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Are You Existing on Party Food?

Every day, sometimes, and party foods. Let’s discuss.

Updated 11/2020

What if #FOMO meant a fear of missing out on feeling better and achieving some of those health goals you have set for yourself?

I am about to unlock the “secret” that will help you eat whatever you want.

It’s called “timing” and “portions”.

I used to do supermarket tours all the time.  We’d have ~1.5 hours to get through the entire store and “the need to know info and a tip” for each of the five food groups. As we would tromp past the cakes and cookies, some of my sassier classes would say “gee, Kim, why aren’t we covering this area (giggle giggle)?” So we would stop and cover it (I kind of loved when this happened.) My answer:

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“It’s not your birthday every day, so you don’t really need to be buying birthday cake every day. Today we’re focusing on what you need most of the time, and PS yes, on your birthday, there is absolutely a way to work that slice of cake right in.” (smile)

Me 😉

And there you have it – the “entertainment”, or “party” food concept.

Consider that decadent foods loaded with calories but limited on nutrients might taste way better and be enjoyed way more if we left it for game day, the holidays, and yes, our birthdays.

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Today could be the day when you decide that following MyPlate sounds like an easy way to plan meals and snacks that taste good, are interesting, and have the mix of nutrition we need on a daily basis. You know, the “every day” foods.

Maybe it’s the day when you say “no thank you” to the unplanned 500+ calorie whatever that just popped up wherever you are, or perhaps it’s a “yes, please” followed by an adjustment or portion control tweak to the rest of the day’s intake to accommodate that choice. You know, the “sometimes” foods.

The choice is up to us. Every day. Every meal. Every snack.

Who’s going to be your health role model? What if it could be you?

By Kim Kirchherr

I am a dietitian working in food and fiber (agriculture) through retail, addressing opportunities to make things better for people and planet.