I enjoy Dr. Blitz's references to food to make his point about pointy shoes. As a nutritionist, I did just the opposite in a new book about food...I used fashion to make many points about food. The shoe cornucopia pictured on my cover is likely better for your food than it is your feet! Please check it out: The Food That Fits: A Guide to Mastering Your Food Style
Upon my arrival at the Madison airport the first thing I saw after exiting the plane was a restaurant with the name Wurst. I sent my husband a photo of the Wurst logo and his response: Wurst is best. Wisconsin (WI) does have some interesting food claims to fame.
My “to do” list for my trip to WI where I was born and bred consisted of many things including where I wanted to shopand what I wanted to eat.If you don’t already know about my inspiration for writing my book, two of my life loves (shopping and food) were united and they continue to unite even when I travel! My list in detail:
Anthropologie, Title Nine, St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop, Madison Farmer’s Market
Friday night fish fry, Taco pizza, Rocky Rococo pizza, squeaky cheese curds
Are you curious as to how a nutritionist approaches the topic of eating while traveling and not just any type of travel but a trip to the homeland where food experiences and food memories began?I invite you to step inside my food-fashion-psyche and come along for the ride.
My observations in no particular order:
My mom is 82 years old and has always been the thinnest person in my family.I realize now that my mom is evidence of the “eat less, live longer” lifestyle and if I ate exactly what she ate every day, I would be the second thinnest person in my family.
I have only visited WI twice in the past decade and because the food list above is only available in WI, I felt it was practical to prorate my calorie indulgences across ten years.The point of interest for all travelers is to weigh how often you travel against how indulgent you allow yourself to be when you travel.These two points should be inversely correlated – if you travel a lot, than you don’t have room to be highly indulgent OR if you don’t travel often, you can approach your eating with more flexibility and indulgence.
Some foods were as good as I remember them to be, but others were glorified in my memory more than they proved to be in reality.
I consistently found that I needed much less quantity of any item on my food list than what I would have normally consumed at a prior time in my life while living in WI.
I exercised every day.
My shopping finds can be summed up with the popular wedding custom poem.Something old:a straw bag with wooden handles AND a HOBO International wallet from St. Vincent’s Thrift store for a total of $3.65.Something new:Printwork scarf from Anthropologie (item no. 20659793).
Something borrowed:two pieces of art I drew as a child that my mom saved which I plan to frame.Something blue:me…..it was the single nicest week I have ever had with my mom.We walked, talked, laughed and cried….and, we fully embraced our time spent shopping and eating together.
This fashionable 16 ounce water bottle by Starbucks is the latest addition to my list of food-related favorites. Starbucks product label touts a few promotional pluses that agreed with some of my "must have" checklist when contemplating how to justify buying another portable water bottle: made with recycled glass, no plastic or metal taste, silicone sleeve for soft grip, leak-resistant lid and bottle/sleeve are dishwasher safe. Allow me to run down my list of why you might consider finding this product and making it one of your favorites too:
It actually fits in the beverage holder in most cars
It allows me to see the tasty cold beverage of choice (Tazo Passion Iced Tea, another favorite)
No built in straw thinga-ma-jiggy that only serves as a breeding ground for lipstick and bacteria
It has a handle that can be used with a carabiner clip
It makes a great gift for under $20
It could serve as your solution for never buying plastic bottled water again
The fill-top is 1 1/4" wide making it easy to add crushed ice, sliced lemons/limes/oranges or a slightly thicker consistency smoothie (nice option for people who like a smoothie on the run)
The silicone sleeve (obviously) protects the glass from breaking
It comes in two colors to match your wardrobe (wink, wink)
I did notice that it appears to be out-of-stock @ Starbucks.com. I purchased mine at a local Starbucks and hopefully you can too. This model is not the model that was recalled in 2010 due to laceration hazards. This glass bottle can help you meet your need for fluids (function!) in a design that is eco-conscious and practical (form!). Did I mention it comes in two colors to match your wardrobe (fun and fashionable!).
Envison the following scenario & consider if this sounds like a familiar conversation in your household:
Q: What are we having for dinner tonight honey?
A: I thought I would grill some plain chicken breasts with a side of brown rice.
R: Well, honey, my mouth will be watering all day at the thought of this meal. I will be sure to get home early for this one. Ho-hum. Yawn.
Not only does this meal lack any color, it lacks any sensory excitement whatsoever. What happens to your brain waves and your salivary glands when I suggest adding any of the following food accessories for a splash of panache?
The culinary options are endless whether you decide to take your cue from the Food Network and make your own or if you decide to purchase prepared products with healthy ingredients. Sauces, condiments, rubs, infusions and marinades take plain food and give it some personality. These food accessories represent the scarves, hats, purses and jewelry of the fashion world...food bling!
Think about the flavor profiles you seek when you order food from a restaurant menu and look for similar recipes or products that you can use with your food at home. Spread pesto on your chicken breast before baking. Add a dollop of mango chutney to your rice and stir. That's a menu that will leave you and your family excited for dinner!
People have a strong tendency to begin a new diet on a Monday. And, people also partake in hibernation calories in anticipation of the deprivation that lies ahead. Hibernation calories can be defined as the stock piling and consumption of calories that one consumes before the diet begins on Monday.
Have you ever found yourself getting sucked into this Monday Mentality? Let me know if any of the following statements sound familiar to you:
The day got off to a bad start, so I figured "why not blow the whole day?"
Breakfast was good and lunch wasn't so bad, but then the afternoon cravings set in and it was downhill from there.
Monday was great, but by Wednesday my willpower was waning.
All of the prior statements leading up to: the week was awful, I'll start (again) on Monday!
First, let's be honest with ourselves about how damaging the hibernation calories can be. Eating everything your lips and hips desire can cause rapid weight gain before you have even begun.
Second, the major difference between how dieters and non-dieters eat is awareness. When someone is on a diet, they pay attention to what they are eating and whether or not it is following the suggested diet protocol. When someone isn't on a diet there are no rules to break and you can allow yourself to eat whatever and whenever you want.
My fashion twist on this topic: dressing without thinking might equate to a day of sweatpants, an over-sized flannel shirt and a baseball cap. These may be fashion conscious choices for some, but for others it may be what you wear when you don't want to be bothered. This, of course, is very different, than dressing with awareness around what you want to look like, what you want to wear and factoring in your environment for the day.
Lastly, and most importantly, is how we can benefit most from these earlier points. If you get off track with your eating whether it be with a food, a meal or a day of less-than-perfect choices, don't wait until Monday to get back on track. Start with the next food you eat, the next meal or the following day. Take the magic out of Monday Mentality and you will no longer be a slave to this unproductive mindset. Start eating with awareness now!