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Bio 🦋Lead Registered Dietitian - Essence Nutrition 🦋 NO DIETS 🙅🏻‍♀️ 🌎 Virtual + in person consults (MIAMI☀️)by our Essence RD team 👩🏻‍💻 ⚾️ Dietitian🐠

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 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "Gonna take a little fadeout like this color scheme from Instagram. As I try to reconnect with my spirituality and mindfu" at North Miami Beach, Florida - 2003063586269020853

Gonna take a little fadeout like this color scheme from Instagram. As I try to reconnect with my spirituality and mindfulness capabilities recently, and my soul (Essence!) I’ve found that social media has unfortunately barricaded this process. While Instagram used to serve me as an arena for enlightenment or amusement (my best friend and I would just send each other memes that spoke to us and us alone— ok and prob 1 million other people) — now it’s become contentious. The elusive “algorithms” have strangled my confidence a bit, I see a lot of mud slinging (even RD to RD 😞), and I regret to note that I compulsively check it all day and fear it’s playing with my neurological reward / norepinephrine pathways. I want to live a mindful, serene, “unexamined life” (to quote Wicked 🧙🏻‍♂️) and I cannot find solace in a world where I feel pressured to catalogue every living experience, edible and otherwise. I want to walk with my husband and dog without my phone and absorb / experience my environment fully. I want to notice vibrant colors around me. I don’t want to walk into street signs anymore since I’m bent over like an ibis texting (you know it has happened to you! 🛑) In “real life”, I’m not just eating different iterations of yogurt - I’ve got a lot on my proverbial plate, and I want to preserve my essence. My friends know, and some others, so thank you for keeping it in confidence. * * I can’t tell you how touched I am by the support you’ve extended to me and how beloved I’ve felt since starting this account three years ago. Your encouragement both here and “in real life” has been really warming. But I want to live MORE in that “real life” and LESS in this faux world, that can easily become a rabbithole descent into a light form of madness. * I’ll be back soon. I have some automatic posts scheduled, so I’ll be like that little star you see that’s so far away that it’s not real even there anymore (that is a thing!!) In the meantime, your butterfly gang is still swarming 🦋🦋🦋 and guess what — we still have email addresses (hello@essencenutritionmiami.com), which is how we set up scheduling anyways 😎 -the ever more Mindful Monica 🦋

 image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "..because you should 100% eatlikemonica. “ERRONEOUS!!!” -- to quote Wedding Crashers. Yes, it’s my handle, and the handl" - 2002272505151427356
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..because you should 100% eatlikemonica. “ERRONEOUS!!!” -- to quote Wedding Crashers. Yes, it’s my handle, and the handle basis of our RD butterfly hive (@eatlikeeliane, @eatlikemichele, @eatlikemichelle), but what’s implied in the name is for you to be a butterfly and deftly bounce from flower to flower, er, salad to salad, and glean the most meaningful food concepts you learn here on the ‘gram from us and apply them to your own ESSENCE. We try to keep it light, sometimes punctuated by my about alien foods, diet culture, and a victimization Eeyore attitude towards food, but this arena is for amusement and enlightenment, not ‘eat this not that because I eat it, and so should you, IT IS WRITTEN ::Biblical thunder bolt:: So yeah, I’ll crow about my in all their realistic, authentic, ugly, “anti-Instagram aesthetic” glory because I want to empower YOU to not feel so pressured to eat “normal” foods or catalogue everything you eat and broadcast it to a random cyber gaggle. EveryBODY’s roster of daily foods / patterns over time is and SHOULD be unique -- aka their ESSENCE -- and that is to be honored and savored. All attempts will be made to introduce you to the bizarre glories of kefir, sauerkraut, chomping on a cucumber in your car, tahini, and blending matcha into your pancakes, but at the end of the day -- the decision about your food and health and your right to pursue it in a way that is significant to you - is unwaveringly yours and yours alone. So please enjoy my eccentric food choices and creations here, but by no means feel compelled to replicate. This isn’t a homogenous food society - is heterogeneous AF and so too should be your spread of food. (But I’m indelibly flattered when you all DM me that you’ve been indoctrinated with adoration / are noticing diet culture cues sprinkled all over society. You’re my beautiful butterfly army - let’s keep leading the world to a concept wherein you SHOULD - the way I have found joy, peace, and appreciation for (most) all foods (I really. truly. do not like coffee. Love the smell, tho. And if you want to send me any coffee scrubs for my skin, so be it.)

