Can you train yourself to like healthy food?
According to The Guardian, there are certain ways to get yourself to not only eat, but actually enjoy, healthy foods. The first is through a process called flavor-flavor learning. Some tastes are innate, like enjoying sweet tastes and not enjoying bitter ones, and from that idea stemmed a sort of Pavlovian conditioning. When kids are fed sweetened broccoli and encouraged to enjoy it, they’re more likely to enjoy it plain in later years. Think about it – this same phenomenon probably happened to you when you began NutriBlasting. You started out with few greens and mainly fruit, and, heck, maybe even some fruit juice. Little by little, your taste buds conditioned and now you’re probably enjoying greener Blasts than you ever would have thought, sans the sugar.
Another way of adjusting your taste buds is through the feel-good factor. Food in all its forms gives us some sort of positive nutritional effect after we’ve consumed it. Our body gets a happiness kick after consuming sugar-ladden foods thanks to the burst in energy. If unhealthy, processed food can make us feel good, imagine how good you can feel after eating nutritious, whole foods. These not only raise your energy, but raise your metabolism, your immune function, and so much more. Often times, knowing you’re doing something good for your body is enough to make you feel good.
Finally, eating is a mental as well as physical act. You feel fuller when you eat standing up than when you do sitting down. You eat less from a smaller plate and feel just as full. While these tidbits seem obvious, few follow them and they could make all the difference.
Well, it’s official! Every one of my friends now owns a NutriBullet. The last one on board was my friend, Lauren. She is one of my dearest friends and was there by my side every step of the way through my cancer journey, regardless of what she was experiencing in her life at the time. Lauren is the type of person that focuses on everyone else’s needs before her own. The past year has been a stressful and life-changing year for my friend and, like many of us do when under stress, we ignore our bodies and this can have an unfortunate snowball effect.
Lauren decided that in 2013, she was going to focus on herself and make changes to live a healthier lifestyle, and she knew that one of the tools in this process involved the NutriBullet. Lauren’s commitment to improving her diet and health is nothing short of spectacular. She met this opportunity head on and is already feeling great!
I remember how excited Lauren was when her NutriBullet arrived. She had already started a work-out regimen and shopped for all of the ingredients to make her first NutriBlasts.
Over the past several weeks, I have watched my friend shed pounds and feel better, both physically and emotionally. In addition, her blood pressure and blood sugar levels are coming down at good pace.
It makes me so happy to watch the people that I love excited about how the NutriBullet can help them make the transition to better health. After all, they watched my amazing transformation. The NutriBullet isn’t just a machine that makes delicious drinks; it’s a tool that helps people focus more on what they are putting into their bodies. As we all continue to consume more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods, we’re making lifestyle changes that have a multitude of benefits.
So cheers to you, my beautiful friend, Lauren and to everyone out there who is making the effort to improve their health and feel better. It’s great that we can all do this together!
I’ve written a bit about my new eating lifestyle and The Man Who Walks Beside Me in my journey, but I feel like I should proclaim from the mountaintops just how amazed I am at his conversion, which is a much bigger accomplishment.
When I met The Man, it took me a while to realize that he didn’t eat like me. At that time, I ate just about everything I could try, except beef, pork and other red meats. I considered food one of the great pleasures in life and loved trying new things and eating fancy, expensive cheeses and cuisines. Nothing went untried.
I don’t know how I missed the signs. The Man would say, “No, thanks. I’m good,” when I offered him something I’d cooked or we’d discuss choices for restaurants for what seemed like hours before always deciding on the same old, same old. Finally, I figured out his deep, dark secret: he was a picky eater with texture issues.
He didn’t eat tomatoes (except in sauce), avocados, beans, lentils, ketchup, olives, soft cheese (the horror!), casseroles or goulash, soup (SOUP?), spices, sauces, green leafy veggies and the most shocking: mustard. I love mustard so much I’d marry it.
For years, we went round and round. He was impossibly fit while eating only quesadillas, pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches or chicken nuggets and ate so much ice cream and sugar it added to my worries. At the time, I was concerned for my own health, but more so for his, telling him that just looking fit didn’t mean he was fit on the inside.
