a health-full Balance BIG JOURNEYS—LIKE CHANGING EATING HABITS—DON’T HAVE TO BE HARD. FOLLOW THE SENSIBLE, FRIENDLY ADVICE OF FRESH THYME’S REGISTERED DIETITIANS. MEGHAN DAW RD, LDN KERRY CLIFFORD MS, RD, LDN K My mom planned family meals with each food category and on a budget. I thought everyone’s mom packed lunch with a fruit, veggie, protein, carb, and treat. Also, my grandfather passed away from heart disease. When I was in high school, my doctor told me to remember my family history! At Purdue, I turned into a total nerd for nutrition. I was lucky enough to study Sustainable Food Systems in Italy on quality and healthful foods. I knew I’d found my passion. M I was also the girl lucky enough to have her mom pack her lunch. While my friends ate burgers and fries, I had julienne salads and fruit! But I never knew I wanted to be a dietitian. I just knew I liked helping people. I went to college to be a therapist, but I took nutrition classes and a light bulb went on. Years later, I still love it! m I love living a healthy lifestyle. It isn’t just about eating well, but being active, too. I’m not an athlete. In fact, I have no hand-eye coordination, but I enjoy the feeling I get after a workout and I feel better when I eat a well-rounded meal. k Also, it’s rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life, like if they try a new veggie or feel more energetic. k Don’t try to be perfect. We can fall into the all-or-nothing phenomenon. Just take first steps. Try a new veggie, serve a new meal, or try a new activity with friends. m It can be hard to look at the big picture, so start small. Look at your plate. Half should be fruits and veggies, a fourth lean protein, and a fourth complex carbs, mainly whole grains. Master this, then try new foods—but stick to fresh foods and limit processed ones. K It’s not always easy. Food is everywhere! A Cornell study found that we make over 200 food- related decisions per day. I always go back to the idea that something is better than nothing. It’s never too late to make just one better choice! m Ha ha. I always tell people that dietitians are humans, too! I admit I love pizza and desserts—especially lemon bars or pie—but as long as I’m eating well-balanced meals most of the time, then I am on the right track. I don’t like to think of foods as being good or bad. It’s all about moderation. k My favorite thing is ice cream. My sister once told me whenever she thinks I eat too healthy, she will serve me ice cream because she knows I can’t resist. It’s true. My favorite is a two-scoop sundae with Reese’s and raspberries. It’s guilt-free if it’s just once in awhile. m I think taking a few cooking classes or even getting a culinary degree might be fun. k Next on my list is to finish another marathon and eventually qualify for Boston—is that too much? how did you two get started on a lifestyle of healthy eating? Don’t try to be perfect. We can so what would be some easy ways to start? do you ever, you know, screw up? what do you enjoy about it? what’s next for you? me ice cream because she knows I can’t resist. It’s true. My favorite is a two-scoop sundae with Reese’s and raspberries. It’s guilt-free if it’s just once in awhile. I think taking a few cooking classes or even getting a culinary degree might be fun. Next on my list is to finish another eventually qualify for Boston—is that freshthyme.com | September/October 2017 47 046-047 Dietitians Corner_V3.indd 47 8/14/17 11:57 AM