New Year’s Winners… and Looking Ahead!
In the final weeks of 2011, predictions for 2012 were everywhere, providing much entertainment value (however little or any truth). Here are some predictions that caught my eye, or at least provided a good chuckle!
Pizza – Expect to see much more of this favorite food…I mean… vegetable!
Nordic Food – It’s time to start foraging for wild and sustainable food, but don’t expect me to painstakingly prepare (and photograph) it!
Doughnuts – The new cupcakes! Both of these crazes allude me (I just don’t care much for cake, but when cookies become the trend, look out!)
PETA “will go on a full-scale campaign to get the country of Turkey to change its name to Eggplant.” (from Esquire.com) – Love that!
Kale Chips – Look for this staple among clean foodies to become highly manufactured and produced. (Shine from Yahoo.com) Seems they’re on to us!
Food Trucks will become even more popular and widely spread. (Post-Tribune)
Food Trucks will become less popular. (Huffington Post) (Are you dizzy yet?)
Fin-to-Tail or Nose-to-Tail or Root-to-Blossom – Call it what you’d like, it’s certainly efficiency. And with no waste…can we call it clean (at least in some regard)?
Goats – The new dairy.
Ethnic Fare – you pick the ethnicity – they’ve all been mentioned in one list or another.
It’s one thing to track trends and another to make actual predictions, but my main focus has always been working to create change. So, instead of predictions, I’ve compiled a top 10 list of intentions for 2012, created with the hope that if we all embrace these ideals, perhaps we can make even more progress toward their coming true. I hope you’ll join me.
1. More home cooking.
2. More shared meals with family and friends.
3. More nourishment from our food, our relationships, our activities, our practices, our careers and our connections.
4. Food that doesn’t require a label, and that is sustainable to grow and produce.
5. More clean food accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic status, regions or any other circumstances that prevent healthy, nutritious food from being available.
6. Widespread awareness and options for those with food sensitivities, allergies and/or intolerances.
7. Less dependency on oil – for processing, packaging and transportation.
8. More education for all ages about making healthy choices – in our schools, in our companies, in our communities, in our healthcare system.
9. More government support of locally grown, organic, sustainable farmers, and farming and less influence from corporate farms in our national policy.
10. Kale! I’m constantly told that this should be my mantra, so inclusion on this list was inevitable. But, consider this. If we all replaced just one of our processed foods with an extra serving of kale (chips, sautéed, salad…), we might be well on our way to being a healthier nation in 2012!
No matter what YOUR intentions for 2012 may be, I wish you a year of discovery, nourishment, growth and connection, and I’ll look forward to sharing it all right here on my blog. To that end, thanks to all who participated in my year-end “Giving Thanks Giveaway!” The final winners are (can we get a drum roll on this thing?)…
Here’s to peace and fulfillment in the year ahead.
Much thanks for being part of this journey to
EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL!