I’m not sure if you heard the breaking news or not, so brace yourselves: The First Lady went to lunch and ordered a cheeseburger. AND fries. AND a shake. AND a diet soda.
The reason Michelle Obama is getting so much attention about this meal is because she is an advocate for child nutrition and healthy living. That got me thinking. As a dietitian, I am also an advocate for healthy eating and nutrition. Many times I have had people looking over my shoulder to see what I will put on my plate at a potluck. Sometimes people will even hide their plate from me when they walk by as if I am going to judge their meal selections. Ask any RD and they will tell you about being scrutinized in the same way as Michelle Obama was this week. So what gives? Are healthy-eating advocates supposed to eat perfectly all the time? Do people really think that dietitians only eat vegetables and never splurge?
I asked many of the top RDs in the country, dietitians that write for and are quoted in health magazines that you likely have on your coffee table. I wanted to know what their latest food-related splurge was. Responses came within minutes, meaning they didn’t have to think long and hard about it. These splurges were very recent! Do you want to know what they have been noshing on in their moments of indulgence? How about things like french fries, chocolate ice cream, cheesecake, blueberry cobbler, In-N-Out burger, or an ice-cream brownie sundae. And you know my favorite part? None of them felt guilty about their splurges because they understand that when you eat healthy food most of the time, the occasional treat is ok! And that’s the point isn’t it? It’s all about balance. Make healthy eating a lifestyle, and occasional indulgences occasional.
And just in case you think I am a perfect eater, let me pull back the curtain and share that I drank a Coke the other day, the frozen yogurt place seems to call my name all summer long, and every once in a while I just eat way too much in one sitting.
Now that we have spilled the beans, it’s your turn. What do you splurge on? Do you think the media overreacted to Michelle Obama’s 1600 calorie meal? Are you surprised that dietitians eat things like french fries and cheesecake? What was your latest food indulgence?