When it comes to health, diet is most often the first topic of conversation. Given this fact one would think that there would be some consensus about which foods are healthy and which are not, but instead the curious consumer will find that there are more diets than there are colors on the color wheel. This deluge of conflicting theories has lead many who seek better health to bounce from one diet to another and succumb to the dreaded yo-yo effect that dieting often has. This happens when the initial results enjoyed on a diet plateau or even reverse, or, as seems to be the case most often, the diets prove to be too difficult to maintain in the long term. So the avid dieter will hop from one diet to another only to find the same eventual outcome, leading to immense frustration, anxiety, and a myriad of other negative feelings that certainly do not contribute to the overall health of the individual.
I would like to propose an alternative to the guilt, self-deprecation and denial that are the inevitable products of dieting by showing clearly and simply how to eat food you love and love the food you eat. The first step to accomplishing this is by learning what I like to call the “hierarchies of desirability” in terms of food quality, which are aimed at helping you make the best choices when standing in front of 20 different brands of the same product. Secondly, it is wise to investigate not only what we are eating, but how we are eating it. Once we become aware of these two points we can delve into more fancy, and -for all the foodies out there- fun topics like eating seasonally, not only in terms of what is growing in nature at a certain time of year, but how to balance our bodies with the changing elements of the seasons so we can build better health and take a bigger bite out of life (pun intended).
Eating good food with awareness and true enjoyment is not just about weight loss or decadence, though it can be both. It is more encompassing than that. It is an aspect of living that can improve our physiological functioning, our psycho-spiritual experiences, and everything in between. Indeed, how we eat reflects our relationship with life itself.
In the following posts I will include practical advice as well as recipes that I hope will help you and your family be healthy and happy without being overwhelmed.