Day 5 – Loving Healthy Nutrition

Welcome back! Have you tried some of the tips we gave you yesterday, about training your taste buds to accept a healthy food that you didn’t like before?

You should feel great about the fact that you have conquered yourself and tried some new foods. You may not understand it yet, but this means that you have opened your mind and your life to something new, accepting the possibility that you can actually make it. See, you’re already changing your mindset. It wasn’t very painful so far, right?

But it’s been only four days, and the new foods you have tried couldn’t be more than a few. Your food portfolio needs to enlarge, you just can’t eat only a few selected meals and snacks every day for the rest of your life.

Think About This

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We talked about training your taste buds to more easily accept the new foods because it’s something you should be persistent with. We all want this change to last, and understanding and applying the process of acquiring the taste for the new foods is the basis for what’s coming next.

Now we need to face the fact that training your taste buds and thinking about introducing the new foods are the matter of will: it’s something that you still need to force yourself to do and to think about. And forcing yourself to do something day after day isn’t exactly what one might call an enjoyable future, and, since we’re not here to torture you but to help you, today we will be discussing how you can do it in a much easier way: by learning to love your new foods.

You see, if you try some new healthy foods and force yourself to hold on to them for 30 days, without junk food, you didn’t do much because there is a strong possibility that you will go back to your old eating habits as soon as the 30 days have expired (if you even make it that long).

You can build new habits in 30 days – that’s why this course is taking exactly that long. But the old habits can come back even faster if you don’t do it in a right way. Luckily there is a simple solution to this: if you like healthy food more than junk food there’s no reason to go back to your old habits.

How to Learn to Love the New Food and Lose Weight (Even If You Struggle)

You may not consider “loving” and “liking” as something you can learn how to do – but a few days ago you didn’t think that your palatal would ever accept something that isn’t fried or spicy, and yet we showed you that it’s possible all right. And it’s possible to learn to love something you didn’t love before as well.

Think about it like this: we all have experience with some people who we disliked before we got to know them; and, as we learned more about them, they became quite likable, some of them we even love today. It works with everything: the more you get to know something, the more you get accustomed to it – the better the chances that you’ll eventually accept it and grow to like it.

And food is no different – you are just getting to know the new tastes. Here are some things that can make the process easier:

Mix the new foods with those you have already acquired.

The studies show that you can acquire vegetables (and any other healthy foods) if you mix them with foods or ingredients you like. If you eat sweetened vegetables and then put less sugar every time you eat that food, you’ll accept the taste of the vegetables easier and grow to like them more. So, you should mix healthy foods you have already developed a taste for with some new things you try every day. This way everything is easier and some day in the near future you can easily find yourself to like, for example, the taste of licorice. You should experiment a lot – it’s a game, remember? Try to mix the foods you didn’t like so much in the first few days of your new life with healthy foods you liked.

Build on your new taste.

In the first four days you have tried some new foods, and it’s a good foundation. After you tried several things you now know more about the new tastes. Some of them you like, some you like even more. It’s important that you are aware of this. Now, eat the new foods you liked more often, and after a couple of days you’ll notice that you, well, got bored with eating the same things day after day and that you need to include some other tastes. Use the need of your own organism to include more different foods, to experiment and to build on the tastes you have already acquired.

Visualize Yourself Fit and Healthy

Visualization is an important technique that can help you immensely to lose weight. People, regular people like you and me use creative visualization for almost everything they need help with – and it works.

The principle behind it is that our mind, our subconscious has the ability to believe the pictures we present to it on regular bases, if we present them in a realistic way. Right now, your subconscious is probably still having some issues with you losing weight (not believing that it’s possible – we will be talking a lot about this later in this course, and we also provide massive resources on this topic on our website).

But for now, let’s focus on the food. Somewhere in the back of your brain you probably think that you can’t ever learn to love the food that is healthy because you love the unhealthy stuff too much.

So let’s serve a healthy meal to your subconscious: right after you finish reading this article, find a quiet place where no one will disturb you for 5-10 minutes, and start thinking about why you have chosen to change the way you live and eat. Is it because of your health, is it because you want to look better, or something else?

Then try to imagine how every healthy bite that you take is passing through your body, cleaning it and leaving no fat, no salt, no harmful substances behind; how this food makes you feel energized instead of slow, how thankful your body is to you now.

Imagine yourself thinner, healthier; visualize what this new lifestyle will change in the quality of your life, the things you’ll be able to do. If you can, try to make it as realistic as possible: if you imagine your new self, the new you that you want to become as you already are that person, it will be easier to actually reach that goal, because your mind will eventually start believing in that image and pushing you to do all the necessary actions to get there.
You should repeat this visualization every day; with each passing day it will be easier to imagine the scenes that relax you the most and that work as a motivator than the day before.

Mindful Eating

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Finally, today we have another important concept to present to you. One of the key aspects of weight loss is mindful eating. This means thinking about food during the meal, instead of eating mindlessly, whenever you feel like it, and whatever you feel like eating.

It’s quite simple: you should start paying attention to what you’re eating, and while you eat open your eyes to every single detail: food texture, chewing, flavor, even the sound of your mouth. This will help in establishing a connection between you and the food, make you aware of it – and help you to learn to like it.

Also, when you finish your meal don’t get up from your table immediately, but concentrate on how you feel after the healthy meal. Instead of feeling sleepy and tired, as you usually felt after a strong fatty meal, you are full of energy and ready to do some mindful work (or mindful rest).
Tomorrow we will work on helping you to take the attitude that this new lifestyle is not just some temporary thing, that this is who you are, or in the process of becoming, now. By now you should have started to lose the fear of the “unknown territory of healthy living” – and we’ll work further on it tomorrow and in the days to come!