Recently I read David Zinczenko and Matt Golulding’s popular book “Eat This Not That: Restaurant Survival Guide.” I think it is a great book, but I have to admit, sometimes the selections on the “Not That” side looked awfully good and tempting. There is a reason why people eat so much unhealthy food, it tastes good. And frankly, I understand why some people don’t care as much for the healthier options. But it does not have to be this way! You can choose to look at healthy foods in a new light and change how you view food. Adopt a food attitude of enjoying healthy quality foods.
First, everyone should educate themselves about good nutrition. And parents, you must teach your children about good nutrition as well. And remember, kids learn more from watching what you do (and eat) than they do from what you tell them. So eating healthy is the best way to teach your children to do the same.
Next, make a commitment to enjoy healthy foods. Notice I’m not saying to only commit to eating healthy foods, but to enjoy healthy foods. You can enjoy lower-fat fares, foods with less sugar, salt, white flour, and the tons of additives being put into foods these days. Enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables. Enjoy lower fat cuts of meat. Enjoy the healthier selections at your favorite restaurant as found in Zinczenko’s series of “Eat This” books.
So how do you actually do this? It’s all in your focus. Rather than focus on what you might be missing when you select healthier foods, focus on the positive aspects of what you are eating. View healthy foods as desirable food that fuels and nourishes your body and besides making you feel better, helps you achieve maximum performance. You’ll only reach your peak by consuming the foods that will assist you in getting there. Be proud of yourself for selection nourishing foods and skipping those that do nothing more than satisfy taste buds and pack pounds on around your middle. Focus on the great fresh taste of healthy foods. Sure, they may taste different, but they also taste good.
You can actually train your body to crave healthier foods. That’s right, after a while, you will want the healthier choices. Sure, you may still want some of the others now and then, but you will probably find that when you to select those foods, if you eat too much, you won’t feel good later. Remember that bad feeling the next time you are tempted to spurge again. Does this mean you can never eat certain foods? No! I’m all for eating whatever you really like, but if it is a food that you know is not healthy, limit it. That’s all. Small helpings once in a while are okay. (Although the more you eat healthy, the less you’ll crave the fat and salt laden stuff).