Unless you eat it everyday, you won't miss it. I'm not asking that you give up the things you like, rather truly enjoy those foods in their natural and unprocessed state.
Want Something Salty?
Go ahead, slice down the middle of an avocado, dig out the pit and add a touch of sea salt. Prefer it dip style? No problem.
Mash up it up in a bowl until it's smooth and suddenly, you have guacamole without the added, and in my opinion, unnecessary sour cream and cheese and whatever else is in those store bought versions. It's so good that you won't even miss the chips (I know your eyes are rolling).
Unless you eat it everyday, you won't miss it.
TODAY, you decided not buy the box of crackers, even though you buy the whole wheat, low sodium, reduced fat, highest fiber form of them that you can find. You decided not to buy them because if you're anything like me (and I'm completely normal), it's really hard to just eat a serving size -- 8 pita chips or cracker thins. No way! Ask yourself if it's the salt you want - and yes crackers and pita chips have plenty of that... or is it that crunch?
Give Yourself 21 Days
I read it somewhere that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Will it take three weeks to love carrots and never again eat crackers or pita chips again? It's hard to know for sure, but it's a challenge I sure do hope you decide to take. Personally, an avocado with sea salt is my all time favorite and most filling and tasty salty snack. It's probably number 2 on my top ten list of go-to foods when "I want something salty."
Yeah, I said salt.
When you can eat whole foods like an avocado, egg (hard boiled or sunny side up), chicken or fish, kale, zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, and red peppers, celery, among other foods, no matter how you prepare them -- baked, grilled, roasted or toasted -- adding a pinch or two of salt, is well, for me, a great way to get my salt fix.
The challenge is when that salt is already added to the foods we buy, even the foods that claim to be healthy with labels that scream "whole wheat" "high fiber" and "no high fructose corn syrup."
While there is strong evidence that high salt diets lead to hypertension, I'm not a scientist and this post is not a rant on salt. Rather, it's a post about eating food that is truly good for you and more importantly gives you the energy and stamina to do the things you need and want to do, everyday.
Want something sweet?
Frozen grapes (I prefer red ones). They are chock full of fiber and even just a handful of frozen ones will cool you off on a hot summer day, fill you up and leave you happy.
A close second, in "my top ten list of go-to whole foods when I want something sweet" are probably frozen bananas. Blended until smooth - it's like cold whipped banana cream! But that's just it, there's no added cream, sugar or whatever else is in banana ice cream. You can peel, cut up and freeze ripe bananas for up to 4 weeks. So when your next bunch is about to turn brown or are turning brown and even a little mushy, cut them up and pop them into a container and put them in the freezer.
Again, your goal is to fuel your body in ways that leave you feeling energized, satisfied and physically full in order to do everything you need to get in the day -- school, work, exercising, playing, laundry, grocery shopping, among other things (and not necessarily in that order).
I would love to hear from you, including your ideas on whole and unprocessed foods to try.
In good health,