And this is the reason I never give a ‘calorie recommendation’ to my clients (despite the fact that I get asked regularly!)
If we truly want to learn to eat normally, we must learn to first recognise the cues our bodies are giving us and then learn to trust them
Which means eating when we are hungry (even if it means eating more today than we did yesterday)
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
I’ve been struggling with the drive and motivation to be creative with my passion: nutrition. One of my favorite things about summer is gardening - it’s relaxing, and so cool to watch something grow from nothing. I planted seeds and have neglected for majority of the summer this year. Today a friend reminded me to never lose my passion. .
Every year I try to grow something I haven’t before. I planted quite a few seeds and forgot what they were... this years surprise: EDAMAME 💚. .
I’m really trying to refocus here and respark my passion. Anyone else ever feel like they’ve been in rut in their passion/career, etc? Let’s talk! For now my focus will be seeking recipes to use all these lovely beans 😍
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OK, so there's this whole debate over the safety of eating / drinking sassafras.
Sassafras is a traditional ingredient in real root beer. The roots, leaves and twigs of the sassafras tree have been consumed for a very long time.
But the plant contains a chemical called safrole.
The FDA banned safrole in 1979 after lab rats fed massive amounts of the stuff developed cancer.
So there's a lot of debate over exactly why safrole / sassafras was banned.
Some say it really has to do with the fact that safrole is also used to make the street drug MDMA (Ecstasy). Sassafras oil, bark and root all contain high amounts of safrole. I would avoid these completely.
Sassafras leaves, however, have barely any safrole.
The leaves are "generally recognized as safe" per the FDA, and still legally sold.
Ever hear of file (fee-lay) gumbo?
File powder, the main ingredient, is just dried powdered sassafras leaves. And you can make easily make your own!
Three different leaf shapes on the same tree - an oval, a mitten, and a three-lobed leaf. Leaf edges are smooth, no teeth.
Read up on sassafras. It's an interesting plant with a lot of culinary history.
And if you ever make gumbo from your dried sassafras leaves, invite me over OK?
Not the best pic because of mood lighting 🌟 This meal was legit one of the best meals I have ever had. Chilean sea bass over roasted broccoli with microgreens and tomato/white bean puree. I am never disappointed here 😍😍😍😍 Sea bass is so rich and decedent with a medium firm texture and almost buttery even. Belly is sooo happy. Started with arugula, fennel, plum, and hazelnut salad. Delicious and nutritious Friday night 🌟✅
Isn’t there something fascinating about watching things being made?
We were lucky enough to see these tiny cherry lollies being made recently (and they start off a lot bigger than this!)
#foodappreciation comes so much easier when you see the work that is involved in producing it
And if you’re able, take your children as often as you can to learn about how food is produced. It provides so many valuable lessons (and may even help with any #fussyeating )
What do you like to see being made??
More kebabs tonight! I fired up the grill juuuust in time to get rained on but it turns out it was worth it. Tonight we had Mediterranean-inspired AIP chicken w/ artichoke hummus, cukes, and kalamata olives for momma. My husband is half-Greek, ergo kids are a quarter Greek and somehow I’m the only one that likes kalamata olives 🤷🏻♀️. I’m realllllly loving @meatified right now for recipes (and her food photography is so on point. So go on over and check her out. Apologies for blurry second pic - I need a new phone! #aip#paleo#dietitiansofinstagram
FIKA TIME! ☕🍰 Have you heard of fika?
Fika is Swedish for a coffee break. It's not a grab and go, burn your mouth while skulling your type of break.
It is a time to slow down and embrace the moment. It is quality time. .
And, there's usually a sweet involved (winning!) .
Today, in the middle of sight seeing I went to a cafe, ordered a coffee and carrot cake and embraced this social phenomenon. I savoured every mouthful and felt very Swedish 😄
It seems time I introduce myself and explain why I started this account.
Hi. 👋 I’m Claire. For the past 13 years I have been working as a Clinical Dietitian at Vancouver General Hospital where I provide nutrition (usually tube feeding) to critically-ill and acutely-ill patients, and care for patients who require long term tube feeding at home. I have always loved my job and cherish the role I play in my patients’ healthcare. If you’re interested in how I developed my passion for a more natural approach to tube feeding, read on.
