Thank you guys for all your sweet comments, emails and messages about Monday’s post. Totally unnecessary, but you sure do know how to make a girl [and guy] feel loved! So, thank you.
This week for WIAW, I’m photo dumping pictures from the past couple weeks when we were at Cape Cod and then when my momma was in the city. Let’s just say, it’s been a good-food-filled couple of weeks. I’ve consumed a respectful amount of fries in all forms, ice cream cones, and wine. Fries actually became a food group in the Cape.
all the ice cream all the time, and always in a waffle cone // cookie dough and birthday cake for the win.
part of dinner on Saturday // Greek salad + bread and olive oil + fried zucchini
lunch Monday // Hummus and Pita Co. plate full of everything with olive oil, hummus + pita and these cute little pastries filled with raisins and apricot jam
carmel praline and chocolate coconut milk ice cream // Greek salad + an arepa at Smorgasburg in the city on Saturday
dinner at Westville // veg plate + Cobb salad + sweet potato fries + red wine
But after a couple of weeks of the good stuff, my body is so craving the other kind of good stuff…the green stuff. So with summer winding down and there being a little less travel in September than months before, I am pumped to get back in my kitchen and start cooking again. I went nuts on Amazon and Swanson Vitamins this week ordering so many nuts, seeds, dates, oils and dark chocolate to stock my pantry. Wheeeeeee! I’ve got 8 weeks until the NYC marathon and my focus is to take care of this body the best I can. There will still be wine and ice cream and fries, but there will also be a bit more green around these parts. And I’m excited about it.
I’m a pretty easy going person and I don’t have a lot of things that get to me, but guys…when people ask if I eat “xyz” food or see me eating pizza or cookies or drinking more than one drink at the bar I kind of want to scream. RDs are human and life is way too short to be all legalistic about food. I’ve gotten some requests to do a post on foods you might be surprised an RD would eat, and I think the past two weeks are a pretty good depiction of that. All the carbs, all the sugar, all the wine, and all the fried food. I can’t think of a better way to wrap up this summer.
egg bagel with adzuki bean bacon, cashew cheese and chili mayo at The Butcher’s Daughter
Cod with tomatoes and green beans and some other stuff that Nick cooked last night with a couple glasses of red wine and blueberry crisp
And if your summer has looked similar, cheers. There is so much joy that can come from licking an ice cream cone on a hot August afternoon, cracking a bottle of wine on a Tuesday just because, and eating fast food while road tripping. And most importantly, there is so much freedom in that. Our bodies are super smart. They won’t crave that stuff forever. And that’s how we cultivate “balance.” Because after a couple week of less green all my body wants right now is all the vegetables. And that’s not because I think I should eat that but because I want to.
Yesterday’s post run lunch was ALL THE VEG. // green smoothie + kale salad with tomatoes and avocado and leftover vegan sushi from Beyond Sushi
So as summer winds down, and a new semester starts next week I’m excited about getting back in the kitchen, eating some nourishing foods, and settling into a better sleep rhythm.
These all look so good:)~
I have recently found love for French fries (the thick, potato-y kind). It’s funny because I thought if I started eating them, I’d want them all the time. Not even true. My body still craves the “other” good stuff and I only have a French fry craving every now and then. As you say, the body knows best! 😀
PS: Now, I DO have an ice cream craving 😉
Niki @ Life With Niki says
This is THE ultimate ice cream post- I love your honesty and the type of balance you advocate! Now that you are a Nurse, how will you go about nutritional consulting if you don’t mind me asking?
Loved all of your meals- especially the mediterranean themed ones ;)!
of course I don’t mind you asking! are you talking about balancing Nutshell with a nursing job or how I plan to incorporate my RN into my RD practice? Just want to make sure we’re on the same page 🙂
Samantha @ThePlantedVegan says
What a yummy day of food! All that ice cream is making me want dessert, and it’s only 11:00 am!
One of my favorite quotes from this year is from Amy Poehler’s book: “Good for you, not for me.”
If you want to drink a few glasses of wine, have some cookies, and enjoy some french fries, good for you!! It’s your life and you’ve found balance and you should enjoy some treats.
