USA USA USA!!! The World Cup is now going into the second round and the US team is advancing! It is exciting for us Americans. It is also inspiring to see these athletes and their perfect physiques. Sometimes after watching a game, I imagine that I too can run at such speeds and with such agility. It will inspire me to go for a run, but as I hit 0.2 miles, I am sorely reminded that I am not a professional athlete. I am tired and thirsty, really thirsty. It is 100 degrees here. I am motivated to make it home quickly to grab the ice cold glass of...What do you drink when you exercise? What do you keep on hand to hydrate with?
I am not sure I will ever truly understand a man's love for bacon, but you can guarantee this father's day celebration will not be complete without it. This post is dedicated to my father and husband, the best fathers I know, who absolutely love bacon.
What's for dinner? If I am going to cook, I have to have a plan. Each week, I map out meals and from those meals, create my grocery list. I select meals that are realistic based on my work schedule and our plans for that evening. I typically deviate from the list at least once or twice a week. This is our meal plan this week:
What is your meal plan this week? Get planning.
My sister has suffered with migraines for most of her life. It is such a frustrating and at times, debilitating condition. Most people have certain migraine triggers, that if known, can be avoided and help decrease the frequency of headaches. However, trying to identify your migraine triggers can feel like finding a needle in a hay stack! Migraines are multi-factorial; it will rarely be just one trigger. We do know that something you are eating could be contributing, and the culprits are sneaky.
Here are some foods known to trigger migraines:
#1 Tyramine or phenylethylamine, amino acids (which are proteins) found in chocolate, aged cheeses (cheddar, blu, Bre, and hard moldy cheeses), soy, nuts, citrus fruits, and vinegar (red and balsalmic). Also, watch out for happy hour! Alcohol contains Tyramine in high quantities. Red wine, sherry, and beer contain the highest levels.
Menu Review is where I translate the complex organic chemistry, nutritional biochemistry, and medical nutrition therapy knowledge into a practical "what to do when you end up out to dinner" guide. Let me be clear, these are not perfect meal choices for all people, and this is not medical advice. This is a guide to help you not feel lost, overwhelmed and defeated next time you step foot in a restaurant. Eating out does not have to be unhealthy, even at a place known for their decadent desserts!
I cannot think of a better place to being this journey than at the Cheesecake Factory.
Friends, welcome (and maybe welcome back)! A few years ago, I blogged here and there for my nutrition clients, but I plan to be more consistent this time around and weigh in on the waves of nutrition fads as they come and go. If you eat, this blog will be for you. I love food, and I want to talk about it with you. I love helping others understand healthy eating because food is delicious, nutrition is confusing, and marketing is powerful.
My training and education include a dietetic internship at Yale and my bachelor's and master's degrees in human nutrition. I have worked as a clinical dietitian doing nutrition support in an ICU, as a diabetes educator in public health, and in private practice helping clients achieve their personal goals. I have written for newspapers in the US and around the world on nutrition. However, the most challenging thing I do is apply all this knowledge to my own daily routine.
We can talk nutrition all day long, and I can know what essential nutrients are and how best to consume them, but when my child is screaming and I haven't been to the grocery store in a week, making a good decision becomes much more challenging. Thoughts of phytochemicals, micro-nutrients and appropriate calorie allocation are far from my thought of "make this child stop screaming." I hope this blog helps moments like these. Food is so much more than physical health; it is at the center of our social lives and often closely tied to our emotions. I hope this blog helps you learn to greatly enjoy food.
Our bodies are gracious, they are meant to be our temples and not our god. I want to journey with you as a mother, sister, and friend, and I hope we get to enjoy life with lots of delicious food.
I have fun plans for menu reviews of common most frequented restaurants, product reviews and giveaways, and a monthly recipe from my best friend and fellow dietitian who is a much better cook than me. In addition, I hope to demonstrate how traveling and eating out can still be nutritious and delicious. Abrea Nutrition is back on the world wide web, and I hope you will join me. May the journey be rich and creamy, sometimes light and refreshing, and at times a little spicy.
Disclaimer: this is not medical advice. I am not your doctor. Nutrition is not one size fits all and many conditions exist that may make your nutirtion guidelines different. I will discuss different diseases for discussion and information's sake but never as your medical authority. None of this is meant to be medical advice.
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