Is eating healthy a “matter of the mind” for you?
It certainly is for me, as I’ve recently experienced a bit of a break-through after I started thinking & using a single word.
I know that fresh strawberries, cheese & crackers are “healthier” than cookies. I’m pretty sure that carrots & celery (plus a tablespoon of ranch dressing 😉 ) are “healthier” than a bag of tasty Cool Ranch Doritos. So, I slowly started incorporating these eats at snack time. Since that is when I usually make the most “not-so-good” food choices. So far, so good!
Do I still eat & enjoy cookies and Doritos, from time to time? Of course. Have you seen all the cookie recipes I’ve gathered around here?!
Healthier. It implies that some sort of good/”better than”, yet balanced effort is being made, no?
A pat on the back is helpful. Condemnation is not.
I think we’ve all heard that “balance” or “moderation” is important, and it is. So…if balance means eating pizza & drinking soda one day, and a salad with a glass of water the next…then, there it is. Don’t beat yourself up over the pizza! If you feel like you will, then add a handful of spinach over the sauce. That usually does the trick for me.
- If you enjoy “fast food”…would it be “healthier” to make your own burger & fries at home? Tacos? Fried chicken?
- If you enjoy creamy, cheesy, buttery pasta dishes…would it be “healthier” to incorporate a cup or two of broccoli florets?
- If you enjoy cookies & candy…would it be “healthier” to eat fruit instead?
I think the key to eating healthier when you don’t want to eat healthier (whilst still enjoying the foods that you love), is making small, relatively painless changes. It has to be something that you know you can do, follow through on, and stick with. After doing it awhile, you become more & more comfortable with it. You may even feel good about it. Then, at some point it becomes rather habitual.
Ok. That’s all I got!
See you next time with a fabulous recipe for classic, Cast Iron Skillet, Sweet Cornbread.
How are you eating healthier?