Month: August 2015

Four Reasons this Dietitian Isn’t Crazed About Sugar

It’s not that I don’t care about the amount of sugar in my own diet. It is that I rather trust my food choices and activity level to sort it out without obsessing about every seemingly “hidden” gram (it is hardly hidden – total grams is listed on the flip side of every package).  Sounds simple enough, but I get it can be kind of complex for the non-dietitian. I also get that we as a society like a to single out  dietary villains. It easier than looking at complex dietary interactions that vary uniquely among individuals. While traveling for work I pulled out my sun butter and jelly sandwich only to be questioned about eating that much sugar  by my well-meaning non-dietitian co-worker (brave). I know very well jelly is sugar. That doesn’t mean I won’t eat it. In fact I love it especially in context of wheat bread and sun butter containing fiber, protein, whole grains and NO sugar. Jelly gives my sandwich and me good balance. Here are four reasons sugar added …

You Gotta Have Guts

“Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?” Because he didn’t have any GUTS!” My five year-old tells me this joke often. He puts emphasis on the word ” GUUUTSSS” in way that sticks so perfectly and sweetly in my mind when I am running. You have got to have GUUUTSSS to obtain many of the rewards life has to offer. Whether it is passing someone on the trail, attempting something like the fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail , deciding to start family……you have got to have guts. How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh I could never do that.” when you know very-well they could if they decided they could. Mustering the guts to take a the chance and try that thing you have always wanted to do can lead you to some unexpected and wonderful places. The Bridger Ridge Run has been around since my Aunt Kathy dragged me through my first 5 k. It wasn’t until approaching forty-years old that I developed the guts to run it. After making it …