Everyone is entitled to eat, feel, be, and do whatever makes their soul happy., They shouldn’t shun you because you’re an RD and eating those things 🙂
Now I need to go find some coconut milk icecream. Yum! xo
I love that quote! You tell it how it is, sister 🙂
All of that looks absolutely delicious, especially all of the ice cream! I’m so glad you’ve been able to enjoy your summer and think you’re such a great role model for everyone in terms of food balance. Have a fabulous day!
Hope you have enjoyed your summer too!!
Robyn, a perfect healthy post of liviing a joyful life. Dont give a second on those negative comments. You are not what you are eating. You dont have to play a role as “an RD”. You are Robyn Coale. And Robyn Coale loves icecream, kale, fries, veggies, icecream, fruits, pizza, hummus, cakes, smoothies, friends, family, running, CVille and an endless list of beautiful things.
Keep smiling the way you do.
I love reading you and Id love to meet you some moment in the future.
laura @Sheeatswell says
Ice cream envy over here…majorly. Another wonderful, raw, real post.
I love seeing how easy going you are about eating. I think people are shocked when RD’s and health professionals eat a little bit more loosely, because some people in the industry preach that you should always be on your game, and not eat xyz! I love reading all of your posts!
Gosh I could never be on my game all the time, so much pressure! Thanks for reading 🙂
Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run says
oh, yummm. all that ice cream looks amazing, as does the greek good… and vegan sushi. you eat GOOD!
and so do YOU! 🙂
She Rocks Fitness says
Looks like a perfect couple of weeks to bring summer to a close…I am seriously craving a ice cream in a waffle cone…It just screams summer and is always fun to have after dinner while strolling on a cool Summer night. Cheers friend!
Screams summer!! Hope you already had a cone last night 🙂
what an awesome, yummy looking summer you had! Glad you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for being so honest in your posts. Life is too short to not enjoy it to the fullest.
All that food looks so delicious! Oh that ice cream… I LOVE scoop ice cream. On a more serious note ;)… you have taught me the true meaning of Balance. I never ever feel restricted anymore when I eat, I feel so “free” and I go my cravings/hunger cues instead of “what I should be eating”. I can’t thank you enough for that. Because i’ve learned that counting calories equals stress, stress equals weight gain/unhappiness!
ahhhh my heart is so full just reading about all the freedom you’ve experienced! So, so overjoyed for you! Keep soaking up life!
Kathleen West says
I love you posting the actual food you enjoy. I feel as RD’s we get such a stereotype associated with us, like we never eat anything but veggies and grilled chicken! We are people too! Everything in moderation is my opionion. Life is too short to skip dessert!
I love reading your WIAW (and other) posts – they are so real. I think this is what we are missing the most in today’s blogosphere and social media – reality. Thanks for showing both the ice cream part as well as the green salad side of your daily menu!
Faith VanderMolen says
Ah, this post makes me happy…and makes me miss all the awesome food in NYC! We just moved to China, and while the food here is delicious, there’s no variety in our city.
And that bagel sandwich from the Butcher’s Daughter looks ah-mazing! I only made it there once and I got the reuben…didn’t disappoint! Keep enjoying that ice cream…and now those veggies too:)
Robyn – I love the way you celebrate with food….
I can imagine how hard it is to be an RD with all of the preconceived ideas people have about what you ‘should’ or ‘should not’ be eating. Your freedom with food inspires me. I have been vegetarian for my whole adult life and vegan for the past several years…but have had a resurgence of an old ED (restriction and exercise addiction) and am working on this a lot now. I recently did a healing retreat with my spiritual teacher and her teaching reminded me of you. I had wanted real ice cream for the first time in years just a few weeks before the retreat..then all the pics of waffle cones with drippy ice cream on your blog looked so good…so when I went to the retreat she worked with me on my black and white thinking about food…she encouraged my vegan diet but with flexibility when I want it….and she had me eat ice cream (asked what I wanted) …when I became very contracted and scared when I saw the ice cream – she told me that I could not eat it in that state….she had me shift my whole being to be in a place where I could enjoy it – embrace it – and smile while I ate it. I could completely see and identify how my organs and brain were in 2 different states depending on whether I was relaxed or contracted with the food – and how it would even metabolize differently because of this.
Sorry for the long comment but I thought you might be interested to hear this.
Thanks for being so authentic 🙂