Sorry for the off posting days, finals have me really not myself. I felt inspired from some things I did this weekend and this week so far so I thought I would share!
Thankfulness. I celebrated my best friend Sarah’s (almost) 23rd birthday this weekend with her family and I had the best time. Since Sarah and I grew up together, our families also grew together and I’m sort of like an adopted daughter for them and Sarah one for our family. I consider her grandparents mine and the same with the rest of her family. Ps did you know my little sister and Sarah’s little sister are also best friends? It was just a sweet reminder to cherish every day as we watch the grandparents grow older and as we realize we are actually becoming somewhat adults. I so enjoyed hearing about Sarah’s crazy stories from what she saw on her night shift shadowing at country hospital in LA and eating all the lamb curry and banana chocolate cake!
Style! I wear something from Stitchfix every day and I love following them on Instagram because they post sneak peeks of new styles you could get in your box if you wanted! Here are some outfits you will probably see me in. Want to spruce up your wardrobe too? Click here!
Thing 3: I attended a Mindful Eating webinar hosted by the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics today and I think was one of the best hours I’ve spent in a long time. I learned about some tools I can use with my future clients to help them connect their minds to their bellies. The practice of mindful eating is basically the non-diet approach to eating while refraining from external judgments about food. I’ve sort of hit this point in my life where I’ve seen a lot of diets and guess what I’ve seen? They don’t work. None of them (ps. research shows they don’t work either- almost 90% of people who diet regain the weight back). Restricting food because it has been labeled “bad” only leads to us wanting it more and risking the binge/restrict cycle over again which wastes precious mental energy that we could be spending loving others, exploring outdoors, pushing ourselves to be better, etc. I’m doing everything in my power to get all the tools I need so that once I get those MS, RD credentials after my name in 2 years I can jump into helping others learn the joy of eating.
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So I was flipping through people mag and boom at the end was a diet plan from this singer. She apparently eats 1300 kcal a day and let me be the one to tell you that is level of calorie intake is too low. Also, where are here carbs?! Anywho… I personally don’t count calories and rarely suggest that people do for this reason. They might see this day of eating and might try to replicate it for themselves or try and count their calories to mimic this level because it might get them to be slim like her or something like that. My words for you are to ditch the numbers, eat what sounds good, and to look at these things not as diets you should follow but hey maybe you saw she eats scallops and maybe you just added scallops on the menu for this week, simple as that. The media will always glamorize diet culture and make it seem like all these foods magically appeared in her kitchen and made her beautiful and that we should do the same. Challenge that culture.