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Wellness Wednesday

Be Kind to Yourself, Be Kind to Your Food

Dish with cutlery

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I remember once telling someone at the gym that I liked edamame (a popular Japanese soybean snack), and she looked at me completely horrified. She explained that edamame is an “anti-nutrient.” As someone who works in the nutrition and wellness field, I find myself frustrated that some health enthusiasts use fear and restrictions to push a one-size-fits-all approach to eating. While their hearts are in the right place, there can be a fine line between well-meaning advice and nutri-bullying.

I’m not a registered dietitian, but after recently attending a conference geared toward those who are, I have a renewed appreciation for healthcare professionals who are dedicated to making the healthiest and safest decisions for their patients. While different nutrition trends and popular diets were discussed during the sessions, there was an overall theme that we’re all unique, and there is no one plan that will work for everyone. As someone who has struggled with weight for years, I’m understanding more and more that building a healthy lifestyle is a constant learning process.

Remember, you don’t have to give up the foods you love (barring any medical conditions). You don’t have to spend hours making all of your own condiments with “approved” ingredients (unless you enjoy that). Life is stressful enough without having to worry about edamame.

What about your meal plan makes you feel good? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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