Disclaimer: Remember that I’m not a health professional. Megan is almost done with her dietitian degree, but please consult your personal health care provider before making any changes to your diet, exercise, and health regime!
I have this friend named Megan who loves brownies and burgers and salads and running, and she’s also studying dietitcs. There used to be a time when I didn’t think all of those things went together. I first noticed Megan on Instagram and the Bloggers Gonna Blog Community. I noticed that she was going to be a registered dietitian, but the other thing that stuck out to me was that she didn’t focus on food or restriction or dieting. She was ‘anti-diet’, and I used to have the misconception that dietitians or people who helped you with your nutrition were anti-sugar, anti-dairy, anti-burgers and french fries. Little did I know that Sarah, Robyn, Megan, and others enjoy things like a brownie, a burger, and even french fries.
I started to feel a sense of freedom as I followed these girls and observed them. They weren’t obsessed with eating; in fact they were obsessed with encouraging people to eat according to their body’s needs. They didn’t make it a ‘one size fits all.’ They would make a brownie, and I truly believe each one of them would eat that brownie and ice cream with you.
If you follow Megan on Instagram, you’ll know that she enjoys her dark chocolate and her delicious salads. She loves burgers and mac n’ cheese and avocados.
Megan has a beautiful site called, ‘Run Whole Nutrition’ in which she covers a lot of ‘dieting’, food, eating, and health topics.
Some of the articles that I think you would love to read to see this girl’s heart for holistic health would be:
Are you getting excited about this interview? I am. 🙂 I even have a brownie recipe at the end, because I would love to share a brownie with Megan some day.
Speaking of brownies? I titled this podcast, and then I went over to Megan’s feed. It’s amazing how God works, because I was scrolling down, and I discovered this picture. Can you just say, ‘AMEN sister!’
Megan is still in the process of finishing up her school, so we are calling this the first ‘RD2Be’ podcast. I’m hoping to have other guests on here who are studying nutrition/are certified in nutrition/dietetics to help shepherd some of us through common food myths, recovery struggles, and other challenges in the world of health.
Notes on the Podcast:
Megan cuts out a few times because the service was a bit bad, but I think you can probably hear most of it! 🙂 Megan talks about:
Her Relationship with Food
What True Balance Is
That True Health is More Than Losing Weight
Struggling with Perfectionism…
She even talks about healthy living blogs and the temptation to compare yourself with other bloggers. (Who else has done that?)
Technical Note: There were a few spots where Megan’s voice went fuzzy, but I couldn’t figure out how to cut them out without messing up the interview. I’m still learning the ins and outs of Audacity editing, but if you have any tips I would love them!
Remember that you can find me on Itunes under: Beauty in Christ (Freedom from the Idolatry of Body and Food).
One of the things that really stood out to me about Megan is that health is not ‘mechanical’ or a ‘formula.’ It’s totally different for all of us. For some that may be a gluten free brownie. For some that may be a regular brownie or a dairy free brownie, but we’re not all the same.
This podcast made me think of the wondrous description of the Psalmist of how God made us and knows us far better than we know ourselves.
Psalm 139: 1-6, ‘O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.’
To Find Megan online here are her links:
Blog: Run Whole Nutrition
Now for that brownie recipe to cap off this podcast #6!
For this recipe I used:
You could use regular all purpose flour if you don’t need it to be gluten free.
Seriously Fudge Filled Chocolate Brownies (Gluten Free)
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They don't get more fudgy than this. They have a mixture of deep rich chocolate, the surprise of protein packed cottage cheese, and less sugar than you would imagine. Yet, they're full of sweetness, softness, and chocolate.
- 1/3 c cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 3 oz Choco Love dark chocolate
- 1 cup of your favorite cottage cheese! (I've heard @good_culture is really good but I haven't had a chance to try yet)
- 2/3 c brown sugar
- 3 tbsp butter, soft (or coconut oil)
- 2 eggs or chia seed substitute (2 tbsp chia seeds with 1/2 c of water)
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour
- 1/2 tsp pink sea salt or regular salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda (Leave this out if you want them to be really dense)
- Put cocoa powder and chocolate in food processor. Pour boiling water over. Cover and mix for about 10 seconds. Make sure to cover all the way!!! Add cottage cheese and turn on the food processor again. Turn off and add eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix till well blended (about 30 seconds). Sprinkle in flour, baking soda, and salt. Pour into prepared parchment paper lined 8x8 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out with a few crumbs attached.
For those of you who listened to Megan here are some questions:
Have you ever struggled with making health a ‘mechanical thing?’
Have you learned that it’s okay to eat a brownie and a burger and salad and be healthy?
Are you a dietitian or have you worked with a dietitian? What are your thoughts about getting out of a diet mindset?
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