The power of food is amazing. Truly amazing. It can heal us, it can harm us, it can make us feel great or make us feel awful. It can even feel as though it is controlling us. Sounds scary but it’s true.
If we get our nutrition right we can be firing on all cylinders and really make the most of our every minute. The trouble for most of us is that we know what makes us feel good yet we have trouble sticking to it.
Old habits die hard and with food this is especially true. We get set in our ways, whatever our ways are and without a big incentive we fall into the same traps again and again. Part of the problem with food is that lots of things that are bad for us are manufactured to make us crave them so it really can be an uphill battle.
Most of us want to eat healthily and in a way that keeps our bodies fit and strong. Many of the foods that we have settled into eating may not meet this criteria and yet maybe we don’t recognise where we could make changes.
Tonight I had my parents round for dinner and I made a super healthy pizza and fat free chips. It was delicious, if I do say so myself. Whilst my mum was really into it and loved all the new flavours and enjoyed the fact it was good for her, my dad thought it was a poor imitation of an Aldi 99p pizza and thought oven chips would have been better. Stuck in his ways. He should have known there was no chance of that in my house!
The trick is to break the habits. I have been on my diet for two years now and I know that my taste buds have adapted. Champagne used to be my absolute favourite drink and now it just tastes so sweet to me that I can’t drink it. With dedication to the cause I have ensured that red wine with all it’s antioxidant benefits has taken over in my list of lovely things.
I no longer eat ‘normal’ bread and when I first went on my diet the smell of toast would drive me crazy with longing. I could eat slice after slice if I had let myself. Nowadays I can enjoy the smell as just a smell and not feel that strong need to eat that sort of carbohydrate. Buckwheat flat bread has taken over in the sandwich world for me.
Fish used to absolutely ruled out in my mind. I used to say it was too fishy unless it was deep fried and unrecognisable. Now, because I know how good it is for me, I have tried all sorts and I absolutely love it. My tastes have definitely changed.
Someone once told me that to like olives you need to eat 70. When I had my little boy and was at the weaning stage I remember the health visitor saying that you must get the baby to try foods over and over again until they like them. It seems that as we grow older we lose the want to try new things and if we don’t like them we immediately we rule them out.
If we want to make changes to be more healthy or to maintain a healthy weight we need to be open to new ways of thinking about food. If you can get to the stage where you love a plant based diet it is likely that you will never again need to worry about your weight. How amazing would that be?!
Opening our minds through meditation can make us creative in all areas of life and it works particularly well with food ideas. Come on a Revitalise Day to open your mind to healthy food possibities and get yourself set for healthy food for life.