This morning I learned from fitness blogger and coach Deb (at Deb Runs) that March is National Nutrition Month. By the way, you should check out that link because she has some useful ideas for mid-day snacks that won't derail you.
So I found National Nutrition Month site and indeed, while all those Girl Scouts are out there fulfilling your cookie needs, here it is March and time to be mindful about fueling your body. So put those cookies in the freezer!
I am not, not, NOT a registered dietician. Please keep in mind that anything I write about food is absolutely not meant as advice. There are lots of great resources out there about diet (and exercise, too); I am not one of them!
But I do think a lot about what I eat. About two years ago, I cut back seriously on the amount of meat in my diet. Fish, too. I wouldn't call myself a vegetarian, but "predominantly plant based." And with the beginning of Lent this year, I cut out cheese and identifiable eggs (i.e., I will go ahead and eat a muffin but not scrambled eggs) (I told you that I think about this probably way too much).
I had a bunch of reasons for doing it, but I really have to blame some veggie friends who are excellent role models: non-preachy, happy, healthy regular people who avoid turkey sandwiches. (Larry, Ilse, Carolyn, Tamala, I'm looking at you.) Years ago, when I was dipping a toe into meatlessness, Ilse mentioned that she just felt so much better when she didn't eat meat. I hadn't thought about that, but really, she's right.
I just dropped the National Nutrition Month knowledge bomb on Jim, and he was like, "Of course it's National Nutrition Month. It's March." Like he knew. He's been known to make fun of the elaborateness of my lunches (pasta with tomatoes instead of his sandwich). I don't know what he's talking about.
|It's my breakfast - oatmeal with bananas, nuts, flaxseed and cinnamon.|
And about those cookies? I bet a couple in the evening wouldn't hurt. And Thin Mints are vegan, FYI.