Less Starchy Grits #Recipe #RealFoodRD

photo 2Kari over at The Running Lifestyle Show & I frequently discuss nutrient dense sources of carbohydrate for runners. On episode 15, we talked corn, since its in-season over in this part of the world, and I have to admit that a fresh piece of local sweet corn is seriously one of the most delicious indulgences of summer.

While I know corn has a bad reputation because its a starchy veggie and its one of the most commonly genetically modified crops in the United States; the seasonal corn delivered in a CSA box by a local farmer is a whole different animal. In those who are not experiencing digestive issues & are not “metabolically broken,” corn provides awesome vitamin E, B-vitamins & antioxidant phytonutrients to the consumer. Soooo… for a busy runner looking for some extra carbs; non-GMO corn from your local farmer can be a great choice!

While corn on the cob drenched in grass-fed Kerrygold butter is simply divine, it is difficult for the body to digest corn kernals in their whole form, so pulverizing the corn is best to absorb the nutrition. My version of grits is loaded with low calorie, low starch, uber-nutritious cauliflower, but still satisfies the starchy, salty & fatty combination that grits so delightfully entices!

Serve along side braised, grass-fed short ribs, poached pastured eggs or some buffalo chicken. Nom. Who said eating your veggies has to be boring?!

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Less Starchy Grits #Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 150

Less Starchy Grits #Recipe

This pairs perfectly with braised short ribs, a poached (or fried!) pastured egg... and homemade buffalo chicken (that's what I did in the picture below!). To make homemade buffalo chicken, simply place a crockpot on high for 1.5 hours with lean chicken breast & hot sauce.


  • Large head of cauliflower, destemmed & chopped
  • Kernals from 3 ears of corn
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 teaspoon tapioca starch
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon fat
  • Heavy organic whipping cream, to taste (optional)


  1. Steam corn and cauliflower in a pot together until cauli is fork tender.
  2. Drain water and place the cauliflower & most of the corn in a vitamix (or food processor) on low speed. Reserve ~1/2 cup of the kernals on the side, leaving in the pot without heat.
  3. Add butter, spices to the food processor on low speed. Increase slowly to medium speed until blended well.
  4. Remove the mixture from the food processor and return to the pot with the intact corn kernals.
  5. Over low heat, add bacon fat. Stir.
  6. Add in 1 teaspoon of tapioca starch at a time, stirring continuously, over low heat. After adding tapioca starch, remove from heat to serve.
  7. You may choose to top with a drop cream upon serving, if desired. Stir in for a truly decadent, creamy flavor.
  8. And...Enjoy!


17 grams carbs (4.5 grams are from fiber), 9 grams fat, 4 grams protein

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#RealFood Real Fast Salad (A #Recipe & A Google Hangout!)

A few weeks ago, I wrote a simple post on some real food ideas for busy folks who want to reap health without living in the kitchen cooking twenty four hours a day for my favorite site, Girl Gone Sporty!

Because, yes, its possible. I know because I am surriously busy, and even though I wish I could spend every living moment cookin’ in the kitchen, I simply cannot.

Especially since I’m insane & I signed up for a marathon (AGAIN). I really thought after how freakin’ awful I felt after the Philly Marathon last year I was never, ever going to run a marathon ever again. But… I don’t know. I have felt seriously strong & wonderful during runs lately. It helps that I am now living in a new city, & so I am obsessed with exploring & running everywhere!

ANYWAY– back to the Google Hangout. It was really fun to discuss with Laura Williams, a fellow health enthusiast, about her favorite recipes to use when she’s short on time. She has inspired me to keep canned tomatoes lying around. Curious why? Check out the Google Hangout recording here.

Real Food Real Fast SaladSo, during the hangout, Laura & I discussed one of my all time most favorite quick fixes– an Italian flava-flave salad. I’m not a big salad lovah. They’re kinda boring. BUT! This salad is really incredibly flavorful, as well as simple. Its a total win when you’re in a time crunch & want something really filling.