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "HEY BATTER BATTER ⚾️ 🥞- PANCAKE batter, that is. Feelin' lucky as a leprechaun 🍀 today prepping batter for my mean green" at Miami, Florida - 2001653074733847154

HEY BATTER BATTER ⚾️ 🥞- PANCAKE batter, that is. Feelin' lucky as a leprechaun 🍀 today prepping batter for my mean green LUCK O’ THE IRISH spinach almond flour pancakes with raspberry chia compote; both made with my @thenutramilk. Not exactly a traditional Irish soul food, but I reckon any modern Irishman/woman would approve. 2019 = a day and age where if a handy machine can allow me to get an extra serving of greens seamlessly, or perhaps a fun way to render 'leprechaun pancakes' exciting for kids, and I'm all about it. * * Place 1 cup almond flour, 6 cups spinach, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 cup oats, 2 eggs, 2 bananas, and some cinnamon and matcha powder for ~flair~ in your NutraMilk. Butter cycle for 4-5 minutes. Pour into clover pancake molds (HELLO, @etsy!!) on an avocado-oiled pan, and flip when appropriate. Top with raspberrry chia compote: place 3 cups frrozen raspberries + 4 TBSP chia seeds + juice of 1 lemon in yourr Nutramilk; butter for 4-5 minutes. You can heat this up and melt it over those lucky leprechaun pancakes as well. * But you know who's NOT feelin’ 🍀 this St. Patrick’s Day? The covetous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel praying to her lucky stars for a magically delicious crumb to drop. Nope. * Snag your own St. Patrick's day magic with $50.00 off your Nutramilk machine with code EATLIKEMONICA50 - visit link in bio to order 💫

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "..Sooooo if I don't have a "meal plan" -- wtf am I supposed to eat? *Does not dieting mean I sacrifice my health? *How c" at Miami, Florida - 2000976322114187616

..Sooooo if I don't have a "meal plan" -- wtf am I supposed to eat? *Does not dieting mean I sacrifice my health? *How can someone who is "overweight" be healthy? They need to get their sh*t together. * * Well, where diets end -- LIFE BEGINS. You finally break yourself free (we're breakin' freeeeee; we're soooarrinn', flyiinnnn' lyrical break here) 🎵 from the shackles that took up so much valuable real estate in your mind and your life; and we can now progress and pursue HEALTH; and we can shelve the whole weight loss brouhaha and honor our TRUE hunger/fullness/joy and peace within food. We can eat flexibly and for pleasure as well as physical nourishment. We can move mindfully and not "workout 6x a week to get abs." We can normalize our weight and allow it to settle where it should be. We can improve our biochemical markers (yep, dieting tends to actually WORSEN your lab results..), and we can enhance our dietary quality, psychological health, flatten disordered eating patterns, amplify our self-esteem, and foster body respect and inclusivity for all people, and recognize that EVERY-BODY has the right to pursue health in a way that is meaningful to him/her. * * ~Unsubscribe~ from diet culture and sign up for the listserv that is your actual life -- and allowing food to enhance it, not drag it down to food-obsessive and sinister self-hate. I speak from wisdom on the 'other side' of the diet culture fence, where I once basically had my own diet culture farm. CROSS OVER WITH US!! 🦋🦋🦋🦋The grass is really greener 🍃(and we have lots of cute spaniels on this side of the fence). 🐶

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "Happy Friday from @oceanreefclub! 🐳I’ve been the Visiting Dietitian here for 3 years (LinkedIn, thx for those creepy pub" at The Medical Center At Ocean Reef - 2000224027781033571

Happy Friday from @oceanreefclub! 🐳I’ve been the Visiting Dietitian here for 3 years (LinkedIn, thx for those creepy public reminders that spurn a flood of robotic ‘Congrats!’ messages). This place is paradise and I’m honored to be a part of both the Medical Center seeing private clients as well as the Fitness Center giving seminars on a host of thrilling (for me...) topics (the ‘Our Microbiome, Ourselves’ one was a personal fav). It’s refreshing to set foot on ‘The Reef’ in a place where community and the healing power of the outdoors is so sacred, and let’s be honest - the seafood here is unparalleled. 🦐 Every human I meet here is more enchanting than the next - patients, staff, physicians, and even the dogs here are like, real cute (not as cute as you, Mads. Mommy loves you more than mushy meals.) Makes me want to strike a vintage ballet Monica pose 💃 If you hear a SPLASH, it’s me losing my balance and going overboard here, or it’s me making a splash with my enlightening approach to nutrition and health for my audience here, and everywhere. Ahoy, . Walk the plank, .

