January Rules

Like the little girl in the rhyme when I am good I am very, very good but when I’m bad…
Well I’ve been bad for a long time and its showing so I decided I need to start off this year with a healthier diet! Unfortunately I cant seem to do that without having some rules to follow, I would love to be the kind of person who lives by moderation but I’m all or nothing so when I found out that Andrew Wilder from Eating rules was organising January Rules, I was more than happy to join in!


The rules are:

1. Eat only 100% whole grains
2. Don’t eat high fructose corn syrup
3. Don’t eat hydrogenated oils, trans fats or anything deep fried.

There is also a “once a week go ahead and cheat” part that is , frankly, a relief! Not focusing on the only unhealthy part, I just think this “cheat” option makes socialising so much easier- I can’t be the only one who hates explaining that I am being “good”, “healthy” or whatever the choice of word to avoid the word diet is at the time! So with this option I can go ahead and enjoy the occasion without beating myself up afterwards.

Well that seems easy enough, I have avoided hydrogenated oils for a long time. I  rarely eat anything deep fried apart from crisps (potato chips) so this rule is a good opportunity to banish that unhealthy habit!

I admit to only recently learning about HFCS. I believed  it to be banned in the UK- that meant I didnt eat it, right? Wrong! Its called Glucose-Fructose syrup here and it is in food we eat here (its in Jaffa cakes and Bran flakes!).  It think for the most part though I do rarely eat food containing HFCS.

Its the the 1st rule, eating only 100% whole grains that I will struggle with.  I even find the definition of wholegrain a little difficult- is wholemeal wholegrain? It seems that it is – wholemeal flour is created by grinding whole grains. What about wholewheat? It seems wholemeal is the same as wholewheat. If Im wrong about any of this please do let me know.

Andrew’s 3 rules were just the kick start I needed to start off my healthy January. I am also doing all the usual things I guess so many of us are such as avoiding sugar,  keeping things low fat and trying to get back to the gym!

I think for lots of working people lunch is the hardest meal to keep healthy. So let me share 2 delicious, easy ideas.
The 1st is for a  healthy soup. Vegetarian Pho made by Winnie Abramson This soup really is easy to make, Ive made it twice already.  I feel so healthy eating it. I doubled the recipe and put it into pots to take to work.


The 2nd idea also takes advantage of seasonal vegetables- a super healthy brussels sprouts salad. I made it without the pecorino as Im not a fan.  I have taken the salad  to work in a container and put into a pitta bread for a delicious lunch.


I am not finding this healthy start to the year at all difficult (yet!) I have that feeling of virtuousness that comes from being healthier. I know, for me, this is often short lived but I am enjoying it while it lasts.


  1. #1 by Cathy on January 12, 2011 - 12:35

    Good for you, Jayne! I’m adding a lot of new grains to my diet – rye, oat, spelt, buckwheat all get mixed into breads. I now miss the taste of these grains when I am served white bread. Good luck! – Cathy

  2. #2 by RJ Flamingo on January 13, 2011 - 01:47

    Brava, girl!

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