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,
Krysten

** 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! **

21 comments:

  1. I love that so many professionals are rejecting the diet mentality. So glad you're getting some great advice.

    Good luck with the changes, I'm sure it will help you heal. Food can be a powerful medicine.

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  2. This is what I love about holistic nutrition. It's all about adding the good stuff in so there is less room for the junk foods. :) And small changes make a huge impact on someone's health!

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  3. You know, I've recently had my nutrition assessed, too, and mine was very similar to yours...except for the fact that I was eating too much protein. What I didn't know was that if you go over the amount of protein that your body really needs, it's immediately stored as fat. Protein isn't an energy source (although it can be if we're starving). We store fat (our #1 energy source) limitlessly (so obvious with the obesity epidemic). Protein, however, we do not, and most people think they need to be eating tons of protein (and gobs of protein shakes), when it's actually harming us. Wild, isn't it? I've turned away all forms of protein powder and supplements minus a multivitamin. (The supplements? I've learned SO dang much about them through all my courses and now through NASM's program. It's amazing what people will take.)

    Thanks for sharing your assessment with us. :) I love that it's proof that whole foods are really what is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.

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    1. Interesting! I was a vegetarian for 6 years, so I don't do a great job focusing on protein. So I know I need to add more in to help me rebuild.

      Dani said protein powder is okay, but I am just having 1 scoop in a shake post-workout. Otherwise all whole foods!

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    2. I don't think protein powder is bad, of course. I just think that so many people are WAY overdoing their protein intake these days. (Don't worry...wasn't directed toward you. ;)) It's sort of like the whole "fat-free" fad. Know what I mean? Dani's absolutely right about making sure you're getting the protein you need. :)

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    3. I totally understand what you mean. I had just never thought of having too much protein before. Balance is key. Definitely a great point!

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    1. It is just part of balance. I had some for breakfast this AM! YUM!!

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  5. "I focus on eating intuitively and strive for balance." Great plan!!! I'm glad you like your assessment! It's all about finding what works for you and your body :)

    xo

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  6. Love this approach to adding more of the good stuff - it seems much more positive than cutting things out!

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  7. Sounds like the perfect plan to me! I hate restrictive diets--whole foods and moderation is really the key.

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  8. Wow, what amazing support! A very wise nutritionist once told me, and it is still something I love to share, that we should focus on adding in nourishing food instead of putting our efforts into taking the unhealthy junk out. I really love this concept and use it in my practice because when we restrict, diet and call foods "bad" is really where trouble starts. It's not always practice or realistic, and sometimes a girl just needs a cupcake right?

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  9. You'll have to let me know how this goes. I never really stress about what I eat, mostly because I am always running and know that I can "run it off."

    Although, this isn't the best way of thinking, it keeps me generally happy. I like to eat and enjoy that being stress free. That being said... I NEED TO EAT HEALTHIER.

    TimBits are healthy, right? Actually, I think those are negative calories. Maybe I'm too excited about these... are they really THAT good?

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  10. I never count my calories. I tried writing down what I was eating, but I get lazy and forget certain things and I don't like the guilty feeling when writing down that I ate something outside of "healthy"
    I am really bad at planning out what I eat, but overall try to eat healthy- incorporating a lot of fresh foods and I get the bulk of my protein from eggs. I know I need to work on eating more lean protein. I have a bit of a theory each week when we grocery shop, we generally only buy things that will spoil within a week - which tend to be mostly produce or all natural/organic foods.
    HOWEVER, I never shy away from a piece of chocolate or half a pizza if I'm craving. :-)

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  11. My metabolism is next to awful, so I not only have to work out constantly, but I have to half-consider my diet. Though I still need a few beers at the end of the week, and I go along with whatever my wife wants for dinner, I do eat a lot of veggies. The best are definitely broccoli, carrots and avocado. Fruits are important too, but I find they are so difficult to keep around because they go bad or overripen so fast. Finally, protein is good, but I think people tend to overdo it. The body can only absorb so much protein in a day, so the rest goes to waste.

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  12. I am so happy you are putting the crazy stuff behind you & working on just eating healthy whole & unprocessed foods! :)

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  13. Good luck with all of those changes! So refreshing to be talking about adding certain foods for their vitamins and protein power and NOT how many calories are in each one.

    I can't wait to read your next WIAW on supplements! I've been taking a lot recently to heal my stomach and they have just been lifesavers!

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  14. What great simple changes! That would definitely be scary for me too! Im not down with calorie counting either!

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  15. I'm having a difficult time nutrition-wise lately & have been considering seeing a nutritionist myself. I've been maintaining my 70-lb weight loss for 7+ months now..to lose, I tracked my calories. It held me accountable & it worked. But 7 months after hitting my goal weight, I'm still counting calories & it's driving me mad!!! I need to let it go. Like you, I want my focus to be on eating whole, nutritious foods, but for God's sake I'm human and enjoy a little wine and chocolate & ice cream too! I've got to figure out a way to phase that part out & trust that I can do it. It's about balance.

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    1. I think it is hard to find that balance after being so diligent for so long. I know it took me a long time to make peace with food. I think so much is just portion control and moderation. It does get easier. I promise!

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