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Tis the Season

As the Holiday season is upon us, so are the numerous events and parties that seem to be surrounded by exquisite food and elaborate cocktails.  Or at least some treats and a little wine or beer to go along:)  It may be tempting to eat everything in sight as you approach the table, but let me remind you…this is not your last meal or the last time you will ever have these foods.  I can’t say that I don’t overindulge on the goodness brought forth at a holiday party!  However, at the end of the night or even the next day when I have a food hangover, I remind myself that that was one day in my life.  Did you enjoy the food you ate?  Well, I sure hope you did.  Savor every last bite, but remind yourself that FOOD is not the focus of the event.  Take time to enjoy the company, strike up a conversation with the lonely guy in the corner, or sit back and observe the happenings of the room.  Remove yourself from the buffet table of food and surround yourself with the buffet of good company!

Be kind to yourself and remember that you are only human!  I think that Ellyn Satter,the pioneer of feeding behavior and eating competence, describes normal eating to a T. :

“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful. Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be undereating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.

In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings”

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Friends and Good Food

So tonight I am hosting a party!  Yes, I love to have gatherings, especially when its for something or someone special.  My really good friend has expressed numerous times that she hates that her birthday falls on December 26th because she never gets a party with friends (She’s from California, we’re in Colorado).  Therefore, I took initiative to plan a surprise for her a few weeks early!!  She’s not a huge one on surprises so she thinks I’m just having people over for a get-together.  Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, once she gets here.  The apartment is clean, festive, and ready for people to come.

It’s amazing how good it feels to do something special for someone else.  The holidays always get me thinking of who is in need of some good lovin’!  Its rewarding and a very selfless act to serve others.  Have you tried it lately?  Open the door for someone at the store, bake cookies and share the love, ask someone to go on a walk with you, or have someone over for some tea and a chat!  It is a positive mental health strategy for all to use.

I had a very pleasant morning with a delicious and nutrition breakfast.  Omelet with one egg + 1 egg white, slices of mozzarella and pepper jack cheese, sauteed onions and zucchini, + tomato.  Grapefruit and 1/2 a banana on the side, with half a slice of homemade bread + jam!  Oh yes…and a cup of decaf coffee:)  Yum, yum.

So satisfying.  Eggs have  13 essential nutrients and only 70 calories.  They are filled with healthy fat and around 7 grams of protein per egg.  They keep you feeling full and satisfied for a good amount of time. Did you know that most of the nutrients and good stuff in the egg is found in the yolk?  Don’t be afraid of having a yolk once in awhile.  Recent research also shows that the amount of cholesterol in the egg yolk is not significant enough to have a true effect on your cholesterol levels.   So go ahead and have 4-5 yolks a week.  They are delicious and nutritious:)

Good thing I took the time to go on a nice long walk with my roommate as we are going to have fun at the party tonight.  It was finally 40 and sunny after 6 days below zero!  Alright, off to chill before the party arrives.

Life after college

Well, hello fellow blooggers, readers, or whoever happens to come across this blog.  I really never thought I would jump on the blogging bandwagon, but now that I’m here, I’m GLAD!  Its been a crazy ride this last year….finishing a dietetic internship, moving across country, starting 2 VERY part-time jobs at the same time, reconnecting with friends, and become a “real” adult!  Although that may sound overwhelming, I have to tell you that it has been some of the greatest months of my life.  What I’ve learned about myself, the professional world, and living life after college are so beneficial now and for future.

To all those starting this stage in your life, here a few things that helped me:

1. Breathe!  Yes…take 5 deep breathes when feeling overwhelmed. It’s amazing how much it relaxes you in that moment.

2. Make lists.  I’m the queen of lists!  Even if it’s something you know you are going to do for the day (i.e. brush your teeth, get dressed, eat, etc) It feels great to cross it off when you’re done!  This advice was given by my brother and I’m telling you…it feels AMAZING!

3. Get outside!  Rain, snow, sun, or clouds….the fresh air does wonders for our mental state:)

4. Eat well.  Fuel your body with healthy foods that give you energy and are satisfying.

5. Be active!  Getting your heart rate up whether through a brisk walk, jogging, or taking a local fitness class, will help you feeling refreshed to tackle daily challenges.  Even if its 20 minutes around the block….move that body you were given.

6. Schedule quiet time!  Whether you believe in God or another higher power or nothing at all, it is important to allow ourselves to be completely in silence.  I can’t tell you how many times I just sat in my bedroom, dining room, or in the park and removed thoughts from my head. It felt so peaceful.

7. Coffee dates!  Ok…if you don’t like coffee, don’t call it that…what I mean is schedule dates with friends or people who are enjoyable.  A good laugh, cry, or discussion with another human being helps our mind get away from what might be daunting.

8. Embrace new opportunities!  You may not like your first job, your new roommate, or managing bills.  Try to look at it as a chance to learn something new!  There were days and still are days where I am extremely discouraged at a situation, but then I take a step back and see the progress I’ve made in the last 6 months.  Wow….I didn’t know the pain of searching for individual health insurance…but guess what? now I do and I’m thankful for the experience.

9. Try something you’ve never done before!  It forces you to step outside your comfort zone.  I bet you’ll meet some pretty cool people or at least have some good stories to tell.

10. HAVE FUN!  Enjoy this time in your life. It only comes once and I am a firm believer in experiencing all you can while your young.

Keep in mind those are all suggestions from the bottom of heart.  Take ’em or leave ’em!

Until next time…have a fabulous day!