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RD Times Three

Have you ever wondered what a dietitian eats? What about three of them?

If so, you're in luck! I reached out to my favorite running buddies and dietitians Kathleen and Virginia to show you guys their versions of healthy lifestyles too!

Although we have a lot in common, we all have slightly different situations that contribute to what we eat and the groceries we buy:

  • Kathleen lives at home with 3 siblings and her parents.
  • Virginia lives with a roommate (in their new home!).
  • I live with a boy (I recently had to start buying meat!).

Whatever stage of life you may be in, we hope you can relate. Having 3 food and nutrition experts dishing on their daily meals seems like the best way to make nutrition accessible to everyone. We hope you will find inspiration for your own healthy eating goals. We hope you will realize dietitians are people too and sometimes we drink diet soda and eat cake! We hope you will take things we eat and incorporate them into your own healthy lifestyle.

The more healthy eating blogs I find, the more I read about hemp seeds, vegan, vegetarian, super organic this and that, Paleo, gluten-free and every other food or diet "trend" you can think of. While we are not against any of those things, us three RD's have no dietary restrictions (so no medical reason to avoid gluten), we are active (exercising at least 5-6 times a week), we are on a budget (let's just say we aren't celeb dietitian status), we have a lot of nutrition education (Master's degrees), and believe all food groups can be enjoyed (even dessert from time to time). We hope to share a normal, meat eating, no elimination diet (except sugar sweetened drinks of course!), real life, not breaking the bank, get out and exercise, daily lifestyle that we intentionally create day in and day out. Won't you join us?

Let's start by checking out what Virginia ate Sunday.

I started with delicious and creative Hash Brown, Egg White Nests from SkinnyTaste and rounded the meal out with some fruit with a dollop of Marzetti cream cheese fruit dip.

For lunch, a salad is often a go-to and this one did not disappoint. Salad with mixed greens, apple, craisins, cherry tomatoes, almonds, blue cheese, chopped onion and Ken’s Light Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette salad dressing.  In my opinion the key to a good salad is chopping it up using kitchen shears b/c it helps mix it up and makes it easier to eat. 

Afternoon snack:  Fruit and fruit dip (leftover from breakfast)

Dinner: {not pictured} Whole wheat spaghetti noodles with meat sauce (made with lean beef) + side salad (mixed greens, bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, light Swiss cheese (chopped) and light thousand island salad dressing.

As far as exercise and hydration:
I ran 4 miles and walked my sister’s dog for about 20 minutes  (it was so hot!)
I probably drank about 4 liters of water throughout the day and a vitamin water zero.

I had coffee with breakfast and 2 diet cokes throughout the day…lots of caffeine, but we are keeping it real here! Gosh I drink a lot during the day…doesn’t seem like THAT much until I write it down!  
Sometimes we don't realize how much we eat and drink until we actually have to tell someone else about it which is why I would recommend keeping a food diary every once in a while--just to touch base with reality!

Food intake contributed by Virginia Anderson, MS, RD, LD. Keep checking back for more from Virginia!

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