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How to Win your Personal Food Fight

There are some super easy and effective things you can do in support of your health.

Updated 11/2020

Seems like almost everyone has an opinion on what to eat.

It’s kind of exhausting to deal with (unsolicited) comments from “everyone”. That doesn’t mean we need to make choices to keep them quiet. Our choices are about us. Not them.

“Dammit Jim, I’m [NOT] a doctor” (Star Trek reference, obviously). I AM the type of dietitian who pays attention to what I see and to what people are telling me. then I work to come up with a plan to take action.

Here are a few things that seem super simple and yet are ridiculously helpful in your quest for self care, well-being, and frankly, feeling better. They won’t draw a bunch of unwanted attention. Unless you want them to.

  1. Wash your hands. You take antibiotic use seriously. So do this because it’s literally one of the easiest ways to help reduce the spread of germs and disease. It’s been shown to reduce respiratory illnesses by 21% and diarrhea by up to 40% yet globally only about 19% of people wash their hands after using the bathroom.
  2. Read the menu ahead of time to pick options without an audience.
  3. Make it a game to see if you can eat a seasonal fruit and/or vegetable every day.
  4. Make it a game to include a different protein each week.
  5. Take one hour a day for fitness and well-being.
  6. Allow time for meal planning and preparation.
  7. Streamline your social media. Following negative things or people that don’t bring you happiness or helpful insights have got to go.

All of these things can be easily streamlined into your daily routine.

Which will you try first?

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.