IS the #1 fear people have regarding healthy food choices?
There are many different fears, but they seem to all be able to condense into one main group:
There are different kinds of giving up, but if you add all of them together, from all the research, articles, blog posts & more on Google, you can likely conclude that ‘giving up’ sums up the #1 fear. What are the feared types of giving up?
Giving up on good taste:
People fear that eating healthier means giving up the flavors they love, the comfort foods, and the pleasure from eating.
Giving up on easy food:
They’re afraid they’ll have to give up their time making better food choices/healthier foods. They associate healthy food with time spent in the kitchen
Giving Up on feeling satisfied:
Oddly, some people seem to associate ‘healthy eating’ with being hungry often or not feeling satisfied due to skipping snacks.
Giving Up…on trying:
They fear that they’ll start in on a healthier path, then something will sabotage their efforts and they’ll be the ones ‘giving up’, but in a sense of quitting and just falling back into old habits.
Giving Up on social eating/fun:
Having to miss out on good times at dinner with friends is a scary prospect. People fear having to skip these good times to make healthier choices.
Beat the fears!
Fortunately, for every fear here, there’s a solution, and in solving the first two, you’ll have a much easier time solving the last two.
You don’t have to give up good taste to eat healthy.
In fact, healthier choices can often taste BETTER than unhealthy ones…when you have the right recipes. Real fresh fruit in a home-made apple-cinnamon cookie instead of “apple flavored pellets” in a box mix muffin. For example, if you wanted the comfort food of chocolate ice cream, or a milk shake…but you knew the recipe for “Chocolate-Almond-butter Creamy Chia “NiceCream”, you could have all the chocolate taste you want (from cocoa powder) with the richness you crave (but this time, from healthy oils present in the nut butter and chia seeds) without any dairy, dyes, or high fructose corn syrup. Choosing the right recipe like this works for sweet or savory applications. Something like the Chia Black Bean turkey spice burger with zesty guacamole may be more appealing than a fast food burger.
Healthy CAN be fast and easy
What’s the meal that’s most important to be fast and easy? Breakfast. To dispel this fear, let’s start there. By putting down the toaster waffle and blending for a minute or two in the morning, you could have a delicious, high fiber, smooth and healthy alternative. Everyone has a minute in the morning to blend. For example, if you had the recipe for Strawberry-Banana smooth overnight-chia oatmeal you could have a healthy breakfast so fast, that nobody could skip it. (Don’t think this is your grandma’s lumpy old oatmeal either, this stuff is a blast of real fruit flavor with a smooth consistency–enjoy any time of the year with frozen fruits. The secret is simply dumping everything in the blender the night before, then leaving it in the fridge to work its smooth magic!)
Fear Feeling Unsatisfied? Fiber is your solution
Fiber can be your flavor-free solution to feeling satisfied. Processed foods lack fiber, which leads to hunger faster. When you choose whole foods like fresh fruits, oats, nuts, seeds & more…all the good-for-you fiber is still there. They keep you feeling full longer. Fiber also powers up your good (probiotic) bacteria, which in turn, stamps out the ‘bad guys’ who may be contributing to unhealthy cravings. With healthier choices, there’s less to fear here, because more fiber means more satisfaction, not less.
You Shouldn’t Have To Try Very Hard
Eating healthy shouldn’t be a battle of wills. With delicious food you actually look forward to eating, you’re not having to ‘try hard’, and there for, not fretting about giving up, being sabotaged, or even wanting to go back to the old less healthy choices. Again, it’s the right recipes here that make the difference. Simple stuff you can whip up at home with common ingredients, then customize to your own taste. The key here is making yourself say “no contest!” Don’t want that spinach salad? Learn how to have 2 cups of spinach….while eliminating the flavor completely so it tastes just like a chocolate shake. It IS possible, through ‘food combining’.
Social Eating? No Problem
Here’s where the other steps combine to help you. As long as every meal isn’t a social meal out where unhealthy choices are all over the menu, you can easily put this fear into its place. Say it’s Italian Restaurant night…and you want Chicken Parm. But there’s no greens, meat is a fiber free food…are things looking bleak? Is it time for guilt?
No, because you did your food combining in the morning and already had a salad worth of greens, you threw chia seeds into your sandwich at lunch to boost your fiber, and you’ve got a fruity nicecream treat waiting at home to take away cannoli-related temptation. And even if you DO choose a cookie, “treat foods” once in a while are ok, because you’re making healthy choices a majority of the time.
As you can see, broken down, the ‘giving up’ fears aren’t as terrible as one might first think. Also, fighting one helps with all the others, which is a good added bonus/incentive. But, having the right recipes, and right fiber is the keystone in your efforts. MySeeds Chia provides both at once with chia seeds, the flavor-free fiber source AND recipe ideas that arrive instantly with our bonus cook books. Learning is your real #1 way to better health.