Then, a couple of years ago, I tried an experiment. I gave him some small tomato plants, asking him since he was such a good gardener, if he would help me take care of them, so “I” could enjoy them with my meals. He told me he’d never grown vegetables before, but that he’d help me out. I’m a gardener by profession who was lucky enough to find a mate who also enjoys gardening, along with the added bonus of his loving to take over my projects. (Insert diabolical laughter here.)
The plan worked. By the end of summer, that man was a tomato expert and had tested enough of my tomatoes to start making plans for our next season of crops.
Crops? Had I created a monster?
At some point during this time, he started tasting more foods he’d never tasted before and I noticed, very quietly.
Then came the moment I decided to change my dietary ways for the better and forever. I wanted to be plant-based, no sugar or fat. I sat him down and told him that he could eat whatever he liked, but that I needed one month to focus on me and my health. Long story short, he joined me, but told me he’d need to supplement my new foods with meat and sweets while he was out and about at work. I agreed, but it never really happened because he never strayed from our new style of eating and proudly told anyone he spoke with that he was a vegan! Yeah, he became That Guy…
Over the course of a year, he then became The Man Who Ate Everything. Suddenly, that gorgeous dish of olives before dinner was no longer all mine; I had to share. When I ordered something different than him, he started snacking from my plate and one night, he asked me so many questions about my tomato basil soup that I decided to ask him if he wanted to try it. I’d given up asking politely if he wanted to try my food, but this time he said, “Sure, I’ll try a bite,” and then he asked so many follow-up questions, that I just handed the bowl over to him and he finished it off! Woo hoo!
Our lives have changed in so many ways since learning to eat better, but I delight in watching him discover something “new.” He hasn’t conquered mustard yet, but I know for a fact that day will soon come.
To those who live with people in their lives who are particular about food, don’t give up! And, most importantly, don’t give up on your healthy ways because it’s “easier.” People want to grow and learn and sometimes you just have to have faith (and maybe a little sneakiness) to help them along.
Here at NutriBullet, we’re aware of the difficulties getting through to our Customer Service department. As we train new employees to answer your toughest questions, we wanted to thank you for your patience as we transition into our new home.
Thanks again for the continued patience as we strive to improve your Customer Service experience.
My friends and I used to try and go to the gym together in an effort to support and encourage each other. That ended up fizzling out. Now, thanks to the internet and social networking, we all have the opportunity to share our goals and successes with thousands of people who are also on their journey to better health. I really enjoy reading about and communicating with fellow NutriBullet users on Facebook, the NutriBullet blog and the NutriLiving site. It’s not like you get your NutriBullet and it ends there. You get to benefit from all of the helpful nutritional information that is provided on these sites. I personally look forward to the new recipes, articles and postings each day.
How wonderful is it that the NutriBullet community also provides us with updated information on how to prevent and manage certain illnesses with food? Getting diagnosed with a serious illness is something that most of us prefer not to think about because we either don’t believe it’ll happen to us, or the thought of it is just too scary and depressing. I think that this subject does need to be addressed on a regular basis to remind all of us of why and how we should be making healthier choices in our lives. The reality is that we’re exposed to a number of different environmental and genetic factors and many of us don’t have a well-balanced diet.
I got a dose of reality after a cancer diagnosis. I found myself exposed to an entirely different world consisting of people battling serious illnesses at my hospital, many of whom were quite young. This is probably TMI, but there were waiting rooms with standing room only lines to get chemotherapy treatments. How sad that a cancer facility can barely handle the volume of patients. We have to be proactive and support each other to be as healthy as possible and try to avoid a serious illness.
Before the NutriBullet, I understood the basics of nutrition, but I felt like something was missing and I needed more. I don’t know if anyone reading this believes in divine intervention, but I have to say that when I found my way to the NutriBullet and made it part of my daily routine, everything fell into place and I got exactly what I needed to feel better and take control over my health.
And just as important, I feel fortunate to be a part of an enormous support system of fellow NutriBullet users so we can keep each other on track and encouraged about our future.