One of my heroes in life is Gordon B. Hinckley. He was the prophet and president of my church from 1995-2008, which covered most of my childhood and youth. President Hinckley was known as a realistic optimist. He was not unaware of significant challenges, both in the world and in individual lives. But he always had a twinkle in his eye, and his catchphrase became “Stand a Little Taller.”
I have always loved this phrase. Stand a Little Taller. It’s so encouraging, and yet so realistic. It implies that I’m already standing tall, and that even incremental progress is worth my daily effort.
Well, that’s also how I feel about the vast world of health. I am not unaware of significant challenges, both in the food industry and in individual lives. We have got some major issues to work out as a culture, and it will take a lot of individual and collaborative efforts to make real progress. But I am a realistic optimist about health. And I want my catchphrase to become “Eat a Little Better Every Day.”
It’s so encouraging, and yet so realistic. It implies that I’m already eating well, and that even incremental progress is worth my daily effort.
Over the last 12 years I have made a commitment to improving my diet, and I know that you can too. I have learned to incorporate strategies from a wide range of sources. Michael Pollan has taught me to eat real food and to cook for my family. Super Healthy Kids and 100 Days of Real Food are my go-to sources for down to earth, realistic feeding strategies and wholesome recipes. And now that I am a Thrive Life consultant, I am constantly finding new ways to reduce my food waste and build a healthy home pantry, which helps me feel confident that I can feed my family consistently healthy meals.
You’re not going to find a lot of dramatic claims around here. I’m pretty level-headed and realistic when it comes to my food goals. But I can eat a little better every day, and so can you. We’re all in this together, and learning to focus on adding nutrient-dense foods, enjoying healthier meals, and cooking more at home are all great ways to increase our daily nutrition.
There are countless methods to try for simple improvements, and Thrive Life foods are what I focus on here at I Crave Color. You can a little better today by learning to refresh freeze-dried fruit, adding beans to your baked goods, or using a delicious marinades for vegetables. So try my fruit and yogurt bowl, my white bean blondies, or my roasted broccoli and potatoes today. And send me your favorite ways to eat a little better. I’d love to hear from you!