27.10.2015 | 12:52

Healthy by Whose Standards?

Dragon Dispatches from the Divine Dragon

I recently read an article written by a nutritionist, about what she typically eats in a day.  For the article, click here.

I am not a nutritionist.

I am not a registered dietitian.

As a matter of fact, to the best of my knowledge, even though I’m a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach and a Certified Gluten Practitioner, I am currently not allowed to give nutritional advice in the state in which I live….

I don’t think the legalities have changed yet, although they may be changing.

Now here’s the thing:

I don’t like confrontation.

I don’t like conflict.

I absolutely, positively, 100% DO NOT want to be part of the “Food Fight,” or the “Diet Wars.”

But I just can’t not respond to this.

(Especially after reading some of the comments, where at least one person suggested that those of us recommending kale don’t actually eat it ourselves.)

So here goes —

This is an idea of what I tend to eat on a typical day.

I start my day with 8-16 oz. of hot water with lemon juice, ginger and turmeric.

Then I do a bit of resistance training (5-6 days per week), a few minutes on the rower, 3 minutes on the rebounder, and 5 minutes of meditation.


By the time I’m finished with all of that (and a couple of other things), it’s time for my “power breakfast” — one of Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo’s herbal elixirs (with added “greens” protein powder) and a slice of no-sugar, grain-free pumpkin bread.


I spread a bit of ghee or nut butter on the bread, but no sweetener.

I drink a variety of teas (green, yerba mate or herbal) or herbal coffee and some water before lunch.

No need for a snack, and 4 or 5 hours between meals….

Lunchtime is a green smoothie, most often containing frozen organic berries, an avocado (for healthy fat and a thick, creamy texture), as many leafy greens as will fit in the Vitamix, some plant-based milk, protein powder of some kind, added psyllium fiber and flax or chia seeds.

Dark_chocolate Green_smoothie_fixins

(Chia seeds soak up a lot of water, so it’s best to soak them for several hours first.)

I might have something else with my smoothie, depending on how thick and robust it is:  a piece of salmon jerky, some kale chips; maybe a small amount of 85% organic dark chocolate.

Sometimes I’ll mix ‘n’ match, and have a couple of things to accompany the smoothie, especially if it comes out thinner than usual, or I’m particularly hungry, it’s late, or I have a really full schedule.

No afternoon snack, and 4 or 5 hours until supper.  If it’s hot, I’ll drink water; if it’s cold, more tea.

Supper generally involves some (usually) local, pasture-raised animal protein, sourced as often as possible from our neighborhood Farmers’ Market.

This was a recipe from the Whole 30 Cookbook, which we made with local pork shoulder, local kale, local butternut squash and local tomatoes.


Depending on the supper menu, I might also have some grain-free flatbread, or a salad, or one of my favorite desserts:  a local apple, drenched in unsweetened cashew yogurt, with some cinnamon, nutmeg or even pumpkin pie spice for some added “pop.”

Apple yogurt

Do I eat this healthy all of the time?


Most of the time?

Yes, actually.

Why do I eat this way?

Because I like how it makes me feel.  I know it’s good for me, but it also makes me feel good.

And I don’t snack at night, either — at most, I’ll have a cup of “dessert tea,” sweetened with a couple of drops of stevia.

So, I’m not here to pick a fight with anyone.

I just have a much different idea of what a “healthy” diet looks like.

Is my diet “perfect”?

I don’t know.  I’m not sure it’s perfect for me, frankly — although I’ve been feeling much better, and I’ve had more energy since I began eating this way.

As for anyone else, well, we all have to figure out what works best for our own individual dietary needs.

It’s going to be different for everyone.

But I am not going to recommend eating snacks every couple of hours to anyone….

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  1. Cherie
    October 27, 2015 | 4:54 pm

    Thank you for posting this Diane! I feel the same way and I also eat the same way all the time. I do a little different exercise routine, but this transformed my poor health 15 yrs ago into amazing health! Plus it wasn’t long after I began eating like this that I loved the way it tastes too! I followed a plan like her’s and it made me fat and sick. I live in a red state and it makes me sad that we have to be so careful, but I’ll do all I can to spread the word about this way of eating.

    • daletchworth
      October 27, 2015 | 5:16 pm

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback, Cherie. Please feel free to share the post with anyone you think may be interested. Diane and I also live in one of those red states, so we know exactly what you’re talking about! Yes, isn’t it amazing how good real food tastes, once you get away from the processed, flavored stuff? All the best to you – Debra

  2. Ritamarie
    October 28, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    Awesome Diane A huge improvement over the article you posted

    And I also do really eat leafy greens Lots of them And go 4-6 hours between meals for optimal insulin regulation

    • daletchworth
      October 28, 2015 | 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Dr. Ritamarie, for the wonderful feedback! Diane (and I) were stunned at that original article. We’re both working to increase our daily intake of leafy greens — 4-6 cups worth go into the Vitamix when I’m making smoothies for the two of us. Looking forward to the fantastic food we’ll be enjoying at SHINE this weekend as well as meeting you in person (hugs are FINE, lol). Debra

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