Wednesday, 14 November 2012

#WIAW - My Very 1st Nutrition Assessment

In an effort to give my body the tools it needs to get strong and make a full recovery, I did something slightly scary and completely outside my element. I kept a food journal and met with a nutritionist! EEP! And I wanted to share my experience with you during this week's What I Ate Wednesday.

I am not going to lie, I had my reservations about this. I am pretty lax about my nutrition. I don't count calories. I shy away from stressing about the scale. And I don't fuss too much about having a glass of wine (or 3), eating a cookie, or having some pizza when I want to. I try to eat healthy whole foods most of the time, but treats are definitely a part of my regular routine.I focus on eating intuitively and strive for balance.

I have dabbled in the past with restrictive diets. I have tried all kinds of crazy things. But more often than not unhealthy attitudes hide behind a "healthy" title. This type of restriction has negatively affected both my health and my body. And more importantly this type of guilt-driven eating has negatively affected my self-esteem.

This is my life. And the life I want embodies balance - which includes chocolate!

So having someone look at my meal plan and critique it was scary for me. Luckily, I met with an amazing local holistic nutritionist - Dani Feilp - who doesn't believe in diets either. WHEW! What a relief. Dani and I chatted about goals, my recent health struggles, and some of the things I could incorporate into my regular routine to help aid in recovery.

So, here is what we came up with...

Food Goals:
1. Protein at Every Meal (+ protein shake post-workout)
2. Lots of Berries and Citrus (to aid in iron absorption)
3. Lots of Dark Leafy Greens (kale, broccoli, spinach, etc.)

What I love about this plan is that the focus is on adding in good, healthy, whole foods. And using food to heal and fuel. I am making these types of foods a focus to help take care of body and aid it in the recovery process. And that all sounds like a pretty good plan to me.

Because being Strong is Sexy and Being Healthy is Fabulous!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,

** PS stay tuned next week for #WIAW because I am also talking supplements. I have also decided to add some vitamins into my regular routine! **