Here’s Part 2 of our New Year’s list with a little help from The Simpsons. If you missed Part 1 read 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food.
Eat Real Good Food
When you eat a lot of highly processed foods your idea of what food is and tastes like narrows for you. In processed food world you’re mostly polarized between very salty foods like french fries and potato chips or very sweet ones like super ores or soda. Your sense of taste covers sour, salty, sweet, bitter and umami, a Japanese word we use to mean savory, yummy, or delicious. This covers Umami foods satisfy you more than sweet or salty junk food. This includes many seafoods, tomatoes, carrots, Parmesan cheese, soy sauce, bacon and unroasted green tea. If you have 5 basic tastes why limit yourself to only 2?
Pro Tip: Plate it nicely and have a seat. A nice presentation of you food and being at a table will make the experience better by adding a nice visual and better digestion. Better yet, if you’re really proud of your creation, take a picture of is and post up on our facebook!
This is part of eating real good food and is related to cooking your own food, growing your own food and eating less processed food as I wrote in Part 1. Ditch the canned foods- they have hormone disrupting chemicals in them that are harmful. Also, rid your diet of foods that don’t expire! How unnatural can a “food” get when it doesn’t expire? Those preservatives will be a health problem waiting to happen.
I won’t sugar coat things. It may take some time for you to get the hang of food expiring and you may wish you had more time with that tomato before it turned to moldy mush but believe me you’ll be glad it was the kind of food that expires. Buying fresh food also makes a good case against buying food shipped from who knows where since it can’t possibly be that fresh once it gets to you…bringing us to the next resolution.
Buying local can help ensure freshness. I live in New York City and peaches I bought from Whole Foods shipped from South America we not nearly as good as peaches I bought from local farmers at the Union Square Farmers market. I kid you not, those peaches tasted like life…as it should be! Since they didn’t have to travel far and were likely picked that morning they were pretty damn fresh and you can taste the difference.
So were those peaches I had organic? I don’t remember asking. I do remember having a free sample and falling madly in love with some peaches. The point is in buying local, most likely from a human being that had a hand in farming those peaches, I had the option of asking if the peaches were organic. I could also ask if pesticides or herbicides were used and decide from there if I wanted to buy them. I would do that now first instead of allowing myself to be swayed by sexy peaches but if I had the presence of mind then I also had the option. Organic food reduced your exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides, is better for the workers who pick the produce, is better for the land, cuts down on usage of fossil fuels since pesticides are derived from them, encourages soil and produce that is less deficient in vitamins and minerals, and sometimes you can taste how much better it tastes than conventionally grown produce or meat.
Know Where Your Coffee Comes From
It’s fashionable to drink coffee with the rise of stores like Starbucks, big chain bookstores and companies like McDonalds getting in on the act but it’s still not so fashionable to know where your coffee comes from. So maybe you’re a coffee buff and you do know do you care about how the workers are treated who bring you your coffee? Did you know genetically modified coffee has made its way into the market? If you’re a coffee fanatic you should know something about whether your hot cup of java came from Java or not and what it took to get it to you. Oh and coffee in reusable metal cans are recommended as a more environmentally friendly choice than other packaging.
BONUS: Drink More Water
Here’s another beverage resolution, although we could have many, about water. You might be able to scrap whatever I would have written as your drink resolutions if you just follow this one more closely. We’ve all heard we should be drinking 8 glasses of water but I don’t necessarily agree with that. I’ve also read you should be drinking half you body weight in ounces of water per day and that makes more sense. Either way many of us aren’t even close to either recommendations!
Those headaches you get every now and then that you’ve grown so used to could be caused by not drinking enough water. There’s a slew of other health benefits to drinking water. While I understand access to clean water is an issue and the debate over bottled water continues we need water to live. If drinking more water means being more vigilant on fraking, water rights, anti-fluoridation, and groundwater contamination from pollution than that’s what we will have to do.