|We've seen the likes of these resolutions before, but they don't always come with new instructions and insights on how to actually accomplished the goals.|
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I'm going to add a new strategy because I haven't seen it expressed anywhere else:
If you want to assist yourself with healthy eating and weight loss resolutions, I advise you to first carefully stock your homes full of healthy food staples.
|It's not as counterintuitive a strategy as you might first assume. If you look back over my 2013 food-related posts, you'll see a pervasive theme...|
|...a focus on food stockpiling and careful management...|
|...culminating in a massive upright freezer stocked with enough home-made meals to last a few months.|
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"In 2003–2008, obesity prevalence ranged from 2.3% for recent Chinese immigrants to 31 – 39% for American Indians, US-born blacks, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans, and long-term Mexican and Puerto Rican immigrants", reports this peer-reviewed paper.
Wrap your head around those numbers!!! It almost feels like they're talking about different species rather than different human cultures!!
And do you know what?? Almost everyone assumes that the Chinese do better than every other resident American group because their ethnic diets are so healthy. And they are - but that's not nearly the end of their story. The Chinese tend to manage their individual food supplies differently from the majority of us. Specifically, they stockpile to a degree that most of us do not. If you don't believe this, go ahead and find me a Chinese immigrant within greater Houston who has less than a hundred pounds of rice stashed away in his or her pantry.
|A Chinese immigrant would probably look at my 20-lb bag and think, "Um... why did she buy so little?!"|
The Chinese have a healthy native diet, indeed. But they also benefit from a particular type of relaxation, because their practice of stockpiling their primary dietary staple frees them from subsequent preoccupation with, and pursuit of, food. They don't have to think about procuring more of it because they've already taken care of that. Their minds can move on to other things. And I think that they tend to eat less overall because they have been largely liberated from the food-centric logistic that plagues the rest of us.
It's perhaps a subtle mental cueing mechanism, but I think it matters. Without question, I found myself naturally eating less when I started keeping more food in the house. For the first time, I realized the extent to which I was eating not because I was hungry, but because I was anticipating being hungry.
A propos of the subject of stockpiling is the fact that HEB began a 2-for-1 sale on Cookwell and Company stews and sauces today.
|It's "buy one Green Chile Stew"...|
|..."get a Chili Original Recipe free!"|
|Not only does stockpiling soothe your reptilian brain, it can also save you a boat-load of money if you execute it cleverly.|
Of course, my activity generated conspicuous interest within the store, as is often the case. People were intensely curious as to why I was buying so many (really, we eat this brand routinely, so six is only a few months' worth). So I talked them through the specific preparational details of my Cookwell strategy, which I will recount in a near-future blog post. In the mean time, happy