Intuitive Eating: A Respectful Lifestyle Part I

While I felt I adopted a non-diet philosophy during my dietetic internship and graduate school, due to seeing so much disordered eating as I worked with University at Buffalo athletes, my journey to this concept of “intuitive eating” came several years later. As discussed with Heather on her podcast, intuitive eating isn’t something covered in a dietetics undergrad program or our mandated internship {or wasn’t 10+ years ago}. And it definitely isn’t covered on our certification exam! Until I was working with a client who had previously been in a treatment facility for an eating disorder, the term “intuitive eating” wasn’t in my vocabulary. After she mentioned it, I got the book and read it in a couple of days, wishing I’d known how to pull these philosophies together in my practice so much sooner. Continue reading

Don’t Diet This January {What to do Instead}

Why You Don’t Want to Go on a Diet

Very simply, diets don’t work.

To be more specific, over 90% of people who go on a diet wind up gaining all of the weight they lose back. Roughly 2/3 of them wind up weighing more than they did in the first place. Why? Well, diets aren’t lifestyle changes. They are restrictive and put your body in a state of mental and physical stress. They hurt your metabolism. They compromise your mood. They reduce your nutrient intake. They suck the fun out of your social life.

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Simple Vegan Chocolate Truffles

It’s cookbook week here on Eat Real Live Well!
{Click if you missed my review of the Fertility Foods Cookbook
and the insanely easy Whole Wheat Biscuits}

On December 22, 2016, the “grab a book and cook” theme for The Recipe Redux wound up producing one of my favorite recipes to date. The Lentil Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Crust was a remake of Bobby Flay’s chicken pot pie from page 216 of the Throwdown cookbook, and I really wish I could put mine up against his (someone send this post to Bobby or Food Network so they’ll invite me to Beat Bobby Flay!).

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Whole Wheat Biscuits via Fertility Foods Cookbook

Today the blog is taking a bit of a turn away from fitness nutrition and seasonal recipes to highlight an important topic that impacts many couples around the world, but doesn’t get enough press. Even if I were not pregnant or trying to become pregnant, I’m excited to share a passion project and recipe from two registered dietitians and friends, Liz Shaw and Sara Haas (Sara is also a chef!).

Easy Whole Wheat Biscuits

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Holiday Recipes to Support Your Fitness

Fitness nutrition is not just for serious athletes. If your activity level is higher than the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, the extra (helpful) stress that you put on your muscles, joints, cardiovascular and respiratory systems will need a bit more nutrition. While the stress we put on during exercise is beneficial, so that our body wants to adapt and become stronger and better, we put ourselves at higher risk of injury and illness if our diets aren’t adequate to support our recovery needs.

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Pre and Post Workout Holiday Recipes

While the holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry, those who are in training or regularly exercise may be more likely to steer clear of the festive foods. Why? It’s not always so much that those who exercise are more conscious about not allowing themselves treats (though that is unfortunately the case often enough). Many times it’s the fear that that consuming something “different” from their norm may throw off their digestion, energy levels, and performance.

Holiday Recipes for Athletes

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Gingerbread Energy Bites

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that at 26+ weeks pregnant I’m still feeling nauseous. With this in mind, I’m not quite sure why I wasn’t more excited for post-Thanksgiving gingerbread everything for that calming effect ginger has on the stomach. I can only drink so much ginger tea, so I’m thrilled to have so many more ginger-filled recipes to include daily.

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