Hits from the “Debunking the Diet” Archive: Fools for Fiber

For some the word diet is a four letter word that means deprivation, restriction and missing out on the sexy food in the world. To me, diet is simply a word describing the food that goes into the body each day.

This little video was made as part of a “Debunking the Diet ” campaign I did for LUNA BAR several years ago. While the campaign is long over, the nutrition information and humor still stands.

What also still stands is LUNA’s mission to empower women to rise above, and be the leaders our world so desperately needs right now. We are not trapped in this world that white men driven by power and wealth have created. Today, more than ever before we need the sensibilities of the feminine nature in leadership.

Yeah, kind of a hard to follow that paragraph up with a video about fiber. It isn’t just about fiber. It is about using humor to ditch the obsession with how our body looks, and to start being proud and grateful for the body we have. This would free our minds focus outside of ourselves and share our gifts for a greater, collective impact on things most important to our future.

In making these videos  I achieved my dream of having the scene counter clapped in all its black-and-white chalkboard greatest in front of my face. I also was treated with patience as the non-actor of the group by Erin and the director. The director said , “Teach me Tara. Friendly teacher me.” That was her exact direction. Perhaps my gift is to friendly teacher.

Today’s Adventure: New York Subway

Every time I take a plane ride across the country and hop into a car to take me to the action I have arrived for I inevitably feel sluggish, car sick, and longing for fresh air. The thing is, I love exploring like a local on gritty, clanking, big-city public transit. The allure of the car sevice and its point A to B promise usually sound like the better deal . “Sounds like” is the key phrase here.  So today I listened to my inner wisdom opted for the sights, sounds, smells, and connection with the locals over the isolated nausea of a personal car.  Let the adventure of this moment begin. And yes, I hydrated and ate for energy.

Today’s Adventure: New York Subway

Every time I take a plane ride across the country and hop into a car to take me to the action I have arrived for I inevitably feel sluggish, car sick, and longing for fresh air. The thing is, I love exploring like a local on gritty, clanking, big-city public transit. The allure of the car sevice and its point A to B promise usually sound like the better deal . “Sounds like” is the key phrase here.  So today I listened to my inner wisdom opted for the sights, sounds, smells, and connection with the locals over the isolated nausea of a personal car.  Let the adventure of this moment begin. And yes, I hydrated and ate for energy.

About

Tara is an Adventure Nutrition Expert who believes that when we eat in a way that helps us (ambitious adventurers) accomplish what we set out to do each day, great things happen in both body and mind. Food is just one tool at out our disposal to make every summit attainable.

Tara writes from her knowledge and experience as a nutritionist (registered dietitian), mother, and athletic adventurer. Add children and family to any activity an it instantly becomes athletic and adventure that needs nourishment to keep up! She is an endurance junkie, mountain lover, and runner up for new challenges. She believes that everyone has the capacity to accomplish that thing they think they can not do once the begin living in the possibilities.

Dietitian Confessions

I don’t survive on broccoli, beans, and blueberries alone.

I eat ice cream OR chocolate almost every day. It IS Dreyer’s Slow-churn and only fair trade  dark.

I love good bread and have zero interest in pre-sliced, manufactured variety.

I eat candy corn out of childhood nostalgia. ONLY in the fall

I eat candy pumpkins out of college-days nostalgia  and sometimes mail them to my friends  even though it costs more to mail and they can get them where the live (probably)

I feed my kids cinnamon-sugar-butter toast (whole wheat) for breakfast and have been known to eat their leftovers…..off the floor

I am not behind the removal of donuts from company breakfast meetings. I love donuts, but most of all, love getting donuts at Bob’s in San Francisco

I struggle to get one son to eat vegetables and the other to eat fruit BUT I NEVER GIVE UP!

Stand tuned, there will be many more confessions.

Setting 2017 Diet Goal? Start Here First. Seriously.

 

Along my journey tinkering with my dietary habits and eating patterns I consciously reshaped my relationship with food to support the way I live. So many people live to eat or just eat to live. Either one of those relationships with food can seriously mess with the mind and body!

I eat to support what I set out to do each day.  I don’t eat for some result in my physic. The results are a side benefit of eating to support my active lifestyle.  The purpose of food is to support my experiences by keeping me nourished, energized, and ready to try the next thing that interests me. Recently that thing was skate skiing!

Most people interested in being healthy and nourished  know what to eat. They too often let their judgement be clouded  however by negative thinking about what should or shouldn’t be eaten. Eating based on mood can also lead people astray from what they know.

Here are five things to get in order before setting course for dieting in 2017:

1.  Don’t go hungry. Give  yourself permission to eat smaller and more often to feel more satisfied.

2. Don’t compare how you eat with others. Everyone is different and it can lead to guilt, shame, and  resentment around food choices which is damaging in the long run.

3. Accept there are no magic bullets or quick fixes. If there is a change you need to make, it will take time and work, but the days go by whether you are doing it or not.

4. Ignore bandwagon food trends. It just clouds your intuition about what is good for you.

5. Eat with purpose. The purpose will vary with every bite. Is it to nourish? Satiate? Energize? Celebrate?  Asking  yourself what you are hoping to get out of this food leads to both healthier eating habits and greater enjoyment.

It has been my experience that these five beliefs are the nutrition foundation that support better food choices and a healthier relationship with food.

 

How I Became a Runner

I have been a runner since the fifth, grade ever since my Aunt Kathy cajoled me into running The Rankin Run 5k with her. She dragged me complaining the whole way. Then, she pointed out the finish line and with my eye on the prize I kept running as she watched me from behind. Her encouragement that day sparked the runner inside me to continue learning what I was capable of accomplishing.

Another defining fifth grade moment for me was an elementary school track meet. I had decided to try out hurdles, long jump, and high jump. At after-school practices I quickly learned that my “grace and coordination” was meant for something else.  My gym teacher, Mrs. Storm said, “Why don’t you run the mile? No one else is doing it and you can win a blue ribbon.” My eyes lit up. As a child who didn’t find herself very athletic in the ways everyone else her age seemed to be (basketball, kickball, hurdles, soccer), the idea that I could win anything was very appealing even if I was only competing against myself.

So that week my Dad took me to the neighborhood track at Great Falls High School. We crawled through a hole under the fence and we set out to run four laps. I completed my four, but my Dad couldn’t. That was the moment he became a runner – story for another day.

I went to the track meet at Lions Park across the street from Lincoln Elementary in Great Falls, Montana. It was sunny. The teachers had marked out a 400 meter lap in the grass. The mile was the final event. By the time the mile took place run there was an audience of kids, teachers, and parents.  Tara, who couldn’t catch, hit, kick, or volley a ball was an athlete. I found me sport.  I could run. Four laps later I fell in love with the sport that has challenged me ever since.

Running remains a constant for me, despite a few break-ups over the years. Through running I also found my passion of the art and science of nutrition. Through running I have learned that humans are capable of so much more than we may think. Through running have met some of the most extraordinary people and had some amazing experiences. So here is my public thank you to those “grown-ups” who sparked my slow twitch muscles to run long and slow.