Mangia Real Fast Salad

Mangia Real Fast Salad


  • Arugula & Baby Kale Blend (5 oz)
  • 1 can wild caught tuna, water drained
  • 1 small can kalamata olives, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese


  1. Place greens in a large salad bowl.
  2. Top with tuna.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine olives, EVOO & vinegar with spices. Mix well to make a zesty dressing.
  4. Top the tuna with the dressing & break a part with a fork.
  5. Add parm cheese & refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving.
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“The Running Lifestyle Show” Food on Fridays #Recipe!

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This is me being fantabulously excited that I am appearing as a regular on The Running Lifestyle Show! Please subscribe & support :) THANK YOU!

I know a lot of people don’t listen to podcasts, but ME?! I am OBSESSED! I listen to podcasts allll the dang time. While I’m running, while I’m driving & while I’m cookin’. I could listen to podcasts allll day! They’re the easiest, FREE way to learn loads of new information while multi-tasking. Its how I stay up on all the latest science!

Anyway, now that I am appearing regularly on a podcasttttt; I AM SO EXCITED!!  You guys should totally subscribe & listen to episodes 6 & 9 (the ones I appear in!). Its a podcast tailored towards runners, and it discusses how to manage all the challenges of running in the context of a busy life! Sooo… *PEER PRESSURE* subscribe to The Running Lifestyle Show righttt now!

Kari Gormley, the fabulous host of The Running Lifestyle Show, has invited me to participate in a Food on Friday challenge where we discuss the health benefit of a food from her CSA box. This week we talked tomato. And I loooveeee me some tomato (cause, duh, I’m Italian).

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Tomatoes are brilliant because you can benefit from their nutrient profile when they’re raw & after they’re cooked. The water soluble vitamin C is more available when you eat your tomato cold & fresh on a salad or in some salsa. However, the fat soluble vitamin A actually becomes more bioavailable after cooking & pairing that luscious, red beauty with some FAT!!

photo 5Since we all know how I beg ya to *EAT YOUR VEGGIES*, Kari & I discussed an awesome, easy-peasy, 3 ingredient recipe to start your day chock-full of vitamin A.

(PS- If you want a really decadent treat, wrap a few dried dates with bacon & place them on the tray with the tomatoes! Take out after 20 minutes cooktime to kill two birds with one stone [breakfast for the week AND a sweet, savory snack!])

Food on Fridays' Egg Stuffed Tomatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 5

Serving Size: 1 tomato

Calories per serving: 133 calories

Fat per serving: 7 grams

Food on Fridays' Egg Stuffed Tomatoes


  • 5 large tomatoes, preferably organic
  • 5 eggs, free-range preferred
  • Salt & Pepper (optional)
  • 5 pieces bacon, preferably humanely raised


  1. Preheat oven to 400*F
  2. Rinse tomatoes & chop off the tops, like you're carving the top off a pumpkin!
  3. Using a paring knife or steak knife, carve out the tomatoes' middles. Scoop out the seedy pulp & set aside (you should totally use the pulp to make salsa or use for a salad later, but you could just toss it).
  4. Crack an egg into each hollowed tomato.
  5. Top the egg with salt & pepper (optional).
  6. Cut the bacon in half so you have two shorter strips. Criss-cross over the tomato stuffed egg.
  7. Bake on a greased baking-sheet for 30 minutes at 400*F.
  8. Enjoy your portable brekkie for the week!


10 grams protein, 0 grams carbohydrate

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#WIAW Guess whose back… Back again… Rena’s Back (Tell a Friend)

Heyyyyy!!! So! I am all moved in– and life is quickly becoming normal again. I’ve said au revoir to my old city… and am onto a NEW ONE!

I celebrated my last night in New Hay Hay by dining at the beloved Claire’s Cornucopia… such a gem! Awesome vegan/vegetarian food– all free of GMOs!!


