Hey guys! Happy Monday!
I hope all of my east coasters survived the snow storm this past weekend. We were supposed to get 5+ inches of snow but it ended up being more of a dusting with some ice underneath. Schools are cancelled today- but not hospitals! I’m off to work this morning.
Something exciting happened this weekend…. I got my new business cards in the mail!
They were supposed to be delivered on Friday but after the postal service site said they had been delivered, I realized that they were not in my mailbox. I waited until Saturday but they were still missing. I had plans to call the printing company this morning to let them know, but then this box was sitting on my door step on Sunday afternoon! I’m pretty sure they accidentally got put in the wrong mail box- so thank you to the neighbor who delivered these!! I want to eventually have a logo designed that I can use on all of my stuff, but for now I thought these cards were a nice alternative.
In other news…
Last week the U.S. News and World Report issued its annual “Best Diets” report, and I wanted to make sure you guys knew about it. This report ranks all of the popular diets by long-term weight loss, short-term weight loss, how easy it is to follow and how healthy it is for you. I think it’s a great way to learn more about diets and see how they all compare to each other. I look forward to this report every year.
Sooooo I honestly hate diets. I don’t think many are healthy, they are usually not effective for the long-term, and they can be confusing. They also promote the idea that you have to be super restrictive to meet your health and weight loss goals, when many dietitians know that you can be happy with your health and your diet just by finding a nice place of balance.
You will see on this report that many of the high-ranking diets are not so much “diets” as they are healthy ways of eating- more whole grains, less processed food, more fruits, more vegetables, ease off of the red meat, etc. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is ranked the #1 overall best diet. This is not surprising. The fundamentals of this diet are to fill your diet with whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy, and limit salt, red meat and added fat. The Mediterranean diet ranks #2, which promotes high fruit and vegetable intake with limited sugar and red meat. You will also notice that a lot of the “fad” diets are ranked very poorly on this report.
If you are interested in this sort of topic, or if you are interested in finding a healthier way of eating but aren’t sure whether a diet is the right fit for you, then I highly recommend checking out this report.
Hope you guys have a great week!
Did you do anything fun this weekend? Get any snow?
Have you ever tried a diet before? What are your thoughts? I tried one when I was in college, before I was a dietitian, and I realize now how much I was depriving my body of everything it needed.