FOOD. Such a huge topic when it comes to health and fitness, isn’t it? This is the topic that seems to be the one that stumps so many of the women I help support in their own health and fitness journey. Just the other day, one of the ladies was telling me how she was *choking* down her veggies because she never really ate them. She told me she didn’t like veggies. I have heard this often enough, but I knew there had to be at least 1 veggie that she liked! Come to find out she really enjoys green beans, but she told me that it wasn’t healthy the way she liked to eat them. So she shared with me how she enjoys eating green beans; Cooked in some bacon fat. I personally do not see anything wrong with this. If this is flavorful for her, and allows her to eat her veggies, then I don’t see why this makes any kind of difference. We need to be satisfied by our food. I mean come on, we eat to fuel yes, but we also eat to ENJOY the taste and the entire experience that surrounds the food.
When I told her that she could add a little bit of bacon fat she told me she most certainly can not see how that is even remotely healthy.
Hmmmmm, well I get that just the word FAT gets a bad rap in itself. But that is a post for another time.
Long story short, I was finally able to get her to understand that this was not an unhealthy option and that consuming fat can be quite good for us. It just depends on the type.
See, some people think that you have to eat plain, bland food when you are making healthy choices.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
I mean, let’s think about this for a moment. We want to be healthy, we want to be strong, we want to look better in our jeans, we want to feel good in our own skin, yet we feel that the way to get there is by eating bland food.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly am not going to eat food that I don’t like. I mean, what the hell is the point in this??
So the next question I always ask them is, “Are you going to eat this way for the rest of your life?” That tends to stop them in their tracks a bit. Because let’s be honest, they are not going to eat bland food for the rest of their life.
And I can’t blame them. I know I am certainly not going to eat bland food. I won’t eat anything that I don’t love or enjoy honestly.
I think it is about time we all start to get a bit creative in this section when it comes to food. Instead of eating bland chicken add some flavor! How do you do that? With seasoning of course!
I mean, think of all the flavor combos that you could come up with and the way your food could taste if you just spent some time trying different ways to flavor up food! I personally love to add seasonings to my all types of food. Veggies especially. I love the flavor of some veggies all on their own, but I also like to change it up and really get more of an “experience” from my food.
So I choose to add seasoning! And I am not talking about salt and pepper either. 😉
I have used many different kinds from Mrs. Dash, as well as just used many different ones from the pantry to come up with my own special flavor combo.
Trust me, food should never be boring. Food should be delicious every single time we eat it. And yes, eating healthy can be freaking delicious and amazing! We just have to find the right flavor combo that pleases our own palates.
Here is a little homemade seasoning recipe from my 21 Day Fix Extreme eating guide. This seasoning would be perfect for meat, veggies, pasta, quinoa, rice..whatever!
Smoky Southwestern Seasoning
1 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
Just blend all together in container of your choice!