By Mairead Rodgers, RD PHEc
The number one thing people want to know when I tell them I’m a dietitian is what the perfect diet is.
The second thing they want to know is what I eat.
Do I eat ice cream? Do I eat carbs? Do I follow a paleo/keto/vegan diet? Do I eat this, that or the other food?
So I’m here to break down more or less how I eat for you, to answer these questions and hopefully help you find less stress in your own food choices.
I don’t cut out any foods specifically. I don’t put an emphasis on one food or kind of food being more important than any others. I don’t get hung up on eating perfectly. I don’t follow a specific “diet”.
I do eat three meals a day and at least two snacks. I eat these meals and snacks when I’m hungry, or just when I can if life gets in the way. I don’t have a set time frame for when I can or can’t eat. When I’m hungrier (like heavy marathon training), I eat more. When I’m less hungry (like rest days), I eat less.
I make a point to get fruits and vegetables in at most meals and throughout the day in my snacks. I don’t panic if I don’t have them but I know I feel better if I do. I try to have protein at meals and snacks too because it keeps me fuller longer and helps my muscles rebuild after training and workouts. I know I’m hangry without it and hangry is never good. I use healthy fats in cooking, or top foods with avocado when they’re on sale. I’ve also been known to eat a mouthful of peanut butter off a spoon with absolutely no regrets. I try to pick higher fibre carb choices, and make sure I do have some carbs to fuel both my workouts and daily life.
I eat ice cream and pizza. Not all the time, and I enjoy the heck out of them when I have them. I also eat kale, chickpeas, quinoa, and smoothies. Probably slightly more often than the pizza and ice cream, but I enjoy these foods all the same. To be quite honest, I don’t really eat mushrooms. Not for any nutritional reasons, I just don’t like the texture.
I hope what you get from this is that I aim for moderation and low stress around food. There’s nothing extreme or crazy different about the way I eat, and it’s probably surprisingly common-sense.
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