Why is a dietitian writing about baking?

I think it’s important to tell you why I was drawn to writing this blog.  Some might think that my dietetic background might not mix well with the “let’s satisfy that sweet tooth” feel of this blog.  Some might even think that it is professionally unsound for a dietitian to undertake a baking blog, that by doing so, my actions are speaking louder than my words.

I don’t see the world in terms of definites and absolutes.  My world is made up of many lovely shades of grey!  We only get to walk through this world once, and a full and balanced life includes many experiences.

Our bodies are temples – we only get one body, and to keep it healthy, we need to fuel it appropriately.  Nutrition is hugely important for our overall health. If we don’t eat well, we won’t feel well, that is the simple truth of the matter.  And unfortunately as we age, the amount of food we can consume without causing an unwanted increase in body weight becomes smaller and smaller, and it becomes harder to get in all the nutrition we need, let alone have a treat.

I have a mantra that I will repeat throughout this blog – when you reach for that treat, make sure that it is worthy of you!  Become a food snob when it comes to those less nutrient-dense items – since you are not choosing them all the time, you owe it to yourself to choose the best!  Don’t waste the experience on a lesser item!  It’s a lot like planning a vacation – if you only have so much money to spend on the vacation experience, you make sure you’re making the most luxurious choice, the one with the best bang for your buck, the one you will truly remember and want to journal about.  Approach your ventures into the treat world with the same scrutiny and discrimination – you are worth it! Just make sure it is worthy of you!

So now it’s time for a couple of professional disclaimers.  This blog is written for healthy people without any sort of dietary restrictions.  If you have a medical condition that impacts what you can eat, please ask your physician for a referral to a dietitian specializing in that condition.  I will only write about general nutrition concepts on this blog, and when I post on nutrition, the information will come from Health Canada or Dietitians of Canada.  I will include the source of the information so that if you are interested, you can read more on the subject.

So with all that on the table, let’s get on with the blog!

Until next time!


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