The Perfect Diet

You would think that someone studying Naturopathic Medicine would have a pretty awesome diet, right?

I learn about all kinds of minerals and nutrients, and how beneficial they are to my body. I know what foods are “good” and “bad.” I preach to my patients the importance of a well balanced diet and how important hydration is.

Yet…I can be found skipping breakfast most days, forgetting to drink even a glass of water until 8 or 9pm at night, leaving lunch behind because I’m running late, choosing carbs instead of vegetables and drinking coffee like it’s my job.

Where’s the balance in my own life?

All of these terrible habits have lead to snacking late into the night, drinking a ton of water before bed, sleeping uncomfortably on a full belly and bladder and waking up feeling like I need another 8 hours.

At the start of this quarter my supervisor asked what our goals were for the next 11 weeks. I told him that I wanted to improve my time management and to practice as though I was in an unlicensed state. He stopped me and said, “What are your goals for you this quarter. Do you want to eat more vegetables? Exercise? Watch TV?”

I said “Yes. To all of the above.”

And so now I present to you…

My Goals for this Quarter:

…because writing them down means I have to do them

1. Eat breakfast:

I can’t believe I have to make this a goal, but I do. It has to be a priority. Starting your day with a balanced breakfast gets your metabolism going, it gives your body and your brain some needed calories and it makes you far less grumpy on your commute (true story).

Jar o'Water, Bastyr Style

Jar o’Water, Bastyr Style

2. Drink water:

Again, am I for real? I love water. It’s my beverage of choice yet I find myself pushing my thirst to the limit. Getting headaches and brain fog by mid afternoon and only then realizing how vitally important hydration is to my ability to function. No one wants a thirsty doctor.

Homemade Minestrone.

Homemade Minestrone.

3. Eat more vegetables:

You guys are probably wondering what kind of Naturopath can’t even eat her own vegetables. Well let me tell you, I LOVE vegetables. And I’m kind of mad that I gave up on them in lieu of my busy schedule. But guess what, they’re making a come back. In soups, in salads, as a pile of spinach under my pasta.

4. No snacking after 7pm:

This one is so hard. Especially when one starves herself throughout the day then runs home and stuffs her face with anything and everything. Not to mention how tempting it is to snack on a piece of cheese or have a bowl of popcorn with Matt before bed. So lucky for me, he’s also agreed to cut out the snacking after 7pm. And I think if I stick to items 1-3, I will be getting enough fiber, vitamins and minerals while maintaining a healthy level of hydration to keep me satiated and able to stay away from those late night cravings.

So there you have it. My embarassingly honest dietary goals.

152 days until graduation…see, there’s still time for me to change!


8 responses to “The Perfect Diet

  1. It is always a good idea to practice what you preach. :) Our own words do sink in eventually, right? I look forward to hearing how much better you feel and how it influences your practice with your patients.

  2. I commend you for your effort! I too need to (i) eat breakfast, (ii) skip the fastfood for lunch, and (iii) exercise more! But as you mentioned, work can often get in the way… especially when 10- to 12-hour days are the norm… Very inspiring story though, thanks for sharing!

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