When did food become so complicated? These days, you can't be "healthy" unless you have pigeonholed yourself into some sort of gluten free / Paleo / vegan / pescatarian / raw dietary box. Can't we just eat food and enjoy it?
Humans are complex beings. We like to analyse, discuss and dissect things in our lives, and recently that analysis and spotlight has been solely on the food we eat. Not drinking green juice every day? How dare you consider yourself healthy! But what most people choose to ignore is that healthy eating and providing the body with all the nutrients it needs doesn't require stringent rules, expensive juice cleanses, fad detoxes or deprivation. All it requires is a bit of mindfulness and some forethought.
I have long admired Michael Pollen, who has preached since early in his career this message: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." What and how we eat really is that simple.
Being mindful of what we put in our mouths, and how it is prepared, is the key to good health, and keeping this in mind will set you in good stead going into 2016.
Here are a few simple ways in which you can achieve this:
- Cook at home more and eat out less at restaurants.
- Eat when you're hungry; stop when you're full.
- Aim to buy the best quality, local produce you can find. This goes for meat and seafood too.
- Keep meal preparation simple with few ingredients. The more complicated, the less you will want to do it (and the more expensive it will be).
If you make one promise to yourself about food in 2016, make it about simplifying your food regime, and taking it back to basics. It really is that easy.