Eating nutritiously can be a drag, or that is how it seems at first. You know you want to be healthy, but you also know that you don’t want every meal to be a tasteless, bland, unimaginative ordeal. Eating is one of the joys in life. So how do you balance being in tip-top shape with some type of joie de vivre?
We often begin a diet after a period of less than desirable eating. With our stomachs full of pastries, pizza and deep fried decadence, we decide it is time to make a change. Starting tomorrow, we will eat nothing but nutritious, wholesome and slimming sustenance. In my humble opinion, this is the set-up for failure. When making a diet change, we shouldn’t do anything that we can’t see ourselves maintaining for a lifetime. Otherwise, our exciting, new healthy eating plan has failure built right into it. Can you really see yourself resisting cookies, cream sauce, macaroni and cheese for the rest of your life? Then you shouldn’t set up that type of expectation from the get-go.
A better way
Here is how transitioning works. Let’s say that you begin every morning with a big bowl of granola. The problem with most granolas is that they have tons of added sugar. They also have a good deal of refined carbohydrate which quickly turns to sugar in the body. Therefore, you may want to transition to a more nutritious option. First you may choose a more natural granola made with whole grains, nuts, fruits
You can do this without setting up the false expectation that you will never eat your favorite foods again. As you transition to a wholesome diet, you will increasingly enjoy the taste of vitamin and mineral-filled health supportive options. When you eat what used to be your favorite sugar filled cereal, you will notice that the blood sugar rush makes you feel kind of crappy. When
Be kind to yourself when changing your diet and make sure to get all the support that you need. When we slowly adjust our meal plan, our taste buds steadily change and adapt, our blood sugar normalizes and “diet” becomes something that makes us feel good. Now is that worth taking the time for? That’s completely for you to decide.