4 Habit Nutritionists Share Their Favorite Food Philosophy
March 31, 2017
With that in mind, and in the spirit of National Nutrition Month, I gathered three of my fellow Habit nutrition coaches and asked: If you could share just one personal eating practice you think would benefit most people, what would it be?
JAE BERMAN, MS, RDN, CSSD
Avoid hangry.“I take actions daily to prevent hangriness. If I go too long without food, my whole day is off–I feel moody and more stressed, work less efficiently, and tend to make poor food decisions. That’s not a recipe for success and it leads to a pretty miserable day. Instead, I make choices and plan ahead to ensure that I eat enough and have food that lines up with my values and Habit Type. I always have two or three snacks on hand that are made of whole, real food–like nuts, fruit, veggies, leftovers… whatever’s easy. I never go far without food so I can avoid hangriness!”
JANELLE CONNELL, RDN
Be a vegetarian for a day each week.“I’m a dietitian, but my six-year-old walks around telling people I work as a vegetarian. I will happily admit that I’m a meat eater, but my Habit Type shows that I do best with more plant-based foods. So I plan at least one meatless day each week. It pushes me out of my boring box of chicken and rice, and into new foods and flavors. Foods that were once an afterthought or a side dish–like artichokes, lentils, hummus, black beans, and quinoa–now become the star! Practicing this at home has made me more adventurous when I go out to eat. I now enjoy all kinds of vegetarian dishes that I never would have chosen before.”
PINA BOATWRIGHTS, MS, LDN, RDN
Listen to your body and enjoy food.
“My nutrition philosophy includes a healthy relationship with food. I live by the principals of listening to my body for signs of hunger and honoring signs of fullness. As a foodie, I’m intrigued by recipes, ethnic cuisines, interesting dishes. I do see food as medicine and appreciate the nourishment we can get from our environment. No meeting or phone call is more important than my 'feeding time.' I keep it simple and flexible, listen to my body, and, perhaps above all else, I have fun with food!”
JESSICA GUTERMAN, MS, RDN