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Guest Post: Intern Brooke

posted Mar 25, 2016, 7:26 AM by
As discussed in last week’s blog post, we were lucky enough to host a dietetic intern. As part of her experience, she shared with us what this year’s National Nutrition Month Theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, means to her: 

We are more than halfway into National Nutrition Month, so I wanted to take a moment and ask, have we inspired others to get excited about nutrition? By now, most of you have probably heard about National Nutrition Month through a variety of outlets including television, magazines, websites, and ILC’s registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs).

In order to see how this year’s National Nutrition Month theme connects with others, I spoke with family, friends, and peers in the nutrition field about what they believe it means to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right and how this fits into their everyday lives. Just as I thought, everyone had a different response.

One family member said “it makes me think about eating outside the regular to find new flavors and combinations that are delicious but that also happen to be nutritious.” She felt that those unique dishes are so good because they’re usually made with fresh, local ingredients. Many restaurants are beginning to make local, seasonal produce a priority; this app can help you find one near you. If you want to try some new and delicious combinations at home, you can visit this site to see what’s in season or visit here to find a local farmer's market.

Some of my nutrition peers thought this year’s theme highlighted the importance of savoring and enjoying good food and avoiding mindless eating. Julia, one of ILC’s RDN’s discussed the mindful approach to eating in a previous blog post and provided a resource for learning more.

While polling, I got some very straight-forward answers as well, including “someone smiling while eating lettuce” and “a big burrito bowl". Why not make those two responses one? Try out some new salad greens from this list and add all your favorite healthy burrito toppings: beans, avocado, peppers, tomato, corn, onions, etc. A bowl is a great way to get a variety of nutrients with lots of flavor and color. I like to add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt on top for a protein boost.

For me, Savoring the Flavor of Eating Right can take on a variety of meanings. Eating right means I am nourishing my body with wholesome foods that are full of flavor as well as visually and nutritionally appealing. A fellow dietetic intern posts great examples in a bento-box style lunch format daily here. My first answer obviously sounds like it came from someone invested in nutrition and well-being. The other side of eating right, in my opinion, is indulging in whatever it is that brings you joy; whether that be chocolate cake, pizza, or kale chips. Another fellow intern posts pictures inspired by the “all foods fit” mantra here. The word “right” is synonymous with the word “normal,” as it is different for everyone. The key is to find the balance between indulgence and nourishment and that is exactly where Savoring the Flavor fits.

Brooke is a dietetic intern with Virginia Tech and is looking forward to starting her career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist later this year. You will be able to participate in this food safety nutrition education activity that she created for ILC with your cafe's dietitian soon!