I ate this for dinner :) Its gluten free & from a vegetarian restaurant... so its healthy, right?

I ate this for dinner :) Its gluten free & from a vegetarian restaurant… so its healthy, right?

I had a tad bit of my kale & beans...but mostly just dessert!

I had a tad bit of my kale & beans…but mostly just dessert!

hello possibiiltiesAnd then I moved.

My kitchen in my new apartment is drastically smaller than my old kitchen. Surprisingly, I like it better. The countertops were so so far a part back in New Hay Hay that I always felt like I was getting in a sprint workout dashing from one side of the kitchen to the other. In my tiny kitchen, I simply pivot, and voila! - counterspace available! ALSO! I have a garbage disposal! Ya know how much easier that makes chopping vegetables?! Its flippin’ awesome! However, I do have a RIDIC fear that I am going to somehow jam my finger in there one day! EW.

photo (4)For brekkie, I’ve been noshing on eggs baked into tomatoes or peppers. I love this unique way of making eggs portable while sneaking in a serving of vegetables!! AND GUESS WHAT! I’ll be discussing this awesome tip during my regularly occurring guest appearance on The Running Lifestyle Show!! Definitely subscribe & check it out!

Snack time has mostly consisted of Quest bars, when I really need ‘em, but today I tried out a new treat: Simple Squares Organic Snack Bar with my usual dandelion tea. Simple Squares are super yummy and only contain REAL FOOD ingredients like cashews, honey, salt & coffee beans. Really yummy & sweet. Of course, these are too sweet to be consumed on the daily, but an awesome now-and-then snack choice!simple caffeine dandelion

Lunch has been a lotta salads. But that doesn’t mean my lunches are boring!! I vary my protein- some days I do chicken, others salmon or tuna, and even tofu! I’ll add berries some days versus a more savory salad others…

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Last, but not least, DINNER! I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting in the kitchen lately! That said, good ole’, simple stand-ins like zoodles, Cucina Antica tomato sauce & whole milk, organic ricotta make the stress of unpacking a little more manageable! Unpacking is taking forever… anyone want to come over and do it for me??!!


Thanks for stopping by :) Looking forward to regularly WIAW-ing with you folks again! Hooray!

#WIAW: Move-In Day Approaches!

Happy WIAW :) Its been a while for me…! Life has been *HECTIC*. Like… I started a new full time job which requires 3 hours of commuting daily AND THEN my mechanic broke my engine during a routine oil change AND THEN it was time to move (which requires apartment searching!!!).
Anyway! That’s all behind me now because I found an apartment MUCH closer to my full time job! And its beeee—oootttiful! Yes… packing now is a little bit crazay, but returning to my boring life of routine is in sight! Hooray!

Soooo, shhyeaaa. The eats! That’s what you guys came here for, amiright?

egg muffinsOn the go, I’ve been eating these YUMMY, veggie packed “egg cups.” I based these off of Paleomg’s recipe (because I am totally totally obsessed with Juli Bauer). However, I do not always add sausage or bacon, and add a WHOLE LOTTA veggies to her recipe (like half a package of spinach!).

Always make this delicious breakfast with free range eggs, peoples :)

Soooo, anyway, for lunch I usually eat a HUGEEEE, protein packed salad. I switch between chicken, mediterranean tuna salad (tuna salad made with EVOO instead of mayo) or organic tofu. Then I photo 5 (3)load on the veggies. And sometimes I’ll add some fruit too! Its summer, so I have been craving a tonnnn of fruit. Typical summertime shenanigans, ya know.

Look at my huge, filling salad. All the fiber, nutrient density & protein you could want!

Salad in the summah. What more could you want?

How about burgers in the summa?

Once again, PaleOMG provided us with the mostttt delicious bison burger recipe ya could want. Its reallyyy easy onions in gheepeasy too! Bison, green apples, and arugula with some spices. Thatzzit. I put it over some arugula mixed with diced carrot fries & sauteed onions.

Wait. We need to discuss something. GHEE & ONIONS. ONIONS & GHEE. SAUTEED. Ahhhhh SO SO SO GOOD. I literally ate AN ENTIRE LARGE YELLOW ONION. By myself. I couldn’t stop shoving that allium rich veggie in my pie hole. All thanks to the powers that be ghee.

bison burger

cherries & chocolate

Anyway, this past weekend, I happened to have been abandoned by my boyfriend & all my friends. Literally. I had to work and everyone else went away to some fun, sunny place and left me to my lonesome.

But that’s okay because cherries are in season!

Best way to end your day: Keeping Up with the Kardashian reruns, chocolate & cherries.

The Best Breakfast #JERF #HealthyFood

kashi nutrition labelLet’s be honest. For most people, the word breakfast is synonymous with Wheaties drowned in cow’s milk and a cold glass of orange juice. I know growing up, my staple breakfast was cheerios, milk and raisins. Except for weekends when I’d grab onion bagels thick with cream cheese and a large bottle of Nesquick chocolate milk.

Geeze. Can you say sugar coma?

Before we go any farther, let’s review why even “high fiber” breakfasts like Wheaties and Kashi are no more than just well marketed sugar bombs.

For instance, Kashi’s GOLEAN cereal.

Upon first glance, you may think this is a great choice because, “Wow! 11 grams of protein (more protein than an egg!) and 9 grams of fiber! Only 1.5 grams of fat! ”

So what’s the problem?

Well, the first ingredient on the ingredient list is SOY GRITS. Um, what the heck is a soy grit? I have no clue. And even if I did have the slightest ideas as to what the heck a soy grit was; soy is one of the most genetically modified crops you can find in the great USA. Since Kashi is not Non-GMO Project Verified, and I’m willing to bet that the soy grits, soy protein concentrate and soy protein isolate are all products of genetic modification. Gross.

But, even if you’re not a stickler for GMOs (which you should be!), the “high protein, high fiber” label this cereal touts is not accurate. While 44 calories (25%) are from protein, and 36 calories are from fiber (these calories were already subtracted from the total serving size by the Kashi company), a stark 108 calories (65%!!) of calories are from non-fiber carbohydrate (also known as sugar). When 25% of calories are from GMO sourced soy protein, and 65% of calories are from nutrient poor sugar– I call this a  great source of carbohydrate, not protein. I may add, also, that this breakfast is also a nutrition-loss. WOMP WOMP.

Nutrition-loss or not; it sure is convenient. And I bet you’re doubting that breakfast made from real food can match cereal’s convenience.

Well, lucky for you, I’ve made a list of awesome, nutrient dense foods that are perfect for your morning meal. Some of them require a little work in the kitchen once a week to prepare, while others are fine to make morning-of.

Here are my no- or minimum- preparation needed suggestions:

A green smoothie is ALWAYS a HEALTHIER option than juice!1. Green smoothies! Carrie Brown has a lot of phenomenal recipes, but my personal favorite is: 1/2 an orange, 2 stalks celery, 2 handfuls of spinach, 2-3 inches of cucumber, 10 grapes, ice and some coconut water. Sometimes I mix in some unflavored whey protein for good measure :)

2. Sweet potatoes slathered in almond butter, shredded coconut & cinnamon. (If you use the microwave, a potato takes like 5 minutes to microwave. If you avoid the microwave, then you would have to bake a bunch of potatoes to use throughout the week).

3. Raw Fit mixed with water when I am in a major rush!

4. Grass fed, plain yogurt topped with berries

5. Bulletproof Coffee

6. Hardboiled eggs! Snack on cherry tomatoes or sugar snap peas on the side to get your veggies!

Sweet potatoes and smoothies are portable, which is a really great thing when you commute in the morning such as myself :)

Here are my fave breakfasts– but they require a little bit of work once a week!

