How’s this for a concept: Enjoying food instead of dieting, because dieting doesn’t work. It’s a movement! It’s a zeitgeist! Or at least it’s an article in the New York Times:
After decades of obsessing about fat, calories and carbs, many dieters have made the unorthodox decision to simply enjoy food again. That doesn’t mean they’re giving up on health or even weight loss. Instead, consumers and nutritionists say they are seeing a shift toward “positive eating” — shunning deprivation diets and instead focusing on adding seasonal vegetables, nuts, berries and other healthful foods to their plates.
Adding healthful foods and not depriving themselves? Has the world GONE MAD?!
[T]he percentage of people who are dieting has declined — to 29 percent in 2007 from 33 percent in 2004.
Yes, clearly it has gone mad.
This article ties positive eating into the Slow Food movement and the idea of eating healthy, seasonal, locally grown food. Even Rachael Ray and Alice Waters chime in to say it’s all about cooking and enjoying food. (Rachael Ray defends the fact that she doesn’t include nutrition information on her recipes, which quite frankly I still disagree with. People need to know the nutritional content of their food for many reasons, not just “deprivation.”) It turns out they might not be wrong about the cooking thing, though:
[T]he more time people spend on tasks like food shopping, cooking and kitchen cleanup, the more likely they are to be of average weight… [P]eople of normal weight spend more time on meal-related tasks than people who are overweight or underweight.
The lesson here? Visit your local farmer’s market, eat locally, eat mindfully, enjoy your food, and don’t deprive yourself. Now isn’t that a refreshing message?
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