As part of the 9-month MakeBetter makeover that Yvonne and I are doing, we’re working with Ashley Koff, celebrity dietician, who’s given us great food tips and taught us to look at food in a new way, and it’s working out great. (At least for me it is, ahem. Check out Yvonne’s video this week…)
Part of my issue with any “diet” plan is knowing what to eat. I need ideas, people! A woman cannot live on lettuce alone.
The great thing about working with Ashley Koff is that #1, she’s very smart. She can, if you want, explain things like the Krebs Cycle and metabolic rates and the kind of stuff I remember from Bio 101, so that you know why eating a particular food will either add pounds or help take them off. Listening to her makes me feel like I’m back in class but with a celebrity professor who smiles this time.
The other great thing about Ashley is that she gets it. She gets that we want to eat actual food. She calls herself a Qualitarian and has inspired me to become one, too.
What that means is that there are no “off-limits” foods, only better choices.
If, like Yvonne and I, certain recent events cause undue stress in your life and you fall off the wagon eating more complex carbohydrates than you thought humanly possible, you can spend the next day feeling guilty – OR – you can realize it’s just a blip of a bad choice and get back on the program.
Ashley would never say “No pasta!”, or “Get over there and stay away from the pizza!” Rather, she might say, “Perhaps next time, why don’t we add in some steamed or roasted veggies to go with the pasta?”, or “Why don’t we think of it in terms of portion control?” (Just for the record, this is my interpretation of Ashley Koff, not actual quotations…)
So then we’re left with – aside from salad with dressing on the side, what is there to eat? Luckily for me, Ashley Koff is not short of ideas.
On her Ashley Koff Approved website she’s got a great Nutrition Plan for Optimal Energy. I call it her version of the Food Pyramid and it lists foods in all categories, including the “non-starchy vegetables”, or as I like to call them: the lifesavers. The plan also has handy notes about what foods to eat together, how often, and what kind of carb, fat & protein breakdown to aim for. Super helpful. And downloadable.
Then on top of that, Ashley Koff’s Mom Energy Facebook page has another super helpful download: the Mom Energy Eating Occasion Ideas pdf. There are over 100 suggestions, and no, you don’t have to be a Mom to eat these foods…
So between her Nutrition Plan and the Mom Energy meal ideas, Ashley Koff has told me what to eat – and I am listening.
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles and Orange County.