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "I’m still mopping up the drool from my guests at my 30th birthday party in November when they ogled my @beautyandtheboar" at Coral Gables, Florida - 1999483377506743329

I’m still mopping up the drool from my guests at my 30th birthday party in November when they ogled my @beautyandtheboard spread 🤤 And then I sunk my 🦋 feet into the brand with its delightful owner last week and it was a FRUITFUL endeavor, as you can see 🤓 🥭 🍊 🥝 Welcome to the birth of our collaBOARDative efforts- voilá; tale as old as time 🎶- beauty and the butterfly 🦋. Lots of fruit were harmed by Elle’s precise knife skills in the making of this photo

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "Def didn't have a dietitian at MY school, but I'm a dinosaur, so, it was also cool back then to eat dinosaurs in gummy s" at Hebrew Academy Miami - 1997951499909876699

Def didn't have a dietitian at MY school, but I'm a dinosaur, so, it was also cool back then to eat dinosaurs in gummy snack form (and gummy sharks? and Gushers? Wow, children of the '90s really were all about chewy cloyingly sweet snacks..) * * Now, I'm happy as a 90s butterfly clip in a side ponytail to be able to bring Wellness into schools as a nutrition professional. It's not just teaching kids to "eat your veggies" () -- it's holding court with parents, faculty, catering, admin, and even groundskeeping (edible gardens!) and spearheading cultural shifts that lead to a lasting legacy of nutrition and wellness policy. I don't like to 'gram about it often because I like to respect pediatric privacy, but it's probably one of my more enjoyable pursuits (because, fun fact: I was a pediatric inpatient RD for two years!) * * Do I tell kids that sugar is BAAADDDD? No. Do I celebrate how all foods fit, how all bodies are good bodies, and dispel the chaotic food demons that weasels its way into our precious little butterflies' lives at tender ages? Yep. Do we make 'dirt cups' with avocados and 'fleas on a log'? Yep. * If your child's school could use some , love, give us a holler. We'd love to the baby butteflies -- and the grown-up butterflies -- because we sadly never had the opportunity as kids to learn this inclusive and compassionate healthcare model. 👶🦋

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "Happy #ASKMONICAMONDAY! DM us with your most burning butterfly nutrition questions and we'll try to answer them aqui. *
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Happy ! DM us with your most burning butterfly nutrition questions and we'll try to answer them aqui. * @caridiaries writes, "What's the deal with eating breakfast very soon after you wake up? What if you're not a breakfast person! Skipping breakfast is bad, right? Is just a protein shake ok?" BREAKFAST IS BAE -- for me. I practically prance down the stairs and dive into my daily . However, I know that not everyone is as jazzed about kefir at 7 AM as I am, and that's because your ESSENCE is unique - and you have to ! Intuitive Eating tells us to eat when we are hungry and nourish ourselves gently. So - you don't have to eat breakfast until you start to feel hunger. Now -- if you suppress hunger with coffee / water / what have you and start bulldozing into work and ignore your hunger cues, and then it's 1 PM and you realize you are ravenous and you eat 38 dollars worth of UberEats alone (been there).. that's not TRULY honoring your hunger by skipping breakfast. Sometimes, we have to anticipate hunger or use breakfast as a functional way to give us energy / nourishment. This also applies to a morning workout -- if the thought of a 6 course breakfast isn't tantalizing but you know you're going to hit a wall or become overhungry during/after your barre class -- best to have a banana, or even half (or whatever fruit / food you please!) to functionally address this anticipatory problem. Here's what is cool about being a healthy human: eventually you WILL get hungry. But, you have to pay full, mindful attention and listen to your body so you know when that precise moment is, or else you're in intuitive eating trouble. Andddd don't get us started on "protein shakes." If a creamy cool smoothie/shake in the AM is your bliss - you go on with ya bad self, you Smoothie Operator, you. But there is nothing inherently "healthier" about "protein" smoothies/shakes. Liquefying food is either something you love / doesn't call to you (personally, I like to chew my food because my parents paid a pretty penny for my orthodontia-assisted pretty teeth). Want to know what's in your "ideal" smoothie? We'll whip up some unique ideas 4 ya🦋

