week’s column outlined a research-based diet for optimal
health reported by Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling
Institute. This week before Christmas calls me to report on
a somewhat more personal diet plan … the "good enough
enough means my food choices are not always perfect. They
are good enough. Thus it is an eating plant that fits
perfectly into this hectic holiday season. Here are the
are sometimes good enough for breakfast. But only on days
when the Christmas tree must be put up and decorated before
you have to jump in the shower to go to work. Said cookie
must contain at least one item of redeeming nutritional
value such as nuts, peanut butter, or whole oats. Note: A
cold glass of milk adds additional calcium, protein and
energy-producing fuel to the busy day.
good enough to drink lunch … when you can’t balance a
sandwich and untangle Christmas lights at the same time.
Drinks must blend at least 3 healthful ingredients in your
kitchen such as a leftover banana, a couple spoonsful of
yogurt, a handful of salad greens, splash of milk, scoop of
whey protein powder tossed with a few ice cubes and powered
in the blender. Added bonus: It’s a light green holiday
color … ho ho ho.
not good enough to grab chocolate when your body and brain
are begging for real nourishment. Take a breather; reheat
that slice of leftover quiche. Slice a fresh pear over a
handful of bagged spinach and drizzle a bit of dressing over
the top. Relax. Eat. Guarantee you’ll feel good enough to
tackle the outdoor extension cords.
way, local produce growers tell us when a package of greens
is labeled "triple washed" and "ready to
eat," it’s absolutely good enough to eat these
vegetables straight from the bag.
enough means that nutrients to fuel busy activities this
season show up in a variety of ways. A crisp apple and a
handful of nuts are good enough when last minute shopping
delays dinner. So is the bottled water in my car console
that stands ready for quick sips at stop lights.
(a whole grain food) at the movies (hold the butter please)
and a light dinner afterwards with friends feeds my soul as
well as my tired body this time of year.
decorations, gifts may not always turn out to be perfect. It
reminds me of that first Christmas when Mary and Joseph
accepted accommodations that were somewhat less than what
they had hoped for. And it all turned out to be way more
than good enough.