Today I’m bringing back an oldy but goody, What I Ate Wednesday. I used to post WIAWs almost every Wednesday. The reason I stopped is because I started receiving comments critiquing my food as a dietitian.
I remember a specific comment one Wednesday that was kind of my breaking point. It was from someone pointing out that they were surprised I was an RD but didn’t include any whole grains in my entire day. I don’t remember exactly how she said it but it hurt my feelings at the time… it made me feel like she was saying that I wasn’t a good dietitian. I actually eat plenty of whole grains in many different forms but just happened to leave them out that day. It made me afraid to post any of my food if I didn’t have time to go through all of my meals to check off the things that ‘make up a healthy diet’.
Breakfast: Water, coffee, strawberries and a piece of egg casserole (eggs, egg whites, spinach and sausage)
In hindsight, I wish I had used those types of comments as an opportunity to share my philosophy on nutrition: your daily meals don’t need to be perfect. I’m a pretty mindful eater and I know what’s best for my body and for my health…. but I’m not perfect. I have dessert or a glass of wine from time to time, I love Chick Fil A waffle fries and I’m not going to turn down a plate of Sabor Nachos ever.
My hope when I became a dietitian was to inspire people to feel okay with striving for great health while letting go of the idea of being perfect. I often find that feeling the need to be perfect prevents people from even taking that first step and often causes failure.
Lunch: Pasta with mushrooms and onions, salad with edamame, and strawberry balsamic vinegar from a little shop in Asheville
La Croix to drink- my fav!
Instead of striving for perfection, I’d rather strive for balance. Balance to me means eating healthfully but not feeling like you have to stay inside of a box. Eating healthfully is definitely important, but when it turns into evaluating your macronutrients at every meal, skipping out on dinners with friends, or constantly feeling deprived then that is probably not going to be easy to maintain in the long run.
Snack: Apple with a scoop of peanut butter… scraping out the bottom of that jar!
One of my priorities with my diet right now is making sure I get a lot of vegetables. I have to be more mindful of this compared to in the summer when I’m purchasing a ton of summer produce from the farmer’s market. A good way to eyeball this is to think that half of your plate should be non-starchy vegetables. I’m not really about the “chicken and broccoli” these days, but I do try to do little things, like stick some veggies in my pasta or purposely order an item from a restaurant that incorporates some veggies.
Dinner: Soup from Viva Chicken in Charlotte: rice, chicken, red peppers, onions and cilantro
What are your thoughts of striving for perfection in your diet? Is it helpful or harmful?
Do you have a harder time eating enough vegetables in the winter?