Raise your hand if you made some kind of food related goal for the new year?👋🏼Between being kitchenless for a month and eating anything that could go in the microwave/cold cereal, and then eating my body weight in cheese over Christmas, I was ready for a big change.
There are a million and one different diets out there right now, and thanks to the internet you can read about them all at once. Add more of this. Take out that forever. Eat only _____. Some seem awesome for a temporary change, some I don't understand, almost all of them stress me out. For me personally, I am hesitant to cut out entire food groups. I have tried several different "diets" over the years, and have found I do best eating a little bit of everything--I'm happier, I feel better, I perform better out on the trail. But something I know I can always do better at is eating more plants. The older I get I am realizing you really can't eat too many veggies. I just started reading a book called "How Not to Die" by Dr. Michael Greger. The book (all 500 pages of it) dives deep into the benefits of a plant based diet (not just veggies, but fruit, whole grains and beans). We all know we should be eating more of these things--but this books dives into the science, and tells us WHY we need to be eating more. I'm not going vegan anytime soon (I mean, pizza and ice cream and stuff) but there is always room to eat more plants. If you like food, and you like science than you will cruise through the book--it is FASCINATING—our bodies are the coolest.
I have also been trying to be better at doing a little meal prep here and there so I always have easy lunches to throw together at home or take to work. It's so easy to take all the veggies in your fridge, drizzle some olive oil and salt on them and roast them (425°). Keep them in the fridge for a few days to throw into your lunch. The roasting brings out such a different flavor in everything, you really don't need to add much to it. Today I ate them with quinoa, roasted chickpeas (olive oil, salt, smoked paprika, turmeric), hummus, goat cheese, and parsley 👌🏼 How do you fit more plants into your day? What are some resources I should check out? 🌱