When I was a kid, I hadn’t even heard of many of the healthy foods I love today, like kale and quinoa. And the treats I like today, such as coconut milk ice cream?
I had no clue they existed. If you had told me I would get hooked on these things, I would’ve called you crazy. But by tasting new things, my world expanded. Adding new GOOD foods to your daily meals is the opposite of crash dieting. Swearing you’ll never eat another donut is depressing, but trying new foods can be fun and rewarding.
Why don’t people try new foods?
- They’re afraid of buying (and eating) something that tastes gross
- They’re afraid of wasting time & money on food they don’t like
- Every time they buy something they don’t love, they feel bad because they think they’ve made a “mistake”
In reality, every healthy new food you try is a win. You’ll love some things. You’ll dislike other things. The foods you try and don’t enjoy are just as much a victory as the ones that become your new favorite food! It’s all part of the process.
When I started healthy eating years ago, I wanted to remember which of the new foods I liked, and which I didn’t. So I saved all the food labels, and slowly built a long list of healthy foods and snacks that tasted as good as junk. But labels were messy and took up too much space.
Now I simply take photos of new products on my phone.
Sounds obvious, but few people do it. Sure, lots of people take photos of a beautiful home-cooked meal or epic restaurant entree to post on social media. But who takes pictures of food labels?
Armed with the info in your own photo library, you’ll never buy something you don’t like twice. And you may just discover that, even if you hate salad, you love kale chips.
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