Once a week, a small group of arty pals convene after work to play with papier-mâché, share a simple meal and unwind. It’s wonderful. With our hands busy, our minds declutter and good conversation floats like a plastic bag in the wind. We talk about food, about how, without true intention, we’re mostly vegetarian. Vegetarian doesn’t always mean healthy. We talk about our weaknesses: potato chips, ice cream, Cheez Doodles.
One mentioned she’d found a decent real-food cookbook, and she’d tuned in to the author’s blog: his name is Mark. Another said, “I know that site, but it’s a knitting blog, I found it after buying the guy’s patterns. His name is Bruce.” We scrub floury paste off our hands to settle the debate. Gather ’round my laptop: find they’re talking about the same website. Tiny world.
Knitter Bruce Weinstein and Chef Mark Scarbrougheal share a website where they blog about life, food and knitting. The duo has co-authored about 20 books. Their latest, Real Food Has Curves, describes a 7-step plan for weaning yourself off processed foods. Here’s their healthy eating road map, condensed to baby steps:
- Seek true satisfaction. (Fat, sugar and salt are added to mask the taste of chemical additives. Go for natural flavorings.)
- Read labels. (Look before it leaps into your grocery cart.)
- Enjoy what’s on your plate. (Unplug the TV, step away from the computer. Enjoy the act of eating.)
- Wean yourself off excess salt, fat, and sugar. (Substitute strong spices to get over the withdrawal hump.)
- Give your palate time to change. (You will lose your taste for excessively sweet, fatty and salty foods.)
- Go for high-quality foods. (Choose products that contain the least amount of processed ingredients.)
- Don’t skip meals. (Eat three meals a day at regular times, plus a mid-day snack.)
Check out the full book for the science back-story, recipes, and a fuller better description of how real food can make you healthier, slimmer, leave money in your pocket and make you a better friend to the environment. This is stuff we all know, and a simple plan to help us do it.
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