It’s National Nutrition Month and I’m taking the proverbial “bull by the horns” tactic and have decided to get healthier, which means eating right and doing all my exercises at the gym not just the ones I feel like at the time.
I’m going to try to blog about nutrition – well or wellness – taking care of yourself in a healthy way – all this month. Oh don’t give me the eye roll, this is going to be fun – seriously folks eating right doesn’t mean never having a donut or a beer. Well, at least not to me.
How much do you know about nutrition?
OK, I know zilch about nutrition. I’ve met some nutritionists and they seem really nice and like they know a lot about nutrition, but they went to school for that. I studied politics, law, and communications. In other words, the opposite of nutrition. My studies should have been called the sugar overload to get you through the next all-nighter at the studio or legal brief.
According to what I Googled, nutrition has to do with serving sizes, calories, labels. Dig deeper it’s about what’s in the foods you eat – carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fiber. OK, I get that stuff. According to Wikipedia, my favorite – though not by any means always accurate information source – nutrition is the selection of foods and preparation of foods, and their ingestion. OK, so it’s what you eat.
What does “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”mean to you?
For me it’s more about eating right and living an overall healthy lifestyle. I haven’t always had the healthiest relationship with food so being active is really, really important to me. Eating right means being aware of how much food you are eating, chewing, swallowing, paying attention to when you are full and stopping.
It means you don’t have to eat the entire chocolate bar, actually you shouldn’t – and that bar should be dark chocolate and preferably not something found on a regular supermarket shelf (I’ll be writing about cocoa a lot this year – exciting stuff coming folks! – so we’ll get into that obsession later).
OK, eating right means salads and fruit every day or most days. It means water not soda with the exception of when I go to the movies (that’s once every couple months if I’m lucky) or am sick. It means locally sourced or organic produce if I can help it. It also means eating at least two square meals a day – a meal being a bowl of pasta w/ a lemon, olive oil, green olive, parsley, red pepper flake dressing. It might also mean broccoli greens and sausage. Once or twice a week it means some nice rustic bread – not that sliced crap you find in the bread aisle at your regular market. During the summer it’s a lot about eating what I grow. Oh, and just about every day I have a hard boiled egg courtesy of the gals from Great Cluck Egg Farm.
Eating right means around 85% of the time I’m doing what I know is considered healthy and the rest of the time I’m getting a mocha from Tandem Coffee Roasters or eating a couple pieces I’ve broken off a bar from Theo Chocolate.
Maybe once a month I have a donut, okay or two. Oh, and when I go to one of my favorite restaurants – e.g. Eventide Oyster Co. I don’t hold back – except I never end up getting dessert.
Oh, and I love popcorn, but again it’s a treat so maybe once or twice a month and I pop at home with olive oil and kernels from a small company in Vermont. No microwave and no microwavable food thank you very much.
Eating right means saying yes to a a couple slices from Otto Pizza (I like the kind w/ bacon and potatoes) and going for a run the next day, coming home and making a smoothie.
My friend Barbara G. at Whole Foods Market in Portland is aware of my investment in trying to eat right and work out. She, bless her sweet heart, suggested I sign up for the Engine 2 Challenge at the store – a 4-part series starting March 8.
I booked a spot!
Description: Join Tanja, the store’s Healthy Eating Specialist is running a month long food challenge that can help you ramp up your Plant Strong™ program, and get back on track after the holidays. Focus will be on manageable weekly changes that can have a positive effect down the road. Over the course of the month, you will learn new cooking techniques that can get you back in the driver’s seat in the kitchen! This course is limited to twenty committed people, who are ready to make some Engine 2 changes. Each particpant will receive a copy of the Engine 2 Diet book.
I’m psyched – and – maybe you should be too? I’ll be blogging about the series, posting recipes – from it and for my favorite smoothies – and giving workout tips from some of my favorite sources. I’ll also be writing about what a unhealthy relationship with food is and how someone who is suffering from that can find his/her way out. Oh, and fun – yummy (did I just write that as a descriptive??) workout/yoga clothes.
March 1 – Kicking off National Nutrition Month. Bring it!
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.