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Highlights from the Dietitian & Produce Overload

Monday, April 08, 2013

We had a short small group class to meet with the dietitian last Thursday and I'm just getting around to posting about it now. Here were a couple of her key points:

It's all about nourishing your body. If your body is properly nourished, you will be full and healthy not needing extra vitamins, minerals or supplements. Essentially she talked about 'clean eating'.

She's encouraging us to just start by tracking how many servings we eat of dairy, fruit, veggies, protein and whole grains. She suggests 3 servings of dairy, 3 servings of fruit, 7 of veggies, 5 protein, and 6 whole grains per day.

Water is also important as well as movement. She said weight loss isn't going to happen if you're not doing these things.

Each meal should contain something from 3 of the food groups and, for a snack, you should eat something from 2 food groups.

So, what are my overall impressions? Eating 6 servings of whole grains per day is hard and it seems like a lot. The others, with a lot of planning, I can get in but the whole grains is super hard. Especially the 'whole' part. I'm not sure I've eaten that many whole grains in my life so I'm struggling with the taste and consistency of the items and also what to make. I've got the bread and pasta down but I need more variety than that. I'm going to try some wild rice recipes this week and see how that goes.

Other than that, I think she has some good points. She's not too concerned with calories at this point and just wants us to focus on the food groups. It's hard because I've been tracking calories and don't want to slip there. Next we'll have individual meetings and she said the first thing she does is help us come up with a meal book so we have go to meals we can made each day to stay on track.

So, to stay on track with fruits and veggies I got another bountiful basket this past Saturday.

I volunteered so I swapped out the celery for another asparagus, added another package of mushrooms and, as an add on, got an additional 4 containers of strawberries. It's a lot of strawberries but I'll probably freeze them for smoothies or something. My friend also gave me a HUGE pineapple so I'm eating that too. It's a lot but will keep me on track with my nutrition goals.

Overall a good weekend. I got in a lot of movement and tried a new recipe (zucchini and pineapple muffins). One day at a time I guess....
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    Here's to one day @ a time! Will be fun when you look back on this with your new lifestyle foods (including those whole grains!)
    1809 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Hi there... was intrigued by what the dietician told you and took a peek @ your food tracker...
    You might be surprised to learn that actually ate pretty close to what was suggested! (3 servings of dairy, 3 servings of fruit, 7 of veggies, 5 protein, and 6 whole grains per day).
    6 servings of protein (1 ham, 2 eggs, 2 cheese, 1 chicken)
    3 serving dairy (1 milk, 2 cheese)
    2 servings fruit (strawberries @ 1/2 cup each)
    6 servings veggies (2 asparagus, 2 tomatoes, 2 mushrooms)
    6 servings whole grains (2 bread, 3 pasta @ 1/2 cup each, 1 muffin)

    I wish you continued success on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be!

    1809 days ago
  • STEPHANIE302013
    All that fresh produce looks amazing! When I did my groceries this weekend I really tried to focus on the fresh stuff - doing your shopping on the perimeter of the store really does help!
    1809 days ago
    Awesome! A couple of ideas I have for you are soup with barley in it- instead of noodles. Quinoa that's cooked in a broth flavored/seasoned to your liking that you can mix with other things like veggies and meat.
    Whole grains are great, but can be tricky to introduce when trying to come up with new things. I know you can do it and I can't wait to hear about your experiments!
    Way to go :)
    1809 days ago
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