Today is the day- the last day I will call myself a dietetic intern! Did I say that?!!
Yesterday I enjoyed the intern life at the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Annual Meeting. RDs and dietetic interns from all over the state come together to attend presentations, network, and share research.
Before heading out, I fueled up with breakfast.
I made warm oats, which I really never make anymore. I like them, but find them to be time consuming to make (lots of stirring) and I get bored of them towards the end of the bowl. This bowl did keep me full for pretty long, so that’s a plus.
At the meeting I got to watch various presentations by RDs on topics like nutrition labels and vegetarian diets. My favorite presentation was by Leah McGrath, Ingles supermarket RD. She discussed the importance of helping clients to not fear the food on their plates and fight against “diet demagogues” like the Food Babe and Michael Pollan who induce fear of food.
I drank far too much coffee.
Something she said that I really liked was along the lines of “nutrition is a science, not a belief system.” We so often get caught up with the perfect ways of eatings and demonize foods while ignoring the science. While I don’t think we need to totally take the emotion out of eating, I do think it’s useful to know the science. That way we can recognize that “chemicals” in food are in such small amounts that we don’t need to fear drinking almond milk with the teensiest amount of titanium oxide. (Titanium oxide is a mineral that is used for whitening, FYI.) Most of us recognize that foods like unicorn frapuccinos are not “health foods”, however, do we realize that our bodies can use the carbohydrates and fats found in the drink for our benefit?
Lunch was a great mix of flavors- salad, pasta salad, waffle chips, berries, and a roast beef sandwich. The bread:meat ration was a little off for me. What ratio do you like? I’m a middle person. I want more middle. Oh, but the brownie hiding in the corner was very good. Just so ya know.
During this meeting, I thought about how the nutrition is constantly changing. Part of the reason I love the field is because it is evolving- however this can be frustrating for RDs and for consumers. For instance, many RDs find it difficult to not recommend limiting intake of eggs, because for so long eggs were thought to raise cholesterol. Now, the research tells us something different: dietary cholesterol does not impact serum cholesterol.
Lucky for me, it is all interesting, and I’m excited to follow all of the evolving research. But remember- most of our bodies don’t need research to tell them what’s best. We were built with that mechanism if we allow ourselves to listen!
For example- my body was cravings eggs last night, so this was the perfect dinner:
So good. That’s it for me today…
What’s you body craving this morning?