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Mission Accomplished & Nutrition Q&A

Mission Accomplished!


  • Yoga – check
  • Drop Shiner off – check
  • Clean house – check
  • Do laundry – check
  • Pack for Rhode Island – check
  • Run a million other errands – check

And M played on her own the whole time!!!

We’re off to Rhode Island for a wedding! It should be exciting!

Here are a few nutrition questions I’ve received over the past few weeks…

Q:  What do you think of the book “Intuitive Eating”?  Have you read Bethenny Frankel’s book “Naturally Skinny”?  What’s your opinion of it?

A:  I love the book “Intuitive Eating”.  I learned a lot from it and from the authors.  I love the concept of intuitive eating, but feel that it has to be catered to each person. Identifying your hunger and developing a healthy relationship with food is the main priority.  Once that base is established, it’s much easier to look at calories and nutrition from a “healthy lifestyle” perspective.  The goal is to eat healthy, but feel good about it, and not feel like you’re depriving yourself.  I have looked at the book “Naturally Thin”.  I like Bethenny’s writing style.  What she is doing is telling her story and how she came out of the “diet mentality”.  She is a natural food’s chef… and that’s the extent of her training.  A good way to view this book is to look at the tools she used to develop a healthy relationship with food, and how she manages that on a day-to-day basis.  The reader can see if those tools work for them.  The food diary she listed is based on her body and her needs.  It’s important to keep that in mind. Take the info in the book and tailor it for you.

Q: When you were pregnant, how did you deal with the body image, weight gain part of it?  I’m so worried about that for when I get pregnant.

A:  I think every woman worries about this to an extent.  I had worked a lot on body image issues in the past, so I felt pretty good about where I was at prior to becoming pregnant.  I did have a hard time seeing my body change, but I learned to get over it. That time in my life was not about me… it was about my body building a healthy baby.  I had to tell myself that my body was going to do what it wants to do… I know longer had control of it.  I know it will all be worth it in the end. I wrote a post on pregnancy and body image. You can read it here.

Q:  What tips do you have for college students?  I’m about 15 pounds overweight and often snack during late night study sessions.

A:  It’s all about managing your schedule in college.  You’re body will typically ask for food every 4-5 hours, depending on what you previously ate.  Keep an eye on the portion sizes.   As far as snacking goes, mindless snacking will put on excess weight, especially if it’s done consistently and becomes a habit.  Keep healthy snacks close by, so when hunger strikes, there’s less temptation by the vending machine. Take a look at your class and study schedule and try to structure your meals a little. Getting your body into some type of routine can help.  Lastly, stay active.  Try to squeeze some exercise you enjoy on a daily basis.  This not only keeps our weight healthy, but relieves daily stress as well!

Got a question for Weekly Bite? Just send me an email 🙂

Have a great 4th of July! Be safe 🙂

12 Responses

  1. Christie {Honoring Health} said on July 1, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I have not read Bethany Frankels book but I have heard it has some very disordered tendencies in it. I need to check it out at the library and see for myself!

  2. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on July 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I need to grab a copy of Intuitive Eating. Lately, I’ve been mindless eating like no other!

  3. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on July 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for the great Q&A. And have a safe trip up to RI. If you’re driving, I wish you a speedy ride up the hellish Jersey Turnpike.

  4. Natalie @ Coffee and a Book Chick said on July 1, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I absolutely love weddings. I’m one of those dorks that just finds any kind of a wedding super fun — I love looking at the colors, the dress, everything! Have fun!! I need to pick up Intuitive Eating — I’ve not been the best with choices in the past few months, so I need to make sure I’m doing it right!! 🙂

  5. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on July 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

    What a great Q&A…I love these!

  6. Fit Chick in the City said on July 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I haven’t read Intuitive Eating either. Sounds like a good read. I have read Bethenny’s book and have mixed feelings about it.

  7. Mo@MommyRD said on July 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Great post – always love the Q and A’s. Have fun at the wedding!

  8. sophia said on July 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    yay for being productive! And as always, loved your answers to readers’ questions. You always give such sound and empathetic advices!

  9. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Great answers Estela! Have a great weekend!

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet said on July 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I love your Q and A. Keep it coming!

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on July 3, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Havent read Bethanny but am familiar w/ hers and Int Eating. Whatever works for each person. No one book fits all. Period. Love how you are tackling these Estella! Better you than me 🙂 As I said b4 on a post you did like this, you can reply to my readers all day long…my inbox overfloweth!


  12. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on July 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I’m lovin the Q&A. The pregnancy thing is one that I think about a lot. I’m working hard to get down to my “happy weight” and to be more fit, and I feel like since I want to get pregnant in the next year, it’s all going to go out the window!! I’m going to go back and re-read that post 🙂