Experiment with diet and try new foods: Be fun

They say variety is the spice of life. And one of the tenets of good nutrition is eating a variety of natural whole foods. Are you ready to experiment with diet and try new foods?

You can easily find yourself falling into a routine where you’re eating the same three vegetables, the same four spices, the same two grains, etc. If you were to think about it, you might consider there are many other foods you’ve never tried. Those untried foods may prove to be both appetizing and nourishing to your body. Varying your intake of nutritious foods is a wise decision, especially with the increasing incidents of food allergies and food sensitivities.

A varied diet brings with it many health benefits.

If your diet is not promoting your wellness, it should be modified in some manner. One way to change a poor diet is by infusing a variety of nutritious foods into it. Experimenting with new foods can boost your nutrient intake. More importantly, if your diet consists largely of high-fat, artery-clogging, sugar and sodium-loaded meals, varying your diet with healthy alternatives is a best practice that can promote healthy outcomes.

When we mix up our diet, we end up consuming a range of nutrients. You’ll get more nutritional benefit from eating different foods with varied nutritional profiles. If you keep eating the same things, you’re missing out on all the plant-based phytonutrients and other nutrients in the other foods you’re not eating. The makings of a healthy, balanced diet include a variety of foods eaten in moderation. When we eat this way regularly, over the long term, we’re able to obtain a variety of nutrients in the proper amounts while simultaneously avoiding excess levels of sodium, sugar, fat, carbs or even protein.

Research has shown that people who consume a more varied have lower mortality rates. A varied diet also promotes the diversity of friendly gut bacteria, which is correlated with improved health. By adding in more nutritious food — particularly more healthful, plant-based whole foods — you may feel more energetic, more renewed and less fatigued. Even if your dietary intake is ideal, make it even more palatable and nutritious by increasing its variety.

  • Short-term trials – Have a meatless day. A sugarless day. A meatless week. A sugarless week. See how you feel..
  • Method of preparation – Look to healthier ways of preparing your foods. If you consume a lot of fried foods decide you’ll steam, grill, bake, broil, poach or sauté some of these foods. If you enjoy high-sodium condiments, look for healthier alternatives. If you have relatively easy access, try fresh herbs or other seasonings to season your foods. If you always eat broccoli with processed cheese-muck, maybe sprinkle a bit of grated parmesan instead if you want a dairy-based accompaniment..
  • Different diets – Try out different ways of eating. Experiment with more nutritious, plant-based foods, for example. Experimenting with various forms of vegetarianism might prove beneficial to you. You may wish to toy with other dietary approaches, e.g., Vegan, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo, Low cal, Low carb, Mediterranean, etc. Maybe you’ll try one or more of them for a day, a week, a month, etc..
  • Amounts / Frequency – What if you were to eat one portion of meat per day, instead of three? Instead of eating three 6-ounce servings of meat, perhaps eat three 4-ounce servings or two 2-ounce servings. Maybe you’ll eat meat every other day. Maybe you’ll eat beef once a week. How would that look? How would that feel?.
  • Try new foods – Challenge yourself to try a new food or ingredient each week or month. Keep track of your experiences and preferences to expand your culinary range over time. Never tried lentils? There are several varieties of lentils. Inexpensive and loaded with nutrition, lentils are a healthy, low-fat source of protein, cholesterol-lowering fiber, vitamins and minerals. You could decide for the next two weeks you’ll eat three vegetables you’ve never tried..
  • Avoidance – Might you feel differently and less congested if you avoided dairy for three weeks? Maybe. Maybe not. You won’t know unless you experiment..
  • Ethnic Markets – Find your way to one of them and experiment with their offerings.

Mind blown from experimenting with diet and trying new foods

Explore the myriad of natural and plant-based foods (preferably organic or locally grown) such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds that are rich in nutrients and hold the unseen nutritive offerings of energy and vitality that infuse our bodies. Seek out a variety of healthy proteins and fats as well.

If something doesn’t work for you, you can always return to your old habits. Conversely, the old way of eating the same old foods may seem less appealing after you’ve expanded your dietary repertoire.

Unless you have certain food allergies or dietary restrictions, there’s no risk to trying new foods prepared in different ways. There is, however, risk if you overconsume junk and processed foods, poor proteins, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats and the like.

You may discover healthy, affordable foods that you enjoy. Why not expand your palate and broaden the array of nutritional choices before you? Dietary diligence start with cultivating a conscious awareness about what we eat. This consciousness is necessary, lest we find ourselves eating the things that unconscious eaters eat and suffering from diseases unconscious eaters suffer from.

Ask, “What new food will I try next week?” Mix it up a little and keep it interesting, yummy and nutritious. Experiment. Be fun!

Mind open could equal mind blown. Jus sayin.

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