1. Egg bakes! This veggie loaded egg bakes makes squares of egg omelet which are sturdy enough to handle like a slice of pizza! Plus, you can squeeze in several servings of veggies!

2. Breakfast on the Go Egg Cups! Great for those of you who are commuting and eating breakfast on the go. Still, a great way to sneak in loads of veggies at breakfast!

3. High quality cheese sandwiches! This is a bit messy, but I highly recommend smoked mozzarella sandwiched with fresh tomato. NOM.

4. Baked eggs in avocado. Just when you thought nothing was a more perfect fit than bacon & eggs…enter avocado. YUM. Loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fat and satiating fibers, this is one of my FAVORITE BREAKFASTS!

5. Grain free “Banola” (banana sweetened granola sans grains!). I freakin’ love this recipe because it is SO delicious and the texture reminds me of Kashi, but since this is a GREAT source of fat & protein, while being quite low in carb, you’ll actually feel full after a serving of banola!

There you have it, lovely readers! A long list of real food, nutrient packed recipes to start your day right! Feel free to comment with additional ideas or feedback in the Disqus below!

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Non-Nutrition Obseshes this Summer #VSSportBra #VSSportTester

Besides being super duper missing in action, I have been packing to move, commuting like a trillion hours a day, sprinting & lifting because LORD KNOWS I don’t have time for long distance running, and eating lots of real-food-on-the-go. Like sweet potatoes, eggs, spinach smoothies, & ummm… eggs. The cage free, organic kind that DO NOT EAT VEGETARIAN ONLY FEED!

Anywho. I also have found that people love to know dietitian’s opinions on things that do not pertain to food a veces.

photo 4Like sunblock?

I’m freckly. I know a thing or two about sunblock. First of all, have you heard of the iPhone application named Skin Deep by the Environmental Working Group? Its pretty cool. You can scan barcodes of topical products to measure their purity based off a tally of the ingredients’ hazards & how they relate to other products on the market. Zero is da bomb while ten is the worst.

I love Badger Sunscreen for my body (its a zero or a one) and Andalou Naturals for my face (a zero!).

If you’re curious about skin care/decorating routines which I have no clue whether they are photo (63)beneficial to my health or not, let’s talk about LuLu DK’s fantastic jewelry tattoos.

They are fab. Like. I wish I was an alien who could cover every inch of her skin in glitter!!!

Look how fab my arm looks (and how freakin’ fierce I look haha).

The highlight of my summer, however, has been my new Victoria Secret sports bra*!!

photo 3 (3)I love when workout clothes make you want to get out the door and SWEAT. And it helps when said workout attire is ADORBS but have freakin’ incredible structure and support. I promise you that you will have zero jiggle, but still look just as cute as the girls rockin’ the expensive Lululemon. Lululemon’s great and all, but I love me a good deal (and for like $50, Victoria Secret’s sport bras are an absolutely awesome deal!)!


Sprints? No prob. Box jumps? Perfectly supported. Yoga? You know the girl behind me is jealz of my cute sport bra.

photo 1 (8)Anyway, rockin’ the cutest sport bra ever makes it really easy to say “YES!” to sprints on the track after a long commute (and Lawdy knows I need all the motivation I can get!).

* Victoria’s Secret did send me a free sport bra for review. However, my opinions are of my own, and I certainly would never, ever, ever lie to my lovely readers!


What non-nutrition fads are you rockin’ as of late? Whats your fave tip for sun protection?? 




The Latest & Greatest Contribution to Girls Gone Sporty! #GlutenFree #WayToBe


Compliments of Girls Gone Sporty!

Potato chips are gluten free… so they MUST be healthy, right?!

Check out my latest article on Girls Gone Sporty to hear more on my rationale for limiting gluten in the diet.

I do not consider myself “gluten free” namely because:

1) I do not have immediate, apparent adverse reactions to gluten.