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "🗽 Statue of Sunday S’more Liberty 🗽
You have the right to remain free from intrusive diet culture / body talk chatter at" at Upper Eastside - 1996538292141831606
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🗽 Statue of Sunday S’more Liberty 🗽 You have the right to remain free from intrusive diet culture / body talk chatter at brunch today, at your yoga class, at the supermarket, and on your social media feed. * You have the right to eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re full. * You have the right to choose foods that nourish your body ~and~ your brain 🧠 * You have the right to accept that your body shape / size is an exquisite genetic map 🗺 * You have the right to unsubscribe from demon diet culture messages telling you that there’s something wrong with you, and you need to manipulate your weight (and your life) to be healthy / beautiful / accepted. * You have the right to approach and address your emotions without employing food. * You have the right to attempt to grill these and wind up with incinerated mallows 🤷🏻‍♀️ (@hukitchen, your chocolate squares emerged unscathed).

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "🥯weekends are for bagels, at least in the 🏡 in which I grew up 🥯There is nothing "wrong" with regular bagels. There is n" at Miami, Florida - 1995831161176605901
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🥯weekends are for bagels, at least in the 🏡 in which I grew up 🥯There is nothing "wrong" with regular bagels. There is nothing "wrong" with Paleo bagels. There is something wrong with our attitudes towards bagels (and carbs!). Readjust your food judgement thermostat (I would adjust it from afar for you, but you are not a Nest unit) and realize it's not so much about WHAT you're eating, but WHY you're eating it. So, any food can be enjoyed within an appropriate and healthy relationship lens surrounding food, and any food can also be a personal diet culture trigger. The best way to tell? Radical honesty with yourself and your hunger/fullness via Intuitive Eating. I'd explain it all, but @evelyntribole kind of already did 25 years ago, and this isn't a . All foods, and especially the divine bagel, a veritable Ashkenazi institution, fit and are “allowed”— as long as your thermostat (inner and outer cues) is set to a balmy “healthy and peaceful relationship with food.” 🌬

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "Marvelous Mrs. Moreno FACT: I had a doughnut wall at my wedding. A ~10 foot x 20 foot glorious customized edifice made a" at Miami Scottish Rite - 1995100685864351625

Marvelous Mrs. Moreno FACT: I had a doughnut wall at my wedding. A ~10 foot x 20 foot glorious customized edifice made almost entirely of doughnuts, arranged in our thematic @mackenziechilds black and white checkerboard pattern. (shoutout to @elizabethorangeevents who birthed this beautiful beast + viciously defended it at 2 AM from vulture-like guests who almost ravaged it before photos could be documented). * Does that strike you as odd? "SHOULD" a dietitian serve a "bad" food at her wedding? Do you judge doughnuts as "bad"? "SHOULD" she have served gluten-free vegan turmeric truffles? * * Your wedding is, well, *your* wedding. You can serve whatever your vision for ryour event assumes. And while I don't even like doughnuts (I know, it's weird, sry), an almond croissant wall proposal on my behalf lead to :::crickets::: in the brainstorming sesh, so I was very adamant about adopting a "What will make my guests incandescently happy at 2 AM" attitude rather than "nobody should eat doughnuts, ever, and I, as the beacon and exemplar of nutrition scoff at serving sugar-laden treats at MY wedding" stance. * * So if you are harboring jaundiced/judgemental thoughts about the fact that The Great Wall of DOUGH IN LOVE existed at my nuptials (for a brief moment until it was swiftly demolished by you CRAZED GUESTS) -- I don't judge you. I urge you to ask yourself WHY you think those thoughts are coming up for you, and WHY they are significant. Should I be held to a "higher" standard of nutrition for what I serve myself, my guests, and in the future - my children? - but wait - does that assume that food has morality? I'll just leave those little doughnut crumbs for you to feast on/ponder... [and yes; our cake topper is a silhouette of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel atop a bride's train...] * Happy 1.5 years, husband! Thanks for adapting my 🦋 ways. 💕

