During my last year of pharmacy school for reasons I can’t quite remember, I decided it was time to start eating healthier. Full of motivation I headed to Kroger to load up on healthy stuff.
Whole grain bread, fat-free cheese, low sodium turkey breast, and carrot sticks became the next day’s lunch. I was so proud of myself. Say hello to the new Dan! Healthy eater Dan! At lunch the next day, however, something
happened that ruined my transformation.
Lunch tasted like crap. No way was eating this way every day an option. I concluded I just don’t like “healthy” food. I soothed my soul that evening
with beer and pizza. Got an order of wings too.
Lucky for me, over the years I didn’t entirely give up on healthy food. I experimented more. Found a whole grain bread I liked. Figured out dipping carrots in hummus is delicious. Even learned how to make a craveable salad. I also figured out I will never, ever, eat fat-free cheese again.
I became a different eater. A healthier eater. It only took a decade. And I’m not done learning.
You too have time to be a healthier eater. There’s a line somewhere about Rome and a day. Can’t remember how it goes….
Slowly try new foods and flavors, or ways to cook. Build better eating habits one at a time. In the end it’ll add up to a new you. Occasional soul soothing pizza and beer sessions notwithstanding.