2) I do not think regularly choosing “gluten free” alternatives (ie. Gluten free cookies/cakes/breads/pastas) are really all that healthy… an option many “gluten free” people pursue.

However, I do agree that gluten should be limited in the diet, and limit it as such in my own.

Check out why on Girls Gone Sporty!

Liz Wolfe’s Eat the Yolks Book Review (#Eattheyolks @realfoodliz)

photo 2 (5)You know what really stinks about great books? When they’re newly released, tons of buzz builds… but then, a mere few months after the release, the buzz starts to fade. Word of mouth and book store displays thereafter are the only way to “bump” into a great book, and, not gona’ lie, I do not frequent bookstores (Amazon obsesh).

So I want to breathe some buzz back into the best book I have ever, ever, ever read.

Okay, actually, this isn’t better than The Time Traveler’s Wife (which is a science fiction, romance novel which I have reread around 90 times). But considering this book is about nutritional science, and it comes pretty darn close to being as great as Time Traveler’s, I’d say that’s a freakin’ fabulous feat.

The book I am so enthusiastically recommending is Liz Wolfe’s Eat the Yolks.

 Its. Freakin. Funny. (Oh yeah, and informative).

Liz shatters nutrition myths, explains the reason we’ve all been brainwashed into thinking egg whites are healthier than egg yolks (BLASPHEMOUS!), and makes you giggle. As a gal with a college degree in nutritional sciences, I can confidently tell ya that I didn’t think it was possible to giggle whilst learning about nutrition. But Liz Wolfe is that good.

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Dear egg whites, YOLKS ON YOU!

Besides cracking jokes, Liz shares details of nutritional sciences that go unmentioned in popular culture because they’re “details.” However, these details are so damn important that it’s embarrassing that our culture has swept them under the rug. In a world where calories and macronutrients are king, the movement towards seeking “nutrient dense” foods (I’m sure you’ve heard me throw that term around a time or two!) is just starting to make headway in popular culture, and Eat the Yolks is a fabulous way to inject some nutrition related “Come-to-Jesus” into our fat phobic, calorie crazed world.

Egg Hash

Yolks and I get along quite well!

Some of the awesome and unique topics she covered included a detailed description of the role of UVA versus UVB light in the development of skin cancer, insight into why getting vitamins & minerals from whole food sources trumps pills/tablets, information on the different fatty acids (mono versus poly versus saturated vs trans) and why saturated fat isn’t the devil, as well as a litany of information on forgotten micronutrients such as sulfur and selenium. As a person who spends, ohhhh let’s say, 94% of her free time reading about/researching/listening to nutrition-related-everything, the fact that I came away from this book feeling like I learned something is fabulous. The fact that I also laughed hard enough to feel like I watched an episode of The Mindy Project was even more fabulous.

I’m not a follower of the paleo diet, but Liz’s book is about real food not paleo-dogma. I simply loved this book. And once I share this one little quote, you will to:

“If you leave this literary masterpiece with just one delicious tidbit, let it be this one: The calories in natural, unprocessed, real foods are more than just calories. They’re full of more magic than a Disney Princess convention. They come with nutrients that makes us healthier, stronger and more beautiful.”

Want to learn how to incorporate nutrients that will make you Disney-Princess-Status in your real life? GO BUY LIZ’S BOOK AND LEARN FROM IT. DUH. (And no, this is not an affiliate link, just a true, blue review because this book is that good.)

A Rant on #BodyFat #BodyWeight & Why We All Need to CHILL OUT ALREADY (Aka- Where’s the self love?!)

I feel a rant coming on. Whoops, sorry but not sorry.

Does this selfie make me look fat? Oh wait, I don't care what you think. #LongHairDon'tCare

Does this selfie make me look fat? Oh wait, I don’t care what you think. #LongHairDon’tCare

Okay, so here goes. I am sick and tired of insignificant numbers dictating people’s perception of health. Body fat percentages, body weights, BMI, total cholesterol… WHO CARES!? These numbers are no more than numbers, and they have little way of measuring the health of unique, beautiful you.

