Again in January, SELF made a commitment to spend the 12 months redefining 4 core parts of wellness via each a private and public well being lens, beginning with meals. Our purpose was to upend our society’s traditionally restrictive view of what “wholesome consuming” actually means. Inexperienced smoothies are nice and all, however nobody sort of meals ought to monopolize the which means of wholesome consuming. However right here we’re, with so many people shopping for into the thought—even unwittingly—that wholesome consuming basically comes down to provide and protein. “It’s properly previous time to redefine wholesome consuming. As a result of wholesome consuming isn’t nearly vitamins and superfoods and classy diets; it’s additionally, crucially, about meals entry and sustenance; about gas and nourishment; and about group and tradition. And the way in which we speak about wholesome consuming ought to embody all of that,” our then-editor in chief Carolyn Kylstra wrote on the time.
So, to determine what wholesome consuming actually means, we determined to discover the subject via three important pillars. The primary pillar, bodily well being, encompasses nutritional vitamins, vitamins, that sort of stuff—not stunning with regards to wholesome consuming as an idea, proper? However then there’s the second pillar, emotional well being, which is all about how the way in which we eat influences the way in which we really feel and vice versa. Our ultimate pillar, group well being, is about how meals—our entry to it, our manufacturing of it, our consumption of it—shapes our well being as a collective and as a planet. None of those pillars is kind of necessary than the others. As an alternative, every one is a crucial piece of the overarching wholesome consuming puzzle.
Since January, we’ve revealed articles investigating potential solutions to food insecurity and recommendation on how to combat the food guilt so many people grapple with every day. We’ve requested registered dietitians to explain their favorite meals from their cultures and reiterated why carbohydrates are, in fact, not the enemy. There’s a lot extra—you’ll be able to check out all of our recent coverage on these three pillars right here. And to drive dwelling that wholesome consuming actually is a person factor, we revealed 10 Grocery Diaries, every one providing a snapshot of how totally different individuals store for meals with their bodily and emotional well being (and that of their family members) in thoughts.
Now, as SELF’s interim editor in chief, I’m thrilled to share our March digital cowl: Eat Well. In it, we have fun 16 individuals whose work embodies our multifaceted definition of wholesome consuming. You’ll meet registered dietitians championing the easy pleasure of consuming and a farmer rising crops as an act of meals sovereignty. You’ll meet a sure tenacious host of Style the Nation and High Chef and an innovator creating animal merchandise from cell cultures. Impartial meals and tradition journalist Esther Tseng interviewed these trailblazers, drawing out the gems of wholesome consuming perception they needed to share. Then SELF’s well being editor Carolyn Todd and affiliate meals and health director Christa Sgobba diligently combed via Tseng’s reporting and their very own analysis to color a vivid image of every individual we’re honoring. Sally Tamarkin, SELF’s former options director, was instrumental all through this course of as an impartial sensitivity reader, serving to us to ensure we had been doing justice to the unimaginable work this group of individuals is doing. Lastly, artistic director Amber Venerable commissioned lovely illustrations from artists Diana Ejaita, Jordan Moss, Abbey Lossing, and Asia Pietrzyk, working with affiliate artwork director Morgan Johnson to show the designs into digital covers. Name it the cherry on high.
Head over to our March digital cover story to see SELF’s listing of individuals revolutionizing our cultural notion of what wholesome consuming actually is. And eat properly, pals.