I didn’t shower after my run today [eww]. Instead I just changed into dry clothes because I wanted to get my YOGA on! I’m so glad I went because today’s class was one of my favorites yet! Lots of flow and all my favorite poses in my favorite order! One of those classes with a sequence that made me feel like a dancer.
During savasana, I was thinking [I know you're not supposed to think but I often try to channel my scatterbrain thoughts into life reflections]…
I can’t believe I’m almost 28
I can’t believe I love yoga
I can’t believe I am married!
I can’t believe we sold our house
I can’t believe we don’t live in Charlotte anymore
I can’t believe we packed up our whole house and moved
I can’t believe the move is over
I can’t believe we live in Charlottesville
I can’t believe my internship is over
I can’t believe I’m a Registered Dietitian
I can’t believe I took the RD exam already!
I can’t believe my job is to write a blog
I felt like time had traveled too fast and that I should be back in our house in Charlotte studying for some chemistry test. I’ve been thinking about getting married, my internship, becoming an RD, moving to Charlottesville for YEARS and I can’t believe they have all come and gone.
I. Feel. So. Lucky.
I didn’t feel any more tired in yoga because of my earlier run, but I could tell a difference in my appetite! I didn’t finish breakfast till almost 9 but I was already getting hungry by noon. On a normal day we eat closer to 7:30 and I can easily get through yoga without a growling stomach.
When I got home at 1:30, I devoured this lunch
Sauteed kale + apple scrambled with 1.5 eggs and some cheddar cheese [thanks to Matt for making it!]
Great Harvest Tomato Herb Bread toasted with butter [In LOVE with this bread!]
Not sure it was enough…I’m almost ready for a snack! ha!
In my topic request post, many of you asked for more from Matt. He has agreed to write a weekly post on a topic of his choice! Here’s the first of many: thoughts on getting your partner to eat healthier.
Matt On Food
I’ve seen some questions from blog readers generally directed towards me that ask, “How can I get my husband to eat better?” Well, I have some suggestions, but I may not be the best person to give this advice. See, I’ll try any food. ANY food. And I like a lot of different foods. Don’t get me wrong – like most humans I adore the flavors of salty and fatty (not as much sweet though). But I also recognize how much better I feel when I eat a variety of foods.
If only it were easier to convey that feeling that you get from a healthy lifestyle. Diverse diet, filling meals, mental and physical activity, and satisfying accomplishments equal a very enjoyable life, but I really don’t know if you can make somebody experience that. I think they really have to try it themselves. Still, I do have some advice for anyone who has trouble eating well, particularly the stereotypical male who believes a meal isn’t complete without meat, and the only vegetable they eat is potatoes.
The way I see it, there are three main problems people like this face:
1) They have a stigma against eating food that is labeled “healthy.”
2) They believe that “healthy food” isn’t a complete, filling meal.
3) They believe (sometimes rightfully so) that “healthy food” doesn’t taste good.
Let’s talk about the first one because it’s the easiest. Flat out, it’s just immature. You can tell them I said that. I really have no tolerance for people like this who completely close their mind to new ideas. It makes me so angry that I’ve just decided it’s better for my well-being to just let these people kill themselves and not worry about it.
However, there are a few people who fit into category 1 who have had negative experiences with healthy food, and that’s a little more forgivable to me. I’m talking about when Grandma boils nasty collard greens in a pot for an hour and turns them to a sulfuric, grey mush. Who could possibly enjoy food like that? I think people like this fit into the other two categories.
A lot of men feel that a meal must have meat, and that somehow, if you don’t have meat with a meal it’s not going to be filling enough. That’s crazy talk. But I do have some suggestions if this is the kind of guy you’re dealing with. First, you have to prove to them how filling a vegetarian meal can be. Might I recommend a vegetarian chili? Foods like this are a great transition to appreciating vegetarian meals – chili is still pretty manly, beans are incredibly filling, and best of all you can spice and season it up so that it tastes amazing. The bottom line is that you have to find those foods that are so comfortingly filling that they have no choice but to be satisfied after eating.
And speaking of chili, this kinda transitions into category 3. You can’t take somebody who eats hamburgers and fries all the time and immediately get them to start eating tempeh stir fry. You really have to spend some time on the intermediate steps. Once again, chili can be made so deliciously that you’ll never miss the meat. Load that sucker up with flavorful and savory spices – lots of paprika, chili powder, cumin, crushed and whole black pepper, subtle herbs like oregano… Nothing increases the satisfaction and flavor of a meal like having a complex and diverse number of ingredients. Consider fresh tomatoes, diced in a can, and tomato paste all together in a chili – each brings a subtle variation that rounds out the flavor profile. And for the meat lover, consider using ingredients that have a meaty flavor like Worcestershire sauce, mushrooms, and even liquid smoke.
For an adult, it’s not about tricking them into eating healthy, or forcing it upon them. You have to show them how good the alternative can be. Of course, a subtle reminder here and there about the benefits of eating better might help get the point across! Season well, hard, and often!