It's a New Year! I don't make resolutions, but maybe some of you did. The #1 most popular resolution every year is to lose weight.
Let's stop thinking about weight and start thinking about health.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to lunch with four co-workers to this great local pizza place that is well-known for sourcing local, organic, and fresh ingredients. I was the only one who didn't order a salad before the pizza. My co-workers were floored because I have a reputation around the office for eating organically. "But you eat healthy!"
People ask me all the time, whereever I go, if I am a vegetarian, I guess because I am thin. The answer is no.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not telling you to not eat your salad if that's what you like. Personally, eating a big forkfull of what is mostly lettuce is not my idea of a good time. But I promise that I eat and enjoy lots of different vegetables!
There is so much more to being healthy than eating salads all day.
In fact, if in your quest to lose weight or be healthy this year, you only focus on vegetables, I think you'll be missing a big part of the story. You'll only be seeing about 90°.
One of the most important parts of the picture is healthy fats. Yes, you need fat to lose weight! Whole milk, chicken skin, fermented cod liver oil, butter, and more.
But healthy fats do not complete the circle either. You also need grass-fed and pastured animal proteins, dairy, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. This means lots of yummy things like grass-fed steaks, full-fat cheese, whole wheat tortillas, and peanut butter cookies. Don't forget your roasted sweet potatoes! Suddenly, being healthy is starting to sound a lot more delicious.
This year, Be Healthy 360°. Instead of resolving to lose weight, resolve to eat more...
dark meat chicken
grass-fed beef fat/pastured pork lard
grass-fed/pastured beef or chicken livers (they're a must!)
locally grown and raised produce and meats
and more butter (yay!)
Resolve to eat less...
factory farmed meats
produce from halfway around the world
low-fat, fat-free, or diet foods
Here's to good health and good food in 2013... and the wisdom to know that you can have both!
I am not a doctor so the views reflected in the article are my opinions only. Obviously, common sense must prevail - when I say "more butter", I don't mean eat a whole stick in one sitting.