My road to be a holistic nutritionist

step1: have good parents who find healthy eating important

step2: not to be a rebel and follow the rules of healthy eating and learn to cure illnesses by herbs and concentrate on prevention and take vitamins, do exercises, be happy

step3: have a stressful period (university, relationship problems, taking care of sick relative, no rest, nothing)

step4: be diagnosed with insulinresistence. freak out. going back to the origins

step5: read a lot about special diet and concentrate on healthy eating again

step6: more stress and be diagnosed with fibroids. freak out. trying to concentrate on alternative therapies (special exercises, herbs, Bach flower remedies, meditation)

step7: change carreer – at least start working on it: become a fitness trainer (2011 was a good year, it changed a lot in my life), Pilates instructor (several different but somehow similar courses to help cure back pain, courses about prenatal fitness, postnatal rehabilitation, everything in consideration of healthy spine)

step8: learn about healthy eating on fitness related courses and read as many books as possible

step9: start teaching Aviva method (I’ll write about it later) and learn a different approach of dieting, meet many women with cycle related problems, PMS, PCOS, fibroids, preparing for IVF and stuff… want to help them and read even more

step10: realise that my path is to help people with not only proper workout and special exercises but personalized “healing” diet, too

step11: save money for the desired courses :D

step12: start a blog to help pass time :D

And here I am now. I want to start my courses as soon as I can but I have to save some money. Until then I will read as many books as I can (recommendations are welcome), visit workshops on dieting (I’m very curious about the ayurvedic approach, for example) and learn wherever I can.

I will experiment with my cooking, too. This is my weakest point, I often cook the same foods because I’m always happy when I’m succesful with a food and hate making mistakes and being out of ingredients at home. So this is part of my plan: I will try to cook in a higher variety and take risk with experimenting with more recipes.

I have some nice cookbooks (and my stupid obsession is to collect more and more cookbooks, even if I don’t use the recipes – I LOVE the pictures and the smell of the book), I want to try many recipes.

So, this is the present. Just desires and being forced to wait.

I’d like to take part in two courses, one is for getting the certification Holistic Nutritionist and the other is titled “Healing Diets”. Both would make me happy. Okay, now, winning a lottery would make me the happiest because I wouldn’t have to wait a day ;)

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Dairyfree diet? No new info just my regular stream of consciousness

I didn’t plan to write this soon about my relationship with dairy products but only a bit later when you are more tolerant towards my weird thoughts and stream of consciousness ;) But today I found Lucy’s post about being dairy free. I liked it. I enjoyed rereading the facts I have known before. However, I was reminded again how weak I am. Although I know how healthy it is to avoid dairy products, I can see the changes on my very on body (better skin, no stomach pain, no digestion problems, no bloating) I am more than tempted from time to time by eating dairy products.

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I don’t drink milk, I have never liked that, so it’s not a problem. In cookies and puddings I can easily replace the milk with rice, coconut or almond milk (sometimes oatmilk) and they are not only not worse, but taste much better than cow milk.

I don’t eat yoghurt because when I was a teenager and wanted to lose weight I started to eat yoghurts every day instead of dinner (now I know how stupid I was) and I did that for about 9 months so now I’m disgusted with it. Okay, when my mom puts it into the batter of her gorgeous cakes, I can eat it :D

I don’t miss cream either because they can be replaced by plant based cream, too. Well… my mom’s chicken with mushrooms and cream is not the same but this is the only food where I miss cream. And perhaps it is just because the taste brings back childhood memories.

Cottage cheese is an interesting question because in my country (Hungary) it is a very basic dairy product, we use it in both sweet and sour version, some are in love with the sugary version, put into many cakes and cookies, some like the sour version, called “kőrözött”, with many spices and spring onion. I’m not a huge fan of the latter one. I would say I miss the good old sweet version because of the cookies but I can make so many other stuff that I don’t find it a problem.

turogomboc = cottage cheese, sour cream, sugar + boiling and stuff - unhealhty but tasty

turogomboc = cottage cheese, sour cream, sugar + boiling and stuff – unhealhty but tasty

Plus here, bodybuilders find the Hungarian version of cottage cheese some kind of superfood (high in protein, low in fat) so daily suggestion is suggested for everybody who does some sports. Of course, during my fitness trainer studies I was often reminded how important it is to eat a lot of animal based protein and cottage cheese is a good form of it.

Oh yes, protein powder. Everybody can experience of the pushing of fitness advertisements: you MUST drink protein turmixes. Earlier I was totally against them but later I read and learnt about nutrition and I changed my mind in some ways. Now, I always have protein powder at home, often put it into my oatmeal or just drink it after my workouts, but they are totally plant based. Rice protein, pea or hemp seed. I have no problems with them.

But. But the cheese.

The cheese.

I miss cheese.

So, once in a while I eat cheese. On my better days I say it doesn’t matter because in 80% of my meals I eat healthy food plus I don’t experience any (short term) side effects of eating some cheese but on typical nothing-goes-well days I start to think I should be stronger, I should push myself harder. And whenever I find posts about the healthiness of being dairyfree, I find myself sad and weak. For example I know – and I teach about it, too! – how much harm dairy products can cause for women and their periods – stronger cramps, PMS, cysts and other stuff Lara has written about.

I think, cow milk is worse than goat milk so when I eat animal based cheese, it’s goat cheese. Maybe I’m just naive but I think, because goat cheese is not that mainstream, animals are not that strongly pushed to produce milk so maybe they don’t get that much medicine, perhaps they are treated better and their milk is healthier.

Conclusion? No conclusion.

I know it is better to avoid dairy products, so I try to replace them with plant based food whenever I can but I don’t go crazy if I really one some. Once in a while it’s okay, I guess. I think, stress that we can make ourself with telling what rules we MUST follow, what we MUST do or avoid, creates more harm than 2 slices of cheese once a month (as long as there’s no allergy or intolerance towards it).