To say you don’t like healthy food is such a broad, and excluding statement, it can’t possibly be true.
To a large degree, there are health benefits to so many sources of food. Meaning, so long as moderation and balance are considered, almost any food that you do like could be considered “healthy”.
For example, dark chocolate is a fantastic source of antioxidants, it can improve blood flow and cholesterol balance. The case for the health benefits of dark chocolate is pretty high.
Then again, eat nothing but dark chocolate all day and you are going to have major health issues.
Some foods cause specific reactions in individuals that make them unhealthy for that person. But I can’t imagine those foods being high on anyone’s ‘like’ list, if they are causing physical ailments.
What this leaves is a situation where, the only way it can be possible to ‘not like healthy food’ is if you are only willing to eat processed foods exclusively.
No one is born that way.
It is a taste developed over time.
And, as it is a ‘learned’ taste, it is, therefore, possible to unlearn it.
However, rather than not liking healthy food, it’s more likely that what is meant is, “I don’t like vegetables”
Don’t Like Vegetables
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard “I don’t like vegetables” or when you hear the veg intake it consists of only carrots or the occasional salad.
Occasionally I will recommend some kind of peri-workout nutrition in the form of a shake. Or possibly some kind of supplement if their lifestyle is making nutritional intake a problem.
To then refuse to drink it due to not liking the taste is a poor excuse indeed.
Remember what you are training for.
Remember how important that result is to you.
Is it really such an issue to eat or drink the odd thing that doesn’t 100% agree with your pallet?
If you are not nutritionally fuelled, your workouts will suffer; your energy levels will suffer; your recovery will suffer. In short, your results will suffer.
I’m not saying all your meals should be boring or bland.
There’s no need to be forcing down chicken and broccoli for every meal.
There is a world of variety available without eating garbage and if you have a bit of time, you can really make some exceptionally tasty options.
But if you are already using the ‘time is short’ excuse, don’t add another one if you have to use some kind of supplement.
For example, if you genuinely can’t stomach vegetables, perhaps you could try a greens shake [click here for an example]
I’m not saying they taste great, but you can just throw them down and get the nutrients in. It gets it over with quickly and removes the excuse.
You can try out different flavours as you go, but if it is your only option, just get it down you.
Saying you don’t like something and then chomping on a bar of chocolate, heading to McDonalds or starving yourself is just insane.
Or it is simply proof that your goals aren’t strong enough on an emotional level. They are simply something you ‘fancy’ rather than truly desire.
So always return to the emotional reason for making the change in the first place.
Remember what you want to achieve and why.
Think of how you will feel and what it will mean to you to achieve your new physique, to feel healthier, stronger or more vibrant.
Remember those changes are for a lifetime and the thing you ‘don’t like’ will only last a few moments.
Obviously there are some foods that, in some people, cause a physical gag reflex. For me it’s porridge. But I also have a bad connection with the smell of cooked cabbage and sprouts. But there is a whole world of options out there.
Can you honestly tell me you’ve tried every beetroot type out there? You may not like broccoli, but have you tried tender-stem broccoli? What about purple stem broccoli? The options are more than just the 4 or 5 things that you may have been forced to eat as a child and grew to resent.
And just like your exercise choices, you may well find that, by trying foods you didn’t previously like, you may develop a taste for them long term.
Then you get the results as well as a healthier pallet to go with it, so further improvements will come much easier in the future.
“I don’t like it” is a child’s response – be better than that!
Cereal boxes have cartoon animals on them to appeal to children. McDonalds has a clown for an icon, to appeal to children. When you hear the word “Sweeties” what age is the person you’d imagine saying it?
Eat like an adult, act like an adult and do the things that are good for you rather than just because, “I want it!”.
And if the problem is that you just don’t know what to do in generating a good nutritional approach, either download this nutrition guide, or check out this online course that will take you through things step by step.
Be the best you can possibly be.
At least until next time, when we will be covering the issue of being too tired to workout. Now go prep some greens to go with your next meal.
If the ‘too tired’ issue is something that affects you and you want to go straight there, Click HERE
And if you missed the previous article in this series on the issue of too much work to workout and that is something that affects you, be sure to check that one out.