What does nutrition Expert Sara Tindaro want us to better understand? That eating good food towards our healthiest selves can be much more of an art than an exact science. Let’s find out why there’s no need to sweat the details, and eat nourishing whole foods as its meant to be enjoyed.

For the majority of us, eating doesn’t have to be a complicated process.

The fact of the matter is that it takes more than a program or meal plan to successfully make lifestyle changes that are sustainable.

What would happen if we all went back to the basics of good nutrition and stopped looking for that one miracle component in our diet that might make the difference this time? If you aren’t eating an abundant amount of plant foods, then the chia seeds you sprinkle on your cereal certainly won’t be the key to your health.

Likewise, while reading about the health benefits of ginger and turmeric may provide some temporary motivation, those health benefits will never be realized if we don’t enjoy their taste or know how to incorporate them into a meal.

It’s no surprise that the lifestyle and foods that prevent most diseases are the same, no matter if you are vegan, Paleo, gluten-free, or the next soon-to-be-designated trend.

When you are eating what Mother Nature intended and engaging with food in a healthy manner, doors open to a new way of living. However, that doesn’t have to mean deprivation, restriction, or rigid rules. It’s about eating whole foods that are closest to their natural state as possible while in balance, with awareness,

And allowing some wiggle room too.

After all, what carries us through life’s monumental moments are the simple pleasures of everyday life–many of which are gathering around a meal with family, relishing in your grandma’s homemade chocolate cake, or picking out your weekly groceries at your favorite farmer’s market.


Sara Tindaro, MS, RDN, CLT is a Seattle-based dietitian focused on helping guide others live a healthier life through their choices and relationship with food. Stay in touch with Sara and connect with her!