Happy New Year 2017! Everyone likes to make New Year’s Resolutions. Mostly these are about losing weight and eating healthier. What about a New Year’s resolution you can keep?
The standard resolutions are great resolutions. In January, the gyms are packed. People roam the produce aisles looking for the best fresh produce. By February, the gym is back to the usual crowd, and the produce aisles are back to their normal traffic.
So what happened to those resolutions? For the most part, people try too hard to change their entire lifestyle, which is impossible.
I am Dr. Bruce Semon, M.D., Ph.D., a board certified psychiatrist and Ph.D. nutritionist. I have seen the food and exercise resolutions come and go. I recognize and have built a life around healthy eating. However, I also recognize that you can’t change a diet overnight. For dietary change to be meaningful and sustainable, I advise changing one thing at a time, see that it works, make it a habit, and then add something else. In Feast Without Yeast, and An Extraordinary Power to Heal, we break down our diet into four stages. The first stage is very simple, eliminating just a few foods. Only when that is effective should you go on to the second stage. At each stage, we recommend evaluating your health to see if you can stop at that point, or if you need more changes. We also have Feast Without Yeast translated into Spanish, Un Banquete Sin Levadura.
We also recognize that good food is critical for healthy living. Healthy living is not just eating carrot sticks and celery. It is eating a variety of flavors, colors and textures. Otherwise, food gets boring. In our cookbooks, we have dozens of recipes that fit this bill, from luscious cream soups to tasty salads, roasts, and vegetarian main dishes.
So, to start your New Year right, we would suggest that for the first few weeks, or even the first month, you just eliminate malt. We explain why here. This is the single most important step you can take for healthier living. Try a few new recipes as well.
When you get used to no malt and have a few new foods under your belt, eliminate vinegar. We explain why this is critical here. Add a few more recipes to your repertoire.
Once you get comfortable with these two changes, delve into the rest of Stage I of our Feast Without Yeast diet and you are on your way to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions for healthier living.