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If you know my backstory, part of my journey to becoming a nutritionist was struggling with and finding full recovery from an eating disorder that lasted nearly a decade.
And I don’t say that I “overcame” an eating disorder, because that would imply that I beat it– that I overpowered and out-mental-muscled it.
Instead, I found that in my recovery, what brought me the furthest the fastest was becoming curious the anxious and strong beliefs in my head. Rather than trying to stifle them or drown them out, I cultivated a good relationship with food by day-by-day being curious about whether or not those limiting beliefs about food and my self-worth were actually true.
Because when I tried to embody everyone else’s advice and repeat it to myself– “just eat,” “fat won’t kill you,” “you look beautiful,” there was an old, primitive part of me that wouldn’t agree with the logic I was trying to stuff in my head.
There’s a big difference between “knowing” and actually EMBODYING positive food beliefs that brought me to a healthier and happier place.
And while I know that you might never have had a clinical or diagnosed eating disorder, our society– with all of the wellness fads, low-carb crazes, and diet books and — creates fertile soil for food “rules” to flourish like weeds and choke out the joy of food,as well as inadvertently create nutrient deficiencies and mental anxieties for many women.
I remember a whole rulebook filled with things like:
Can you relate to a few of those? I think most women might.
But, I never got to that place of freedom and vibrant health by trying to follow them. I’m not saying that I now eat just any ol’ thing or that nutrition doesn’t matter… Nor am I saying that I don’t exclude some foods because they don’t agree with my body.
Far from that… but in order to get a truly healthy relationship to food where things weren’t just blatantly of-limits but where I had the CHOICE, I had to look at all the stories I was telling myself about food… and sift through which ones were ACTUALLY true.
When I think about how I unraveled these restrictions and limitations to come to a place where I truly know on a visceral level what nourishes my body, I worked these four questions over and over:
Some of my favorite discoveries when I got curious:
White potatoes (gasp!) actually aren’t terrible for you at all— they are amazing sources of potassium and fiber (when they aren’t deep fried and turned into french fries, though I enjoy occasional bits of those, too, as part of my philosophy of Nourishing Joy.)
Cheese isn’t the instant fat balloon I one thought it was and, as a flavor accent, actually makes me feel more satiated and less hungry for longer after eating, meaning I don’t have to worry so much about it causing weight gain. And, in the emerging nutrition science world, saturated fat isn’t actually the villain we once thought it was(shocking, I know, but science is proving more and more that it’s been wrongly convicted)
Cooking with oil isn’t a death sentence. With the right oils, it can elevate the texture and crunch, leaving me feeling more satisfied. Plus, the right oils (think: olive, coconut, avocado), the fats actually nourish your brain.
I hope you give your food beliefs a good once over as you enjoy this recipe.
REAL foods is one of my frameworks and core nutrition beliefs… for many reasons, the real versions of most foods are what our bodies are meant to eat and eating more of these high-quality, higher fat and calorie versions actually means we feel more satiated and nourished.
This is the perfect early summer recipe for a night in, watching The Crown on Netflix or as an easy app for friends coming over for an evening laughing and sipping rose beneath the backyard twinkle lights.
These real-food, nourishing new potatoes are crispy and savory, accented by just the right crumble of toasted parmesan cheese sprinkled atop. Plus, thyme is a potent brain-boosting herb, containing carvacrol— a molecule that helps your brain produce feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin!
1 lb. new potatoes
olive or avocado oil (I use a spray version for even coating)
2 tbsp thyme leaves, stripped from stems & roughly chopped
salt + pepper
3 tbsp finely shredded fresh Gabriel* or Parmesan cheese
* Gabriel is a traditional Irish hard cheese very similar to Parmesan that I used in the original recipe and if you can find it, it is delicious! But Parmesan should work just as well!
With an unexpected combo of creativity, positive psychology education, and neuronutrition on-lock I'm here as your nutritionist + wellness guide to help you nourish your mind and body, so you have the energy, focus, and confidence to go for your biggest dreams.
My mission is to equip creative women like you with the nutrition knowledge and wellness strategies to make sure you get to seize every opportunity for success + joy.
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