Crowding Out

March 26, 2009

Crowding Out
Why is it when most people hear about eating healthy, the think about what they are going to have to give up?

I understand that it is true that many of us can help our diets by eliminating certain foods, but that doesnt’ have to be the only way to approach eating healthier. What about introducing new foods into your diet. Whole, natural, nutritious foods. Ones that you enjoy that just happen to be healthy.

If you go about eating healthy along the lines of “Well, I can never give up ______” Then what a long and suffering road that is going to be. There are too many things we could think of to fill in that blank. So, right on the heels of talking about cravings, I’d like to introduce the concept of “crowding out.” It’s quite simple. Add new foods into your diet, and gradually over time you will have less desire to eat unhealthy foods. Try it, it works. And this approach has an abundant feeling as you are adding more to your diet, rather than taking things away.

Think about it, when someone tells you to stop eating something, or you muster up the willpower to do it yourself – How long does it last? How probable is it for you to stop eating a food that you are constantly thinking about? It’s probably more likely to do so when you are focused on allowing yourself to eat some new interesting natural foods. This is where crowding out works its wonders. You are able to resist the foods you crave because you are putting your focus on what else is out there to eat.

Yes you may eat fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries – but what about kiwis, mangos, papayas, avocadoes, pineapples, coconuts, gogi berries, acai berries, and the list goes on and on. You may eat vegetables – spinach, broccoli, corn, carrots – but what about kale, collard greens, turnips, sweet potatoes, yukka, burdock, eggplant, squash, cauliflower, and once again the list goes on and on. As does with grains, and nuts, and beans, and legumes. All natural, whole foods.

So when striving to eat healthy think not of the sacrifice you will have to make – think of the bounty of food that awaits you.



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