Today I read this BBC article on the World’s weirdest fad diets. I have a feeling that in 100 years, they will write something similar about us…
We have made eating so bloody complicated. We’ve convoluted our biological instinct into an obscure game of science. We have turned food into the enemy, reduced it to bare nutrients (omega 3 this, gluten that, carbs this, protein that) and somewhere along the way, we forgot how to eat and how to enjoy it!
Trust me folks, after all of my research and experimenting, I can say with absolute certainty that this is the soundest “diet” advice to follow:
Michael Pollan is brilliant. In Defense of Food is a MUST read.
food = real, whole, unprocessed food. Nothing “low fat” or “sugar free” (translation: chemical sh*t storm). Nothing with unpronounceable ingredients!
not too much = hara hachi bu, until you are 80% full OR until you’re no longer hungry (rather than until you’re full).
mostly plants = lots of mama nature’s beautiful fruits and veggies, and a sprinkling of other things on the side.
Eat with people you love. Savour each bite. Drink wine. Allow yourself to enjoy food, real food, and I promise it will heal you.
In the words of my brilliant husband, “carrot good, chips bad”.
Be kind to yourself.
Here’s the thing about wagons: they are notoriously difficult to stay on. Especially when they look like this:
No thank you!
Lord knows I’ve had a hard time staying on them. My usual strategy is to get on and speed so quickly that I go flying off. My wounded ego (and sometimes broken bones) then take awhile to heal before I get back on.
It’s not a good stragedy. So I’m trying something new: go slow/ be kind (I couldn’t decide which one to go with, so I’m going with both).
In my many years of yoga-ing and exercising and dieting and cleansing and otherwise being a happy, healthy yogi, I’ve come to learn this: the secret to success is to start slow, to incorporate your new goal into your life, because when you try to rework your life to meet your new goal, it often doesn’t stick (this is why the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions flop a couple of weeks later).
So when you’re planning your New Years resolutions, I would suggest this: write your resolutions, then write your plan for how to arrive there. Break it down. Be detailed. Think of your resolutions as where you want to be in 12 months, your end goal and not where you must be immediately.
- I will go to the gym five times per week. Unless you’re already going four times every week, I suggest this modification: I will go the gym five times per week by December. In January, I will start with one day a week and I’ll find the time that works best for me (i.e. maybe you’re a morning gym rat). In February, I’ll go two times per week. Etc.
I say all of this to myself first and foremost because I need to
hear read it.
I’ll post my 2013 goals soon to keep myself accountable. Yikes!
Hope you’re all having a Happy Happy Holly-day! And please indulge now. Live a little! That’s what the holidays are for. January is for dealing with the aftermath. 🙂
Much, much love.