Last night, I decided what to make for dinner — I was determined to make something healthy and vegetarian — but couldn’t plunge into the chopping and mixing right away. I had to wait a little while for my husband to pick up the remaining ingredients on his way home from work. During this time, I had this feeling. I probed my emotions for a little while, and finally figured out what it was: fear. My name is Pamela and I’m afraid of healthy food.
It’s not so much the food itself that I’m afraid of. It’s what it means. Following, some myths I tell myself:
- Healthy food doesn’t taste good. Deep down, I am sure of this. I see people rave on blogs about delicious salads or amazing vegan dishes, and I just don’t believe it. I gravitate instead toward those praising bacon, creamy custardy desserts or exotic cheeses. Them’s my people. And, these days, I not only have to cook for myself, but I have to satisfy my husband and entice my kids to eat my cooking. Why take a risk by making something healthy?
- Healthy food is for health nuts and naturally-skinny people. Girl’s Gone Child has this section on her site called Eat Well and it’s filled with praise for vegetables and quinoa. Sure, that’s fine for her. She lives in Southern California and is gorgeous. I’m more the comfort food type.
- Healthy food isn’t satisfying. If I eat something healthy — especially vegetarian — I’ll just be hungry again in a few minutes.
- I don’t really know how to cook healthy food. I’m a pretty decent cook, but vegetables just aren’t in my wheelhouse, y’know?
- Eating healthy food means I’m on a diet. Because why else would someone want to eat healthfully, when it tastes so terrible?
When I write it all out like this, it seems really silly. Because you know what happened? Despite a previous bad experience with bitter quinoa, this time, everything turned out beautifully… and really delicious. By really, I mean genuinely tasty, and not just delicious for something healthy. Today, I eagerly ate leftovers for lunch. I was thrilled and wanted to shout it to the world — which is what I’m doing now. I think I’m going to cook healthy more often.
What about you? Do you have pre-conceived ideas about eating healthfully?