Plant based update: I have been exploring different food options. We are definitely not there yet. But, I have added flax seed meal and almond milk to my oatmeal in the morning. I also made meatless meals for dinner several times over the past week. Overall, I am pleased with some of our changes, they are gradual as they should be.
My MIL was placed on a heart healthy diet recently and she said to me "it's so hard, I feel so limited, there is nothing to eat." I thought about it and replied, "it's not that there's nothing to eat, it's just that you don't see the options yet."
As we start our heathy journeys, we often feel limited because we only see the foods that we have been trained to see. When I think of breakfast I naturally gravitate to eggs or omlets. I love cheese in almost anything. When we go to fast food, we don't think about the healthier options, at least I don't, I tend to look for the burgers and fries.
There was a study done that looked at healthy bundling of foods at fast food restaurants. Instead of showing pictures of the burgers and fries, the healthier options of salads and sandwiches were promoted instead. It wasn't that the unhealthier options were no longer available, but they weren't as prominently displayed. People chose the healthier options 6 out of 10 times.
We eat what we have grown up eating. Changing the way we eat, forces us to look outside of our box to find a whole new world of options, tastes, colors, and textures. Recently I looked through my cabinets and felt like we didn't have anything to cook. That was ridiculous, we had a pantry full of stuff. I realized I wasn't thinking outside the box. I pulled together a one pot meal of beans, tomatos, farra, spinach, etc. It was very tasty, meatless, and healthy.
I have been a lot more creative with our meals recently, because I have made it a point to have the vegetables available to me in my kitchen. I am able to explore new foods (like almond milk) because I have researched its benefits and purchased it to try. If I don't like it, that's ok. At least I have tried it.
Change takes time. It requires a willingness to take off our blinders and look outside our box. It requires a willingness to be creative and try new things. It can be painful and/or it can be exciting. Looking for
ward to the change.