“The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This quote sums up my reason for being a Registered Dietitian and captures my passion for nutrition. At a young age I saw the power of nutrition through a family with diabetes, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism and then my own diagnosis of diabetes. Nutrition is POWERFUL and if we don’t take care of ourselves then what is the point in investing in anything?

That said, make today count for your health and I will to!

Multi-vitamin, vitamin D, fish oil
1/4 cup steel cut oatmeal
cocoa powder to taste
1 tablespoon of organic, natural peanut butter
White tea

Morning snack
Small apples

My appetite was of all sorts this morning. I ate breakfast 2 hours earlier than normal and I could tell. I choose an apple as a snack because I knew the fiber content would help hold me over to lunch.

Grilled chicken salad
1/2 cup of chili

Lunch could have came an hour sooner! I was so starved I burnt my mouth eating the chili. I think this is an issue with a lot of consumers. We have midday meetings and things come up and we push back our meal time. I know I ended up eating more than normal because of how hungry I was. All in all, I try to eat around the same times every day and I try to eat the same amount of food. This is a good practice for people with diabetes.

Afternoon snack
1/2 cup frozen yogurt and peanut butter
1 dark chocolate

I am not recommending nor shunning sweets. This treat was perfect for my craving and burnt mouth. I enjoy dark chocolate almost daily! What is your special treat?

Dinner (meeting) for the Chicago Dietetic Association
Greek salad
3 ounces of peppered lemon chicken
1 cup of steamed broccoli
Water with lemon

Pumpkin seeds