We are obsessed with calories. Hey, I’m as guilty as the next guy. I spent years thinking and worrying about calories. I would slowly turn a box of food-like substance over to find the dreaded Nutrition Facts panel and cry a little inside when I saw the calorie content of my favorite foods. I spent who knows how many hours of my life entering my food intake into MyFitnessPal hoping to keep my calorie intake to a certain level every day. It…was…EXHAUSTING. And unnecessary.
About 2 years ago, I really started changing the way I viewed and consumed food. I have an autoimmune disease, psoriatic arthritis, and I had to change what I was eating. I thought I had a pretty healthy diet before. Afterall, I counted my calories! I thought if my calories in matched my calories out, then I was going to live forever AND be thin! I was so wrong, and not alone. I have talked to so many people who are trying to do the right thing for the...
I get a lot of requests for simple, healthy dinner ideas. Most of us have breakfast and lunch covered, but dinner seems to be in a league of its own. There's no shortage of recipes online, but sometimes it's overwhelming to search. And trying to determine what's healthy and what's not so healthy can be so confusing. So, I've compiled a list of ten of my favorite recipes that anyone can make. They're simple, quick, and cost efficient. If you make any of these, post a picture and tag us. We'd love to see your interpretation.
I once read that “disease enters through the mouth.” I’m not sure where this originated, but it’s striking and true. All the chronic diseases we face today are a result of what’s being put into our bodies. We are surrounded by toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. The human body can only withstand this type of assault for a finite period of time. The symptoms may start out slowly, but once the body becomes overwhelmed, the symptoms make you feel as if your body is at war. This sounds ominous, but I’m going to share how we can use nutrition as a weapon in this war.
Think about how you feel every day. Do any of the words below describe you?
As a dietitian, I'm frequently asked how I feel about certain diets. Keto? Low Carb? Vegan? Low Fat? Weight Watchers? Calorie counting? Those are tricky questions for me, because there may be redeeming qualities to each type of diet. But, that doesn't mean that's necessarily the right type of eating plan for you personally. I've heard on more than one occasion, things like, "I know I shouldn't be eating so many carbs" or "I think everything is ok in moderation." Both of those statements could be true in certain situations, but maybe not in your specific situation.
The confusion surrounding nutrition is endless. We all have to eat every day, so there's no getting away from it. Some of us think about food way too much and others just choose to eat whatever and sort out the consequences later. One thing is definitely true in our current food culture: If you want to create a lasting, positive impact on your health, you've got to at least consider the type of nut...