If you’re a healthy food crank, this list of 15 reasons is sure to give you some major reason to keep it up. Let’s all do our best in order to educate ourselves while also staying mindful of our calories and the delicious meals that await us. Uconnect uw health is a health and wellness blog dedicated to providing valuable information on various topics that can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Without further ado, here’s the list of 15 reasons why you are a rookie in healthy food.
1. You call yourself a healthy foodist.
Though it’s an admirable goal to have a healthy lifestyle, you can’t call yourself a chef, sommelier or baker without understanding what those titles really mean. The definition of the word “rookie” is “a person who has not learned the basic rules needed to perform well.” Think of that as your definition:
2. You’re clueless when it comes to your nutrition goals.
You might be able to prepare the tastiest, most nutritious recipes possible, but that doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know where you’re going or what you’re doing. What are your goals? Do you want to be healthy and fit? Are you trying to lose weight in a healthy fashion? Or are you causing your body harm through eating processed foods full of trans fats and sugars?
3. Your taste buds were dead before, but now they’ve been revived.
This is great news! If only everyone could be as fortunate as you. You have the ability to really appreciate and enjoy food, no matter what it is. You’ve done an awesome job of reviving an interest in food that may have been lost forever (or at least one that was on a hiatus).
4. Your metabolism is still new to you.
If you’re like most people when they start out, you might be eating a lot of food and not seeing any results (or perhaps the opposite). Your body has to be trained for your new healthy food regime, so don’t get discouraged or impatient; that’s just life! Be patient and you’ll eventually see results. Don’t forget about your health goals though! Let’s hope for the future!
5. You’re a purist.
If you’re an aspiring chef or baker, you have to understand that there are certain ingredients used in food that you should avoid. Some of them might be staples in your household – things like eggs, cream and butter – but some of them are not healthy for the body at all, so don’t use them. There will always be something more healthy out there for the taking!
6. You’re still new to gluten-free recipes, but it’s okay!
I would personally put this one at the top of the list because it’s really important to understand what different foods mean for one’s health. If you’re new to gluten-free recipes, you should try to research them beforehand because some of them (the obvious ones like breads and pastas) are really, really difficult to recreate without their gluten counterparts. If you never researched them beforehand, that’s okay too! Trial and error is the best thing for all of us.
7. You haven’t mastered all the steps in cooking or baking a particular meal or recipe.
This is also a difficult one for many of us because we have to have an incredibly thorough understanding of different ingredients, what goes in them and how to cook them. That’s not to say you should never learn a new recipe, but it’s important to understand the beauty behind cooking. Sometimes when we’re new to something, we think that because it seems simple enough that we should be able to do it.
8. You simply can’t stand going into Whole Foods or other specialty stores.
This is an issue that I personally have, which is why I love the blog’s Healthy Food Board on Pinterest. If you have a hard time going into specialty stores like Whole Foods or anything similar, I highly recommend visiting Pinterest. There are tons of recipes and ideas that you can use when cooking almost anywhere, so go check it out!
9. You can’t come up with new recipes on your own.
This is a pretty common problem for first-time chefs at all stages of their development. It’s important to understand what ingredients are available to you and what they do if you want to make something healthy or at least decent for your loved ones to eat. The best idea I can give you is to do a little research before thinking too hard; besides, it’s a healthy habit that you’ll have for life!
10. You’re used to the tastes and textures of unhealthy foods.
This might be one of the trickiest things for people new to healthy food to overcome. If you’re used to eating store-bought meals filled with preservatives and other chemicals, then it’s not going to be easy for you to forget about those ingredients and start enjoying truly nourishing food.
11. You’re trying to be everything all at once.
If you have any other personal goals (namely, taste-wise) that don’t involve your health, then it’s not healthy to try and incorporate yourself into healthy food recipes as well. These days, the majority of the food in the world is made both unhealthy and unhealthy at the same time since it’s so easy to do; instead, focus on yourself and making only healthy recipes for yourself!
12. You’ve never cooked a recipe from scratch.
This is a very important step in learning how to cook healthy food. It’s one thing to know what ingredients are good and bad for the body, but it’s another to be able to make the actual dishes with nothing more than the things you’ve learned about today. The thought of having to cook something from scratch can be quite daunting and scary, but it’s not as difficult as it seems; once you learn how, all you have to do is keep practicing!
13. You want your food to taste like something else – like fattening foods or sweets.
This is the reason why getting rid of these ingredients is so important; they are unhealthy, but they taste amazing. If you get rid of them, such as in my egg-free, gluten-free omelet recipe, then your food will be much more appealing. You can also use substitutes like almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk to make a particular meal healthier; just don’t get too carried away with them so your food tastes more like the real thing.
14. You’re not patient enough.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a hard thing to overcome on the path of healthy living. You see something or want something, and you just want it right now. Being patient is one of the hardest things in life, but you shouldn’t give up on yourself because there are so many benefits to being patient. You will learn so much more from your endeavors, and you’ll also learn that patience really does have its rewards!
15. You don’t have time for cooking and saving food for the future.
If you don’t have time for making healthy meals for yourself and/or your family, then you really shouldn’t be eating anything at all. There will always be something that you can make quickly and easily in your kitchen that will provide the nutrition you need without giving you any side effects. If this is the reason why you don’t eat, by all means, stop eating now! You’ll regret it later.