Everyone knows I don’t talk diets, so here are my food thoughts for the new year to come…
1. Eat B E T T E R, not less.
If you think you need to reach a more ideal weight or body image, remember this- your brain relies on nutrients to function. Feed your mind- health your body. Choose quality food.
2. Buying organic & pesticide free is positive.
… Anyone who says a disparaging word about either is mistaken. When you buy organic, you encourage more growers and farmers to raise organic foods. Sure, growing organic food in soil relies on tremendous resources, but the alternative- pesticides? They cause cancer, the very process to produce them is toxic and environmentally damaging and they harm the planet on every level. Organic growers know we still need to research and look to more efficient growing methods such as soil-less methods, but choosing pesticide driven, industrial ag- just say no in 2015.
3. Choose ethical consumption.
Buy from those who care about you, not the profit they make from you. Learn about the people who make and sell the food you consume.
4. Food is medicine.
Even pop-culture chefs are feeling the push from health-chefs to create healthier, more thoughtful meals. You can master yourself through food. You can tell your local restaurateurs about growers and farmers raising real food. You can heal, thrive and be happy by embracing food as medicine.
5. Be happy about food.
If you have an unfavorable relationship with food, devote time to transforming your attitude. Food feeds your center, from where all health is created. Free your mind and relax over a beautifully prepared meal. Prepare a meal for someone, you’ll make them smile. Get your kids in the kitchen, it will make you happy to see them create with food.
6. Teach about food lovingly.
Listen to what others have to say, but feel empowered to help dispel food myths or help people learn more about the actual science behind food.
7. Try new things.
Get to the markets, new restaurants, create new recipes, join a CSA… Connect with your food community.
Happy New Year & Bon Appetito!