A few weeks ago, I celebrated Eid with Muslims around the world after a month of fasting for Ramadan. One of my most delicious family Eid traditions is to make an extra special cheesecake to eat after Eid breakfast. This year, I made Baklava Cheesecake. Yes, it is just as amazing as it sounds: a combination of two of my favourite desserts, baklava and cheesecake.
Before I go any further, some of you may be thinking "but aren't you a dietitian?" When I post dessert pictures, I get the occasional Facebook friend asking me "but aren't you a dietitian?" You bet I am! A dessert-loving dietitian. The type of dietitian that eats for health 80% of time and pleasure 20% of the time. Food is a lot more complex than just "good" or "bad". So while I promote a wholesome diet majority of the time, every Eid (and other occasions worth celebrating) you will definitely see a cheesecake at my dinner table.
Ok now that we have that out of the way - let's get back to the sweet stuff!
When you think of eating healthy, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably salad right? Well, what's salad without salad dressing? Just raw, boring vegetables, if you ask me! (OK fine you got me, I love eating raw veggies on their own too, I can't help the dietitian in me!) Regardless, I still think that the right salad dressing can make or break a salad.
That doesn't necessarily mean you should pick up any salad dressing while you are at the grocery store. While salad dressings may be disguised as a healthy condiment, they can quickly rack up on calories, fat, and sugar. Not to mention, a long list of ingredients you can't pronounce. Before you know it, your colourful salad isn't the healthiest option on your plate.
Now you might be thinking, hey! I'll just pick up a low-fat or fat free salad dressing to avoid the extra calories and fat. Here's my dietitian tip for you: when an item is labelled as "fat-free" or "low fat", the fat is usually replaced with something else so th...
Before you start reading this, I want you to know that this isn't a typical mommy-motivational weight loss blog post. Let's face it, after XX months of taking care of your baby, sleepless nights, and endless diaper changes, going from fad diet to fad diet with none to little success can be frustrating.
This blogpost is not about me putting you on a diet to lose your baby weight. You know why? Because I didn't do it. And I would never recommend any of my clients to go on a strict diet. So yes, it is possible to lose ALL your baby weight after giving birth and NO you do not have to feel miserable doing it.
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