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 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "you've likely noticed a smear of matcha dust on my face/clothing at any given time. I've even found it on the bristles o" at Miami, Florida - 1993633969439301142
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you've likely noticed a smear of matcha dust on my face/clothing at any given time. I've even found it on the bristles of Madeleine's ears. I loved it way before it was a "thing," and then I went 2 Japan on honeymoon, essentially added a matcha chromosome to my DNA, and the rest is my perpetual neon-green sheen kitchen countertops history. But besides the fact that it's my warrior paint, me encanta matcha because: 1) I actually hate the taste of coffee. Coffee is rad (it's a PLANT! Stop labeling it as "toxic"), but the taste of it has always repulsed me and y'all know I am a big proponent of EAT FOOD YOU 💚 2) But I need energy in the mornings for my Pilates/barre/yoga and to get through my marathon days, and my sleep has been recently interrupted at all hours by the blaring train horn in my neighborhood (if you live in Miami near Biscayne, YOU KNOW) so I need a therapeutic boost. 3) Enter matcha. Aside frromt he EGCG (a catechin found in green tea which has some beeeautiful antioxidative/likely cardioprotective effects), Essence energy without the uncomfortable jolt/jitters folks get with coffee sometimes, because in addition to caffeine, it has this amino acid allstar called l-theanine, which blocks glutamate receptors in the brain and increases GABA (a neurotransmitter) which chills you. Ya get the alertness, cognitive focus, and ergogenic (exercise-enhancing) effects of the caffeine, along with the zen of l-theanine, which is basically a chaperone making sure caffeine doesn't start dancing on tables at da club (we all know THAT girl...) 4) The umami. A unique taste sensation which matcha possesses. I'm not Madame Trelawney from Harry Potter reading tea leaves but I will offer this wisdom for your matcha future: PLAIN matcha powder (in water) is not yummy. Add in milk, Manuka honey, and obv a foam leaf for the 'gram and it's a totally different, decadent animal. And bake it into, like, anything-Muffins, brownies, overnight oats, pancakes, smoothies. It's easy being green. Eyes peeled for @rspnutrition’s MATCHA BOMB 💣 on their feed - a 25% off presale doth approach 🔮

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "Yeah so this is like the 4th rly nerdy high school history reference I've made in a post this week (if you can spot them" at Miami Beach, Florida - 1993070616967009386

Yeah so this is like the 4th rly nerdy high school history reference I've made in a post this week (if you can spot them all, I'll do a jig), but as well as being an 18th century political manifesto for liberation, it also references.. * STOP "HEALTHIFYING" YOUR COOKIES. If we see one more "zucchini black bean spirulina vegan fairy toenails" cookie recipe... we are going to spew butterfly venom into your fake cookie batter. * My Polish grandmother would come out guns/pierogis ablazing from her nursing home if she knew I f*cked with her cookie recipe. * A cookie (or two), made with BUTTER. SUGAR. FLOUR. CHOCOLATE CHIPS. SEA SALT (sea salt REALLY is better for chocolate chip cookies, ask any chef...) is going to remind you that AUTHENTIC cookies taste better without turmeric. ANY food eaten mindfully, willfully, and enjoyably is going to taste extraordinary. * So can we stop doing the equivalent of a Brazilian butt lift on our cookies? That goes for you, too, cauliflower muffins. I see you. I smell you. You smell like a landfill. You know what swells your home with joy? The tantalizing scent of REAL chocolate chip cookies wafting through your house. You know what is sad? The maleficent, falsely comforting cocoon of cookie thinking: "I made healthy coconut flour lentil sprouted kidney cookies, so I'm healthy, so it's okay to eat 17, and I shudder to think that I was once a person who ate butter in my cookies." * Of course, certain intolerances, allergies, and special populations may required altered cookie recipes. And of course, you'reralways "allowed" to do anything YOU want with your cookies (you're ALLOWED to eat whatever the hell you want... we aren't the Food Police...), and we smile upon bulking up the fiber or using a grass-fed butter or whatever nutrient intrigues you.. but if your framework of cookie eating comes from a place of telling you to doctor up your cookies because one gram of white flour will spiral you into an inflammatory cytokine sh*tstorm... no. That's not cool, cookie. * Intuitive Eating = all foods fit, and yes, even the ones that aren't "dietetically" deified. It is better to have eaten a real ⬇️ {CONTINUED}

