I just made it up – I put in hemp oil, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. I liked it a lot but my husband said it smelled like sulfur and wouldn’t eat it. He had the peanut dressing instead.
I spent the afternoon putting together some meal plans and eating schedules for some clients who are working towards specific goals with a time constraint. I know some nutritionists who like this part of the job or find it easy – they say it is like an equation that you put together. Some will do it based on calories or grams of protein or carbohydrates.
I actually find this difficult and I don’t do this for all of my clients (in fact I usually rebel against this – it’s too much like all the other diets that have failed them in the past) but for clients that are working with me for a specific goal, like a role they have coming up, then it is sometimes necessary. And I completely commend them for wanting to do it in a way that is the healthiest possible for their body and mind. I want them to come to me for this, don’t get me wrong here – I am happy to do it. These clients have their priorities in the right place.
But what I always take away from it is that, at the end of the day, it is really hard to tell someone else how to eat. Even for me, who studied nutrition. Yes, there are some truths to nutrition – your body will perform and feel better, be healthier and look better when you feed it a variety of whole foods (namely vegetables, fruits and whole grains). But beyond that, it is really individual. Every body is different. What works for me is not necessarily going to work for you. And what works for you is not necessarily going to work for your husband, or wife, or mom, or coworker, or neighbor. Why are we always comparing our way of eating to someone else’s in order to determine if it is “good” or “bad”? I do it all the time. I read just about every book on nutrition that comes out. And after reading a book, I am completely convinced that I should start to eat in exactly the way that the book outlines so that I can have the optimal health that they describe. So I try it for a while. Eventually though, I remember that there is no one perfect diet – one that is “good” and one that is “bad”. And I remember to take what is helpful about what I have learned, apply it, and leave the rest.
I really believe that true freedom around food can only truly exist when we realize that the only one who can determine what is “good” or “bad” for our bodies is our bodies. And to know that, we have to get to know our bodies really well. We have to listen to the messages our body is sending us, find out what they mean and decide to do something about it.
After I write this, I realize that I am really thankful for the times that I make meal plans for people because it helps to remind me the aspect of nutrition that I am passionate about – helping people to reconnect with their own body wisdom so they can choose a way of eating that really nourishes them and their lives.
CHEEZY HEMP NACHO SAUCE
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield approximately 1 1/2 cups
1/3 cup water
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 red bell pepper, seeded, rough chopped (approximately 1 cup)
1 cup hemp seeds
2 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon chili powder*
2 teaspoons tamari, wheat-free
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. This can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
*My favorite is by Simply Organic
This is what it looked like when it was done:
My husband and I put it over a veggie burger by Dr Praeger’s. We also had some steamed broccoli and some sweet corn (which was not quite up to this Indiana girl’s sweet corn standard but I suffered through it anyway
This was “good” food for me.
Thanks for sitting through my soap box rant!