize a group of friends to take a trip to Grand Junction and Palisade, Colorado, where some of the most interesting and tasty wines are fermented. Many years ago this trip was dubbed Wine Camp, as this was where the parents spent the weekend while their high-schoolers went to Band Camp. It seems like a logical thing to me.

As you've probably noticed, I'm a really big fan of both fueling my body and fueling my soul. I absolutely love it when these two things intersect. As it happens, wine is one of these delightful aliments.

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The Wild World of Supplements

Of all things nutrition, one of the most obscure and confusing topics seems to be nutritional supplements.

Nutritional supplements come in many forms: herbs, vitamins, diet pills, and mineral compounds. They're recommended by everybody from your favorite chiropractor to your second cousin's personal trainer. They come with a multitude of health claims - burn more fat! Have more energy! Grow bigger muscles!

In 2014, Americans spent approximately $36.7 billion on dietary supplements. That's billion with a B. 

I often encounter people who have spent lots of money on these items. Occasionally I'm asked my opinion. So, what's the bottom line, after all?

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Why Nutrition Research Seems So Confusing

About 30 years ago, butter was bad for you and margarine became a healthy alternative. Left and right, healthy consumers tossed out the buttery saturated fat and replaced it with tubs of partially hydrogenated oils. The flavor was not as palatable, but the health benefits were worth it.

Then, all of a sudden (or so it seemed), the thinking changed. The medical community woke up and realized the health implications of eating trans fats, which largely come from these man-made partially hydrogenated oils.

Now the thinking goes that butter is a "healthy" fat and margarine is the worst thing ever.

This narrative is all too familiar to me. Daily I have discussions with patients about why it seems that medical or nutrition professionals "suddenly" changed their minds about the health benefits or drawbacks of food/supplements/medication/lab targets/diet trends. These patients are always so frustrated by this seeming lack of consistency.

Nutrition science is nuanced. It's not black and white, but rather all shades of grey. In order to understand why there are so many differences of opinion about nutrition, I want to review a few of the most common misunderstandings about scientific research in general.

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