Welcoming in 2016

As we celebrate the end of the year many of us ponder what we have done, where we have been and what was memorable about the past 12 months. This may be a segue to making New Year resolutions – what you want to do more of, less of, or just differently.

What you eat is often focal to contemplating and planning the year ahead. You may be trying to get fitter, losing weight or improving some aspect of your health; but the choice of what to do, what to change can be difficult. Why is nutrition information always changing? What is the ‘best’ diet? What ‘superfoods’ should I be eating? Just a few of the many questions asked.

Before I respond to these questions a few thoughts.

  • Enjoy your food.

  • Make fresh food your highest priority.

  • Cook for yourself (and others) more often – this will increase your choice of ingredients, cooking style and serve-size.

  • Involve your friends, family and colleagues in your food plan – changing your food habits is easier when you work and eat with others who are supportive and enthusiastic.

  • Go “Slowly, Slowly” – this means having realistic expectations about what you do and how long it will take. Habits revolving around food – shopping, cooking and eating – change slowly and require repetition and building one change upon another.

  • To the questions above:


  • Why is nutrition information always changing?
  • Nutrition is a science and, like all sciences it is an exploration of our bodies and our world. We are continually learning more, so information changes; but the fundamentals remain the same. New evidence should be added to what you already know and do. (Sometimes the press or authors may suggest everything has changed; so, challenge this idea.)

  • What is the ‘best’ diet to follow?
  • Diets, eating styles, have a lot in common although at quick glance they may seem very different. All diets recommend eating whole, unprocessed foods, with a primary focus on plants. Start with foods you like and add healthy food choices one at a time. (‘Slowly, slowly” as written above).

  • What superfoods should I be eating?
  • Some foods are high in particular nutrients; but this does not make them essential for a healthy diet. If you are buying a ‘superfood’ consider:
    – is this food grown locally?

    – is this food in season?

    – what other foods will provide these nutrients (often at a much lower price)?

    These 3 questions are applicable to all the food choices we make. In applying them, you will be considering the wider issues of planet health and social and animal welfare.

    Enjoy your food, keep it simple.

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year

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