I have completely dropped off from blogging lately but I do have some good excuses. A few weeks ago (Memorial Day weekend) I gave my first nutrition lecture! Part of my program as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is to do a community project and I titled mine “Nutrition Outside of the Box”. I went through the different macronutrients and what each of them does, how to build a balanced plate (like my blog post here), how to read an ingredient label (I will definitely do a post on this!), some common nutrition myths and misconceptions, and a green smoothie demonstration (because I’m sure everyone was hungry after I rambled on for an hour). It went really well and I had so much fun! I have an amazing family who is extremely supportive and I think everyone enjoyed it and hopefully learned a bit more about nutrition!
Before I start, I wanted to thank everyone that read and commented on my last post! It seems like that is a post that resonated with quite a few people, and I am excited to write more on the topic.
My life has been incredibly hectic lately. My husband and I bought a house and we moved to a brand new town, and I started a new job at work. I also will have my final for my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner course coming up in June, and then I will finally graduate! It’s pretty bitter sweet for me. On the one hand, I will be happy to stop studying and finally be certified, but on the other hand, I have enjoyed this program so much that I will be sad for it to be over.
I feel like most people start out on their “health” journey because they want to lose weight. I know that’s what first propelled me into the world of health and fitness.
To give you some background (and get a bit personal) I look back on photos of myself when I was younger and I was never overweight. This isn’t me bragging about myself, this is me saying how hard it is when you are living with a type of “body dysmorphia” like I was when I was younger. I constantly compared myself to other friends, celebrities, models in magazines, etc. and was convinced that I needed to lose weight. I can also be pretty hard on myself, and I decided I needed to fix my “problem areas” that probably never existed.
Welcome to the last installment of #MacronutrientMonday. The last macronutrient we have to learn about is carbohydrates! This is going to be a fun topic because there is a lot of confusion around carbohydrates. Are they good? Are they bad? Do we even NEED carbohydrates? So let’s dive right in.
Carbohydrates only comprise about 2% of our body weight. In general, they come from plant sources (versus animal sources which our protein should be coming from) because they are produced from photosynthesis in plants. Common sources of carbohydrates include grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and sweeteners.
Welcome back to Macronutrient Monday! Fats are one of my favorite things to talk about because there are still so many myths out there about them. Fats are a vital part of our daily diet, but most people are confused about what types to eat (if any) and in what quantity. While some fats are finally being revealed as healthy (hello, egg yolks!) I want to help you understand exactly what fats are, and why we should be eating them.