By Patty Bilhartz, MD, MPH
¤ Try one new food this week. ¤
One you haven’t ever tasted before. Or, a food you think you don’t like but haven’t tried for years! This may require a little creativity. A little sleuthing. You may even have to try hard to convince yourself.
Look for one that leans toward the healthy side. Preferably a veggie or fruit, but doesn’t have to be.
Just one food that you thought you might never be willing to try but are now ready to venture out and give it a whirl!
You see, our taste buds change every 28 days. That means that we might like it!
And, the more healthy foods we have to choose from in our daily eating, the more likely we are to eat healthy foods.
In fact, let’s make this a fun weekly practice. Try one new food each week. Give the food a real chance, but if you don’t like it, no harm done. Just move on to the next one!
And, enjoy eating. Healthy food that actually tastes good!
The Experiment: Go to the store and pick out at least one new food. Put it in your grocery cart. Head home. Add it to your menu. And eat it with an open mind and taste buds. Mindfully. Savoring every bite.
Silence Your Inner Critic: Your thoughts will try to convince you that a new food will only taste terrible. Step back behind that thought. Give it a little chuckle. Ignore, forget or even thank it for its opinion. But, then do the experiment anyway. You can’t believe everything you think.
Rock Our World with Your Comments: What was the new food you discovered? Write your thoughts in a personal journal, discuss with a friend or family member, or plan to share with us at our next small group meeting on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Asbury Room. We thrive and grow with your input!