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Get Real For 2015

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!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.


  1. Organic/local grown food tastes better. When I started eating better quality food (not less) I lost 25 lbs In the first year or so. Ditch the high fructose, eat real whole foods. Didn’t even realize I was above my body’s ideal weight.

  2. One of my resolutions last year was for more shared meals. Something about a shared meal makes eating a delight. I hosted a dinner party yesterday. Not something I usually do on a Wednesday when I’m working that day, but with careful planning, it was a breeze. 2 organic spatchcock chickens, a huge tray of roasted vegetables, a huge salad, corn on the cob. Most prepped the day before and I had guests bring dessert and wine. I would do it again again in a heartbeat!

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