Get Out of Your Food Rut!

Break old patterns and upgrade your attitude toward trying something new.

Posted Sep 04, 2016

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When you understand how to eat well, and healthier living has become a habit, you can eat almost anything you want. That’s because you can trust the choices you make. You won’t be eating as many processed convenience foods, certainly not any of those frozen, tv-dinner type foods that have been specifically packaged for weight control. And when you can eat whatever you want, you are free of the restrictive diet rules that are casting shadows over so many areas of your life.

Once you discover the taste of fresh, wholesome foods, you won’t want to go back to eating foods that contain a lot of unnatural and unnaturally processed ingredients because you won’t be able to settle for their mediocre taste. (OK, you may want to revert to convenience foods from time to time, but they don’t have to be—and shouldn’t be—the mainstay of your diet.) Healthful eating means eating well most of the time and indulging some of the time. Why indulge at all? Because you don’t want to take healthy eating to an extreme; your goal is to find a natural balance in your life.

Changing and improving the way you eat helps you break old patterns and attitudes; when you change your relationship with food, it often means changing your relationship with yourself and with others. You are releasing yourself from the trap of old, ingrained habits that aren’t working for you.

Once you trust yourself to make better choices overall, you can be more open-minded and creative about food and have more fun with it. When eating well becomes your new habit, you become less concerned about the calories and other nutritional details of every food you put in your mouth. You’re able to look at the bigger picture of your diet and enjoy your food more. Here are some ideas to help you climb out of your food rut and make healthy eating more interesting:

  • Invest in some new cookbooks that feature appealing, wholesome, simple recipes that call for mostly fresh ingredients.
  • Buy one new food every time you go to the supermarket. With so many varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, and so many different types of ethnic and imported products to help you season your food in exciting new ways, it will be a long time before you run out of new ideas. You can always find ideas online if you’re not sure how to prepare or use a new ingredient.
  • Take a cooking class. Healthy cooking classes are a fun and easy way to introduce yourself to new foods and new people.
  • Share your food. When you discover a new and delicious food, it’s even more exciting if you share it with someone else; prepare a fun new dish and invite someone (new?) for dinner.
  • Try new ethnic restaurants and order something you’ve never eaten before, to help you experiment with different types of foods and cuisines. Growth and change—in food habits and in life—only happen when you step outside of your comfort zone.