In my initial meeting with a potential client, I often hear something like "I love to eat, so there's no way that I can eat healthy food," as if it is a common understanding that any "healthy" food tastes like slimy garbage, or that the only alternative to french fries is peeling bark off of a tree.
Frequently these same clients come to me because they are struggling with their weight, and they report feeling hungry all the time. So many of us are overfed but undernourished, leaving even obese people whose caloric needs are technically met, feeling hungry.
I'm going to bust a big myth: Nutritious food--that is, food that actually contains nutrientsneeded for life and growth--is delicious.
A breakfast of mixed grains, nuts and seeds, served with almond milk and topped with fresh fruit blows cold, sugary cereal out of the water. A giant salad topped with a wide variety of fresh and cooked vegetables, hemp or sunflower seeds, and a heaping scoop of hummus tastes like an indulgent treat. Crunchy, oven roasted green beans and sweet potatoes served with chickpeas and a simple sauce are an absolute pleasure. And all of these are relatively simple to prepare (and without breaking the bank--a topic for another day).
Not only does healthy food taste good, it makes us FEEL good. Gone are symptoms like bloating, "meat sweats" from overeating and post-meal fatigue. Also gone: The guilt. That nagging feeling that you aren't taking care of your health.
It feels good physically and emotionally to nourish your body, so dismiss those preconceptions that eating healthy means sacrificing pleasure. It actually multiplies pleasure many times over.
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