🥗 All diets start with a salad foundation

Leigh Fatzinger
3 min readJan 11, 2022

If you find yourself on the phone with me this month, I’ll likely ask what your media consumption resolutions are for 2022.

How we consume media is similar to the USDA’s food pyramid — it requires good balance, different sources, and is ever-changing.

Just as each individual requires something different nutritionally, our information diet also varies from person to person. Dependent not only on your industry, time available and topics of personal significance, we can’t all adhere to the same strict Atkins diet like Rob Lowe.

  • Food for thought: What were the three biggest diet trends in 2021? (answer below)

Diets go beyond just substance, but also include how and when you consume. Are you someone who spends hours shopping and prepping your cookbook meal? Or do you rely on a meal subscription service for fast, on-the-go nutrition?

Information consumption should be the same way. Journalists produced some thought-provoking investigations last year, from the Facebook files to the Pandora Papers, but most consumers simply lacked the time to follow all the coverage. As vital as the news is, where does it fit in your life? In 2022 we’re continuing our mission to provide the USDA food pyramid of news consumption — a regiment with a short time commitment, but packed with high nutritional value — and high relevance to your specific industry and interests.

  • Romaine on track: What percentage of New Year’s resolutions survive one week? (answer below)
What does your information diet consist of? Much like Americans’ nutrition, news consumers are only hitting 2–3 of these news categories weekly.

WHAT I’M READING

Do you trust what you’re putting in your body? As health officials warn consumers about growing levels of GMOs and unwanted additives in our foods, our news diets can be equally as untrustworthy. Here are some news consumption habits that are giving us reason to pause. PR Week — January 11, 2022 — Social media is the go-to news source for millennials and Gen Z, but that doesn’t mean they trust it

A new trend for diets in 2022 may be a successful one. Researchers at Brown are suggesting a blend of intuitive eating, acceptance of your cravings, and mindfulness towards meals. How can we apply these same practices to the news we see? The New York Times — January 3, 2022 — Diets Make You Feel Bad. Try

Leigh Fatzinger

Just a guy with a wife, two sons and a dog who likes to tell stories.