The Bigger Picture of Healthy Eating- Guest Post

September 1, 2016 in Balance / Recovery

Hi guys and happy Thursday!! This week has been crazy with adjusting to a new schedule, environment, and trying to find my routine again. So thank you for bearing with me!! Today I’m super excited because one of my favorite bloggers ever and the most genuine gal Kate will be guest posting for me today. 🙂 And she is touching on a very important topic, so let’s get started!

Hi! My name is Kate and I blog over at The Domestikated Life. Today I’m hopping in to share a little story that might benefit some of you out there who find healthy eating to be burdensome at times. Be sure to reach out to me if you want to chat more.


Sometime in the past year, my husband and I were discussing what our “last meal” would be. A very serious matter, of course. I’ve tried and loved many different foods and there are many delicious things that I could possibly want on my plate for my last meal, however, what came to mind isn’t something I thought of as one of my favorite foods.

What came to mind was the meal I lusted after while I was still in my eating disorder as a teenager. The meal that I said I would want once I got out of the ICU, because for a brief second I believed I was going to get better much quicker than I did. That meal was never mentioned again, however, because the fear of weight gain and loss of control became too strong.

What was that meal you may ask? It was a hot dog basket with a milkshake from the local fast food joint my mom would take us to frequently throughout my childhood. The hotdog had chili, mustard, and onions and a side of the cole slaw and fries.

It was a meal that I would never allow myself to touch and after many years of convincing myself to not want such a meal, I kind of forgot about. It wasn’t until years later when I was recovered that I remembered how much I loved it. When Terry, my husband, asked me what my last meal would be, it was the hot dog basket I remembered.

A few months later I thought about it again and decided I needed to have it. I don’t have to wait until my dying day to have something I crave. When I learned we’d be moving back near the restaurant, it was a done deal.

On Friday night, Terry and I went there for dinner. I ordered the hot dog basket and we shared a pineapple milkshake. It was really good. The fries were amazing. Now that I’ve had it, I would not say it would be my last meal of choice. It was very delicious, but I know there is tastier food out there than a homely hot dog. It will probably several months (or one very emotional day) before I crave it again.


Did the act of eating a meal that provided me with little nutrients make me unhealthy? No.

When our diets consist mostly of foods like whole grains, lean meats, fruits, and vegetables on a daily basis, a meal here and there that is “nutrient-devoid” will not cause our bodies harm. You can’t erase a diet that is nutrient-dense with one unhealthy meal.


I used to think that eating was black and white and that including non-nutritious foods in my diet would wreck all the hard work I was putting into it. This is simply not true. Part of nourishing ourselves is enjoying the food we eat and not denying ourselves. For most of us, not every morsel of food we eat needs to be bursting with vitamins and minerals.

Do I understand the importance of a healthy diet? Of course I do! I’ve spent the last two years studying to be a registered dietitian. I’ve got the education. However, one of the things I’ve learned is to look at the big picture. A 24-hour diet recall can’t give me all the details of someone’s diet. One meal or one day or even one week can’t accurately describe how nutrient dense your diet is.

Don’t get caught up in the details. If you want, make it a priority to nourish your body with nutrient dense foods. However, I say don’t make it your number one priority. The bigger picture view allows for your favorite meals and nights out with friends and cake at birthday parties. It’s perfectly okay to be a self-proclaimed healthy eater and enjoy you ice cream too. Those don’t contradict each other.

Kate’s blog is one that you all should definitely check out. She inspires me so much and is like my blogging big sis. I truly do look up to her!

No questions today, but leave some feedback for Kate below! This is such an important topic and I’m so thankful for Kate sharing this story with us. 🙂 

Have a happy Thursday friends!! xoxo

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  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It September 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Kate this is such an amazing post. “A meal here and there that is ‘nutrient-devoid’ will not cause our bodies harm. You can’t erase a diet that is nutrient-dense with one unhealthy meal.” AMEN TO THAT! Sometimes I still get “food remorse” when I eat something that I feel like I didn’t really “need”, but this post solidifies everything for me now. 🙂 Thank you for being a light in my life and thank you Lyss for sharing this!! xo
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  • Reply kat September 1, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Love this post Kate! And thank you for sharing this story with us. <3
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  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot September 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I love this so much–its something that seems so simple but can be so hard to live out.
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  • Reply Emily September 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    AMEN Kate. The balance of health is something that I missed for so many years, because I spent too much time worrying over what I did eat (if I thought it was unhealthy), and I didn’t think about how hurtful the anxiety was to me and to my family. I’m so thankful that God heals, and you and Alyssa and so many other women are examples to me that He heals in an amazing way. I love this so much; I think I’ll have some ice cream and salad today.
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  • Reply Lynne September 1, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Great post Kate, thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to visiting your site 🙂
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  • Reply Kate September 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you for allowing me to guest post! I hope your readers will resonate 😀
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  • Reply Ellie Pell September 1, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Now I’m thinking about what my last meal would be…I don’t know, right now if I found out I was dying, I’d be too sad to want anything specific. Probably peanut butter or donuts.
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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law September 2, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I am a big believer that living a healthy lifestyle means not restricting anything and balancing everything. I love my vegetables and fruits and “healthy foods” but I’m also a chocolate lover and love dessert!

    It’s not healthy to complete cut out food groups or stop yourself having the things you love/crave. I hateee when I hear “healthy people” lusting over things because they “can’t have that” because it’s so silly!
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  • Reply Catherine @ A Cup of Catherine September 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Oh, I love this post so much!
    It’s taken me years to realize what “healthy” truly means – and I’m so grateful that I’ve found that balance. Thanks for sharing Kate & Lyss!
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