5 Things I Learned From My Dietician
I looked Chris dead in his M&M eyes and said, 'I do not want to go.' I did not have to physically go anywhere. The dietician was coming to me. I did not want to talk about the amount of hot chocolate and Cool Whip that I consume (Cool Whip, sponsor me?). Like many women, I was almost too familiar with what foods you should eat and when and how much (or how little). Why would I want to talk to someone about how I wasn't always doing 'what I'm supposed to'?
With Chris' help, I did meet the dietician (twice) and I like the dietician and she gives me nice coupons for nice foods, so I feel like she's warranted a post. Here's what I've learned from working with her for two months:
Add the Veggies Everywhere.
Stop rolling your eyes, I promise this is yummo. When I get home from work, I occasionally feel blindingly hungry. Spending 9.5 hours a day with a packed lunch (thanks, Chris!) can feel restrictive. And also a bit like you're on a desert island with a ration. The solution? Add veggies to (almost) everything. My normal breakfast of eggs and bacon now has a layer of cut green beans underneath. My tasty spicy roasted turkey for lunch is now on a bed of lettuce. I snack on cucumbers that are thin and chip-shaped. This all makes me feel less bad when I inevitably reach for hot chocolate at some point.
Give yourself options. Sometimes I want the crunch and sometimes I want to use a spoon. Some people can be satisfied with smoothies, but I love the actual act of eating (too weird to say?). She suggested keeping foods around in different forms for me to grab when I'm hungry. Don't feel like chomping on an apple? No problem-o, here's applesauce. Not feeling applesauce? Try a hardboiled egg (or 2). The tum wants what it wants how it wants it.
Variety is the Spice of Life.
Meal prep everything separately - a huge batch of broccoli on its own, chicken by itself, your zoodles in a different container. You get it. Then, every day, you can make yourself a new-ish meal. You are not relegated to plain chicken and broccoli every day for five days. On a Tuesday, put your chicken over zoodles with olive oil and garlic. On a Wednesday, mix your zoodles and broccoli with hot sauce and feta cheese (weird, but me likey). You get it.
Carbs are Cool.
Well, some carbs. I was constantly wondering why I was 'so hungry' and that was because, duh doy, I was either A. restricting myself from carbs or B. not eating complex carbs. I knew what complex carbs were, but I had been ignoring them. I add wheat toast to my breakfast of eggs and turkey bacon (and now green beans) and it's been an incredible revelation that I'm not starving when lunch rolls around. Filling up at breakfast makes me so happy.
Pair Tea with 'Dessert.'
I'm a big dessert gal (shocking). Did you know there's chocolate tea? Let's not say it replaces hot chocolate, but it's something so tasty to have with a healthy-ish dessert. Greek yogurt with dark chocolate chips and chocolate tea is bangin'. Drinking something hot makes me eat slower, which makes me taste more, which makes me happier, so why haven't I always done this?
So, who's seen a dietician? Would you? I have to say, me (and my tum) have been pleasantly surprised xx