April 13, 2010

Whole foods what?

I’m a student of nutrition, but I have a secret. My own nutrition is less than perfect. My husband threatened the other day that when I’m a famous nutritionist, he’s going to start a blog on the side to record the things I eat as entertainment for the public. He told me this while I was munching on Margherita pizza the other night after an appetizer cup of rocky road ice cream.

I think the problem (or non-problem) is that I really love food. I love the way things taste, I’m fanatical about my favorite restaurants, and I am hungry ALL THE TIME. I don’t exclude foods such as dairy, wheat, or sugar. I love good-for-you food as well as not-so-good-for-you food and I am now in search of balance. It is my goal to start practicing what I preach.

It’s not that I want to become a different person or change the way I am. I just want to change some of the things I do and some of the choices I make. Some of my short terms goals are to: follow a whole foods diet, start doing yoga, bake bread. It can’t be that hard, right?

However, when I went to the Whole Foods in Bellevue last night, I ended up with a huge basket of grapefruits, apples, and granola. I can’t live on that alone – I’ll starve! What does eating whole foods really mean? Can I truly incorporate this lifestyle into my crazy schedule? How can I become more “Bastyrian” without becoming obsessive? These are the questions I’ve set out to answer.

Glossary of terms
Bastyrian: bas [teer] ee-uhn
1. a student attending Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.
2. any of various naturopathic minded students of whole foods nutrition
3. person or persons carrying containers of fermented foods in clay pots around with them daily wherever they go as to improve digestive health and promote flora growth in gut


  1. Ginger ~ You're a great writer. I didn't know you were going to school to be a nutritionist... I would like to do that someday! I am excited to read more from you as you meet your goals! Good luck, Sara Green

  2. Hey little blogster. I just went vegan and I'm loving it! Probably not what you're looking for but I do have some yummy vegetable recipes to share if you are interested.

    PS Yea Fish!!!

  3. Congrats on the new blog, lady! Keep up the great writing. I look forward to staying in touch with you through our blogs :)

  4. Great Blog Ginny! I am so glad you are going to Bastyr - love and look forward to our almost daily chats on nutrition, the latest updates, and how to change the world. I myself have drastically changed my eating habits and lost some weight, lowered my cholesterol and blood pressure. One big key - daily food journals and measuring food. Rather tedious, but works. Talk to you later - probably today! Love you - Mom

  5. I like your post. We need to keep educating people to eat whole foods and not processed garbage.

  6. I know this is a little late, but I love the glossary term. You do a great job of breaking things up for people and making the blog easy to read!