Monday, March 21, 2011

Food, glorious food

I met the nutritionist today. I brought her my food diary of all that I have consumed since she called me last week to set up today's appointment. She went over all the meals and snacks, and said she wanted to work with what I would normally eat, but just "tweak" the preparation a bit to make it healthier.

It sounds like it's almost all about vegetables. "Eat your vegetables!" I could almost hear my mother's voice in my head as the nutritionist talked about adding veggies to just about everything I prepare. Guess one cannot eat enough of them.

Reminded me of a mom of three I knew a long time ago who used to add broccoli and spinach to the milkshakes she made for her kids. Yucko, I say. But she was determined to get vegetables into them one way or another.

And the solid white albacore tuna I eat? She said the white tuna contains more mercury, because it has been eating all the smaller fish...chunk light is much better for you.
I had heard that before but basically ignored it . Don't care for chunk light, but I suppose I can get used to it by adding lots of crunchy vegetables.

A lot of what she said made sense, and it was stuff I knew: one should choose whole grain pasta, brown rice, wild rice, no butter (substitute olive oil), limit meat consumption, get reduced fat cheese and lowfat dairy and the list goes on and on.
I do buy whole wheat bread, but..

Well that's all for now. Nutrition 101 will continue.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

you might look at the book "eat to live", it's mostly vegetables and very healthy. d#1 does that and she feels so good. i try but mostly fail but i do like the light tuna better than the white! ha ha

smiles, (and hugs), bee

Patti said...

Thanks, Bee. I will look at that book ~

betty said...

I had a friend who used to put grated carrots in her baked beans. Delicious!

Barb said...

I do eat lots of vegetables... usually 4 at every dinner, except when it's Italian.

I don't eat my Fancy Albacore Solid White Tuna in water enough to worry about it... maybe twice a year. I'm a chicken and fish gal. I only occasionally eat read meat.

If it weren't for those dirty rotten carbs - it's the carbs that get me - I'd be thin and fit as a fiddle!

I also grate carrots into anything I can get away with... I love carrots!

big hugs xo

Dianne said...

Jessica Seinfeld has a fantastic book about making puree of all sorts of veggies
how to mix them
store them
and then what to add them into

one of my favorites is using the cauliflower puree in meatloaf
it makes it moister

I also tried carrot puree in brownies and it was delicious

I wish I could remember the name of the book, I gave it to my DIL but she's Jerry Seinfeld's wife and it's a pretty pink book
really easy to follow