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Here Are 15 Ways You’ve Got Nutrition Twisted

Here Are 15 Ways You’ve Got Nutrition Twisted

Defining nutrition isn’t hard, but it’s also not easy. To look at food as solely fuel, however, would ignore the cultural implications that many foods hold across the globe.

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Further, one’s desire to lose weight goes hand-in-hand with nutrition, but this doesn’t mean that nutrition is synonymous with weight-loss. In addition to losing and maintaining weight, the opposite effect is possible: Properly fueling your body can also allow you to gain muscle and overall size. Losing and gaining weight both involve a nutritional plan, but these plans will be fairly different in contents and scope. It’s fair to say that one’s interpretation of the term “nutrition” varies on a case-by-case basis, but some of our nutritional beliefs are flat out incorrect.

To root out the things we’ve all got wrong about nutrition, we reached out to medical professionals as well as dietary experts.

Rene Ficek is a Registered Dietitian who is also the Lead Dietitian Nutritionist at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE). Ficek oversees various aspects of menu development, ensuring each SSHE meal complies with USDA and FDA “healthy regulation guidelines.” In addition, she educates management staff on specialized “diets,” researches and implements new nutrition guidelines, and provides nutrition education to clients.

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Berghoff, MD, of OrthoArizona — Arizona Orthopaedic Associates touches on a common misconception regarding bone health. Dr. Berghoff is a senior faculty member for the Banner Orthopedic Residency Program and President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Alliance. He specializes in arthroscopy, total joint surgery (including minimally invasive techniques), fracture care, and sports injuries.

Bo Martinsen, MD, an omega-3 expert and co-founder of Omega3 Innovations, weighs in on some common misconceptions people have about getting their omega-3s from various food sources.

Robert Davidson, PhD, is the Director of the Nutrition and Human Performance program at Logan University, and he’ll tell you whether or not those juices you’ve been buying so frequently are as healthy as you think.

Jonah Soolman, RD, LDN, ACSM EP-C, NSCA-CPT, of Soolman Nutrition and Wellness LLC, and James (Jim) Lebret, MD, an internal medicine physician at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in NYC also provided their stances on what we as consumers, diners, and eaters misunderstand about nutrition.

Together, these experts of the human body and how it interacts with food have provided us with a good list of things we’ve got wrong about nutrition. Here Are 15 Ways You've Got Nutrition Twisted.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.


43 Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes for Simple Weeknight Dinners

Chicken is an ideal base for a solid weeknight dinner: fast, economical, nutritious, and filling. But it’s pretty common to get bored with a lackluster rotation of healthy chicken recipes.

“A lot of people get kind of chicken-breasted-out at some point,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF. That may be especially true if you’ve got this particular image of the ultimate healthy dinner plate in your head, courtesy of diet culture’s limited imagination: a plain baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a meager portion of brown rice. Might get a little boring after a while!

Thankfully, there are about 7 million more exciting ways to eat chicken.

A healthy chicken dinner is one that’s nutritionally rich and full of flavors you enjoy, Hartley explains. Ideally you’ll balance out your protein-packed chicken base with a carb, a fat, and a veggie, Hartley says. That’s why one-pan skillets, stir-fries, and sheet-pan roasts are all convenient preparations for serving up a well-balanced and tasty chicken meal, Hartley says. You’ll find a bunch of those below. Some of the recipes included here are just the chicken (with seasonings, sauces, etc.)—in which case you can add a simple grain and your fave roasted veggie to round out your meal and help sop up all those flavorful sauces and juices.

Hartley’s other favorite hack for incorporating more deliciousness and nutritional balance with minimal effort is a clapback to that aforementioned diet-y dinner: starting out with a fattier piece of poultry. Chicken thighs and skin-on breasts are intrinsically more flavorful, juicy, and tender thanks to the extra fat they contain, Hartley explains. “That fat also makes that meal more satiating and satisfying for you,” she says.

Poultry fatigue, no more. Here are 43 healthy chicken recipes to try.

A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.