Happy Thoughtful Thursday!
Today I want to talk about our perception of food and what "healthy" should taste like.
The phrase pictured above seems to be the general attitude toward healthy food. We believe that healthy food has to taste bad. If we can just shove down that awful, tasteless or bitter meal, we'll be proud because that must mean we're being healthy.
I am no exception to this attitude.
Yesterday we posted a recipe. The Fire-Roasted Tempeh Chili. It is delicious and I absolutely love it. But, because it's so good, I feel like I'm being unhealthy every time I eat it. The truth is, it's really good for you. It's full of fiber and protein and vitamins. But I've been conditioned to believe that healthy has to taste bad or bland.
And that's what is unhealthy. The fact that we have convinced ourselves, with the help of the false facts and marketing of processed food companies, that healthy food does not taste good.
I believe that this is a huge catalyst for why so many people hesitate to change their food life.
When I tell people the things we usually eat, I often get a response along the lines of "that sounds awful..."
But honestly, it is so good!
But how can I convince people that healthy, nutrient-dense food can be delicious when I apparently can't even convince myself?
I always feel like the smoothie that I messed up and hated the taste of must have been healthier than that amazing juice I had the day before. But it's not. Not at all. But that's how I've been conditioned to feel about food and flavor.
We have to realize that healthy food can taste amazing.
And that just because something tastes amazing, doesn't mean it's bad for you.
We need to break free of this false conviction.
Healthy tastes AND feels good.
And we need to stop pretending that it's one or the other.