Eating Healthy Brings Joy
We all know that we should eat food that is good for us. And then along comes a bag of chips (or candy or pastry) with a label that begs us to try the contents. It’s like a little bell that goes off in our head urging us to eat the chips and skip those dull old fruits and vegetables. And our weight management and wellness intentions go down the drain. To make matters worse the chips may have ingredients that setup cravings for more of the same and continue the cycle of bad eating habits.
In order to successfully stay on a healthy food track, each of us must develop tools that support a different way of thinking and build new behavior patterns. Our relationship with food is a very complex set of circumstances. For many people the whole process sounds like too much work and they give up before ever starting. Yes, eating healthy is a bit of work but if you mix a little planning with patience and willingness to learn you will be rewarded with a healthier lifestyle individually
designed for your unique set of circumstances.
Each of us is unique because of our environment, genetic structure, work environment, emotions, learned behavior and all of the other things that surround us daily. Not everything you see on FindingGoodHealth.com or any other resource will be right for you. It is our hope to make it easier for you to build your relationship with food using science-based resources and recipes that taste good.
Here’s a general guideline to get your started:
- Make a list before going to the grocery store.
- Look for fruits, colorful vegetables, and lean protein that you like.
- Read labels. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.
- Recognize that some fats are good for you but sugar or sweetener is not.
- Eat small meals often.
- Plan ahead and prepare quick snacks/meals ahead of time.
Keep the above 6 items on your frig, in your car, and on your phone to keep focused. And bring a little joy back into your eating habits!