Time to be brutally honest- for the first 9 years of my career, I didn’t support the use of real food for tube feeding. More accurately- I truly didn’t know anything about the use of real food for tube feeding. No one had ever told me that there were alternatives to commercial formula. Not in university (U Maine), not in dietetic internship (U Michigan) and not at VGH.
Something changed for me about 4 years ago when I had lunch with a lovely tube fed gentleman at the OLEY conference and I started down a path of blenderized tube feeding learning, research, and experimentation. I will elaborate on that chance meeting in a future post.
For today, I will say this- there is not one optimal diet for tube feeding. For some, commercial formula is best suited, while for many others a blended diet provides unmatched benefits. I tell my patients all their options for tube feeding, including the choice to have blended food as an alternative or adjunct to commercial formula. Those who opt for blended food need information, guidance, support and inspiration. I hope that Natural Tube Feeding with provide exactly that.
Has your perspective on tube feeding changed? I’d love to hear how.
Stepping up my snack game with these No Bake Fruit and Nut Granola Bars🥜🍒
Homemade granola bars are one of my favorite things to make. Why? Because they are super easy, quick, healthy, and you can change up the fruit, nuts, and chocolate depending on what you’re feeling 😏. For this one I went with dried papaya and mango, pepitas, and almonds and it was almost like eating a candy bar, minus the artificial sugar and plus a whole lotta healthy fiber, fats, and nutrients 🤗
To make: Heat 1/4 c coconut oil, 1/4 cup almond butter (I used @justins), and 1/4 + 1 T honey over medium heat until simmering. Allow to cool. Stir in 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups oats, 1/2 cup chopped almonds, 3 T chia seeds (I used @suncorefoods), 3 T pepitas, 1/4 cup dried mango (chopped), 1/4 cup dried papaya, 3 T dark chocolate chips (or more if desired). In an 8x8” baking dish lined with parchment paper, press in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight before cutting into bars. Store in refrigerator.
Happy Friday!! It was a heck of a day over here, but here it is- the end of the week! I hope you have a weekend as delightful as this Mexican iguana soaking up the hot sun! ⠀
Top 5 things I miss about our #honeymoon in Cabo: iguanas, iguanas, iguanas, Oaxaca cheese, and iguanas. ⠀
#Weekend plans anyone? For those in Sac I highly recommend trying Canon restaurant! ✨BTW…This is not an ad, I’m just on the quest for healthier options when eating out ✨
I had the pleasure of meeting Canon’s owner @claynutting last week as we were looking for a delicious and healthy restaurant for a night out. They had so many healthy options that we needed a bigger appetite to try all their dishes, but we did a pretty good job trying. All their plates are meant to be share and portion sizes are very reasonable. Posted my review and suggestion on the website.
Clickable link on bio ☝️
Vegan soy burgers with an avocado and rocket salad with cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and caramelised onion hummus. 10 minutes to prepare (right up my street) and a low-carb vegan meal. Coincidentally, I’m actually going to Marbella this weekend and here I am with my low-carb meal. What are your thoughts on ? What effect do carbohydrates have on your weight? Public health guidelines recommend a high carbohydrate diet but a low-carb diet has been recognised as being safe and effective at least in the short term by influential organisations such as @diabetesuk and has been shown to be an effective weight loss tool. What are your thoughts on a low-carb diet? Does anybody follow a low- or moderate-carbohydrate approach?
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This might be my fav marketing piece I’ve done for our new website launch next month in @lcpscafe....definitely a learning curve building a new site on the backend, but we are doing it and can’t wait for everything to be finished because right now, our site is looking like a hot mess in the interim 🙈
I am sooo happy to be in my bed after a busy couple of weeks moving, packing and working 😴 #shattered
I had planned to unpack and bulk cook a few different meals to put the freezer tonight ❄️ but instead have decided to light my smelly candles and just chill 💜💤
Life can get so busy at times so it’s important to take time out every so often to just stop and relax, and we should never feel guilty for doing so #LookAfterYourself
Does anyone else make a smoothie bowl, eat the top layer with all the goods then put the rest of it in the freezer to later put more toppings on it and do the same thing till it’s gone? 🤣 #trusttheprocess
While eggs are a source of Vitamin D, no foods compare to a dose of sunshine!
Check out the article from Dietitian @vickima_dietitian to find out why it’s important and what to do if you suspect you’re a bit low!
Link in bio 👆🏽👆🏽
When planning our trip to Norway, we found out one of hikes we wanted to do was a 10-12 hour hike. 😳 Without the proper gear, we passed on that plan. .
