The UnDiet, The New Meal Deal
The healthiest new diet might not be a diet at all. “The undiet approach is about finding the diet that really works for you as an individual,” explains nutritionist Meghan Telpner, author of UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and, most recently, The UnDiet Cookbook.
So, how do you do that? It’s all about the quality of the food and tuning into how you feel on a daily basis. There’s no counting calories or grams of fat, she says. Instead, you should read labels and look for ingredients that you can cook with (read: minimally processed whole foods), and cook with foods that are packed with micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. “You want to focus on all those essential components that make our cells run and foods that have the highest concentration of those for every bite,” she says.
There are a number of benefits to eating this way, but one of the biggest is that it helps do away with feeling guilt or shame about what you eat, says Michelle Jaelin, a registered dietitian and owner of NutritionArtist Inc. “Instead of cutting out certain foods or food groups that are usually associated with traditional dieting, the undiet approach cultivates a positive relationship with food and focuses on food as nourishment for the body.” Ready to start? Integrate these seven healthy eating tips to your weekly meal plans.