Sneak 'Superfoods' Into Your Diet
Think you don't like healthy foods? These tips could help change your mind
Overcoming Food Biases
Preconceived ideas can cause people to turn up their noses before they even
taste a particular food. Our taste buds evolve over time, and some foods just
get a bad reputation.
Perhaps when you were a child, some cranky babysitter made you eat mushy
broccoli, and ever since that day, it has not crossed your lips.
If you want to give broccoli (or any other food) another chance, consider
the impact of the visual presentation. To prevent your food biases from kicking
in, make sure the food is shredded, pureed, diced, or otherwise masked.
"Broccoli-haters are going to turn up their noses before the first bite
hits their mouth if they see it on their plates," says Tribole.
"Improve your odds of acceptance by changing the appearance and texture of
the broccoli by shredding it to make a slaw."
One Change at a Time
Making changes in your daily routine can be daunting. But you don't have to
eat all superfoods, all the time. Start small and make tiny dietary tweaks, one
at a time, until they become healthy habits, advises nutrition expert and
author David Katz, MD.
"Pick three things you can do each day, do it consistently, and it will
become a habit," says Katz, co-author of the book Stealth Health: How to
Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits into Your Life without Really
Trying. "It is the routines and habits that integrate good health into
your life style that will result in health and wellness."
Something as simple as choosing a whole grain over a refined grain is a step
in the right direction.
"Start with one change that comes relatively easy, and let the positive
effects encourage you to make another small change and another, and
another," says Katz.
If you don't like a particular food at first, keep trying. It can take some
time before new foods get added to your favorite list.
"Research on children has shown that it can take as many as eight or
nine times before an eating preference is established," says Tribole.