If you ask people what a dietician does, I am willing to bet that 95% will tell you that we are all about weight loss. To tell the truth, in private practice, weight loss is our bread and butter. But there is so much more we can do.
This week is the last week of Heart Month, with World Heart Day on the 29th of September. The number of people worldwide who die daily from heart attacks and strokes is alarmingly high. The sad thing is that most of these deaths can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
My almost-7-year-old son was sitting with me when I was planning what to write for today's article. I asked him what I should write about and he very enthusiastically told me "Sushi, Pizza and Macaroni Cheese"!
A few weeks ago I received an email from Sharron Dingle at Hirsch's Fourways which, as a regular attendee of the Business Networking Meetings, is something I receive often. But this one was different. This email had an invitation attached to it. An invitation to attend the Grand Opening of Hirsch's Hyde Park… as a blogger! I still consider myself a newbie. Still finding my blogging feet. And I wasn't sure that a dietician's blog could add much value to the opening of a new Home Store - a shop that sells appliances and furniture. But I was up for the challenge and thrilled to have been invited. So, I accepted the invitation and waited for the day to come, thinking all the time about what I could contribute.
Happy Easter! If you are like me (and I now that I am not alone!), Easter is a time for pretending that you don't like chocolate nearly as much as you actually do. As a dietician, I often try not to tell people what I do because then they will:
- Start to feel guilty about what they are eating and try and hide their plates from me
- Very self-consciously start picking what they eat very carefully
- OR… They will start scrutinising my plate!
It is a pity that this is not a travel blog. I have nothing but good things to say about The Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, South Africa. We were busy for 4 days, visiting view sites and waterfalls and rock pools. We even went panning for gold in Pilgrim's Rest. In a nut shell… Fun!
But this is not a travel blog. It is a food and nutrition blog. So, I thought I would share our camping menu with you.
Was it 100% healthy? …No
Was it 100% practical? …I would say almost
Did we eat well? …Yes
Did we enjoy our food? …Yes!
Growing up, my Dad was the cook when we went camping. He is well known for his amazing camping breakfasts. They are not fancy. In fact they are as simple as breakfast comes.
Eggs, bacon, tomato, maybe some mushrooms and of course… fried toast!
Nothing beats a simple egg breakfast when you are sitting outside in the fresh air, cooking on your gas cooker and trying to keep everything warm. It just tastes better with a dose of good clean air. We will snack on fruit while we are waiting for the eggs to cook.
This typical breakfast fry up is a MUST when you are camping. It wakes you up, warms you up and gets the day off to the best possible start. Yes, there is too much fat, but we only live once and if you can't enjoy a fry up when you crawl out of your sleeping bag on a camping trip, then when can you?
Of course, you should probably skip the bacon, and add more veggies, and boil or poach your eggs, but where's the fun in that. We were camping after all! I needed some creature comfort.
I always seem to over estimate how much food we need for lunch. Most often we have some leftover meat from the night before, so that what I had planned is just too much. So, for this trip, I simply planned to eat the left over meat and top off the meal with some cheese and biscuits and some baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and cucumber. It worked tremendously! We still had too much food, but I don't have a problem with bringing home the left over cheese and using it in the meals for the next week.
Here is an opportunity to get creative. Looking on Pinterest before planning my menu last week, I came across some fantastic ideas. But they mostly needed a bit of preparation. I really didn't have much time, so I stuck with the basics. A balanced meal of protein, carbohydrate and salad. We grilled our meat on the braai. We wrapped our baby potatoes and mielies in foil and placed them on the coals. I chopped up the salad ingredients (no lettuce because it always freezes and becomes soggy and useless!). And voila! We had satisfying meals that kept us all happy.
This is where the wheels really fell off! We ate far too many potato crisps and pretzels and not enough fruit. We were pretty good about the chocolate on this trip… We brought most of it home!
Snacks I would recommend (as a dietician) would be: fruit, nuts, lean biltong, and raw veggies with hummus. That wouldn't have been well received by my boys, though. So I put the professional side of me away for a few days and indulged!
It was a fabulous weekend. The view was spectacular. The weather was perfect. And the food was delicious.
All in all… A great success!
My husband and son are not big fans of dips, but I went ahead and made this one for lunch with a platter of veggies, crackers and cheese. It is zesty and delicious! They both enjoyed it.
This has got to be the quickest meal to prepare! It is surprisingly tasty and super easy to make. Perfect for a night when you don't have time to cook, but want to spare the budget and eat a healthy meal.
I have been practising as a dietician since 1999, so I feel that it is safe to say that I have a fair amount of experience under my belt. I have been in the privileged position of helping people to achieve their health goals, by guiding them towards making better food and lifestyle choices.