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Christy – Clarifying

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Just want to clear up about the pizza comment I made in my last post – that pizza has “no nutritional value”. The pizza I am talking about is the pizza that you normally get when you go out which is usually a lot of white bread (crust) with greasy cheese, a small swirl of tomato sauce, and a sprinkle of veggies. I think we can all agree that this is not the healthiest option. Tasty, yes. Healthy, not so much. Am I saying I never have the unhealthy kind? No. But I don’t have any delusions that it is good for me.

I am not referring to the pizza that you make at home or a more gourmet option with lots of great toppings and good quality ingredients (which mine happened to be last night, though I didn’t know it would be when I was planning my day). Clearly these types have more nutritional value than what I described above.

I also want to be very clear that in this blog I am not laying out a diet that anyone should follow. I am simply sharing what I am eating and products I am researching.

Actually, I don’t believe in diets. I believe the best way to eat is the way that works for you, your body, and your lifestyle – the way that makes your feel the happiest and the healthiest. Every body is different; there is no one way of eating that is right. And I don’t ask any of my clients to do what I do. My goal is to help them find a way of eating that works for them and makes them happy while at the same time improving their health.

What I do works for me. I feel great – I feel satisfied and happy, and it keeps me healthy which is what I want from my food. So someone else might look at it and think it is “strict”, but I don’t experience it that way at all. I feel like I have a lot of variety and I never put any foods off limit to myself, I can eat whatever I want whenever I want. But I am also nutritional counselor, so of course I am going to have an eye towards the nutritional value and the quality of what I eat, it’s the nature of the biz.

Point is, I am sharing my experience and my opinions. If it helps, great. If not, then that’s cool too. I am happy if my experience gives you ideas or inspiration as so many other blogs have given me. But in the end, I am sure you know what is best for you.

Christy – So. Much. Pizza.

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Last night we had plans to meet some friends for his birthday at a pizza place. I love pizza and don’t have it very often (because of the lack of any real nutritional value). So I was really excited to have a reason to indulge.

Whenever I know that my day is going to include a meal that is either high in calories or low in nutritional value (or both), I plan the rest of my day to be really healthy. This is definitely not a time to skip meals! It is a time to make sure that I have lots of good fruits and veggies to balance me out.

So for breakfast I made a smoothie with Vega Protein powder, berries, spinach and 1/2 banana. And then headed to the bookstore to do some research for a client.

When I got home, I made a salad

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While I was making the salad, I had some leftover broccoli soup that I heated up on the stove (picture of it from a couple of days ago because I forgot to take a picture this time)

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Then I went on a hike at Runyon to take in some of the fresh green air.

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After that, it was time to get ready and head to dinner.

We went to a restaurant called Pitfire Pizza Co. It is a really cute, family friendly environment with big open booths and the pizza chefs cooking in the ovens right in front of you. You go up to a counter to order and then they bring the food to you. It was classy though – not like a fast food type place. And the service was really great, everyone was very friendly and attentive. We ordered a couple of chopped salads and a total of 5 small pizzas for the 6 of us (there was a little leftover that the birthday boy took home)

We ordered 2 of their Big Sur pizza which had shrimp, tomato, garlic, red chile and lemon on it. I would not typically like pizza with shrimp on it but this was amazing. Lots of flavor and a little spicy.

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We also got a Burrata Pizza with burrata cheese, tomato, arugula, caramelized onion, hazelnut and a pesto drizzle. This was my choice. And I think I might have been the only one who enjoyed it. Oops!

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The other two were a sausage pizza which I missed taking a picture of and a more traditional pizza that had basil and garlic on it.

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The garlic was roasted in cloves and spread easily.

I am not sure what was my favorite – they were all so good! I ate enough pizza to keep me satisfied for a while.

Love the restaurant – if you are near it and like pizza, check it out.

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