A couple Fridays ago I went on my usual food run for Mercy Ministries. Purchasing food for my +/- 40 residents is quite the task and I get quite a lot of stares when I pack a flat cart full at Costco or Sams or overfill a buggy at Walmart. While doing my food run I am often stopped by curious individuals either wanting to know who I am purchasing food for or more than often asking for nutritional advice. I’m amazed at the honesty and sincerity of shoppers asking me what items of food they should choose or why I picked up one item over the other.
Then on Friday January 30th, my heart broke for a woman at a cash register that opened up about her nutritional needs. She initiated the conversation by asking if I was a nutritionist and when I told her I was she starting spilling out her concerns. She had recently been to the doctor who told her she was on the verge of having Type 2 Diabetes and told her to eat healthier and make good choices. That was it. He did not give her any further information. I could see her crushed spirit begging for any bit of advice. She continued to tell me that she obviously doesn’t want diabetes, but has no idea what “healthy” means. My heart broke, because while I would have loved to sit with her for even the next 15 minutes and give her some ideas, I didn’t have the time. I was working and I do my best to keep my personal business separate from my job at Mercy. So I gave her my business card and told her to e-mail me. I hope she does.
Deciding what is “healthy” is one of the hardest questions I get because it is different for everyone. I run my nutrition business by creating plans for the individual. I don’t have a one size fits all instruction guide because one size DOESN’T fit all. However, because this women broke my heart I decided to give you all a couple of pointers of what it means to eat “healthy”. This again doesn’t fit everyone, but can at least give someone a place to start.
- Eat real whole foods.
- Limit sugar when ever possible.
- Limit simple carbohydrates.
- Limit/avoid processed foods.
- Stay organic when ever possible. If it feels too expensive choose what you feel is important to eat organic.
- Go to your local farmer’s market and get fresh products!
- Eat in season, produce in season will be cheaper
- Make large batches of nutrient dense foods and freeze them for later use.
- Be realistic and don’t try to change your whole diet overnight.
- Go traditional: eat real organic butter, homemade broth, homemade drinks, homemade dairy products
- Ferment: make your own condiments that are lacto-fermented (they taste the same!)
- Don’t move with the fads, what did people eat 200 years ago?
- Get inspired! Go on pinterest or other blogs and find fun new things to try. Inspiration goes a long way
Here is a great site that provided a couple of ideas of what nutritionists eat on a daily basis: CLICK HERE
I hope this was helpful. Head over to my Nutritional Therapist tab at the top of the webpage to learn more about what I do!