Preferences, availability, lifestyle, health concerns, beliefs, and personal goals all impact an individual’s food choices. So the theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month is, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” Pretty deep huh? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics challenged bloggers to write about what this expression means to them. Alright, I’m game.
To me it means that you can totally melt mozzarella on mushrooms and call it “lunch” when need be. And I’m sure that it’s completely normal to use kale as a vehicle for hummus while you’re studying Nutrition Therapy. The 2013 theme means that if you want your “mac” to be beans instead of pasta, go for it. And who’s going to stop you from eating corn on the cob for breakfast? Nobody, that’s who. You can easily get away with drinking yogurt on the go when you’re out of plastic spoons. And there’s no shame in eating donuts for dinner every once in a while/inhaling a certain pasta that smells like pie crust if you’re visiting Italy.
“Your Way” loosely translated means that there is no shame in pursuing exactly what you want to eat. In fact, just yesterday I returned a chocolate chip cookie because it was as hard as a rock. (These ones are normally are soft.) At restaurants ask for extra (something you like) if you really like them and forgo the (something you don’t) if you won’t miss them anyway. And lastly, it’s not a crime to run inside Kroger, ask for a single chicken tender at the deli counter, and eat it as you stand in line waiting to pay. After all, it’s better than dying of hunger when you’re trying to find your “Plus” card.