However, we did a solid 4 hour hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit) Rock which clearly provided this gorgeous view of the Norwegian Fjords close to Stavanger. Sharing this experience with friends was another plus!
With the seemingly never ending climb up, after about 2 hours it opened up to a 1,982 foot view over the Lysefjord. Highly recommend!
Thankful to be surrounded by this awesome group of dietitians this year for our Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Executive Board. Being Pres is easier when passionate professionals are engaged and advocating for our profession and the health of all Georgians! It's going to be a fantastic year.
🍎RxRD Nutrition + 🏋️♂️ @urbanmvmnt
Looking forward to joining Lululemon Southpark tomorrow from 12-4pm to talk nutrition! Come see me for your chance to win a free 90-minute nutrition consultation🍎🍒🍉🍓🍌🍊🥑🥥🥕🍗
Test your skills on our “Rethink Your Drink” board. Do you know how much sugar is in your drink? 🥤☕️
Urban MVMNT will be showcasing their new functional movements classes. Come get a sweat in with them! 💦
Pineapple cauliflower fried rice inspired by @glutenfree.followme 🍚 🍍I used @traderjoes frozen cauliflower rice which made this super easy to whip up. Full of broccoli 🥦 carrots 🥕 peppers 🌶 this dinner is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants perfect to get the weekend started on the right foot 💫 ⭐️ Happy Friday everyone! ✌️✨
Having trouble meeting your veggie quota for the day? Try replacing noodles for spiralized veggies! Tonight I made vegan pad Thai with spiralized sweet potato and it was so good! Getting all your veggies in isn't always easy, even for dietitians. Finding simple swaps like this can help ensure you're getting your recommended servings in ✔
I don't know about you, but this is the time of day when I start getting HANGRY! 😠 Double tap if you can relate.
When that snack craving strikes, instead of reaching for refined carbs, like chips or cookies, choose a nutrient-rich snack to fuel your body for the rest of the afternoon.
Roasted Edamame is a salty, crunchy snack that provides a hefty dose of protein and fiber to help keep you full and satisfied... and it's really easy to make! Try the basic recipe shown here, or experiment with different spices...the possibilities are endless.
Why not make up a batch this weekend for healthy snacking next week?
Lots of us have skin problems, and I do too.
How many days were spent in google searching for skin remedies, home-made masks, anti-acne creams and so on... we've all been there. Eventually you just feel like giving up, because nothing helps. ⠀⠀⠀
Pimples and acne mostly form because of an unbalanced lifestyle, hormone disbalance or bad skin care routine. ⠀⠀⠀
There is one food though that can magically help you to clear your skin. It's lettuce. You probably even have it at home right now. It's cheap and easy to prepare.
Eat 1-2 cups of chopped lettuce every evening with your meal and you will definitely notice a good result in a week! ⠀⠀⠀
My every day lettuce salad recipe:
- 1-2 cups of lettuce - Can also add tomatoes/cucumbers
- Olive oil to taste
- Spices of choice
Mix and enjoy! ⠀⠀⠀
✨ Q ✨ : Do you struggle with skin problems: acne, pimples, blackheads etc. ? Was there something that helped you to clear your skin?
My super cheesy face when I finally get back to the 45s for dumbbell chest press. 🏋️♀️
I'm starting to get excited since I was at 55s right before my car accident. I had a shoulder tweak back in May, so I stuck with machines and lower weights for a few months. - - - -
I started with 30s to feel out my form and build up some self-confidence. Got to the 45s and put them up for 2 sets of 8. Boom. 👊
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Anyone else have a mini conversation with themselves to get pumped up and in the zone? Sometimes I talk out loud and forget since I'm wearing buds 😳
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#swiperight for my "get pumped" song. It varies from hard rock to violin covers haha.
What gains did you have today?
Left overs for dinner 😍
I was working late today so had left overs ready for when I came home to save me from having to cook something.
• Spinach and ricotta tortellini (wholewheat pasta would be a good, fibre rich option otherwise)
• Homemade sauce - olive oil, garlic, oregano, mixed herbs, basil, tomato purée and tinned tomatoes. Making sauces from scratch means you can avoid the added sugar and salt so many pre-bought sauces contain 🍅
• Roasted aubergine and courgette (my favourite veggies 😍)
• Reduced fat cheddar 🧀
• Salad leaves