We are creatures of habit. We shop, we cook, we eat without giving a lot of thought to it. So often, when we’re trying to eliminate or reduce something from our diet we just try to stop eating whatever that is without thinking about what we are replacing it with. Each time we cut something out, our diet gets more and more narrow. When it becomes too narrow and too boring it becomes unsustainable.
I suggest we look at getting rid of processed food out of our diets in a different light. Instead of focusing on what we’re NOT having, put more thought into what we ARE having. With thousands of vegetable and fruit SKUs (stock keeping units) at the local supermarket there is no need to eat from a narrow list. Fill up the fridge, pantry and plate with healthy and nutritious food so there isn’t any room to eat products that are damaging to our health.
This is doable: Whilst shopping this week, look around and try something that you don’t eat a lot of, or better yet, you’ve never eaten. If you don’t know how to prepare it ask around (post a message here – we might be able to help) or make good use of the millions of recipe sites on the net. Think about expanding what you eat. Isn’t that more fun than eliminating what you eat?
I have some Kiwi friends who recently returned from a trip to Bangkok. Wandering through the fruit stalls at the night market they decided that they were each going to pick something they hadn’t tried before to take back to the hotel. After much deliberation searching for the weirdest food they could find they excitedly sat down to consume their purchases back to the hotel. As they pulled a hard, orange coloured, tomato shaped fruit out of the bag and studied the fruit sticker more carefully they realised they had bought a persimmon – grown and exported from New Zealand. (What they didn’t know at the time is persimmons grow well in New Zealand but local consumption is low and about 75% of the New Zealand persimmon crop is exported). Whilst they may have been disappointed that it wasn’t a weird and wonderful tropical fruit from a local Thai farm they certainly achieved in their quest of trying something new.
What new vegetable or fruit have you tried recently? Or going to try this week?