You’re a Dietitian, what do you eat?
I get this question all the time. Basically, I eat what I like to call the “Minimalist Meal Plan”. I despise the word diet, but I had to get your attention. Just look at the Google Trends graph for the word diet in blue vs. meal plan in red. Meal Plan is a continuous flat line. We are a “diet crazed” society.
So, the minimalist meal plan consists of these food items:
Filtered tap water
Whole grain breads and cereals – I love warm homemade bread
Hemp oil – Here is a good reason to use it.
Plain yogurt – you can use this in place of sour cream
Eggs – mostly egg whites but occasionally a yolk or two (I do not use egg substitute).
Poultry – marinated and grilled
Parmesan cheese – a tasty low fat cheese
Avocado – I eat them plain like Mike
Vinegar – I use vinegar as my salad dressing
Club soda – This is plain carbonated water, my favorite beverage of choice
Fresh herbs – picked straight from the garden
Garlic – oil and garlic – yum
Fresh Key Lime Juice – I use lime juice for flavor
Minimalist means: Use of the barest essentials – For me that means no prepackaged convenience foods
I don’t live to eat. I eat to live. I use my food for fuel and not entertainment. I steer clear of prepackaged foods as much as possible and I prefer fresh over frozen or canned.
I do have a few weaknesses that I will not give up:
Coffee – first thing in the morning – about 2 cups with 2%milk and sugar
Butter – I mix butter with oil – makes a great product.
Draft Lite Beer – on occasion
It’s important to identify items you will absolutely not give up.
What are yours?
To give you an idea of my one day menu:
2 cups coffee with 2%milk and sugar
egg white omelet with fresh mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, and garlic
1 slice homemade bread with butter and oil mix, seasoned with fresh herbs
Large Green salad with shredded carrots
Topped with ½ cup tuna
Oil and vinegar
Mixed fresh fruit
Grilled Marinated chicken
Baked potato topped with plain yogurt
Oatmeal with raisins
And that’s what I call The Minimalist Meal Plan or Diet.