Guess what’s the all-time most popular New Year’s Resolution?
If you guessed anything having to do with resolving to eat better and get fit you’re bang on. Eating better, losing weight and getting physically fit are some of the most commonly made goals for starting off the New Year.
For many of us, the most enjoyable part of this process is brainstorming all of the exciting ideas we have for self- improvement. Whether you decide to hop on the ‘new year, new you’ bandwagon this New Years or not, self -improvement has been a popularized concept of the 20th century fueling the rapid growth of the weight loss and dieting industry.
The multi-billion dollar weight loss/diet industry is exploding with various services to suit just about anyone; offering counseling, meal plans, books, audio tapes, pills- you name it. And there is no sign of the industry slowing down anytime soon as one company literally boasts, “We will happily take your New Years resolution dollars”.
Clearly we have options and evidently the market has definitely responded to the demands of our generation. So we ask ourselves… should I try the paleo diet or the chili powder diet? Low carb diet or the low fat diet? How about the flying seahorse jumping over pumpkin seeds diet?- Ok, I made that last one up, but you get my point.
I think the vast majority of people hoping to get healthy and fit end up a little frustrated and are dealing with information and option overloads. Personally, I do not like diets… or at least what that word has become to mean. By definition ‘diet’ is defined as “foods or food groups eaten by a particular group or person” and yet often the word is used to describe a meal plan designed to loose weight or improve a person’s physical condition. With that said, new terms to refer to healthy eating/regular diet have been coined by some, including the term “normal eating” by Ellyn Satter…. and I have to say, Ellyn Satter is my type of lady!
Satter suggests that people have distorted concepts of what constitutes healthy/normal eating and that healthy/normal eating is really what we should be after. According to her definition it is guilt free eating that is health conscious yet not restrictive. Further, she encourages us to pay attention to our hunger cues and when we are satisfied.
So I don’t know about you but I’m going to enjoy these buns my sister just made…. I might even dip them in my favorite olive oil, l’aspromontano.
Happy Holidays from the SARAFINO family!
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