Bodacious RD Philosophies
I named my site Bodacious RD for one important reason: Health is being our truest, most badass selves.
BODACIOUS: Adjective: excellent, admirable, attractive.
Combination of bold and audacious.
-audacious in a way considered admirable
We should be bold and fearless.
We should not be afraid to color outside the lines and question what we are told.
Health is experimentation to find out what works for our unique selves.
My nutrition beliefs are simple.
I don’t promote fad diets or even dieting in general. Food should be alive and bright, able to nourish our bodies and souls. We should eat mindfully, enjoy our meals with loved ones.
I agree with Michael Pollan: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”.
I believe our yummy meals should be made up of whole, plant-based foods. Meat and dairy should be more like side dishes- if they have to be there at all. Research overwhelmingly points to a plant-based, whole foods diet that limits animal products as the best way to live a long, healthy life.
This way of eating is also protecting our world and the world our children will be left with when we are gone.
It is our responsibility to support future generations in their quest for vitality. As over 20% of global greenhouse gases are created from animal agriculture, it is important to limit our intake to protect our environment.
After all, a calorie of meat takes 9 to 10 times more energy to produce than a calorie of plant protein. Sustainability and a healthier planet means choosing plant protein more often.
I will use cheese rarely in my recipes, because I recognize that it has it’s place for the masses to be more accepting of a plant-based diet. I don’t often eat cheese myself, however.
My recipes are mostly modified to increase nutrient density. I believe experimentation is essential. Many stay unwell because they are afraid to try something new. But movement is life, so we must experiment!
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – E.E. Cummings
We are all part of this world to help one another, have fun, and be as healthy and vivacious as we can be.
When we are healthy, we can be more gracious, cause more good-natured trouble, and be super productive, fabulously fun humans.
We can best take care of our loved ones, when we take care of ourselves.
We should love ourselves and adore living in our own one-of-a-kind, beautiful bodies.
We should also appreciate everyone else and their own unique journeys. We are different because this difference is essential to life. We only dislike others because we fear what we don’t understand.
I support the Health at Every Size movement. Our best, most bodacious self may not be the version others think we should be.
It is important to revel in our physicality. Strength is beauty. We should lift heavy weights to stay young and strong. Especially us, ladies! Much of metabolism depends on muscle mass. And life is difficult. We need strength and mobility to take part in this dance. We should prepare ourselves by being in our best shape.
But most of all, we need to be able to let go. Be silly. Be happy with who you are.
Because that is also what true health is about.