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "Happy #NATIONALNUTRITIONMONTH!! This almost blew right past me until I saw my NYC RD friend @chelseyamernutrition’s post" at Pinecrest, Florida - 1992203170576021263

Happy !! This almost blew right past me until I saw my NYC RD friend @chelseyamernutrition’s post and was like o m g I have been so wrapped up thinking March be about remembering to give Mads her Trifexis / my own medical snafus / St. Patrick's and therefore Lucky Charms (one of my fav childhood cereals, thx @jschap for the pretty depiction of them atop a mound of pancakes this wkend) that I almost forgot to address this very auspicious month dedicated to, well ~us~ * * I applied to have my face blown up to Godzilla proportions in Times Square this month via @eatright_pro to rep the RD fanfare but I guess they thought my pores would look too large () so; in the meantime, I'll just say how grateful I am to be in the professional nutrition space. It's a wackadoodle time for Nutrition; we're all swept up in the glam/trendiness of turmeric powder leaving a golden sheen on the surfaces of our eco-friendly yoga pants, but we should humbly recall that until QUITE recently, Nutrition wasn't "cool." I was DEF the weirdo in middle school for rollin' up to ballet with my whole wheat bread, carrots, yogurt, and apples (I was also a weirdo for other reasons; puberty you were so kind to me..) and as far back as PRE-SCHOOL (!) my little 'autobiography' as you can see, I've really been into fruit (and "indoor play" - PLZ KEEP ME INSIDE I AM V DELICATE. this is why Mads is my spirit animal. Cavaliers aren't known for their athletic prowess.) Nutrition was cool, for me, way back when, and I want to make sure you understand the meaning of its intrigue now. Which means x nutrition is a-mazing as a component of health (it is NOT EQUATABLE with health, entirely) x foods can do some RAD things in your body, but your body is as complicated as a political crisis, so food isn't the whole story x diet culture has been trying to hack away at our souls for long enough; we can use food as nourishment for body AND brain x ugh I have 700 other thoughts but Instagram, y u not let me finish like TSwift? * Live every month -and day like it's NNM - your ability to have a say in your own food choices and eat orally is a DIVINE GIFT!🎁

 Instagram Image by Monica Auslander Moreno MS,RDN (@eatlikemonica) with caption : "SELF - CARE - SUNDAY. 🌟
Self-care has become, sadly, commoditized. "Join this retreat in this far corner of the earth fo" at Edgewater (Miami) - 1991669605949817492

SELF - CARE - SUNDAY. 🌟 Self-care has become, sadly, commoditized. "Join this retreat in this far corner of the earth for a mere 27k for three days of yoga and tea, and you'll return infinitely balanced." "You can't live another day without this face cream made from macerated slugs -- it will change your life and relax you forever." " - you need to buy that purse worth more than my kidney on the black market." See where what we are being fed? Self-care can't really be bought. And sure, bubble baths and expensive vacations are s'well, but the REAL work of self-care comes from honoring whats within you -- and that means food, quite often. * * I do a 'Nutrition IS Self-Care' talk around town, and while I can't really summarize 90 minutes of details in this cruelly limited word space, I CAN say this: it took me the better part of like, 28 years to learn that doing NOTHING is doing SOMETHING, and a large part of self-care is mandating time for CHILLIN.' It was deeply uncomfortable for me at first, and I fought it voraciously from every angle, but I've come to accept, embrace, and savor that it is okay, and actually extremely mature and wise, to take. time. off. Recharging your battery is the only way to preserve your battery - your energy - and your capacity to work, care, and love others. So0o0o while I would have rather pet a snake three years ago than purposely NOT itemize my weekend with minute to minute plans, I'm enjoying this one, having made space for friends, philanthropy, frequent food, and myself. It might not be "productive" or "efficient" -- but those are kind of icky American concepts we probably overvalue at the expense of our essences. * And no, this isn't a @phillipshouse ad, I'm just low key (high key) obsessed with their entire line, for the last decade. And family businesses = the best businesses (who will inherit Essence Nutrition one day? Mads is ill-equipped to lead).

