“Yeah, But I Don’t Like Broccoli”
Let’s admit it. Sometimes, in spite of your intentions to eat better, your big “but” may be that you either like certain foods, and you use your adult option of continuing to eat them; and/or you don’t like certain foods and you opt not to eat them no matter how good they are for you.
You like your meat, chocolate, and coffee. You like your cheese, ice cream, milk, bread, bacon, pop, chips, cookies, French fries, junk and all the rest. By golly, you are an adult.
It’s a free and bountiful country, and you are not sacrificing your favorite foods–no matter what.
On the other hand, you may not like fresh, green salads, fruits, and certain vegetables. No one or nothing can force you into eating foods you don’t like. You are not a child. You can eat whatever you want to eat.
Yes, you can eat whatever you want but not without consequences, be they good consequences from your choices or bad consequences–consequences that just happen to affect your body and your life.
Okay, so you don’t like cauliflower? Pick a different vegetable. There are plenty of vegetables from which to choose. You don’t like any vegetables? Then maybe it’s time to retrain your spoiled American taste buds to enjoy the variety of flavors and textures offered by vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.
You don’t want to give up your all-time favorites? Try filling up on the good-for-you foods first, then you may not have the same desire for the foods that rob you of good nutrients, weight loss and control, and good health.
If you are motivated to look better, feel better, and move better, the next time the little child in you protests that she doesn’t like something, consider making the adult decision to eat it anyway–just because it is good for you and your life may depend on it!
Dr. Leslie Van Romer is a health motivational speaker, writer, and lifestyle coach. Visit [http://www.DrLeslieVanRomer.com] for more inspiration.