Did you know that a weight loss of a mere 5% can yield dramatic improvements in health? It dramatically reduces your risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease… and yet, no one seems to appreciate the incredible benefits of this small change, because of a fixation on achieving a body fat percentage of 2% or losing exactly 43 pounds or whatever.

I get it. I know that having a goal is motivating (for some) and can help you on your health journey. And I respect that. Use whatever tools work for you, but please, please, please stay rational.

So what do I think are important measures of health?

How you feel about yourself, your energy levels, measures of inflammation, and, for those of us in our reproductive years, whether you’re fertile (I know, this last one’s a little weird, but bear with me for a sec). A combination of all these things influence true health.

In regards to how you feel about yourself, guess what? This is totally up to you, meaning its totally subjective; and not your nutritionist, your trainer, your significant other or anyone should impact how much you love your figure and shape, no matter what your weight or body fat percentage.

my butt is big

Besides the heinous spelling error (*AMBASSADOR!), I love this Tumblr image. Numbers can’t reflect a person’s strength, athleticism, or overall health. #NoJudgement

That said, our personal perception of the perfect weight should also be influenced by how energized we feel day-to-day. For those who feel more comfortable in their skin at a very low body weight or when they’re extra voluptuous, power to ya’! But are you waking up everyday with the energy to take on life full speed ahead? Having too low of a body fat percentage or too high can disrupt hormonal balance which may make you moody, fatigued and generally no-fun-to-hang-around. Yuck.

Eat real foods. Drink water. Be honest with yourself.

Now, I said it once, and I’ll say it again; I don’t like numbers! However! Clinical markers of inflammation can be measured by your doc, and they do mean something! C-reactive protein, high triglycerides, high Hemoglobin A1C, troponins and elevated liver enzymes can all suggest something in your diet (or something else) is hurtin’ your body. You can be slim as a washboard, but if your triglycerides or hemoglobin A1C are elevated, you can bet there’s a lot of systemic inflammation within you caused by sugar consumption. See, body weight is not the end all, be all of health.

Last, but certainly not least, we come to the topic of fertility and reproduction (“REPRODUCTION! PUT YOUR POLLEN TUBE TO WORK!” Remember that song from Grease 2?). Now, whether you intend on being the next octo-mom or have zero desire to produce offspring, protecting your body’s ability to reproduce should always be of the utmost importance. Think about it. When you’re healthy, your body doesn’t have to “worry” about basic bodily functions and, thus, can enjoy the “luxury” of trying to produce new human life. Along those lines, we have evolved over billions of years to support survival of the fittest, thus it makes sense that unhealthy bodies are biologically incapable of reproducing. Whether you’re missing periods due to abnormally low or high body fat, due to stress, or due to physical activity; fertility should be factored into your personal definition of the “health equation.” Also, sex drive is an important indicator of health, as it also suggests your body is healthy enough to support the creation of new human life. Well, duhhh.

021All in all, I do not wish to body shame anyone, instead I hope to simply add a little depth to the all-too-common perception of what “health” and a “healthy body weight” looks like. I’ve heard numerous individuals make claims that a woman’s ideal body fat percentage is “such-and-such,” or that a healthy older man should have a BMI of “yadda-yadda,” but I simply do not agree. Genetics, personal goals, energy levels, and more all add up to true health (and it does not look the same for every person!!). A great example includes ethnic disparities among BMIs, such that African Americans are often perfectly healthy at high BMIs, while Asians may suffer from chronic disease even when within the “normal” BMI range!

Bottom line; forget what I have to say about this. Forget what your mom, your boyfriend, your best friend has to say about healthy weight. Evaluate yo’self for yourself. You’re the best person to ask!

/end rant :)