Thursday, February 7, 2013

Repost: Retrain your brain

At my last few events I've been speaking with lots of people who are having a hard time changing their eating habits. It's hard. Trust me, I know. If you are used to eating processed, boxed so-called food or greasy, salty restaurant fare changing to a whole food diet will take some retraining - be patient with yourself. Here's a repost from March 2012:

Eat a meal that doesn't consist of meat, by choice. Never. Brown rice instead of sticky white rice. Seriously. Greens and eggs for breakfast. Nope. It's been a long time coming, but I've changed my eating habits for the good.

When I first learned brown rice was the best choice, I resisted. Sometimes, I would prefer to go without the rice because it just didn't taste the same. It was too crunchy, too nutty. But, since it was the better alternative for me health wise I continued to prepare and eat it. Low and behold the very reasons I use to not like it are the very reasons I like it. White rice just seems like fluff, there's no substance. When you eat brown rice you are eating the whole grain (germ, endosperm, and bran) which makes you become more satisfied.

I love food. I've said it before, I can't very well not eat. I had to learn how to enjoy and respect food. Today, my understanding and appreciation of food is much different. I understand that food is fuel for my body, so my goal is to fill it with premium goods. I'm proud of myself for retraining myself to enjoy it without abusing it and make better conscious choices. I've retrained my brain. You can do it too, start with some small adjustments and if you don't particularly like a food the first time try it again, maybe prepared differently. You may find that you can learn to like it. Think of the health benefits. Food is meant to nourish our bodies. If you think of it that way, retraining your brain will come easier.

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