Monday, January 20, 2014

Are You Afraid to Change? New Foods = New Fun = New You

My mom has eaten the same breakfast for at least 50 years.  She thinks she is being original when her tiny muffin is oat bran instead of traditional blueberry.  She would never think to go without her glass of milk, orange juice and cup of coffee.  In fact she gets upset when you change anything in her routine, especially the morning routine.

Mom isn't alone.  I've seen a lot of people who are afraid to change.  Even when what they are doing isn't working for them anymore.  Coffee, orange juice and milk, may seem traditional but actually they are not.  They support the coffee, orange juice and milk industries but were never foods humans ate daily until recent, affluent history.

Right about now - the third week in January - there are a lot resolutions finally kicking into gear but if you are afraid of new foods or doing things in new ways - how are these ideals ever going to stick and become a part of your life on a daily basis?

Ease into things:

If you have not worked out in a while then overdoing it can not only make you sore, but elevates the possibility of injury.  Sometimes getting too hyped up about changing your diet has a backlash too.  You get frustrated, or hungry, or don't want to do it because it gets hard.  Easing into both exercise and new foods can take the fear and resistance out of the equation.

So instead of going all whole grains and eliminating familiar foods like sandwiches and chips, try a tofu cheese spread sandwich instead of real cheese - or tempeh instead of chicken in a salad.
Roasted veggies here, replace the chips and are sweet and satisfying.  To make your own tofu cheese - take a block of firm tofu and squeeze out as much liquid as you can with paper towels.  Then plaster miso paste all over your tofu and let it sit in the fridge for 3 days uncovered.  Then scrape off the miso and use the tofu like cheese.

To roast veggies:
slice veggies
mix with olive oil (or oil you like)
sprinkle with sea salt
bake on a baking sheet at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes.  (I use the toaster oven and it works great. Use the timer feature and just roast while you shower and get ready for work.)

Not ready for tofu or tempeh?  Start adding in more vegetables at every meal and try one new food each time you go to the grocery store.

Need more ideas of how to transition and start living your resolutions full time?
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