Welcome to my blog! I've spent a lot of time this afternoon trying to decide what the initial post on this blog should be about as it potentially sets the tone for the blog and the site for the rest of time. Or it's just a post some people will read and some people won't. It's a lot of pressure, is my point. Ultimately I decided that the best way to start off is with a confession, so here it is:
There was a cake at work today, and I had some.
That's right, the dietitian ate a slice of cake, icing and all. The nurses we're just as shocked as you are. I didn't feel guilty about it. I like cake. I also like cookies and donuts. I used to like ice cream until my body stopped producing lactase enzymes; now I like it from afar.
There is often a lot of preoccupation with what we put into our bodies, often times to the point of deprivation. We like to think if we can put foods into categories "good" and "bad" then this whole healthy thing will be easy. But there are no bad foods, everything you eat will provide your body with something it needs. That piece of cake I ate provided my body with carbohydrates that helped fuel my brain and kept me alert until I could take my lunch break.
The problem comes when we overindulge and lack variety in our diet. That's why nutrition education and learning to listen to your body are so important.
So if you go to a birthday party this weekend, have some cake (a small piece)! And have some ice cream for me.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.