According to national polls, each year about 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. 2 of the top 4 resolutions we make are related to diet – losing weight (21%) and eating healthier (7%). At least 33% will have abandoned their plans by the end of January, and most by June. While some people succeed in achieving the kind of life changes they want through trying a new diet, its unlikely you or your family will be the ones to succeed this year.
What is it ‘they’ say? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting it to come out differently? (attributed to Albert Einstein, probably incorrectly)
Or try my favorite “If diet books really worked we’d only need one!” (attributable to me, with no evidence I said it first!)
So, what do I suggest instead? How about simply adopting a new cuisine?
A cuisine is usually defined roughly as:
- a specific set (or characteristic style) of cooking traditions and practices,
- often (but not exclusively) associated with a specific culture or region.
Here’s why adopting a new cuisine to replace a simple resolution is so powerful: a cuisine has great depth and breadth. Any cuisine that emerges does so as at a time and in a place and in a dance with the prevailing culture, resources, technology, distribution and marketing. These are the foundations, the unseen which make a new cuisine possible. And you can’t avoid these unseen aspects of cuisine and so they hold out the promise to counter the tyrannically strong forces at work which have made new year’s resolutions imperative….the forces which argue for more fat, more food, less variation, less engagement with our food.
The essential healing cuisines present a completely different approach to food, diet and nutritional habits and behavior, and the possibility to stop dieting each new year, and instead simply eat a cuisine that brings you health in a fundamental unavoidable manner.