Have you ever heard of Food Revolution, the tv show hosted by Jamie Oliver? Well, it’s more than just a television program, it’s a global event coming up on Saturday, May 19. For more about its mission and to see Jamie’s video call to action, click here.
Of course, I’m getting pretty excited about this “holiday” – in my own science geek-nutrition nerd-foodie kind of way – and even if May 19 is just a regular day for you, perhaps it’s a good time for you to rethink your diet. And guess what? It’s not just about weight. Even if you’re at an ideal body weight, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re eating the way you should for long-term health and longevity. Having a lean physique isn’t equivalent to being metabolically fit, either, something SIF readers know quite well. Moreover, what we eat matters for many reasons beyond your own personal health, which is one of the themes addressed on my blog, Play a Good Knife and Fork.
All that said, as a nutrition scientist with expertise in obesity and chronic disease prevention, of course the way I cook and eat is designed to maximize your own health in the tastiest way possible. So, as we sail towards the summer, I thought this would be a good time to direct you to a few of my posts from January dedicated to rethinking your diet as well as your approach to food and nutrition. The times feel rather similar in some ways, don’t they? In January, most of us make new year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in better shape. In April and May, many of us are again – or still – thinking about weight as the warmer weather and its smaller-sized clothing looms ever nearer. (So long for now, bulky sweaters and boots!) Combined with the increased summer socializing that inevitably seems to lead to more eating and drinking, now is a great time to “spring your diet into shape.” (Yeah, maybe not, but you know what I mean.)
To get started, I invite you to read the first short introductory piece in the series, Recalibrating Your Diet: Weight Loss and Beyond. This article seemed even more appropriate upon rereading it today since it has a Joss Whedon (The Avengers) reference in it, in case any of you are fans…