You Do You!
“Healthy” is a label that’s thrown around everywhere, but did you know it’s actually highly subjective?
Take walnuts, for example. Amazing little nuts loaded with omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin E, and more. Many label walnuts as healthy – and they totally sound it, right? Unless you’re like me and walnuts trigger anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
Healthy is Subjective
The Nutrition to Fit philosophy centers around the concept that “healthy” isn’t the same for everyone. We all need to honor our bodies and our minds by making health-enhancing decisions best for us individually. Whether there are food allergies, intolerances, sensitivities, medical conditions, cultural or religious backgrounds, financial constraints, or more, health is something that you can own and customize to fit your life.
Health is More Than the Food on Your Plate
Part of this means recognizing that nutrition is just one small piece of the picture of your health. Your health is impacted by soooooo many other things, including sleep, stress, career, family and relationships, finances, mental health, emotional health, physical movement, and more. Aiming to balance a more complete picture of health in these areas is a more caring way to own your health, compared to obsessing over the food on your plate.
ENJOY your life! (and the foods you eat)
Oh yeah, and that food on your plate? 100% should include foods you love, including dessert! (Yes, seriously.) I’m all about focusing on foods that make your body feel good, energized, nourished, and your absolute best. But sometimes this all means making (and eating) s’mores around the bonfire with friends. Sometimes it means happy hour with your colleagues after work. Sometimes it means birthday cake for your birthday (or ice cream cake, or pie, or cookies, or whatever floats your boat). All of that is okay – food nourishes us physically, but there’s a certain beauty in having freedom with food that allows you to just live.
This goes for any aspect of health, too. Hate running? Don’t do it, there are plenty of other ways to move your body – find something that you enjoy. Filled with dread and anxiety heading into work everyday? Maybe it’s time to polish up the resume and start perusing other opportunities.
The decisions you make in life typically impact some facet of your health. It’s so important to make choices authentic to yourself, honoring your values and needs. This life you’re living isn’t a dress rehearsal – it’s the real thing, and you need to empower yourself to feel and live the best for you!
Be Present. Be Aware. Skip the Fear. Accept.
Even with food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities, you absolutely can still enjoy your life, and the food you eat. Same with chronic inflammatory conditions, disabilities, or anything else that life has dealt you. You don’t have to live in fear or frustration. Give yourself some grace. Accept yourself as you are – there is nothing broken about you. Don’t get caught up trying to live someone else’s best life; empower yourself to live vibrantly for you.
Find Health and Nutrition to Fit Your Life
Ultimately? The mission of Nutrition to Fit is to help you feel and live your personal best, no matter what. 🙂
Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, CLT is a dietitian and certified LEAP therapist who focuses on mindfully managing food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities. Often featured in widely-known publications, she is a nationally-recognized nutrition expert. She operates a virtual private practice working one-on-one with clients, in addition to her work as a nutrition/ wellness blogger, recipe developer, and freelance consultant with food brands and other companies.
Lindsey is credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and State of Florida Licensed Dietitian/ Nutritionist. She has completed addition trainings to also receive certifications as a Certified LEAP Therapist and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Prior to starting her own practice and nutrition/ wellness blog, Lindsey worked in clinical, long term care, and community/ public health. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (B.A. Music), University of North Florida (B.S. Nutrition & Dietetics), and completed some graduate coursework and her dietetic internship through the distance program with Utah State University.
She currently lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and toddler. She loves spending time with her family, outside, or in the kitchen having fun making new recipe creations!
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