So, you’re standing in line at a coffee shop eying the range of baked goods you could eat along with your chai tea latte. You browse over the squares, the cakes, the croissants. Finally, your eyes settle on the muffins and you think to yourself, I’ll make a healthy choice today. Well, my friend, more than likely you’ve fallen for what I like to call The Muffin Myth.
Nutrition can be confusing, even downright overwhelming at times. There’s no one-sized fits all approach when it comes to eating well. What may be good for me might not be good for you. My approach to nutrition is highly individualized, and based on four core values: knowledge, simplicity, moderation, and mindfulness.
I believe strongly that we should know what we’re eating. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to food. It helps us make good decisions about how to nourish ourselves, and about what good food really is. More importantly, knowledge helps us avoid getting caught up in the latest hype, fad, or myth surrounding food and nutrition. Thinking critically and arming ourselves with good, science-based information is one of the best and most important strategies for healthy eating.
It’s no secret that I like to keep things simple. I think approachable and sustainable nutrition is within everyone’s grasp, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t have to make your own almond milk or whip up elaborate meals from scratch each day in order to eat well. I believe that planning, prepping, and packing your meals can help you lead a healthier – and less stressful – life.
It can be easy to get caught up in the hype and believe that downing the latest and greatest miracle food by the spoonful is the answer to good health. But time and time again, clinical research shows that there’s just no substitute for a healthy diet and a good amount of exercise. My approach to nutrition includes eating most plants with reckless abandon, and most other things in moderation. I don’t worry too much about balancing each plate, but balancing the day, or even the week instead.
Food is nourishment, but food is also pleasure. When we eat mindfully we can enjoy food without guilt or shame. I believe strongly that treats are treats and should be enjoyed accordingly and that planned indulgences – enjoyed mindfully – are the key to eating well most of the time.
Beyond these core values, the main principle behind the food I eat, the recipes I share here, and the nutrition work I do is simple: real food, lots of plants, and quality over quantity.