I really do get it, when food doesn’t pass your palatable test it is simply not going to be eaten. I was there when I was a kid. I was always the last one eating and I blamed it on the green beans or whatever was green, slimy or stinky. Eating green beans literally made me gag, really. I can laugh about it now. There are still some things I won’t eat as a grown-up today, like Squid or certain kinds of seafood. But, I do eat green beans with no problem. One of the challenges in eating a healthy diet is getting pass the way something tastes, looks, or smells to get to the benefit it provides.
Mind Over Matter
We have all heard the “mind over matter” speech. I think it’s time to take it a bit deeper. Everything we do starts in our head as a thought. Some of the foods and supplements I eat now started with me researching foods that delivered the nutrients I wanted. Believe me the foods I researched didn’t look like a slice of moist Italian cake or a juicy piece of fried chicken. I was seeking something that delivered health that I could count on. I made a commitment to include foods in my diet that were going to perform as healers and provide nourishment. In my mind, the focus was lifestyle.
Taste, Look, and Smell
If I told you that eating wheat grass didn’t taste as good as eating romaine lettuce, would you eat it? What about seaweed? It has a raw fishy smell and taste. Chlorella powder is the same way. Wheat germ is a great source for vitamin E, but has a strong taste even in a shake. The point is these foods and more are packed with nutrition great for maintaining good health. If good nutrition is what you are seeking, convince yourself to give something different a try, judge it for what it provides. At some point, it comes down to the reality of illness and eating to live.
Training Yourself to Eat Healthy
It takes time to train yourself to eat for health instead of pleasure. Your taste buds look for those familiar flavors of salty, spicy, and sweet. Bitter hardly gets a chance, being that it is further back on the tongue. But,your taste buds should not be in control. I want to share a few tips to help you get started.
- Research healthy foods that you want to include in your diet. Become knowledgeable about how they benefit your health.
- Incorporate small portions of healthy foods with the foods you like.
- For one of your meals, tone down the flavors. This will help train your taste buds to get used to inviting new tastes.
- Give it time and don’t give up on trying new things.
Your health is something you can control in different ways. Eating healthy is one of them. Allowing the way, a food taste, look, or smell can determine what foods you will consume. Why miss out on foods that are high in the nutrients you need. Challenge yourself to commit to a lifestyle of choosing foods, not for their attributes but for what they provide.
As always, enjoy living healthy and smart!