My Nutrition Philosophy: One Diet Doesn’t Fit All

Diet should be personalized to fit you! There are so many factors that can alter a diet: taste preferences, physical activity, access to food, ethical & environmental concerns, medical conditions, culture, geography and so much more.

Traveling has shown me endless approaches to food. I’ll try different dietary habits or foods when I travel and if I like it, I’ll work it into my own personal diet. Diets evolve – just like we do!

One of the biggest complaints I hear is that “healthy food” is boring/bland. But let me tell you, it’s just not cooked right. Nutritious food shouldn’t taste boring if it’s made well. Food should taste good and make us feel good.

Beyond fueling our bodies, food also provides a sense of comfort and community. Food unites us in good and bad times. It creates traditions that get passed down from generation to generation. The memories and feelings associated with a meal can be cherished for years.

Your diet, whatever it may consist of, should not feel restrictive or filled with guilt. Changing the way you view food to one of abundance will help you redefine your relationship with food. Instead of thinking, “I should cut x out of my diet.” Try adding in a more nutrient-dense food.

Food is essential to life, and if life is meant to be savored, so should food. 

My goal with this blog is that you find the joy and love for food that we inherently have but often lose living in a society obsessed with perfection and diet trends. I hope the content I share reminds you to not put faith in shakes, juice cleanses, and fad diets and start instilling trust in yourself.

We know our bodies best, and it tells us what we need. Often, the problem is we struggle to tune into our body: our hunger cues, satiety cues, emotional well-being, mental health, sleep cues, etc. But we can change these habits by starting with a greater awareness of ourselves.

If you want to make sustainable dietary improvements but don’t know where to begin, consider meeting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. While anyone in the U.S. can call themselves a nutritionist, only registered dietitians (RDs) or registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) have gone through the training and education approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, completed a supervised practice, passed a national board exam by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and complete continuing education to maintain registration.

Besides nutrition, there are other components of health and well-being such as mental and emotional health, sleep patterns, level of stress, spiritual health, physical activity, financial well-being, etc. Nutrition is important, but it’s not the end all be all. Cheers to enjoying both fresh veggies and hummus & warm chocolate chip cookies!

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