It's not that I'm not excited to eat healthy, I just don't like to advertise myself as someone who a) diets, b) cares about health food, or c) preaches nutrition. My dietary guidelines are simple: Eat Food. Hopefully some of the negative connotations I have (and probably lots of people have) with the word "nutrition" can be re-evaluated this month. Here's what I want nutrition to mean:
Instead of eating healthy, let's eat well.
Instead of eating light (or even worse, "lite"), let's eat real.
Instead of going on diets, let's go on food adventures and gastronomic tours.
The official theme of Nutrition Month 2014 is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," so I think we'll do okay.
March's other big "event" is Lent (Mardi Gras is Tuesday! Shamrock Shakes for everyone!), which gives me another way to think about nutrition: the simple one. Lent is about paring down our overstimulating lives, removing desires, and purifying ourselves. You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate Lent's themes, which carry on into April, until Easter (but April is Poetry Month, so my Lenten Observances will become more versed than nutritious then). Be on the lookout for simple recipes! (And learn more about how I'm "celebrating" Lent starting Wednesday.)
I also want to incorporate March's St. Patrick's Day celebrations by trying out some traditional Irish recipes as well as some green recipes (as in the color...I'm not Irish, so this seems appropriate).
Finally, March means the coming of spring. Personally, I'll believe that when I see it (and last night's snow isn't helping spring's case), but--here's another Lent connection--I'll still wait in anticipation of the season changing. I'll wait and make spring-inspired dishes (these will probably also be green, because, spring).
My fiction posts will continue where my schedule/time allows, but you'll probably see less of them this month. That's okay. We've got a lot on the burner. And in the blender, and on the cutting board, and in the oven...and in my belly.