Now that the holidays are over, most of us are thinking about our health and getting back on track for the new year. These days, there is so much information online and in books about how to eat, what to consume, what type of diet to follow, and on and on, that it’s almost impossible to know how to eat properly.

Annmarie Colbin, founder of the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, has 7 easy tips for eating better. Watch her TEDxManhattan 2013 talk above for the 7 tips, plus 2 bonus suggestions, as well as an explanation of each.

To sum up, she says, Good Food should be:

  • Whole
  • Fresh and natural
  • Real
  • Local, seasonal, not genetically modified so you’re in harmony with the earth, its seasons, and the environment
  • In harmony with tradition. It should be more or less similar to what your ancestors ate because evolution has made your genes receptive to it, and it will be nourishing to you
  • Balanced, appropriate and enough
  • Delicious

Watch Annmarie’s entertaining and informative talk to find out more information — along with her 2 bonus tips. And forget those diet fads, quick fixes, and misleading marketing telling you that a pill will cure all. You just need to go back to eating real food.

Be prosperous and well in 2017!

Diane Hatz is the Founder & Executive Director of Change Food. Change Food works to create a healthy food system for all by developing programs and resources for individuals and groups changing the food system from the ground up.

TEDxManhattan was founded and organized by Diane Hatz from 2011–2015.

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