Ask Ashley

“I’ve got a question…” -Everyone I know

I’m baaaaack…Hi Three to Five Tribers! It’s been a while (cough, a month), but who’s counting?! After completing my Precision Nutrition certification, I took some time off from studying and blogging to bask in the awesomeness of summer in Chicago. I mean come on, let’s be real…look at my rooftop view…Yeah, it doesn’t get any better than this! #summerinthecity


Plus, I am not going to lie, I have struggled to think of a topic to share with you all. After a lot of brainstorming on my own and with friends/fellow bloggers (Shout out to my HR, you know who you are), I still could not come up with a topic. Then one day it finally came to me! #alleluia Here it is:

Ask Ashley

(A.K.A. The top questions I have been asked by family members, friends, and co-workers since completing my nutrition certification. Thanks guys! I could not have written this post without you).

#1 Congratulations on your certification! So…what exactly does that mean now? Like…what can you do?

First of all, thank you! Aecondly, good question. Now that I have fundamental knowledge of nutrition through Precision Nutrition, I am able to discuss nutrition more in depth and make general nutrition recommendations to healthy, active adults.

However, if an individual has a medical condition or illness and is seeking medical nutrition therapy (MNT), then that’s a no go. I would prefer no one sue my a$$ so if you are a healthy individual, let’s talk! If not, well then let me point you to someone who can maybe help.

#2 Should I be taking a multi-vitamin?

Yes! The best way to get micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) is through your diet. Unless you are incredibly conscious of what foods you are consuming on a daily basis, and let’s be honest, most North Americans are marginally deficient in several micronutrients, I would say yes, you should be taking a multivitamin to ensure you are covering all of your micronutrient bases. #ratherbsafethansorry

#3 I am totally in love with chocolate and need to have it at least once a day, but it sometimes gives me headaches. I know dark chocolate is the best for you, so that is what I buy, but even that gives me headaches. Any suggestions?

Preach! (Shout out to the fellow chocolate lovers out there). The reason the dark chocolate you are purchasing is most likely giving you headaches is because of the sugar content present within it. Also, soy lecithin could be a culprit. Do your best to avoid both of these ingredients, not just in chocolate, but in other foods as well!

Here is the deal with chocolate: It’s not all bad. Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium as well as other antioxidants. I suggest going for straight up cocoa in the form of cocoa nibbs. #chocolatewasted Cocoa nibbs are basically just roasted cocoa beans. (The beans are then usually ground up and turned into cocoa powder).

Cocoa nibbs are very bitter though since they are 100% raw cocoa, so I recommend pairing them with something sweet like mixed berries or a banana. Sidenote: Banana + cinnamon + almond butter + cocoa nibs = The closest natural combo of food that resembles a chocolate peanut butter cup and is absolute perfection. #justsaying If the cocoa nibbs are still way too bitter for your palette and you need your chocolate, fix go for a dark chocolate bar with the highest percentage of cocoa you can tolerate, but try and stick to sound 75%-80% at the least. #thehigherthebetter

#4 I am craving something salty, but I already ate dinner, what can I have for a snack?

Your body may be craving electrolytes if you are craving salt, but if you just want something salty to snack on, I recommend foods that are naturally rich in sodium: whole grains, whole fruits, vegetables, lean meats, legumes, and nuts/seeds. (Notice how all of those foods are real foods by the way). #fascinating Avoid processed foods like potato chips, boxed pastas, soup, pretzels, deli meats, pickles, etc. Consuming a diet based around whole, unprocessed foods usually results in lower sodium intake. Bottom line, eat real food folks, it’s that simple.

#5 I want to increase my iodine intake. Any recommendations on how I can do that besides using more table salt?

Foods rich in iodine include iodized salt (obviously), seaweed, seafood, potatoes, navy beans, eggs, milk, yogurt, and strawberries. Iodine content in food depends on the soil. Food products from the sea tend to be rich in iodine, since marine life can concentrate from seawater, this of course includes seaweed. #ahoy

Let’s keep the conversation going you guys! Send me your nutrition questions and let’s discuss. I could literally talk about this stuff all day, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

What nutrition questions do you have? Let me know by sending me an email through my contact page or reach out on any one of my social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Live Healthy, Happy & Fabulously,
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