When someone encourages healthy eating, the first thing that comes to mind is "Oh, no!" That dreaded term is often equated to relegating yourself to eating foods that taste like styrofoam packing peanuts. We will never taste again! Much to my surprise, I realized that eating healthy can actually taste great.
As always, change is never easy. The greatest obstacle for me was (and continues to be) programming my mind. I faced challenges on both fronts:
1. Eating healthy foods that taste good and
2. Eating enough to feel full. After all, the main point of eating is to satiate hunger.
One exception is Greek yogurt. I find that fat free Greek yogurt is quite exceptional. I tend to favor healthy items that can fill the void left by avoiding potatoes and bread.
Enter the cauliflower!
Growing up, I could hardly finish a serving of the dreaded vegetable. It was usually boiled and served as is - YUCK! I remember sitting at the table in my pajamas crying over a plate of the stuff. Now, I have come to love it. Cauliflower is healthy and diverse in its uses. I will share with you my recipe for Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes". It works great as a side or main dish.
1Head Fresh Cauliflower
1/2 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 or 2 cloves minced garlic (optional)
2 tbs olive oil
2 tsp dry oregano
1/3 cup bread crumbs
Coarse Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper (to taste)
1 fresh lemon cut in wedges
Begin by cutting up head of cauliflower into 3 inch pieces and add to a pot of boiling water.
Boil cauliflower until fork tender, remove cauliflower and place it in a large frying pan that has the 2 tbs of olive oil.
Add minced garlic and let cook over medium high heat until garlic loses its bite.
Break up the cauliflower into smaller pieces with a spatula as it cooks.
Add bread crumbs to thicken if needed, add oregano, salt and pepper to taste.
Remove from heat and place all pan contents into a mixing bowl.
Add Greek yogurt and mix until smooth.
Add a squeeze of fresh lemon and serve while hot.
This recipe will leave you feeling full. It goes great with just about anything. Give it a try! Remember, healthy eating does not have to involve eating
things that aren't delicious. Necessity is the mother of invention - be creative and experiment with new ingredients!
Here's to healthy eating!
Healthy Eating Hypnosis is the best way to train your mind to choose to eat healthy foods as a matter of course.
That word - "regime'"- may be the culprit. It can have the same effect on you as the word "routine." These words suggest being hard on yourself. Making rules. Punishing yourself if you go "off the rails." It makes the whole business of getting to and maintaining a healthy weight seem like so much hard work. You can keep it up for a while, but then you just get exhausted!
And once you have fallen off, you are more likely to say to yourself, "What's the point? I'll never manage it!" And then you swing in the opposite direction and over-indulge yourself. Unfortunately, the consequences of that don't exactly make you happy either, do they?
Of course, will power plays a vital role when it comes to making important decisions in your life. If you want to turn things around in your life, you know that you need will power to make the decision to start, and will power to persevere with all the steps required to implement and maintain the changes that you make. So developing your will power is clearly a useful thing to do.
How junk foods can overpower your will
But when it comes to choosing to eat healthy foods, you've already encountered the weak link in the will power approach. Something about that particular moment of choice is stronger than your will. Isn't that what it feels like? Almost as if you've been hijacked. As if the choice for the unhealthy food has been made behind your own back. How does this happen?
When you have a sudden strong desire for something that's right in front of you, it is like being hypnotized. You've heard of hypnotized people experiencing amnesia, "forgetting" things that they know. This is what those deliciously attractive junk foods can do to you. They make you forget something very important - your future. In that moment, all you can think of is the satisfaction you will enjoy now. It's very hard to resist.
The good news is that you can deliberately use hypnosis to remember. Here's to your health:)