What do all these foods have in common?
Steel cut oats
These foods are all on various “superfoods” lists. Superfoods lists vary a bit from website to website, but the general principle remains the same. Superfoods are supposed to be super good for you health wise and some of them may even help you lose weight. Who knows for sure.
But, the suggestion I have for you today is this:
If you do not like a food, then do not eat it.
I’ve met a lot of people who complain about choking down steel cut oats day after day for breakfast, or say they are trying to like avocado even though they hate it. Still more people feel like a dieting failure when they genuinely do not enjoy Greek yogurt or some other food that is legitimately good for them and someone they know has told them that particular food will help them lose weight.
I hate it when I see people figuratively beating themselves up or forcing themselves to eat foods they like just because they feel like it will make a difference in their weight loss efforts.
The truth is that it does not matter if you ever eat Greek yogurt, down an avocado, drink green tea, or have blueberries again in your life. You do not have to eat a certain food in order to lose weight and eating a food or foods you hate will only make you resent the whole weight loss process.
This weight loss journey isn’t just about eating a superfood or specialized foods, but it really is about real life weight loss. Real life weight loss is a process by which you not only lose weight but simultaneously teach yourself how to live the rest of your life at a healthy weight eating real foods that you enjoy.
I used to fall into the trap of thinking that my weight loss efforts were ruined if I didn’t eat fish or chose to avoid avocados or turned my nose up at Brussels sprouts, but I was wrong. My weight loss efforts were only ruined if I fell back into old habits and did not learn to control my portion sizes, my fat intake, and my caloric intake. Poor choices overall were what ruined my weight loss attempts, not the fact that I chose not to eat a food I didn’t even like in the first place.
What do you think: Have you ever fallen into the trap of thinking you had to eat a certain food in order to be healthy or lose weight? Why do we do this to ourselves? Diane