You’ve made a New Year’s resolution or a positive affirmation or just a plain old promise to yourself to start eating healthy. But when you think of the word “healthy,” it just makes you think of foods you have no interest in eating, because they just don’t sound appetizing. You may wonder if people really enjoy eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
The answer is yes, many people do. They’re perfectly happy with their life of guzzling water and avoiding bad carbs. On the other hand, some of us need more convincing. If healthy eating doesn’t sound at all appetizing to you, here are some pointers that will help you keep your taste buds happy while maintaining good health.
Incorporate Fresh Spices And Herbs Into Every Meal
Even if you eat enough calories, you can feel like you’re famished if your food, especially meat, isn’t seasoned well. Try using some herbs and spices to bring flavor to your food
Basil. This highly fragrant plant can be easily found in your local supermarket. It has become popular, with the rise in people making homemade pesto. Basil is also popular to use in salad, pasta, soups, and sauces.
Cinnamon. This sweet and savory spice is a great way to add flavor to your palette without the calories and health risks of too much sugar. Try cinnamon in hot tea or add it to your hearty oatmeal for a warming flavor.
Chili peppers. These are sure to wake up your taste buds. From the low-key bell pepper to the super hot habanero, chili peppers come in a wide variety of tastes and have a wide range of uses. Try them in salads and sauces, use them as a garnish, or just pop them in your mouth for a healthy snack.
Onions. Sliced, diced, or chopped, onions are an inexpensive way to add flavor to any meals and salads. Whether raw or cooked, if you are determined to be a healthy eater, onions are sure to be on the grocery list.
Don’t Try Going Cold Turkey
Unfortunately, no matter how determined you are to gain a better level of health, it is virtually impossible to make that decision today and to be well-adjusted to your new food menu tomorrow. So here are some baby steps that are more practical.
Add instead of taking away. Rather than trying to convince yourself to eat less pasta, it’s much easier to convince yourself to eat more well-seasoned vegetables. It feels less like deprivation.
Make swaps that are not too drastic. Drinking naturally flavored seltzer water instead of soda with your meals is an easier sell than going straight to drinking only water.
Take it slow. Start with one or two changes and add more changes as time goes by. Eventually, you’ll have a well-balanced diet.
Be patient with individual changes. For example, if your first adjustment is to eat less meat, don’t expect that to happen in 2 weeks and then to be on your merry way to the next change. Give each goal its due time and effort.
Have A Support System
If you go on this healthy eating journey alone, you won’t have the encouragement needed if you slip. Having someone who is on the same journey as you can be the checks and balance you need to succeed. Also having someone in your close circle who is already incorporating healthy eating habits can be a great advantage as they can offer advice on hurdles you’ll most likely face.
Lastly, choose the right people. No matter how well-meaning, a friend who is too pushy will cause more harm than good. You need to be encouraged, not berated.
Admittedly, this will be a journey that takes much exertion, but it is definitely worth it. Before you know it, you will see the benefits of a healthier diet. But don’t forget to enjoy some of the foods you used to love, in moderation, every now and then.