Yesterday was Easter and I had celebrated with my husband’s family on Saturday. We ate good food and had a great time. Sunday we were gifted two tickets to the Pens vs Flyers hockey game in Philly- which was awesome because the Pens are my team and I we rarely get their games on TV so I don’t get to watch them much. After enjoying the game and our club box seats (amazing!!!) we headed home. We live like 10 miles from the stadiums and headed through the city to go home, it was a sunny and nice spring day so I suggested we go to one of the world’s best ice cream shops and get gelato. Capo Giro is insanely delicious so if you are ever in Philly it’s a MUST GO, plus there are flavors for everyone! We hadn’t been in so long and we were enjoying such a nice day together that ice cream sounded perfect. I posted a picture of my gelato on Instagram because I like to share my eats. This morning I woke up this comment: “although you are a dietitian, yet you are encouraging us to consume high calorie food, lol”
I WANTED TO SCREAM AND FLIP OUT, but it’s Instagram so let’s not get carried away. I wanted to share this on the blog because it is so important for people to realize, it’s okay to have dessert, it’s okay to have ice cream, it’s okay to enjoy the foods you love in moderation. I am by no means suggesting to go get gelato every day… and I definitely don’t eat it very often. But there is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence- everything in moderation friends!
Yes, I’m a Registered Dietitian, yes I eat a healthy diet, yes I enjoy healthy food, but that does not mean my diet is perfect or that I only eat healthy foods. I enjoy ice cream and dessert as much as the next person (if not more). I would never completely deprive myself of the foods I love and enjoy and I would never tell anyone else to do that. I like to share all different types of foods I eat on instagram including the vegan salad I ate a few days last week, the awesome bacon I had for brunch, the meal from the wine and beer dinner I just went to, the my fridge is empty makeshift meal, what I ate at an Italian restaurant a couple weeks ago, and the gelato I had yesterday. A healthy diet is about balance and eating intuitively, not restricting yourself, and of course, enjoying all foods in moderation. I am never someone who would recommend calorie counting, restrict high calorie foods, or tell someone they shouldn’t eat ice cream. Yes I’m a dietitian, but dietitians eat ice cream too!
Also wanted to share these posts I read in the last couple months from RDs that share my line of thinking: