We’re back with Part 2 of Get to Know the Dietitians behind Simply Nourished.
In Part 1 of Get to Know the Dietitians behind Simply Nourished we talked about how some health conditions each led us to a real food lifestyle and we shared our favorite foods. Today we’re going a little deeper and sharing our biggest food-related challenges and our top tips for enjoying and maintaining a real food diet
If you’re a little late the party, no sweat (and WELCOME!), here’s the short version of the backstory:
Stacie and I started this little passion-project/food blog almost 6 months ago with a mission to make the world a healthier and more delicious place with our easy real food recipes. And we think we’ve done a pretty fine job of that.
We are passionate about what we do and we pour ourselves into everything we do here at Simply Nourished. Each recipe is created with purpose and with you in mind. Short and sweet ingredient lists and basic cooking techniques to help you spend less time in the kitchen. Wholesome ingredients to help you nourish that beautiful body of yours. Seasonal recipes that feature the freshest most nutrient-dense foods available to help you stick to a budget and honor your internal seasonal rhythms. Healthy treats to satisfy those cravings without compromising health or flavor. It’s all about you. Except for today. Today it’s about us!
So let’s get started!
Q: What is your biggest food-related challenge at the moment?
Jessica: Feeding a family. I won’t lie. There are days when as an entrepreneur, private practice owner, food blogger and Jane-of-all-trades that feeding myself, let alone other people, can be challenging. My life is so full (in so many good ways) that if I don’t take the time to plan what we’re going to eat for the week, shop for it and do some prepping on the weekends I’m a real food wreck – stressing and scrambling at the last minute to put a wholesome meal on the table just isn’t how I want to spend my time so I make sure to have a plan (albeit a flexible plan) each week and I don’t beat myself up if I have to serve pancakes or tuna salad for dinner
Stacie: For me at this moment, my biggest food related challenge is skipping meals or going too long without nourishment leading to unstable blood sugars and…cravings!! Yes, you heard me, this dietitian skips meals which sometimes resulting to a jar of almond butter (I’m a nut butter addict) and a spoon and that feeling of being out of control. Note: I’m working on forgiving myself when this behavior occurs. Forgiveness is key!
Ever since I’ve become self-employed, creating a schedule and a routine has been a challenge for me and has greatly affected my meal timing. When I’m so focused on a project I have a hard time stopping for fear of losing my train of thought. Does anyone else struggle with this? In fact, as I type this, it’s almost 2:00pm and I’ve consumed a green smoothie, 1 cup of coffee and a few spoonfuls of tahini. I promise, once I answer this question I’m headed to the kitchen to make myself a delicious lunch of fried eggs served over roasted veggies and a side of sauerkraut.
I do have to say that my erratic eating behavior is becoming less and less of an occurrence. I’m currently working on creating a routine (within reason) that works for me. I know that when I have routine, I feel more balanced, more in tune with my actions, I nourish my body in a way that makes me feel really good and I’m much more productive.
If you have any other tips on creating routine, I’m all ears!
Q: What’s your #1 tip for eating a nourishing real food diet?
Jessica: Eat as close to the earth as you possibly can. Meaning eat foods in their whole, natural form rather than highly-processed and packaged foods that are often devoid of nutrients and filled with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Start by making a simple meal of grilled meat or fish with roasted vegetables and something raw and crunchy like a salad dressing with good-quality olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Using basic cooking techniques, flavorful herbs and spices, good quality proteins and fresh produce are key. There’s no need to get fancy or complicated. Don’t compare yourself to Food Network chef or your favorite restaurant. Just eat simply whenever you can.
Stacie: Choose single ingredient foods. The first step you should take when transitioning to a real food diet. Your diet should be made up of almost all single ingredients foods. Foods that don’t necessarily come with food labels. Foods like organic and fresh produce (maybe even from your garden or farmers market), farm-fresh eggs, meat from a local farmer or sustainably sourced fish. These foods are not only nourishing but support a healthy environment.
Now I understand that not all of the foods you consume will be single ingredient foods and that you will mostly likely have a few packaged food staples (I sure do). So with those food items, I recommend that you ignore the tactful marketing schemes on the front of the package and ALWAYS read the ingredients first so that you know exactly what you’re putting into your body. Rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce an ingredient or it looks as if it should belong in a chemistry class, it’s probably best to put it back on the shelf and walk away.
Q: When you’re not in the kitchen or blogging, what do you like to do?
Jessica: I’m a self-proclaimed Jane-of-all-trades and master of very little. I’ve always held this romantic notion of a simple life in my heart, ever since I was a little girl baking sourdough bread with my dad and growing a tiny vegetable garden alongside our suburban ranch-style home in Minnesota. So for me, a lot of my leisure time isn’t really leisurely, rather it’s spent working in the garden, tending the chickens, fermenting, canning and preserving. These things give me purpose and feed my soul even though the work can be hard at times, depending on the season.
Outside of my little urban homestead fantasy I enjoy skiing, yoga, running, hiking, splashing in cold mountain streams with my daughters, knitting and other crafty DIY projects and lying in the hammock on a warm summer night just listening to the breeze in the trees and dreaming up new recipes for all of the good things growing in my garden.
Stacie: Ha…when I’m not in the kitchen or not blogging!? Most recently, that doesn’t happen too often. But thankfully, I’ve been blessed to be able create a career around my passion doing what I truly love day in and day out. My husband, Shane, has been such a huge supporter and I couldn’t be more grateful for his support. He’s continuously encouraging me to keep on this journey of entrepreneurship because I’ll be honest, there are definitely days I want to ‘throw in the towel’….but no worries, that’s not going to happen…no way. Those thoughts are usually an indication that I need sleep!
Back to answering the question. I’m a big believer that experiences are much greater than ‘things’. Living simply is how I choose to live my life (less stuff, more life). Creating and taking part in experiences that bring me joy, good energy and that make my heart happy is oh so important to me. Some of my most favorite activities that create feelings of joy are spending time with friends (most likely drinking too much coffee–you ladies know who you are!), trying to keep up with Jessica in the garden (I have a lot to learn-thank goodness I have a gardening expert business partner!), family walks with Shane and the pups on our country roads, peaceful early mornings on my porch, hiking or simply being in nature, and last but certainly not least, spending time at my families cabin in northern Minnesota where there are no cares in the world, lots of fish to catch and it’s complete with peace and quiet….it’s pretty much heaven.
Now it’s your turn! Please introduce yourself in the comments below and tell us what you’re your biggest food-related challenge and what activities feed your soul.
To see what we’re up to during our everyday life, follow both of us on Instagram. Follow Jessica @jessicabeacom.dietitian and Stacie @staciehassing.dietitian. We’ll see you over on the IG where we’re getting real and sharing the real food love!