You Like What You Eat

Consider this saying a layer over top the old saying “You are what you eat.” That one’s pretty accurate too, but “you like what you eat” is more powerful in a number of ways.

The key to changing dietary habits for the better is to not do too much too fast. The healthy goal is to increase fruits and vegetables and reduce meat and dairy. As more healthy choices become regular parts of your intake, they magically become foods you like to eat. Major examples in my personal experience are switching from full fat cows’ milk to 2% to skim to soy milk to low-fat soy milk. Another easy one is having cut raw vegetables (celery, carrots, peppers) with fat-free hummus to accompany soups, chili or sandwiches. Don’t misunderstand, I still love chocolate cake and eat some dark chocolate every day. I just make sure my daily intake includes at least three hand fruits…every day…apple, banana, grapefruit, figs, etc. Another goal is to make sure whole grains are the way you get your grains. Years ago we switched from regular pasta to whole wheat in our house. Now, no way would we go back to highly refined pasta. You learn to “like what you eat.”

As you make these changes it becomes easier to eat a very healthy diet. The hard part comes when you eat out. It’s a challenge, but you have to take it on as “it’s me against the restaurant, and I’m going to win this.” It can be fun, but it takes effort.

Here’s a final thought I use with clients. Eskimos like what they eat. I couldn’t get some of their food down on a bet, but they’ve learned to like their diet. Same for us. You are what you eat AND you like what you eat. Powerful stuff. Think about it, research and learn and then take control of your diet.

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5 Comments on “You Like What You Eat”

  1. JD Mader says:

    Excellent post, Dad. I am not at your level yet, but each change has been fruitful (pun TOTALLY intended).

  2. lenahershey says:

    Hi Jim. So glad I found your blog! Please, keep writing – you have been such an inspiration to me and all the great changes in my life.
    Have fun on your new biking adventure and travel safe!
    Lena.

    • jim4strength says:

      Hey Lena,
      Your comment this morning moved me to check the blog. Thank you for the nice words. Just spent an hour reading on the porch on this beautiful June evening. I’ll start thinking about the blog again.
      Jim

      • lenahershey says:

        Hey Jim.
        I am glad I made you think about coming back here – I think you should definitely keep riding and writing 🙂
        By the way, you inspired me to start a blog of my own – http://www.leanlena.com
        See you at Yoga!
        Lena.

  3. Beth says:

    If we are what we eat, lately I’m a few too many Hershey bars! 🙂 Just wanted to add that, closer to home (for me), my Chinese colleagues show every sign of enjoying sea cucumber, silkworms, and squid-onna-stick–each one of which makes me a little queasy. Luckily, EVERYBODY likes Chinese noodles!


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