Jan 5

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 ChipsLook 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 Fareyou 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!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted January 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Terry! I’m a big fan of CLEAN FOOD and have enjoyed every recipe I’ve made. I will have to check out CLEAN START. Your list of intentions is great and I couldn’t agree more. # 3 is my focus for the new year with the mantra: LIVE BETTER. I’m also a HUGE fan of kale and consume it several times a week in a marinated salad with lemon-infused olive oil, apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s), and a good shaking of sea salt-simple, but DIVINE. Or, I will add it to my juices & smoothies, although lately, have been too lazy to blend or juice (I loathe the clean-up process). BEST WISHES FOR 2012!!!

  2. Jackie Welsh
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Have you seen the EAT MORE KALE bumper stickers yet? I got mine at an outdoor shop in the Catskills, but I think they are spreading in availability!

  3. Posted January 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had an EAT MORE KALE bumper sticker on my car for 6 years! I was driving behind a car with the sticker on Highway 89 outside of Montpelier years ago and knew immediately that I had to have it! I looked it up online, discovered it was a t-shirt company, called, and he sent me some stickers. You can order them on his site. They’re quite popular now that he’s being sued by Chick Fillet! Here’s the link: http://eatmorekale.com/stickers.php

  4. Dona Skaggs
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    ty Terry I am so excited I have been on and off for a few days and I am so happy to have won thank you so much.

  5. Posted January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Dona, my emails don’t seem to be reaching you! I’ve received all of your communications, I just need to know which book you would like – CLEAN FOOD or CLEAN START?!!! Please email me at info@terrywalters.net! THANX!!!

  6. Posted January 10, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Enjoyed reading these! I’m hoping to eat more fin to tail, root to blossom this year. 🙂

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