So I really like this post on Zen Habits about a simple health plan. There are two guidelines:
- Eat a crapton of vegetables.
- Do something active and fun every day.
It’s really that simple, isn’t it? If you eat tons of veggies before you eat anything else, you’re pretty much guaranteed to crowd out all the unhealthy stuff.
We get a bushel from Farmhouse Delivery every week, and it has really helped us eat more veggies and fruits. On a regular grocery shopping trip, I might buy broccoli or bell peppers, tomatoes and avocados. But each week, we receive, cook, and eat things like fresh hull peas or lima beans, sweet potatoes, collard greens, sweet corn, okra, eggplant, Asian pears, persimmons, melons, figs… things that I probably wouldn’t have bought on my own in a single week.
I’m grateful for the culinary knowledge I’ve gained, so that I have the skills and confidence to cook all this produce and make it delicious.
You always hear that healthy eating is about balance, and that sounds like such a cliché. It’s hard to find that balance, and what is the right balance anyway? One day I eat a completely vegan, veggie-packed meal, and the next day I’m at Matt’s El Rancho eating queso and drinking margaritas. Is that balance?
Here’s what I know: For every day of gluttony, there is a day of clean eating, and for every margarita, there is a green smoothie. That’s balance enough for me.