Do you hate the foods you eat? Do you think that’s sustainable?
A few minutes ago I was sitting at my desk with my usual morning fare spread out in front of me: a big bowl of warm oats covered in cinnamon and sprinkled with a teaspoon of sugar, a hot cup of strong black coffee, and a banana. I woofed down the fruit, tossed the peel aside and, before the discarded skin hit the desk, I was already pulling the oats closer. Salivating, I took a big swig of mud and thought, “I love this breakfast!”
It’s true. This has been my go-to breakfast for a long time now, and I look forward to it as much now–if not more–than the first day I started eating it.
All good things must come to end, unfortunately:
Every morning when I take the last bite of my breakfast, I am always left pining for more (in fact, when I’m maintaining I’ll sometimes make more oats if I’m extra hungry). This is how it should be.
The reason I mention all of this isn’t to tell you how great tasting I think oats and bananas are, it’s to point out how important it is to enjoy the foods you eat. Even though I’m on a fat loss diet right now, I thoroughly enjoy all the foods I’m eating. I genuinely look forward to each and every meal, and that’s such an important key to staying on track! If you dread the foods you are consuming then, at best, you’re making things much more difficult than they should be, but in all likelihood you’re destined to fail. Given the choice, most people will eventually stop doing something they hate.
“I can’t cook” is not a good excuse. Anyone can follow a recipe: all it requires is the desire to do it and, perhaps, a little practice if you’re a complete newbie in the kitchen.
This subject is really an offshoot of yesterday’s blog, in which I discussed desire and accountability. If you want change to happen then it’s up to you, and only you, to do what it takes.