Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New Year Reminder

It's the time of year when everyone makes promises to do something to improve themself or their life. This year, I am merely giving myself a reminder instead of making a promise. Let's face it: every time I make a promise to not eat something or to omit something from my diet (for my own good) I eventually end up compensating for what I am missing (or what I've deprived myself of) by overeating something else. Anyone else out there with me?
So I have fallen back on my mother's famous words: "Everything in moderation." I have taken that to "everything is OK in moderation!"
I am not a fan of fad diets, or diets of any kind for that matter. My only diet is the one with those previous words, "everything in moderation" and keeping food as natural as possible. (Except for when I give into that Chik-fil-A craving! I'm not perfect!)
Endeavor to live better this year by allowing yourself to have a little bit of everything in moderation. Get back to food basics and, in turn, a healthier you! Endeavor to live better this year by eating better. Eat and live more naturally. Here are some of my "back to basics" food tips for the New Year. I am constantly working on all of these myself. I'd love to know if you're a fan of any of these, or if you have a strong opinion about any of it, too!
  • Stop looking at certain foods as being bad. Butter, cream, eggs, cheese, nuts and beef are just some of the foods that get a bad rap in our society due to high fat and cholesterol content. Unless you have serious cholesterol and/or allergy issues (and then you should be followed by a Dr.) these foods taken in moderation are good for you. And they are filling... naturally filling! This is a very good thing!
  • Use real butter instead of vegetable oil spreads. It tastes so much better! When was the last time you poured some liquid vegetable or canola oil with added preservatives and other stuff on your toast? I didn't think so...
  • Frequent your local vegetable stand or Farmer's market.
  • Find a local farm (or as local as you can get farm) that raises their own grassfed cattle for beef. You won't believe the difference in the smell and the taste of the beef!
  • Buy only free-range organic chicken. Again, you won't believe the difference in texture, taste, everything!
  • If you're not convinced by the organic, free-range, and grassfed arguments in food then do your own reading and research on it. I find reading about food to be very interesting. I started reading up on these topics about 5 years ago and I can only get more passionate about it. I learn something new about what we eat all the time.
  • Find out what the Slow Food Movement is all about.
  • Get passionate about what "foods" your children are putting into their bodies.
  • Make it a point to eat around the dinner table and try a new food on occasion.
  • Enjoy good wine with your meal. Try different wines and find out what you like!
  • Watch "Food, Inc." and form your own opinion on food policy in our country.
Food in it's natural state, or as close to its natural state as it can get, has the power to heal, nourish, entertain and bring us together! So make 2011 your year for a new attitude in food! Everything is ok in moderation!


  1. Carolina, I think we were separated as birth! I could not agree more. I love being a member of our local CSA and getting fresh fruit, veggies, meat, cheese and honey each week. We also love to go pick fruits/veggies at various farms outside the city. Sophie loves it! I hate fad diets and eat everything in moderation and try to exercise as much as possible. I find that some dark chocolate each day (and a weekly cupcake) really helps to keep me happy!
    Love your blog!!!

  2. Thank you, Amanda! YES!!! I second the motion on the dark chocolate and some other sweet. I have a tendendy to frequent the local ice cream shoppe with Maddie here in town. Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. I love this post! It is so true. Great way to start the new year!