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The Complexities Behind the Simplicity of Well-being

Self care is a journey between your brain’s desire to be healthy and fabulous, and your body’s sense of humor.

Updated 11/2020

As I was jogging on the treadmill the other morning, that thought in the tweet above came into my head so I tweeted it after I got off the treadmill. It’s funny because as we age, our bodies do odd things. Never mind what that means, our odd list is specific to all of us. The thing is, it’s really not all that odd. Our human-ness helps keep us grounded and reminds us that no matter how great we are doing, something will happen to help us keep our sense of humor.

As a dietitian, I remind myself (and my patients) of this as we take the journey of food and lifestyle makeovers. That’s the fun and frustration of taking care of yourself, whether trying to grow personally or professionally. So here is some fun inspiration to embrace all that makes us human while we make the shift to better choices:

1. Fiber can contribute to gas and bloating. Chew thoroughly, increase fiber slowly, drink plenty of water, and wear clothes that are comfortable and you feel confident in while your body adjusts. Read labels and understand that ingredients like sugar alcohol and inulin in large quantities have similar digestive results. Don’t blame fiber if it may be something else. Read labels, and if your symptoms are unbearable or don’t feel right, see your doctor.

2. Garlic and onions (and other foods) can contribute to stinky breath. Floss, brush your teeth, and gargle.

3. Winter, dry, recirculated air isn’t your skin’s best friend. Drink water and eat a balanced diet (all food groups) to stay hydrated and get the nutrition your entire body needs.

4. Trendy diets are a no. Basically, if it sounds too good to be true, or involves odd food “rules”, it’s probably not your best bet. You don’t need to make deals with anyone to make better choices. Follow the science. Eat a variety of foods. Fit in activity regularly, and sleep well.

5. Food is eaten for more than just the nutrients it provides to sustain us. Own it, embrace it, enjoy it, learn more about it from people who know what they are talking about, and manage it.

Welcome to being imperfectly human. Get informed about what your choices do for you so you can enjoy your journey.

By Kim Kirchherr

Global food and nutrition professional focused on health from the farm to the store to the table