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Nutrition Q & A

Happy Wednesday šŸ™‚

How are you? I’m doing pretty good… I do have something on my mind though….

I posted on Monday about my jalapeno pickling experiment. As mentioned on Monday… this is my first time doing this, and after reading some of the comments about food poisoning, I’m a little freaked out. What if I did it wrong? What if I open it up in two months and make everyone sick? Should I stick it in the refrigerator? What do I do?

Is there anyone out there that has any pickling experience? Your advice is greatly appreciated šŸ™‚

On another note… I’ve received a few questions for my Nutrition Q & A. As always… the reader who asked the question is left anonymous for privacy reasons.


Q: I know this is really random. You’ve mentioned that you like to run a lot. How much do you run, and do you run with music or without?

A: I love running. I’ve cut back a lot over time, but I’m happy with my current routine. In an ideal week, I like to run six miles 3-4 times per week. On the other days I like to either go to the gym or attend a Hot yoga class. As far as running with music… I HAVE to run with music. Its actually ironic that you ask this because just the other day my trusty ipod shuffle DIED! I think these things are made to only last two years, that way you have to purchase a new one. But to answer your question… I love running with music. I make sure that the volume isn’t to high because I want to be aware of my surroundings.

Q: I follow your blog all the time. I’ve read the book you recommend (intuitive eating) and try very hard to eat sensibly. My problem is that I often find myself mindlessly eating all the time – almost binge eating! I’ve had a lot going on emotionally lately and have just found out that I cannot run (medical reasons) and have gained a lot of weight. I can easily stand to lose 15-20 lbs right now, but I feel like food controls me, not the other way around. What would you suggest to turn the table and get some control over my eating habits and weight? I don’t want to try weight watchers or other diet plans, but I feel like I’m stuck on a downward slope.

A: Thank you for the email. I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my blog šŸ™‚

I’m sorry to hear you’re going through some emotional times. I know how hard it can be. I’m an avid runner myself, and know how heartbreaking it can feel for someone to tell you to stop running.
Being in a situation where you feel food controls you is tough. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. The most important thing to remember is that “its not about the food.” If you can recognize that, and get to the core reason of why you want to eat when your not hungry, then you will slowly get better and feel more in control. One thing that’s worked for me is forcing myself to wait until I have hunger pangs to eat. Not severe hunger pangs… but that growling of the stomach that tells you its time to eat. This can be incredibly hard to do… especially if you’re going through some emotional issues. It can almost create a little anxiety… but its important to feel that hunger because then you feel like you’re in control again. Does this make any sense?
An exercise I often have my clients do is to go 4-5 hours without eating anything. Just calorie free beverages. The purpose of this is to let them experience what true hunger feels like. This isn’t something that should be practiced on a regular basis. This is just something to do once, so you know what its like to feel hungry, and what its like to feel full. Some clients tell me they felt hungry at the four hour mark and ate then, which is fine. You don’t want to push to extreme hunger… you just want to feel hungry.
I really hope I’ve helped a little.If you need any more advice, feel free to email me.

Q: Is coconut water really as good for me as its advertised? Do you drink coconut water? Love your blog by the way!

A: I love coconut water! And yes… I do drink it šŸ™‚ What I love the most about it is the ingredient list. “Natural Coconut Water” is the only ingredient! For an 8.5 ounce serving it has 45 calories, 30 mg of sodium, 515 mg of potassium, and 11 gm of carbohydrates. I love to run and I practice hot yoga… hydrating with coconut water is vital for me. You can’t beat that amount of potassium! Coconut water has more potassium and less sugar than your average sports drink.

Q: I’m so confused when it comes to buying bread! There’s hundreds of them! Do you have any guidelines that you go by?

A: A guideline I like to use is to make sure the bread has at least 3-5 grams of fiber and no more than 120 calories per slice. I always make sure its 100% whole wheat. My favorite bread to buy is Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread. It has 4 grams of fiber and 70 calories per slice. šŸ™‚

If you have any questions I’m happy to answer them! You ca submit there here šŸ™‚

I have a busy day ahead.

On the agenda:

  • Hot yoga class
  • Finish up some paperwork
  • Blog
  • Finish Weekly Bite Newsletter
  • Conference call at 3pm
  • Clean upstairs of house
  • Run several errands
  • Figure out what to cook for dinner…
  • Oh… and take care of a 14 month old all day šŸ™‚

16 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on July 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I wish I knew more about pickling so I could help you out. I had no idea there were risks associated with it?

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on July 21, 2010 at 10:09 am

    i’m in the same boat as jessica…i had no idea that there were risks…i was under the impression that there was too much vinegar or salt to allow organisms to grow…?

  3. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on July 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Risks? To pickling?!?!? Gosh, I know nothing. Also, so glad you mentioned the ww potato bread. Definitely buying that next!

  4. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on July 21, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Estela, here’s an article I wrote about canning. The site I mention has some great how-tos and links to other canning sites, too.

    Hope that helps and helps you prevent botulism!

  5. The Blogs Rocket said on July 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Very nice article, thanks! I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed. Please keep up posting.

  6. Keith said on July 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I don’t know much about it, but I can point you to a chef that may be able to help you. I’m a big fan of Alton Brown on the Food Network. If you can find his episode on youtube or something, it might give you some insight. Here is the website for his pickling episode along with some of his recipes:

    I hope it helps. Good luck!

  7. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on July 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I had no idea about pickling risks! Mine weren’t “actual” heated cans, they only last about a month in the fridge…speaking of, I’ve got a lot of pickles to eat!!

  8. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on July 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Great Q&A as always! Also thank you for the great encouragement and support you have offered up to me these last few days. I sincerely appreciate it!

  9. Nicole, RD said on July 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    6 miles is impressive 3-4 times a week! I have trouble finding the time to do that much on work days. Maybe I just need to learn how to run faster šŸ˜‰

  10. The Candid RD said on July 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Great post!
    I should do this, it was such a great idea.
    I need to check out this bread with 4 grams of fiber! I love a good hearty, whole grain bread. I also LOVE coconut water! I especially liked the flavored variety (yeah, a bit more sugar).

  11. Natalie @ Coffee and a Book Chick said on July 21, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Great Q&A, lots of great info — and I had no idea about the risks in pickling either! Please share when you learn, I wish I could help!

  12. Ameena said on July 21, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I am really impressed with your running schedule….I had no idea you run so much! I wish my old knees would still allow me to.

    So you weren’t too busy today?? I mean, how hard is it to take care of a 14 month old?? šŸ™‚

  13. forex robot said on July 22, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Wow this is a great resource.. Iā€™m enjoying it.. good article

  14. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on July 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Estela, I am not sure where you got your recipe, but here is a link to a lot of canning information. It has been so long since I did it, so I can’t really remember everything. I hope this helps.

    I love your info. I need to find that bread. I have started making mine again and I need to check the stats on it. I was looking at the store the other day and notice a lot of breads have high fructose corn syrup in them. It just made me want to make it from scratch even more! Thanks for the answers to nutrition questions!

    Thank you for your kind words about my sister too. I really appreciate your thoughts! Have a great day!

  15. The Healthy Apple said on July 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Welcome back!!! Great info and post…sorry to hear about the loss of your father…looking forward to your newsletters; hope you are enjoying your summer thus far.

  16. Carissa @ Fit To Indulge said on July 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Coconut water.. good tip! Thank you. I’m marathon training and my long runs are around 16, 18 miles right now. I could use a potassium booster! šŸ™‚ And your mango popsicles looks delicious. THose little trays are so cute.