I eat (every day, obviously) and it’s National Nutrition Month. So here’s a peek at both my day of eats and thoughts on National Nutrition Month!
Breakfast: oatmeal with bananas, blueberries, and chocolate cottage cheese (cocoa powder + cottage cheese + maple syrup). I feel like cottage cheese is such a controversial issue. Cottage cheese–love it or hate it?
Also, let’s talk about the most adorable mug serving as a vessel for my blueberry tea. If you can’t see in the picture, it says “totes” on it. My best-est friend Lydia made it for me as a Christmas gift this last year. Her mug says “adorbs”, obviously.
After getting some work done, I went for a short walk to clear my head and stretch my legs. As I’ve mentioned before here, walks and podcasts are one of my favorite ways to de-stress. Today’s brain food was part of this episode of Food Psych by Christy Harrison, with Julie Duffy Dillon (you know and love her from the Love, Food podcast) and Rebecca Scritchfield, author of Body Kindness (which is high on my list of want-to-reads).
March is National Nutrition Month and they discussed this year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” What exactly does that mean? If “best fork” means food choices, then what does a “worse” or “just okay” fork represent? Coming from a diet-mind saturated industry, it might be a subtle representation of the “clean eating” movement and/or “good food vs. bad food.” When we put moral values on food, we let our food choices define us and how we feel about ourselves. Since we’re designed to eat enough and a variety of foods for pleasure as well as sustenance, we can never keep our diet–even if it’s a diet in disguise. Thanks to those ideas, we feel like we’ve failed. And sometimes, those ideas are fuel for inducing a restrict-binge cycle or orthorexia. Not really a “best fork forward.”
But if my best fork/food choices are defined from a diet-minded society, I’ll pass. But, I suppose you could interpret it however you want. So if “putting my best fork forward” means making food choices that satisfy and nourish me physically and emotionally in social settings, I’ll take it.
Late morning: after my walk, I threw together some golden milk (based off of this recipe) because I’d been craving it. And I needed something to warm me up.
Lunch: a salad with leftover steak, sweet potatoes, and broccoli with this dressing + an un-pictured chocolate shake I made (recipe to come) to finish off the meal with something sweet. Eaten in the (parked) car before my psych class. By the way, those are chopsticks sticking out of the bowl. Also, I found two leaves in my salad. Not lettuce leaves, reddish-purple, thick, waxy tree leaves. Had I been able to chew them, I’m sure they wouldn’t have hurt me, but I decided against channeling my inner giraffe.
Dinner: Pasta and asparagus (spring is coming!). Oh, and I also added cheese, but after the picture and I was too impatient to eat to snap another.
Pre-bed snack (always <3): Still loving greek yogurt with brownies and a hefty spoonful each of peanut butter and almond butter. The trick is to not stir them all together. Scoop up a little of each nut butter with every bite instead. That’s how I do it, anyways. But if you’re a swirling fan, go for it.
And that’s a wrap! In case you missed it, here’s a post I wrote earlier this week about disordered eating making you a stranger to yourself. Have the best weekend and eat something you love!
Linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud!