Happy New Year! I for one love the holiday season with the excitement, anticipation and celebration, but I also look forward to the new year and a chance at a fresh start. I know I am not the only one thinking about ways to make 2016 my best year yet, or how to be the best version of myself. Every magazine and blog out there is making some nod to positive changes in the new year, and I am no exception.
I read an insightful article on this very topic on NPR, written by Dr. Schumann, who was dismayed that his casual medical advice to friends and family is almost always found to be underwhelming, if only because it's so basic. People tend to gravitate, and sometimes even become obsessed with, very specific dieting advice. They want something dramatic and fast-acting, because we all love instant gratification and our collective attention spans are not what they used to be. Sure, it would be great if wearing a vanilla-scented patch, sporting blue-tinted glasses while eating or taking a shot of cider vinegar everyday was the key to perfect BMI. But it just isn't so. For a doctor to encourage people to simply apply a little common sense to their lifestyle and wait a long time to see "results" is completely boring, but entirely effective. Dr. Schumann cited the blue zone research, where communities in different parts of the world who have many cultural differences enjoy incredible health and longevity. One of the keys, from a diet perspective, is very limited (or no) processed foods. Reading his article and being reminded of this simple truth was heartening for me. The realization that what we cook and serve each week at Tastefully Served is so thoroughly devoid of any "processing"-stabilizers, fillers, MSG, additives, dyes, added sugar or gratuitous salt and fat- made me proud. We post our ingredients with every menu, and sometimes even I am surprised at how few ingredients you need to make real food taste great. We really care about our customers' health and are happy to say that even without fad diets and counting calories, we are part of a movement- whole food, slow food, real food- that is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. Here's to a happy and healthy 2016 and a fresh start for us all!
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