We all have been shaped and influenced by our upbringing – from what we eat to the way we do things – whether we like to admit it or not. Some of us are more blessed than other and grew up being taught and inspired to live a healthy lifestyle from a very young age. Even though kids have their own minds and they might protest if they’re forced to eat or drink what they don’t like and are told not to eat or drink what they want, the things we teach kids stay embed in their head for years to come.
I was blessed to grow up in a family that loves eating vegetables. My dad always encourages healthy eating and bans junk food from the house. He always made sure he emphasized the benefit of each ingredient. Over and over this became something that stays in my subconscious. Every time I’m going to order something, I tend to look at its nutritional value. And just like any habit, you get used to it. I believe that eating healthy is an acquired taste. It’s like eating blue cheese or kimchi. You don’t like it in the beginning if you didn’t grow up eating it, but over and over you start to like it.
To me, nutrient-rich foods feel great. And I believe that anyone can learn to change their mindset and palate to love healthy food.
1. Replace chips and bad carbs with whole-grain foods and good carbs
Carb can be highly addictive.
2. Replace your craving for sweet with fruits
3. When in doubt, look at its benefits
4. Drink plenty of water