When I became a Registered Dietitian in 2006, anxiety wasn’t on my radar as a consideration when working with clients. But during the decade from 2007-2017 the U.S. saw a staggering increase in people suffering with anxiety. 18.1% of the adult US population now struggles with an anxiety disorder, making it the most common mental health issue. More than a decade into my career, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients who identify anxiety as a primary health challenge.
Last week I had a meltdown under the pressures of caregiving, single-parenting, co-parenting, moving, traveling, and entrepreneurship. (The privilege of my list of trials makes the shame of temporarily loosing my shit feel even heavier.)
Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? While I’m sure there are some odd folks out there who don’t care for that combination, everyone in my household goes crazy for the peanuty, chocolatey, amazing goodness that is this snack.
Humans struggle with addiction. We can be challenged by behavioral or substance addictions, or both, which manifest in the brain in nearly identical ways. Why is addiction so common and how can we work to overcome our susceptibility to excess?
The most frequently dispensed advice from nutritionists and doctors regarding diet is: “everything in moderation.” But what happens when it’s clear this approach isn’t working for so many in our society? It’s time to reconsider moderation.
In our home, we try to not consume processed foods. But let’s be honest, sometimes that’s hard — especially with kids. Enter (the Ella-named) Cashew Coconut Yum Yum Balls. They’re perfect for an on-the-go mini-meal or snack. I love having one alongside an entrée salad for a light lunch. Or I’ll have one after dinner if I need a little something extra. They’re even a nice substitute for dessert. Ella loves one as a snack or a couple with a piece of fruit for breakfast.
Guilt is a powerful emotion. Guilt can creep into our lives, stealthily permeating every interaction we have. The guilt we continually carry can trigger stress, overwhelm, anxiety, and depression. We’re enculturated to feel guilt about everything we’re not doing right, about everything we should be doing.
I took the month of July mostly off from work. I did a few client sessions, and posted a recipe or two, but mostly, I enjoyed time with my family and friends. During this time I did a lot of thinking about new directions I’d like to take personally and professionally — it was an incredible luxury and I was able to see some subtle signs of inspiration.
Summer is the perfect season for copious salad consumption. We eat some type of salad with nearly every dinner and frequently with lunch or breakfast, and this entrée-sized salad with lemon tahini dressing has become a staple.
Basil pesto is one of those summer condiments that I crave all year. It’s perfect hot or cold and is a simple delicious way to add a ton of flavor with very little effort. This version of basil pesto is vegan and paleo as I swapped nutritional yeast for parmesan cheese.