Have you heard? A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and grains with moderate amounts of meat and fat is actually good for you! It also helps you maintain or -- get this -- even lose weight!Last week, the New York Times reported that "after decades of obsessing about fat, calories and carbs, many dieters have made the unorthodox decision to simply enjoy food again."
The article goes on to describe several life-long dieters who have turned away from diets of strictly controlled foods and portions in favor of simple home cooked meals with fresh ingredients. In other words: meals with foods that they actually enjoy.
These dieters mention being influenced by the Slow Food Movement and the efforts of chefs like Alice Waters. Even Rachael Ray gets a mention for encouraging people to eat for the "experience of food" and not for the nutrition package it provides.
Far from gaining weight, studies show that turning the focus away from calorie counting and toward enjoyment of fresh foods helps people maintain or move toward a normal weight.
Despite our joking at the beginning of this post, we're truly glad the New York Times decided to publish this article. It's about time we get some positive press about healthy, normal eating habits. Next time someone tells us it's too hard to cook healthy food at home or chides us for having a second roll with dinner, we think we'll just point them here.
• Read the full article: Instead of Dieting to Eat, They're Eating to Enjoy by Tara Parker-Pope, published in the New York Times.
Related: Blogging the NY Times: 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating
(Image: Stephanie Diani for The New York Times)