Kale has had its time in the nutrition spotlight due to its powerful nutrient punch! Given kale is a hardy, cruciferous green, massaging it can be a great way to help break it down, making it the perfect side dish or base for your next salad.
Saying “no” to the sweet stuff can seem pretty darn daunting, especially when it feels like it’s everywhere!
However, its so worth it! Critically evaluating your sugar intake and minimizing it as much as possible for even two weeks can have significant impacts on your health and can really drive down inflammation.
“Chronic inflammation is fine. Until it’s not. And then it’s REALLY not.”
When it comes to inflammation and our immune systems, there are elements that are within our control – nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc. – and there’s those that are outside of our control – environmental toxins, air pollution, etc. All of these take a toll and add up over time. Think of your immune system like a bucket and each pro-inflammatory trigger is a drop of water in this bucket. Each micro trigger, over time, fills up our immune system bucket…until it overflows!
“Stressed is DESSERTS spelled backward.”
– An ironic truth that has been turned into a refrigerator magnet…
Eating and nourishing our bodies are a part of the human experience. And as a dietitian, I recognize that there are times when not every nutrition choice is driven by physical hunger. For instance, my birthday was a couple weekends ago… you think that carrot cake cupcake (that I look forward to every year) was a response to my stomach growling?? Hard no. Definitely not. That was sheer bliss and an intentional choice to indulge and celebrate. So that I did. And enjoyed every flippin’ bite. But that was definitely not driven by physical hunger.
“Counting calories is my jam. So much fun. Super easy to stick with.”
– Said No One. Ever.
Okay, before I dive in, let me start by saying…counting calories DOES work for some people! So why am I knocking it then?? Because. Rarely does someone count calories for a lifetime. Can you imagine?? How exhausting. And counting calories puts the emphasis on a tiny part of the nutrition picture – food in, energy out. It does not prioritize quality, tuning into one’s body, or enjoying the human experience of nourishing your body. All of which are necessary for long-term weight maintenance.
Americans are hopped up on too much sugar.
This likely comes as no surprise to you.
Perhaps you have even noodled with the idea of cutting back or have already made efforts to limit the sweet stuff in your nutrition plan. And kudos! Definitely not a bad idea. Sugar plays some pretty mean tricks on the body.