A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Healthy When You’re Picky ​

by editor on March 20, 2017

ways of eating healthy when you're picky

Eating healthy when you’re picky means you’re going to need to integrate a careful strategy into your life – at least for a while. The reason is that your current eating habits likely reflect the narrow range of foods you actually like. Therefore, branching away from those options will run the risk that you will not enjoy your meals and snacks.

That said, eating healthy when you’re picky doesn’t have to mean that you won’t like anything you have to eat from now on. It just means that you will need to work with a few different tips and tricks from the efforts your friends or family members may be making if they are trying to eat more nutritiously.

That said, it’s important to know that eating healthy when you’re picky doesn’t mean that your nutrition requirements are any different from those of people who love a broad range of foods. You should still fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with whole grains and a quarter with lean proteins. You just have to find the right way for you to do this in order to appeal to your more restrictive tastes.

The first thing you need to do in order to make this happen is to recognize that years of eating in a certain specific way has actually changed your taste buds. If you have been eating salty foods for a long time, then lower-salt foods will taste very bland to you. If you’ve been eating a lot of sugar, it will be easy for foods to taste too bitter or earthy for your palette. If you have been eating extremely fatty foods, many fresher ingredients may taste watery and unsatisfying to you.

Therefore, working your way toward new and more healthful foods that you will enjoy will require you to gradually reduce your intake of your excess salt, sugar or fat intake in favor of more nutritious options. The easiest way to get that started is to put your salt shaker away for good, stop eating deep fried foods, and stop drinking sodas.

This should still leave you with a lot of food options, but by reducing the flavor elements that are causing harm to your palette, you’ll start to train your tongue to pick up a new spectrum of pleasing flavors. Depending on how thoroughly you make this effort, it could take a month or more for your taste buds to start changing.

If you are consistent about trying to keep excesses out of your diet – particularly when it comes to sugar and salt – your results will arrive much more quickly. From there, you can start trying new things, or new versions of things you already like. Just keep new introductions gradual, to give yourself the chance to enjoy the new foods you try.

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