Here’s what keeps me up at night.
You know all of those commercials for weight loss regimens, diet pills, exercise programs. Etcetera.
You know how at the end, they all tell you to “consult your doctor before making any significant dietary or lifestyle changes”?
The fine print. Black box warning. FDA-mandated disclaimer.
Well. Someday. Someone will stroll into my office and ask me whether they can join Weight Watchers or run a marathon or go on a soup diet.
Or my mother will call me and tell me about this itchy rash that she has on her neck and ask me whether or not, in my professional opinion, I think it’s cancer. Or she could be thoroughly impatient and not even wait until I know anything about medicine to ask me this. In fact, she could have asked me on Saturday. Just a hypothesis.
(And for the record. Cancer is not itchy. That sounds to me like a mosquito bite. Put some toothpaste on it and call it a day. Yes. Toothpaste.)
My point being that someday. Someone is going to call me wanting answers.
Answers about nutrition and diet and exercise. And, based on the medical training I am going to have had, which includes barely any nutrition and nothing about exercise. I’m kind of afraid that I’m not going to be able to answer them.
And this is the source of the gray hairs that I’m currently sprouting. Although those might be due to the fact that I’ll be one year older in approximately eleven days. Hard to say.
So while I’m still an amateur at this whole medicine thing. I plan on deferring to a real expert.
This week at Eat.Live.Be. we are “asking the expert” and so my friend Nicole, writer of the blog Prevention, RD who is, in fact, a registered dietitian, was sweet enough to share with us five tips on how we can be healthier. Take it away:
- Sarah Caron – www.sarahscucinabella.com
- Cate O’Malley – www.sweetnicks.com
- Maris Callahan – www.ingoodtasteblog.net
- Chris Arpante – www.melecotte.com
- Faith – www.clickblogappetit.com/
- Kristen –www.dineanddish.net
- Emily –http://andersonfamilycrew.blogspot.com/
- Jenna – FireMom –http://stopdropandblog.com/
- Casey – http://www.thestarnesfam.com – e-mail
- Patsy – http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com/
- Tri-Fit Mom – http://trifitmom.blogspot.com/
- Claire – http://cookiedoc.blogspot.com/
- Allison – http://sweetflours.blogspot.com/
- Jen – http://njepicurean.blogspot.com/
- Leslie – www.thehungryhousewife.com.
- Rivki Locker – http://www.healthyeatingforordinarypeople.com/
- Claudia – Journey of an Italian Cook
- Jennifer Schulz –http://lick-a-plate.blogspot.com/
- Sarah Rogers – http://sarahssweetcreations.blogspot.com
- Denise and Lenny – http://www.chezus.com
That being said, I am not a total dimwit when it comes to nutrition. And so the one thing I plan to recommend to all of my future patients. Is to eat sweet potatoes.
For they are the most nutritionally dense vegetable out there. They are loaded with vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and vitamin A, are full of fiber, and are low on the glycemic index.
Thus, I am sharing with you today a meal that has been nutritionally optimized (especially for those of us in marathon training gear, who need our carbs as well as every possible vitamin imaginable in order to get our muscles to where we need them to be). Sweet potatoes, arugula, leeks, whole wheat pasta. And, of course, some feta cheese which has just enough fat to let us absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins that sweet potatoes has to order, but not so much that our arteries will be clogged by it. Hot damn.
Plus it tastes damn good. In my most authoritative and professional opinion.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 1½ lb sweet potatoes, diced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 leeks, chopped
- 1 tbsp rosemary, chopped
- 1 lb whole wheat pasta
- 6 oz feta cheese (I used Trader Joe’s Mediterranean herb blend)
- 8 oz arugula
- cracked black pepper
- Toss the sweet potatoes with 1 tbsp oil, salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 400 for 30 minutes or until soft and browned.
- Place 1 tbsp oil in a small skillet. Add the leeks and rosemary and cook for 7 minutes, or until soft and golden.
- Cook pasta in boiling, salted water. Drain and place in a large bowl. Toss with sweet potatoes, arugula, leeks and feta.
I am submitting this to this week’s Presto Pasta Nights hosted by Pia of Cook Healthy, Meatless Mondays hosted by Chaya of My Sweet and Savory, Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays hosted by Rebecca Jean of Midnight Maniac, and the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.