In case you were wondering where my blog posts went at the end of the week, check out two guest posts I wrote. (You may have seen me link to them on Twitter or Facebook.)
First up, I wrote all about the HCG Diet for The Scoop on Nutrition, my fellow dietitian Emma Stirling’s blog in Australia.
Next, in my monthly post on the Sweet Spot Blog, “Variety, Balance, and Moderation are the Spice of Life,” covers the three basic principles of a healthy lifestyle.
I hope you enjoy the posts and feel free to comment here about what you think about the HCG diet and/or how you follow the healthy lifestyle principles.
Have a great weekend!
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We interrupt this week’s discussion of fat for today’s nutritioulicious™ Wednesday Wonders!
Q: Hi nutritioulicious™! I was recently at brunch with friends and ate more carbs than I normally do in one meal. Between my bagel with lox, noodle pudding, and a cupcake I felt like I had all my carbohydrate servings for the day! I normally try to balance my meals better, but sometimes there’s no option. What should I do when this happens? Do I include carbs at my next meal to have a balanced plate or do I avoid them to balance out the day? — Elyssa
A: Hi Elyssa,
This is a great question, especially with the holidays coming up. It’s great that you balance your meals most of the time, because every meal should have a combination of protein, carbs (including whole grains and vegetables or fruit), and some healthy fat. But, like you said, sometimes it’s not possible to have a meal with all three macronutrient groups (protein, fat, carbohydrates), especially when you go out to eat. In fact, since you had salmon with your bagel, you had a more balanced meal than if you had just the bagel and noodle pudding, so you’re already one step ahead of the game! The protein and fat are important additions to the carbs to ensure you keep your blood sugar levels steady.
So what do you do when those carbs are calling your name? Enjoy them and balance out the rest of the day by limiting how many carbs you have later on. Everyone’s calorie needs, and therefore macronutrient needs, vary individually, but most women who are at a healthy weight and are moderately active need about 6 to 7 servings of grains per day. What’s a serving? One slice of bread, 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta, or 1 cup of cereal.
Most bagel shop bagels are at least 4 servings of bread (for bread, 1 ounce is 1 serving). Add to that the noodle pudding and your cupcake and you’ve met your grain needs for the day. So on special occasions like these, feel free to make your next meal low-carb or carb-free and fill up on protein and veggies or fruit with some healthy fat. Remember, moderation is the key to nutritious and delicious healthy eating!
Do you have a Wednesday Wonder you’d like answered? If so, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
In yesterday’s post, Eat With Your Senses, I mentioned that eating takes up a large part of the day. Well, this is certainly true for people who eat for a living. Have you ever wondered how Padma Lakshmi eats all that food on “Top Chef,” yet she still stays slim and fit? Or how about chefs like Dan Barber and Giada who make amazing food, but are always stick thin?
In the recent NY Times article Staying Fit When Eating Is Your Job, Padma says “I just try to cut myself a break — I know I’m going to gain weight.” She keeps different dress sizes in the closet for when the inevitable occurs, which for her is a gain of “10 to 15 pounds a season.” She also makes exercise a priority when her time allows for it. And when the season is over, it’s back to the gym and regular eating until she’s back in shape. Other chefs say that there are times when they eat more because they are testing new recipes or there’s more good stuff around, like the holiday season. But they always try to make the healthiest choices and get to the gym to manage their weight.
Basically the advice is simple: Balance. “Moderate what you eat; don’t panic when work makes you overeat or when you can’t work out; and pay attention to what you are eating.” This last point goes back to mindfulness. If you’re going to eat for a living, be mindful for a living too.