Is Food At the Top of Your Priority List?

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Packed, organized, mobile phone “apped-out” for ease of travel and out the door to catch my ride to the airport.  What a breeze!  Oops, thought of everything but food.  That NEVER happens!  I didn’t become a motivational speaker on health and wellness without a long history of eating healthy and exercising, you know.  Some might say that I’m obsessed with thinking about food.  I say it’s just at the top of my priority list everyday.  Every day except today.

No worries, I’ll grab the healthiest choices at the airport(s). 

  • Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with a decent amount of lettuce: 1,056 mg sodium! That’s almost a day’s worth. (1,800 mg per day is ideal)
  • Fiji water: $4.59!  Switched to bottled tap water for $2.59
  • Delicious Apple: $1.75  Really small, waxed and wrapped in plastic, probably picked back in August, been in cold storage ever since. 

Made it to the hotel where I had a couple of hungry hours until dinner with my host.

  • Cliff Protein Bar: 20 grams of added sugar (24 grams p/day recommended)
  • Weak hotel room coffee in styrofoam cup (Wait, doesn’t that cause cancer??)

Treated to a delicious yet teriyaki-slathered dinner of salmon, green beans, brown rice and green tea.  I don’t even want to know the sodium content here. Needed more bottled tap water to dilute.

Finally ended the day of unplanned eating in the best possible way: two 70% dark chocolate Ghirardelli squares (so what if one of the gift bags was shorted 2 chocolates).  No complaints with this one.

The lesson: In order to bring our best, balanced selves to any speaking event, it’s imperative that we place healthy foods at the top of our packing list.  The consequences can be high in sodium, sugar and price tag.

In Health!  Puffed Up Polly




Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Wow. Interesting concept. I never thought about it this way. I think about a lot of other priorities every day – and I do think about my health – but I don't believe I actually put FOOD up at the top of my list. If I did I wouldn't fall victim to all the garbage food I end up eating because I "forget" to run to the grocery store regularly. Thanks for the really great shift in thinking!

  2. Thanks for reminding me Polly that  have to think of food AHEAD of time. If I took the time to plan what I will eat, then I won't have to react to what's in front of me. Maybe not the message you intended – but it's the one I got. THANK YOU!!!!

  3. I think about food all the time,but not in the healthy way you do!! Great strategy.

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