I’ve had at least a couple people this week tell me that following a nutrition plan can be difficult for them because they are “foodies”.
(If you’re unfamiliar with what a foodie is, here is a definition from Wikipedia: “A foodie is a gourmet, or a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages.”)
To that I can only answer with three things:
1) Everyone comes into a lifestyle change with certain habits. For some people it is stopping to eat fast food every day. For others it is overeating on snacks when stressed out or in front of the TV at night. And for some it is simply having a desire to enjoy finer foods and alcohol.
They bottom line in all of those situations though is that if you want a LIFESTYLE CHANGE you have to be prepared to actually CHANGE YOUR LIFE. There will be some things you need to adjust to so that your plan is supportive of your goals.
2) There is absolutely no reason why you can’t be creative with your foods and come up with absolutely incredible meals. You can include a number of food items into your plan and awe-inspiring dishes. Of course, it will require some effort, but you certainly don’t have to stick with a boring, routine meal plan if that is not your preference.
Realistically, it may have taken you a long time and considerable effort if you’ve learn to cook certain foods already. If you’re changing or learning a new way to prepare foods to suit your needs you should expect to invest a similar amount of effort.
But hey, if this is to be for life an investment of your time and effort is certainly worth it to make your diet enjoyable and sustainable.
3) You do not necessarily have to completely give up on the foods or beverages you might currently enjoy (we don’t encourage people to have good and bad food lists), but you will need to change the frequency and moderate the amounts you eat when you do choose to have those things.
So it isn’t as though you’ll never have those foods or beverages again. You just have to be a little more conscious of when you do.