In other words, Loving Lately‘s slightly less pleasing cousin.
(1) Weight loss and relationships.
This article in Today’s Dietitian gave me both hope and disappointment. It supports (with a very small sample size) my impressions of the success of weight-loss efforts when relationships are factored in. When someone seeking to lose weight has a supportive spouse or partner who is open to to communication about needs and desires related to weight loss efforts, these efforts yield excellent results. It’s so much easier to pitch the refined snacks and fill your fridge with fruits and veggies if your partner is on board.
Unfortunately, I often speak with clients whose other household members, whether intentionally or unintentionally, disregard or even undermine the clients’ efforts. For example, a spouse might bring his partner’s favorite ice cream home as a treat despite knowing said partner is working to lose weight. As you might imagine, weight loss is more difficult to achieve in these environments. And that makes me sad. When someone is trying to lose weight to live healthier or reduce his or her dependence on medication, these changes benefit more than just the client.
There are many reasons why a significant other (or friends or other family) may not support or will undermine a client’s efforts. The bottom line? Lacking support doesn’t mean automatic failure related to weight loss, but efforts will be harder.
It could be so much worse, dear reader. So much worse.
(By the way, we may have been repeatedly misusing the headline-grabbing term “polar vortex”. Snappy, though, innit?)
(3) I swear I know how to knit.
I have three knitting projects on the needles: (1) the sweet little thing pictured in this post, (2) a sweater for Peter, and (3) this.
Knitting requires faith that whatever snarls you may encounter, whatever raw seams offend your delicate constitution, whatever random pieces look like they’ll never add up to a cohesive garment, the final product will be worth it. And then you have this.
I love knitting, but my faith needs a little reassurance sometimes.
(4) These lamb rounds.
We got these back when Bonnie didn’t have much appetite because they were one of the only things she would eat. Now she’s developed a taste for them and will eye the bag longingly between meals (for which she has fortunately regained a voracious appetite). These treats are fantastic and I’m pleased as pickled punch that she gobbles them down.
The problem? They smell like a latrine on a hot summer’s day. In the middle of a sulfurous swamp. Surrounded by a population of people whose diets consist entirely of asparagus.
(5) Discovering awesome juice.
I’ve been craving fruits and veggies lately, likely due to the fact I haven’t been eating enough of them. My recent schedule has been so packed and changeable that my planning has fallen by the way, way side. In a moment of desperation, I juiced up some kale, apples, and ginger.
The problem? While juicing is a fine one-time fix that satisfies and makes you feel “healthy”, it’s a poor substitute for whole, real foods. Juicing fruits and veggies removes fiber, as well as nutritionally-valuable vitamins and other micronutrients. Juices should never be used to replace complete, balanced meals for a long period of time. Where’s the protein? Many vitamins and minerals?
I can see why people go for juices, though. They’re easy, they don’t take a lot of thought, and they make you feel “healthy”. And they’re very popular this time of year, especially among those who feel they need a detox (despite having a body that doesn’t need outside help). Huge industries have been built up around expensive juicing diets. I’ve had people say to me that I’m flat out wrong about detox juicing diets, despite my showing them science-based evidence supporting my statements.
One of the hazards of being a dietitian, I suppose.
If you want to “detox” after the holidays, make it a priority to eat more fruits and vegetables (like I will). Check out quick and easy recipes packed with veggies like the ones on this page. And if you have trouble incorporating more produce into your diet, chat with a registered dietitian. We want to help. Trust me.