A New Look at Eating Healthier

Many of us have a love-hate relationship with food. Or put more precisely, we love to eat, but hate the weight we gain from it. Author and food journalist Bee Wilson offer some insights on how we can improve our diet and take more pleasure from eating.


Realize that eating is a psychological activity as much as it is gustatory. According to Ms. Wilson, our problem with food starts at childhood, with most of us grow up thinking that healthy food – particularly vegetables – don’t taste good and are no fun to eat. For us to have a healthier diet, we have to make a shift in our minds and cultivate genuine liking for food that are good for us.

We all too often fall (and fall in line) for unhealthy food. Today’s modern society makes it all too easy to eat food that are bad for us. Just consider that in most first world countries, there’s an open fast food restaurant just a block or two away from anyone at any time. In the United States, where fast food is most copious, about two-thirds of the population are obese or overweight.

Eating well is an uphill battle as most states don’t support healthy eating. Compared to dining at a McDonald’s, it’s much harder – and costlier – to shop for healthy food items and cook them at home. And if we want to have healthy food served to us conveniently, then our only option is to go to expensive restaurants, which is simply unfeasible for most people. It’s simply so much easier to give in to an unhealthy diet.


We unintentionally pass on our dislike of healthy food to our children. If you’re like most people, your introduction to, say, broccoli was probably unpleasant. At the dinner table, your well-meaning parents probably indicated through subtle actions that, yes, broccoli tastes terrible, but that you simply must eat some. We need to stop this cycle and introduce healthy food to our kids as something that is actually enjoyable.

We can always change our food preference to something healthier. A great thing about people is that we always have the capacity to change. Of course, we couldn’t change dramatically overnight, but gradually, if we’re vigilant about the food that we eat, we can develop a preference for vegetables over processed foods or even reduce our liking for food that used to be our favorites but are too unhealthy for us.


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