Sharing a meal with friends should be a fun, relaxing experience.
I love food. I love to cook. I love to share food with friends and try foods when I travel. For me, it’s one of the essential pleasures of life.
As a teenager, I was extremely strict about my food intake (thank you, 16 years of dance lessons and a body-image obsessed group of friends.) At low points, I was miserable. I remember standing in the university cafeteria and actually crying one day because I felt guilty about eating any of the food options.
With that in mind, I’m going to share with you 3 simple, time-tested rules for how to improve your diet. I think Grandma would approve.
3 vintage inspired rules to improve your diet
1. Drink more water.
Notice what you drink during the day. 4 cups of coffee (with milk & sugar, please!). Cans of diet soda. Juice? Wine?
The one thing you can do RIGHT NOW, today, to improve your diet is to start drinking more water.
Why? Because people often confuse hunger & thirst. Drink more water and you might find that you’re hungry less often. At the very least you’ll be hydrated and less cranky, your skin and digestion will improve, and your body will be able to flush out toxins better. And, even better, it’s free! In fact, by drinking more water you might find you drink less of the other stuff too.
2. Cook more.
This is my mission in life – to get people to cook food for themselves more! I wrote all about why you should cook more here. But in short, even if you decide to cook pizza, curry and fish & chips, if you’re making meals from scratch, it’s STILL going to be healthier, and taste better, than what you can buy.
3. Ask if Grandma would recognize it.
This is really Michael Pollan’s rule, not mine, but it fits so well with the VintageAmanda philosophy. It’s easy to remember and apply.
When you’re about to buy something, ask yourself – would my Great Grandma recognize this as food? And it doesn’t really have to be your Great Grandma. If you’re about to eat a mango, it could be your imaginary tropical Great Grandma.
The point is – would someone from 100 years ago recognize this item as actual food?
If they would, it’s probably good to eat. If it’s packaged in 3 layers of brightly colored packaging, covered with miraculous health benefits and contains ingredients you can’t pronounce – it’s not food. Not real food. So don’t eat it.
Or eat less of it. Really, this is a lifestyle change. You can’t change everything at once. But try to eat less of this fake food and more Grandma-approved food.
Have you tried any of these simple rules for eating better? Let us know what works for you in the comments!