The Blog of a Nutrition Student
THIS I BELIEVE…
I believe in eating whole foods in their most natural form—-whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean protein sources & dairy…
…However, I do NOT believe in deprivation.
I do NOT believe in crying over spilled milk. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
I do NOT believe in wasting things. Waste not, want not. This includes every last bit of watermelon juice.
I believe in taking the time to enjoy the simple things of life.
I believe in family. Sisters are friends forever.
I believe in setting goals for myself and achieving them. My dad and I ran our first 10k together this past summer of ’09.
What is HEALTHY eating? My FOOD PHILOSOPHY…
I personally believe that healthy eating is a lot like taking part in an incredible balancing act. The dietary aspect of healthy eating includes real, natural foods in their most simple and unadulterated form. Real foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and a moderate amount of lean meats and dairy. These foods are the building blocks of a healthy life and don’t require much outside of herbs or seasonings to make them positively delicious—high levels of sodium or additives should never be required!
I also believe that healthy eating goes beyond the dinner plate and entails a healthy mindset as well. As much as eating whole, natural foods will provide optimum health and energy for an individual, it is of no good if the person is left feeling unhappy, deprived, or compulsively obsessed with eating healthy all of the time. Healthy eating is learning that it’s okay to occasionally say “yes” to a chocolate chip cookie at a birthday party. It’s learning to love oneself regardless of the last five pounds. It’s learning to not obsess over the morning scale. It’s not depriving oneself of food as a punishment for overeating. It’s learning to love your body for what it can do instead of what it can not do.
In summary, healthy eating is eating real food most of the time, while enjoying everything else in moderation. It does not require perfection, but it does require balance with a touch of patience. This is what I believe healthy eating to be, and it is something that I believe we can all achieve through practice and perseverance.
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