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Rediscovered Spotify, now has VERY catchy pop songs stuck in head... * * But this one has me wanting to just scrawl it on a sticker and smash it on everyone's chest...ABOUT FOOD. We are so very uncomfortable in "the middle" - the grey area we affectionately call "balance." That alluring, peaceful promise of "eat nutella, but also kale", which to us, the Essence dietitians, makes COMPLETE sense, but is so darn terrifying to so many who have lived a life in the gilded cage of . Humans often crave structure, predictability, and pretty crisp EAT THIS NOT THAT, GOOD/BAD dogma when it comes to nutrition, and when food "rules" and diets are defenestrated (the best term EVER for 'thrown out the window', to learning this in AP European History in '03 ), people lose - their - marbles. This is why and is so nuanced -- it really doesn't make "sense" to some, at first. It's much, much easier to live in a 'four legs good, two legs bad... veggies are good.. carbs are bad' realm (again, with the high school academia references! ), but it's certainly not the best realm in which to live, and in fact, is really a prison -- one you only realize exists when you liberate yourself from diet culture. If this all seems abstract, it's because it is, but it gets REAL micro/specific in session when we enlighten your eating to a level where, well, ~anything goes~, which yeah -- is as scary as.. oh.. ok.. have to make another AP Euro reference... THE GREAT SCHISM. * * So join me, and celebs who penned this lyric, and meet me in the middle 👐🏻. Savor the bountiful roasted beets, asparaus, and onions we feasted on last night in my home for their prebiotic prowess, but also relish the entirely non-organic non-vegan non-gluten-free, free of nothing but DELICIOUSNESS rainbow cookies a guest brought, that got me so jazzed because they were remniscent of the classic rainbow cookies I actually had customized with Madeleine's little spaniel face on them as our wedding favors ("Take a doggie bag, Love, Madeleine" via @zola_bakes) * Meet me in the middle -- those murky grey waters of intuitive eating become cerulean when you embrace them.

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Chocolate comas have worn off now that Valentine's Day is in our rearview mirrors, but I tend to think about love all year (because I have the beeesssttt husband, of lore,), but especially in February, when I'm bombarded by pressure to buy really wasteful large pink furry things and gift them to people whenever I'm in line at the grocery/pharmacy. 🙄 That Vday swag is STILL present, and I'm like, kind of offended by the commercialization of love. Food doesn't equate with love. Candy doesn't equate with love. Food is food. Period. Anyhoo, I'll tell you one thing I also don't love -- commercial nut milks. Y'all know by now that the Essence RDs are moo-girls 🐮 , we drink grass-fed milk. But that's because we don't have a lactose/milk protein allergy, so for some folks -- nut milks are necessary. HOWEVER. They tend to taste like polluted water. That's because nuts can be 💰 and concentrating them and commercializing them on a mass grocery scale would be unpalatable for consumers; so they'll simply render their recipes unpalatable in TASTE with as few as 3 nuts per glass of milk? No thanks. MYONM - Make Your Own Nut Milk! With one button press (I would rather get a bikini wax than attempt to make my own nut milk using a stupid cheese cloth / soaking the nuts again. I HAVE A JOB ALREADY, THANX). Add 1 - 2 cups of your favorite nut (or seed!) to your @thenutramilk. Add in any spices/flavors (cinnamon, vanilla, turmeric, ginger, or make it savory with some salt!) Add water. Blend. Errbody goes in the dishwasher, except your REAL nut milk creamy concoction, which gets stored in glass in the fridge for you to enjoy what REAL nut milk tastes like, which is frothy and creamy and actually remniscent of the flavor of the actual nut you used to make it. Plus, you cut down on packaging waste, AND you got way more protein/fat/fiber than the storebought stuff. * ⭐️ Snag your own nut magic love with $50.00 off your Nutramilk machine with code EATLIKEMONICA50 - visit link in bio to order! 🥜