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Nutrition Talk

Its been many months since I’ve written a post about nutrition.  With the New Year in full swing I thought it was perfect timing for a nutrition post.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know my nutrition philosophy.  If you’re new to my blog, here’s a little background info.  I’m an RD with 10 years experience.  Having run my own private practice, I’ve seen just about every nutrition problem that exists.  If I’ve learned anything from my clients, and from myself, its that restrictive diets don’t work.  There’s no such thing as a good or bad food… there is such a thing as a bad portion.  Eating healthy is important but how much we eat is even more important.

As a mother raising a daughter, I’m well aware of the effects my eating has on her.  She will do exactly what I do.  If I eat all day, she wants to eat all day.  Its my job to be a healthy role model for her.  If you’re looking at adopting a healthier lifestyle for the new year, consider a more mindful approach.  Losing weight isn’t rocket science.  Its easy mathematics.  If you eat more than your body needs, you will gain weight.  If you want to lose weight, you need to mindfully do the opposite.  The key word is mindfully.  Its all about having a healthy state of mind.  What ever approach you take towards adopting a healthy lifestyle, be sure to keep a realistic view of it all.

Throughout the month of January, I’ll be blogging over at the Dairy Council of California.  They have a fantastic series call “New Year, New Approach… Kick off the New Year with a renewed passion for healthy eating by letting go of negative feelings about food.”

My first post is Mindful Eating, Satisfaction Guaranteed. Be sure to check it out along with all their other fabulous posts for New Year, New Approach series.

If you’d like to read more about nutrition, check out my nutrition bites page.  There’s all sorts of info there 🙂

Question for you…

What’s approach do you take towards living a healthy lifestyle?

17 Responses

  1. Blog is the New Black said on January 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I try to eat as well as possible most of the time, and work out when I can. I think moderation is key, but I have to put forth an honest effort to stay on the gym wagon!

  2. Coffee and a Book Chick said on January 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Looking forward to your posts on nutrition – I try to stay healthy by being a vegetarian (slowly going back to my vegan ways), but I always do need the gentle reminder/push to not stray.

  3. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on January 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

    You certainly set a great example for her! And I really try to eat a way I know I feel well and that helps me function optimally. That’s always my goal with nutrition.

  4. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on January 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

    You rock! And, you are so right…there is such a thing as a bad portion. This is the one thing I have to be mindful of when trying to get and stay on track.

  5. Alison said on January 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I found your blog through a comment you left over at The Inspired Room. This is a great post! I am not one to diet, but I do have about 15 pounds (left over from my “baby” who is almost 2) that I would like to lose. I think an eating healthy, and less, approach is so much better than restricting myself to a diet, which I won’t stick to.

  6. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 6, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Hi Alison! So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  7. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on January 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for reminding us about being mindful:-) I’ll definitely be following your other blog posts!

  8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I am loving your blog layout and picture use lately!

    Can’t wait to see your guest posts!

  9. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on January 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I try to keep portion sizes under control and eating when I’m hungry, not out of boredom, which is very easy to do. Off to check out your post!

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on January 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I’m definitely in the process of adopting a smaller portions-more meals approach. Whereas before I was eating 3 large meals a day, I’m working eating 5-6 smaller meals and really working on reducing portion sizes to a reasonable amount. I will say it’s definitely giving me more energy throughout the day and i haven’t felt stuffed yet!

  11. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on January 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Congrats on the writing gig! I think healthy is a balance. I just talked about this with my boys today. They always have questions about where you get nutrients from and why things are considered bad for you. I am a believer in all things in moderation!

  12. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Sarena 🙂

  13. Nicole, RD said on January 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I totally agree – I really try and steer patients away from deeming foods “good” or “bad”. There’s a place and a portion for everything in our diet. Congrats on the writing, that’s fabulous!!!

  14. Pilar said on January 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I read your post at the Dairy Council and I absolutely agree with your philosophy of mindful eating. I’m curious about your thoughts on people who need to restrict their diets because of health issues versus restricting diet for weight loss. I can’t eat wheat and my body is very sensitive to sugar….just wondering how you would handle similar restrictions?
    I love your blog, prima….I read it just about every chance I get!

  15. Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes said on January 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    All things in moderation…definitely! However I do feel that probably the biggest impact is making meals from scratch, from whole foods. I can almost immediately feel the effects that processed foods have on my body. Knowing what goes into my meals is such a good feeling.
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  16. Estela said on January 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Pilar 🙂 Thanks for reading my blog 🙂

    When someone has food restrictions for health purposes, its different. Obviously the “eat whatever you want” can’t happen. If you can’t eat wheat due to health issues, then its important to respect that. Your health is the number one priority.

    What can be done is listening to the body and responding to its natural hunger. Find foods you love that are within your diet restrictions and approach mindful eating that way.

    Hope this helps! Miss you 🙂