Technicalities: Food is Fuel

“Food is fuel.”

Technically, this is correct.

Food, at it’s bare minimum, is what allows us as human beings to function.

That doesn’t mean “food is fuel” is the be all end all.

Because food is fuel… but it is not only fuel.

Food functions beyond giving us energy for our daily activities and happenings.

It goes beyond the nutrients it provides for our bodies to do their magical and miraculous things.

It is more than carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

It goes further than providing for our basic needs.

Food is so much more.

Food gives way to experiencing the world, cultures, and lifestyles.

Food is a language we all speak, a common ground.

Food substitutes a time machine, allowing us to revisit the past in just a bite.

Food brings us together and creates community in the making, eating, and enjoying of it.

Food gives us something to look forward to. To reflect on. To bond over.

Food allows a creative outlet in the ability to experiment.

Food is healing because whether it is a cookie or a salad eating is self-care.

Food creates comfort in it’s familiarity, it’s warmth, it’s pleasantries.

Food is life-sustaining it, giving way to experience it, memories revolving around it, traditions upheld with it.

Food is a way to show our love, care, concern, and compassion whether homemade, store bought or takeout.

Food may be fuel… but it’s importance and abilities go far beyond that.

Food is fuel, but it is not only fuel.

How does food go beyond fuel for you? I’d love to hear what it means to you below!

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When Mindful Eating Turns Into a Diet

Too much of anything can be a bad thing… Including mindful eating.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a big believer in Mindful Eating and I believe that it can work beautifully and compliment Intuitive Eating… But what happens when we take mindfulness and mindful eating to an extreme?

What happens when you have to be mindful about your food all of the time?

When we are so mindful that food and eating are the only focus of the meal?

When we know the exact amount of every food we’ve eaten from cups to tablespoons to the exact count of tortilla chips?

What happens when we take mindful eating and turn it into a form of restriction?

IT’S NO LONGER MINDFUL.

We go from saying we’re being mindful to actually being a slave to the rules and restrictions of yet another diet that we mask with mindfulness… and rules and restrictions are not mindful eating.


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Mindful eating is flexible.

You do not have to be mindful when eating 100% of the time.

You can take into consideration the situations when maybe it would be better for our sanity, our self care, our experience to allow for a bit of mindlessness.

Mindful eating takes into account not only what food you are eating or not eating and how it tastes, how our body responds, how it makes us feel (emotionally and physically), but also the experience and the people around you.

Like with all things there are shades of gray.

There is nuance.

I wholeheartedly believe that eating a meal at the table with good conversation and loved ones is one of the greatest regular occasions we can have… but I also know that is not everyone’s experience.

Maybe mindful eating is really hard.

Maybe mindless eating is truly difficult.

Either way I encourage you to lean into the discomfort as you can, because both are part of the human experience. And neither is wrong in it’s own right.

Yes, mindlessly eating at every meal can be problematic, but making mindful eating a rigid experience is too.

So if practicing mindful eating-figure out what works for you.

Maybe breakfast and dinner are distraction free but lunch we tend to work through. Or after a long day we like to watch our favorite show and have a bowl of popcorn.

Find your balance-whatever that means to you.


Amanda is an anti-diet dietitian and nutrition therapist practicing in Bloomington, IN and virtually. If you are looking to work with a dietitian, she is currently accepting new clients. Check out her services or reach out to set up your FREE discovery call today. She would love the opportunity to work with you!


What's new in your grocery cart?

I've tried (at least) five new things! I've noticed that when trying new things I gravitate mostly towards snack items. I tend to do a lot of home cooking and when we don't, tend to eat out. Not that we don't have easy products we love to turn to on busy nights, but those are tried and true and rarely new... maybe I need to branch out?

Anyway, here's what I thought about five more food products and whether I would buy them again:

1. La Terra Fina Dip & Spread

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I'm a fan of Dips and Spreads. Don't get me wrong veggies are great and all, but they are so much better raw when they're transporting something that compliments them. Also, so many people struggle to eat their veggies, I love being able to suggest ways to change it up.

I bought these when I went over to look at the hummus and they happened to be on sale. So I debated the flavors and swiped these two delicious looking ones up. To be honest I was a bit disappointed by the Spinach Parmesan one, but loved the Green Chile and Cheese-It reminded me of jalepeño poppers! I will definitely be purchasing that flavor again

I checked out their site and love how many flavor options they have!

I'm not a fan of the "real quality food" because that literally means nothing but makes it suggest it's "superior" to other foods.

Other dips I want to try: Pineapple Habanero and their Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Dip!

2. Love Crunch Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola

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I've tried love crunch granola in the past but this flavor was new to me and it did not disappoint!

I've been loving on yogurt lately and wanted to be able to add something with a crunch for a variety of texture. So to the granola section I went and noticed this alongside the tried and true flavors that I knew I loved... but I'm always up for more PB in my diet!

I love how rich and impactful all their flavors are and this one did not disappoint. 

I'm not a fan of the non-gmo project verified because I'm pretty certain there is no GMO equivalent of anything in the ingredient list.

I've officially all four granola flavors, they're all good but the Coconut dark chocolate is my absolute favorite!

3. Icelandic Provisions Coconut Skyr

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As I've said, my yogurt game has increased lately. While technically this is skyr and not yogurt, it's stored in the same section so.....

I generally buy a tub of plain greek yogurt, but also like to have a few single serving packages to grab on the run that are quick and easy and don't require any extra prep. Typically it's whatever is on sale so enter the trying of this product!

Coconut flavor is one of my favorites so I always gravitate towards it-this one did not disappoint on the flavor, had a thick and creamy texture and I will definitely buy again!

I love the texture. Some yogurts are too thin but as I said above this one was nice and thick! Apparently this is a trait of skyr so maybe I need to buy it more often!

I'm not a fan of the fact that I've been mispronouncing it incorrectly and no one has corrected me! (pronounced /skeer/)

Other products I want to try: Peach Cloudberry

4. Pepperoncini Flavor Kettle Brand Chips

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As I've said, my yogurt game has increased lately. While technically this is skyr and not yogurt, it's stored in the same section so.....

I generally buy a tub of plain greek yogurt, but also like to have a few single serving packages to grab on the run that are quick and easy and don't require any extra prep. Typically it's whatever is on sale so enter the trying of this product!

Coconut flavor is one of my favorites so I always gravitate towards it-this one did not disappoint on the flavor, had a thick and creamy texture and I will definitely buy again!

I love the texture. Some yogurts are too thin but as I said above this one was nice and thick! Apparently this is a trait of skyr so maybe I need to buy it more often!

I'm not a fan of the fact that I've been mispronouncing it incorrectly and no one has corrected me! (pronounced /skeer/)

Other products I want to try: Peach Cloudberry 

4. Oreos Special Flavors

We are an Oreo family. So every time we see a new flavor we generally grab it. When these two flavors came out we were extra excited.

Both of these flavors were super good! The pistachio was my personal favorite-it has a nutty flavor that is so amazing! The other tastes straight up like PB pie. If you see either I highly recommend grabbing them

Coconut flavor is one of my favorites so I always gravitate towards it-this one did not disappoint on the flavor, had a thick and creamy texture and I will definitely buy again!

I love that they taste like childhood.

I hate that these amazing flavors are only available for a  limited time

Other products I want to try: Apparently they have a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake flavor coming out later this summer and I am so excited to try it!

Are there any new products you've tried lately? Did you enjoy them? Let me know below!

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