“How can you love boiled broccoli?” My mother lamented, offering to eat a centner of fried potatoes. By the way, I have no prejudice towards the latter - I can afford it twice a week with regular exercise. I have no strict food restrictions, and I really do not consider dairy products, pasta and even cakes to be universal evil. As they say - there is medicine in a spoon, poison in a cup. In matters of proper nutrition, I am concerned about something else: full saturation of the body with macro- and microelements. Alas and ah, but chocolate sausage, as well as ordinary sausage, will not give this pleasure. Let me tell you how I managed to find a balance between "good" / "bad" and love healthy food.
Rule №1: do it for yourself, not because of, what is fashionable
Now on social networks, every second person writes about not eating dairy because he / she is lactose and gluten intolerant, because he / she has celiac disease (gluten intolerance). The first disease really occurs quite often, only with a small "but": if you consume no more than 12 g of lactose at one meal, which is equivalent to one cup of milk, the symptoms of lactose deficiency do not appear. And celiac disease occurs in 0.4% of the adult population of our country. Stop looking up to someone - better understand the benefits of a cup of salad and the harm of a cup of ice cream. For example, I don't drink milk, not because I made a diagnosis myself - my skin just reacts to it, and I don't want to walk with boils on my face.
Rule # 2: clear receptors
There are too many additives and flavorings in food in recent years. Our receptors get used to them, so the taste of "clean" food seems disgusting. But I also have good news: the situation can be corrected. Give your receptors a vacation. Eat healthy foods throughout the week without salt or spices. Avoid onions, lemons, and black peppers. After three days the food will not seem so bland, and after seven you have every chance of falling in love with it.
Rule # 3: find an alternative
Almost every dish has a healthier and healthier “brother”. Even the calorie content of Olivier can be reduced by 100 kcal by replacing the sausage with poultry and mayonnaise with yogurt. Follow food bloggers on Instagram. They even have a healthy recipe for chocolate spread.
Rule # 4: don't blame yourself
One cake doesn't make you fat! And from the hamburger too. But there is no benefit from such food - except for a single release of serotonin into the blood. Once you switch to mindful eating, there will be fewer casual meals in your diet. Each piece of cake will bring pleasure, and not drive you into depression about the lack of willpower. Even if it's not really useful.
Rule # 5: eat nicely
How often do beautiful photos of food cause salivation? Let me guess: almost always. And this is a normal physiological process. Buckwheat, served with slices of vegetables on a porcelain plate, tastes completely different than the one brought in an iron bowl.