As a dietitian, there is not much I enjoy more than speaking with someone about their food choices and discussing ideas to make small changes to reach their health goals when they are really interested. On the flip side, there is not much I enjoy about talking to someone when all they want is for me to validate nutrition myths they have heard or think I can just “give them a meal plan on the spot”.
The challenge: You or someone you know wants a free & quick answer for a nutrition question but is frustrated when the answer you receive isn’t applicable to your life. However, you or your friend isn’t able or willing to invest the time and money for a qualified professional to provide a personalized answer.
The solution: This post shares some free tools and resources that you can access to get answers to frequently asked food and nutrition questions. If you have additional questions on how to apply this to your life or think that meeting with a registered dietitian would be beneficial, click here to find a qualified professional near you.
Q: “I have no idea how many calories I NEED TO EAT, just tell me what to eat”
Q. “I have no idea how many calories I EAT, I ate X-Y-Z yesterday, how many calories is that?”
Q. “Is ______ [insert specific food or brand]______ good to eat?
Q. “How can I get my son/daughter to eat better?”
Q. “I would eat more fruits & veggies if I knew hot to prepare them – can you tell me how to buy and prepare ________?”
I know most of you fall somewhere in between the above two scenarios: you have a nutrition question or interest, but you either don’t need in-depth counseling, can’t afford the out of pocket expense, or don’t have easy access to a registered dietitian nutritionist. Let me know what else would be helpful to see here! What is your favorite food and nutrition resource? Link to it in the comments below to share!
While the title may be a bit dramatic, it’s also pretty accurate when you think about how it can apply to your life & MEAL PLANNING. A key to succeeding at any goal – be it a strategic business goal or a personal health & wellness goal – is to have a SMART goal that acts as your PLAN. “I want to be better at planning my meals” is more of a desire than a goal. A SMART goal around meal planning would be “I will prepare at least 5 dinners this week from food on hand, eating dinner out no more than 2 times”.
Where you are in your meal planning and where you PLAN (not want) to go will guide your specific next steps, here’s a few things to get you started with your plan:
Ironically, I was invited to present “Meal Planning Strategies” at a worksite earlier this week. In preparing for my presentation, I let my meal prep portion of my plan slip. The night I came home from the presentation I had to go with a back-up plan and re-work the rest of the week to be sure nothing went to waste!
Some of my most favorite meals have come about as a result of needing to rely on staples or leftovers for a back-up plan. What is your favorite or go-to “back-up meal”? or is it a drive thru ;)
Mash banana and thoroughly mix in the next 3 ingredients, as well as honey if using. Add in the oats and chips, mix and cover. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to make forming the bites less stressful!
1 large or 3 small bites prepared as above will provide 100 calories, 4g fat, 13g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 3g protein
I'm a busy mom with a passion for sharing practical advice to help you live the healthy and balanced life you envision. Warning: the information is evidenced-based, but the delivery will often contain humor!