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Lopsided Meals February 19, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Body — Jane Weber, RD @ 9:00 am
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Lopsided Meals can mean a couple of things.

  1. The North American way of eating that makes the meat the heavy weight on our plate.
  2. Eating three meals a day but the balance is off:  little or no breakfast, light lunch, heavy supper (and sometimes grazing before and after)

 

Let’s tackle these healthy eating kyboshers one at a time.

 

1.  Meat as the Heavy Weight

What do you answer when someone asks “What’s for dinner?”

Green beans?

Not exactly what I would say.

Most times we answer with the meat:

“Chicken” or “Hot dogs”

It’s was the eldest’ turn to make supper last night and when asked earlier in the week what he wants to make, his answer: “steak”.  He answering “broccoli” would only happen in a Dietitian daydream.

Making the switch to vegetables being the main stay is going against the grain – not easy.  We may do it sometimes without thinking, though.  Stir fries, grilled chicken salads, homemade soup all feature vegetables.

 

 

Here is a tactic that has worked for some – try to reverse the weight on your plate:  envision your plate divided into 3 sections:

¼  for protein (meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, eggs)

¼  for grain products or potato (actually another vegetable – bonus!)

½  for vegetables.

Like I said, not the norm– we picture the eldest’s steak in this last section.

But this switch means maximizing nutrition and lowering your risk of developing disease.  And it is a cheaper way to eat.

 

 

Another strategy:

Choose 2 vegetables beside the rice and chicken or make salad a habit with meals.

 

One more tip:

Sometimes if we have been lean on the vegetables, I make a big fruit salad for dessert.  Not veggies, but we eat similar nutrients.  A nice change in the lunch box too.

 

Momma was right; we need to eat our vegetables.

 

Up next in Nourishment for Your Body – Lopsided Meals Part 2: Off-balance Meals

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

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Made to Crave January 13, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Soul — Jane Weber, RD @ 12:54 pm
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At first I was taken aback.  I physically pulled back from the computer, my back straightened, chin tucked in, eyebrows furrowed.  That’s my book.  You know the one that I will write…someday.  It’s been done.  When I was beginning this blog, the very subject was being placed on book store shelves.

 

Once I tilted my head and looked at it a bit differently, a another kind of ‘Oh”, surfaced.  “It’s been done.  The burden I feel for women suffering with ‘weighty issues” already have a book, a place, to go to.  From someone much more qualified than me.  Someone who has lived it over and over and scoured the Bible from start to finish for answers.  And found many.  And found conviction not condemnation.

 

I have yet to receive my copy but I already recommend it based on the discussion I listened to on Focus on the Family .  Lysa TerKeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministry, spoke about Made to Crave; Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food.  She lived the yo-yo dieting life that finally came to a head when her doctor labeled her obese.  She wasn’t large, she described, but unhealthy.  She sought answers from her Maker.  She did not experience a miracle.  She experienced a journey that was lead and supported.  And it worked.  With peace as her goal, food no longer controls her.

 

Lysa had help from a Nutritionist* for accountability.  How could I not chuckle when she described how she ate a whole pizza on the way to her first nutrition appointment assuming it would be her last chance?  And she licked the plate.  Every last morsel consumed to savour.  It makes me wonder how many pizzas have been eaten before appointments with me!

 

If you would like to meet Lysa you can view her in a YouTube video here.  This is actually an excerpt of the Focus on the Family broadcast.  You can also print a few eating tips excerpted from her book here.

 

So with ‘the book’ checked off the list, I am excited to explore more, write more and continue my journey of stretching, reaching and humbling, letting you have the sneak peek.

 

For I know the plans that I have for you, plans to prosper you, to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

{ ~ thank you for this blaring inspiration, my friend ~ }

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

*The title, Nutritionist, is not always a legally protected title as is Registered Dietitian.  In Ontario, Canada, anyone can label themselves as Nutritionist.

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Nibbles December 16, 2010

Filed under: Nutrition Nibbles — Jane Weber, RD @ 2:19 pm
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I love it when I get a great tip from a friend; something that works for her and will now work for me.  Like a couple of weeks ago, I found out that  peanut butter is allowed in high school.   That made my day!  You would think that a Dietitian would know that but I didn’t.  Pb and J is in my sons’ educational  future and easy lunch prep in mine.

Some things you learn best when you live it in reality rather than learn it in theory.

Nutrition Nibbles are how to live it in reality.  Little tips that I do all the time, mostly without thinking.  Think of them as good girlfriend gossip that inject nutrition into your day.  These will appear on days when life gets in the way of  sharing a longer post with you (Christmas might have something to do with me coming up with this idea now).

Today’s Nutrition Nibble:

Nutrient-pack your baking.  Replace half your white flour with whole wheat.  They likely won’t even notice.