Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding summed up our feelings about New Year resolutions best:
“I do think New Year’s resolutions can’t technically be expected to begin on New Year’s Day, don’t you? Since, because it’s an extension of New Year’s Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.”
Or even January 4th. Having lived through so many defaults, we’re not big on resolutions. One thing we are big on? Passing on the knowledge that healthy eating leads to good health.
Knowing that eating better is an annual resolution for many, and being the encouraging types that we are Mrs R, we are delighted to share this New York Time story on healthy eating rules you can actually live with.
This realistic, straightforward set of healthy eating rules is easy to follow, mostly because so many of the recomendations are no-brainers like “do your best to get most of your nutrition from completely unprocessed foods” and “eat at home more often.”
But we also love what it doesn’t tell us to do. Butter, salt and alcohol are not forbidden – just to be enjoyed in moderation. And don’t forget that you’re not giving up carbs, dairy or sugar for this diet. Just eating sensibly and thoughtfully.
You can click here to read Simple Rules for Healthy Eating. And take the mantra of food writer Michael Pollan to heart: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Here’s to a 2016 resolution to travel more!