“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.” ~Virgil Thomson
Every time you shop, pick up a new item that you’ve never tried before. This is an effective way of ensuring long-term lifestyle changes. Frequently when reviewing food journals, I see the same foods every day. The problem with this is that we get bored and it imprints a negative image in our minds when we think about healthy eating. Think of it like doing a crossfit workout. Workouts are fun when they are constantly varied, but if the WOD was Fran every day you’d dread it more than you already do. So Pick up that fruit or vegetable you always walk by in the supermarket and are curious about. This will add different flavors and textures to your daily intake. experiment with a new spice or herb and mix it with other flavors to increase the palatability of foods. Try out different cuts of meat and types of fish. The possibilities are endless. With greater variety comes a greater chance of longevity.Remember, think lifestyle not diet.
Trying new recipes makes things fun. People often have this idea that eating healthy means eating dry bland boiled chicken. There are thousands of different ways to cook and flavor chicken and vegetables. Try a new recipe, the worst that can happen is you don’t like it and you try a different one next time. When you start to get a feel for different flavor combinations you will be able to conduct experiments in which you create your own recipes. For those of you who suffer from eating your children’s left over chicken nuggets (aka pink slime chicken by products), involve them in the cooking process and have them try meals that they’ve helped prepare. Studies suggest that when children are involved in the cooking process they tend to eat better as well.
“True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington”~Anonymous