I think if you ask people to name a “healthy” food nine times out of ten they are going to name a vegetable, but who wants to eat broccoli all day, not me. Even though we kind of know what is “good” and “bad” for us it doesn’t seem to make choosing what to eat any easier. Why? I think it’s because of what I like to call the broccoli barrier. It’s getting stuck in the simplicity of the thought, don’t eat the “bad stuff” just “the good”, like broccoli.
I think about eating a healthy diet, and after looking into it, and getting frustrated, I tend to give up because I don’t want to go to the extreme of eating broccoli all day. I don’t want to be a vegetarian, or vegan (more power to the people who do), but I don’t. I don’t want to eat no carbs, paleo, or count points. I don’t want to give up all the foods I love, or spend an enormous amount of time thinking about what to eat, so I give up.
This is another one of the reasons I am focusing on the word “TRY”– to eat healthier. It creates less pressure, and I am hoping it will help Dave and me to avoid the thing that makes me give up – that broccoli barrier. I try to remember that it’s not as simple as “don’t eat the bad stuff”, there are a lot of foods that are what I think of as in between, foods that maybe have lots of vitamins, but also lots of fat or something.
The question remains, can we eat “healthier” but still eat what we like? Neither of us is actually a Twinkie fan, but I don’t think if we ate an occasional Twinkie it would represent a nail in the coffin. Dave doesn’t like broccoli, but he needs to remember that eating broccoli occasionally will not be the nail in his coffin either.