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Posted at 6:10 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

The Food Resolution: Sunny Sea Gold and Michel Richard

By Kelly DiNardo

Before the New Year arrived, I asked a number of chefs, writers, sommeliers and others in the local food community to share their resolutions for 2011. Their responses included the self-serving, the idiosyncratic and the sublime. I'll roll out two resolutions a day this week, starting today with Michel Richard and Sunny Sea Gold. Feel free to chime in with your own in the comments section.

hear01_sunny.jpg Sunny Sea Gold (photo by Taghi Naderzad)

Give Yourself Permission to Eat Whatever You Want

“I’m a huge proponent of not depriving yourself,” says Sunny Sea Gold, author of the forthcoming "Food: The Good Girl’s Drug." “The science has shown that strict dieting and restricting yourself leads to binging, especially if you’re an emotional eater. It’s going to take a while for your body to tune in and trust you, but eventually it becomes about how you want your body to feel instead of what you’re allowed to have. The buzzword is mindfulness. It’s surrounded by a lot of woo-woo talk, but it’s really just pausing and thinking about it. What’s really going to make me feel good?”

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Michel Richard (photo by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg)

Sit Down and Eat Together
“Everyday should be Thanksgiving,” says Michel Richard, chef-owner of Citronelle, Central and Michel. “Maybe not the big meal, but the part where you sit down and eat together and talk about the day. It brings everyone together.”

Kelly DiNardo's work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, Glamour, Redbook and others. Her first book, "Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique," was released in 2007.

By Kelly DiNardo  | January 3, 2011; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  Books, Chefs  | Tags:  Kelly DiNardo, The Food Resolution  
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nice post,but really have you tryed greek kitchen? is really good!!

Posted by: roditiko1 | January 3, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

For longevity... vow to follow the Mediterranean Diet in 2011:

Get plenty of exercise.

Eat primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, peanut butter and nuts. Avoid white flour.

Replace corn oil with healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado oil and canola oil. Reduce the use of butter. Avoid margarine.

Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Use salt sparingly. Chilis, Ginger, Garlic, Rosemary and Turmeric are recommended.

Limit red meat to once a week or use small portions in flavoring soups and stews.

Eat fish, poultry and eggs at least twice a week.

Drink red wine in moderation. Avoid soft drinks. Drink fruit smoothies with yogurt. Sweeten with real honey. Drink tea and coffee.

Posted by: alance | January 5, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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