BIG Nutrition: Flexing your nutrition muscle!


BIG Nutrition: Flexing your nutrition muscle!

Split jerk skills practice during a recent class was included to focus special attention on executing this movement. This is what the Nutrition Challenge offers—practice time to flex your nutrition muscle.

When nutrition challenges occur, it can be a reflex to cut out certain foods, avoid restaurants, and change routines for a few weeks to meet the challenge. Some individuals may choose to do this, but others will hopefully consider the challenge a time to practice new skills and figure out what works and doesn’t work for everyday life.

During the challenge, food can be:

  • From home
  • Purchased and assembled (e.g., market, Blue Apron, Purple Carrot)
  • Made by others (e.g., restaurants, Kettlebell Kitchen who is offering a special code just for the challenge, BIG2018, with a 10% discount for orders through March 1).

These food options are intentional. First, it makes the challenge more flexible since cooking every meal daily is not generally workable for individuals and families, and second, it is more like real life where we access and eat food from a variety of places.

There are also RX and scaled divisions. Research demonstrates that radical changes in eating habits are not sustainable for most people. So, scale it like a boss. The scaled division sets a goal of 85% nutrient dense eating for 12 of 14 meals per week, but if you want to establish a different goal, go for it. The RX goal is also 85% or 18 of 21 meals per week.

Skills Practice: Saturday Nutrition Reflection

This challenge has a new optional component, take home practice skills for the following week. Materials will be available every Saturday, 9:00-11:00 am on topics such as: incorporating mindful eating, reflecting on eating and what you want to change, determining what and where to add food to your intake, and conquering the plan and prep, all while eating tasty food.

This challenge is set up to try meet people where they are and support the idea of practicing nutrition skills. Skills practice in class or related to food is not about executing the move or meal perfectly every time, it is about sticking with it and over time mastering the skills.

Tell me more!

  • Flyers detailing the eating criteria and a sample score sheet are available at BIG.
  • Sunday, February 4 (8:00 am and 10:00 am) is the Nutrition Challenge test in! If you can’t be there Sunday am, please contact me, [email protected], or Tina, [email protected], to schedule an alternate time.
  • Stop by Performance Nutrition in Dedham this week or early next week for a body analysis.

Happy and healthful eating,

Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN