This is mostly about the crazy idea I had to compete in a triathlon to distract me from an injury that was giving me an identity crisis and trying to put a downspin on my otherwise healthy life, with a little healthy, wholesome, nutritious eating thrown in too.

Check out this post for a little background about my injury. If you really want the details I wrote all about my stinky feets here: Part 1 and Part 2. Hopefully there will be a Part 3 one day with a happy ending 🙂

The Dinner Table Scenario

For some reason when ever I meet new people, the question of “So, what do you do?” always comes up while sitting around the dinner table.  Whether at a restaurant, a cookout, a friend’s house…it’s always the dinner table.  That may not seem relevant, but when your answer to that question is “I’m a dietitian”, the asker inevitably glances down at your plate, then looks you over, then responds.  More often than not, the questioner says something to the likes of: “Should you be eating that?” or “Don’t you practice what you preach?”.

What do I say you ask? “Yes, I should be eating that!”, and “Yes, I do practice what I preach” (although I’m not admitting to preaching here:)).  Most of the time I eat healthy foods. But I also eat what I want to eat, and enjoy each bite of it.  It’s all about balance and moderation, and figuring out what strategies work for you.  Here’s an honest account of how I try to find such a balance in my life.

I love to eat, and I love to eat real food. Real, healthy, food. This is how I fit healthy eating and exercise into my life. Anybody can eat healthy, it’s just about figuring out what works for you.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Email me at rungirlrunn at gmail dot com

Or ask here!

I’d love to hear from you!


17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Whole Body Love  |  January 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    There are far too many people that see healthy as all or nothing. Moderation is key! I love your outlook.

  • 2. Kelly  |  January 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for posting on my blog so that I could find yours! I totally agree with what you said! I am a nutrition manager and i get the same thing! I feel like people always judge my food choices and at first it used to both me…now I just laugh and try my best to educate people that eating is not a bad thing….

  • 3. sarah (ghost world)  |  January 10, 2010 at 8:32 am

    hi!! thanks so much for stopping by my blog! love reading about the training . . . i’m so impressed that you swim for XT. i’m excited to also be doing the tobacco road half — should be so much fun! do you live in the triangle??

  • 4. Caitlyn (Letters from the Oasis)  |  January 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    YES!!! eat eat eat!! REAL FOODS! = a plant, or something that once ate a plant… that’s what I classify as “real.” If it was “made (manufactured) in a plant”…. it’s not real! 🙂 that’s kinda my way to classify “real” food. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • 5. Katie  |  January 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Balance and moderation! Amen to that!! Love your blog!!!

  • 6. FoodEffort  |  January 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    You’re absolutely right, it’s about moderation. It’s amazing how many people think they have to completely do away with the things they like to be considered healthy.

    Like you said you just have to find what works for you.

    Love the blog, you’re doing a nice job with it.

  • 7. Rosey Rebecca  |  January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Love this! 🙂 Thanks for the comment on my blog!

  • 8. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)  |  January 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Hey Heather!!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! The first sentence above totally sucked me in 🙂 Downspin=story of the last 2 years for me. I love your header!!

  • 9. fitandfortysomething  |  January 31, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I love your philosophy on eating! I have been in similiar situations and it really bothers me!

  • 10. BostonRunner  |  February 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I trained for a triathlon to distract myself from injury too! It worked great and I ended up finding something that I really love!

    Great blog title/header!

  • 11. kbwood  |  February 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    love your outlook girl!

  • 12. amfeldmeyer  |  February 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Love what I am reading!! Great thoughts! 🙂

  • 13. Jules  |  February 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for your comment on my blog 🙂 I totally agree with your philosophy about moderation and healthy living. Love it!

  • 14. lauren (athlEAT)  |  February 24, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I really like this and feel the exact same way. I am healthy most of the time, but it is about balance and enjoying some treats every now and then. 🙂

  • 15. trialsoftraining  |  February 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    ha! I’m also an RD – I completely understand the “dinner table” scenario. oof. we need a code-word for Dietitian!

    Love the blog!!

  • 16. musingsofthegranolagirl  |  February 26, 2010 at 8:55 am

    What a great philosophy on health! 🙂

  • 17. feerlessfood  |  March 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I love your message here and I completely agree! Just wanted to let you know!


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