(Scott Suchman, food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)
Every new year, diet messages seem to rain down along with the confetti right after the ball drops.
From the blitz of ads to the guilt-laden chatter among friends, you can’t escape them. While most diets have been rebranded as “lifestyle” plans, scratch their veneer and you get the same strict rules and body shaming.
With a firm “talk to the hand” held up in the face of all that, I do recognize there is a cultural shift this time of year that makes sense: Coming out of a season that brims with rich foods, sugary desserts and alcohol, we collectively crave an ebb to that flow, a shift to lighter, more nutrient-rich fare, and a focus on fitness.
The problem is, that shift is often framed as repentance, with punishing food rules that are big on promises but are ultimately unsustainable, even damaging.
Instead, consider a different approach: Make targeted, smaller-but-pivotal changes to put yourself on a lifelong path to well-being.
I asked experts at the nexus of food and nutrition to each share one thing we can start today to propel our lives in a healthier direction. This also is the concept behind my new weekly podcast, “One Real Good Thing,” where you can listen to extended interviews with each of these experts over the next month or so.
Some of the changes they suggest are shifts in mentality, others are more hands-on, illustrated with recipes, but each is a powerful tool to help you harness the health-minded momentum of the moment in a positive, guilt-free way that will truly stick.
Here are 6 to consider...
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