First, I’m so glad you’ve stopped by the website and the blog to glimpse into my little nutrition world, maybe even into my fridge or pantry. The view would’ve been quite different a couple of years ago. You would have found plenty of fresh produce, meats, eggs, nuts and nut butters, coconut flakes/oil/flour, almond flour, fermented foods, canned salmon, grain free granola…all “super healthy,” right?! If it wasn’t “paleo” you wouldn’t have found it.
My family’s eating was all about “nutrient density,” We didn’t have any real reasons for not eating grains, legumes, or dairy except that in my mind those foods were simply not as nutritious as colorful veg, fruit, nuts, seeds, animal proteins, and healthy fats.
Now, a couple of whirlwind years later, after moving abroad and back, traveling Europe, experiencing cultural foods, having a complicated (premature) labor and delivery, spending every day in the NICU for 13 weeks with a sick tiny baby, and the time recovering from all of that, plus COVID…whew! Life has been all kinds of chaotic and stressful. Throughout this time, my relationship with food has come under serious scrutiny, and in the end I’ve found a less dogmatic, rigid way that is flexible and certainly more fun for my family and myself.
If you toured my kitchen today you’d find a wider variety of food: milk, soy milk, yogurt, loads of colorful veg and fruit, peanut butter, nuts, dried fruit, tortillas, bread, pasta, quinoa, rice, dried beans, canned tomatoes, crackers, sugar, maple syrup, oats, Cheerios, flour, chocolate chips. You get the picture. My personal and professional nutrition philosophy has drastically changed, and with that has come a sense of relief and content in how I move forward in my professional life.
As a Registered Dietitian, my client centered recommendations have always been founded in research. In the past I was deeply invested in educating clients to make every food choice as nutrient dense as possible in an effort to elevate health. While there are certainly benefits to optimizing nutrient status or thoughtfully guiding a person through an elimination diet if deemed necessary, my method of helping folks was essentially just another restrictive diet.
And guess what’s NOT healthy – being obsessed about whether every morsel of food you eat is “ideal,” stressing about whether there’s going to be anything to eat at the next dinner out or social gathering, and freaking out about your children eating pleasurable sweet foods. Want to know what else is NOT healthy? Feeling guilt and shame for “slipping up” or eating “bad, off plan” foods.
So, if you’ve come here to learn about the latest diet trend that will help you shed pounds and crush your sugar cravings then you’ve come to the wrong place. Nutrition is important, don’t get me wrong. I love to educate and empower folks to make choices that enhance their lives. But this might also be a good time to unlearn some things you may think you know about food. You might consider approaching food with a lens of curiosity and think about being open to doing things differently if you feel stuck or a bit fed up with your relationship with food.
If you’re curious to learn more about my approach when working with folks one-on-one, feel free to book a FREE 15 minute Discovery Call, where we chat about what’s going on for you, your goals, and how we can work together. You can reclaim the time, energy, and brain space spent on eating and find joy in food again.