Updated: Jan 25
If you're working out and eating "healthy" but the weight just isn't coming off, perhaps you're left to wonder "what am I doing wrong?".
Perhaps the problem is that you're not eating enough variety.
Limiting your diet to the same foods over and over again can create nutrient gaps and deprive you of the necessary building blocks that your body needs to function optimally.
Things like weight retention, low energy, poor sleep, and aches and pains are related to imbalances in the body. The body systems require a steady supply of essential nutrients in order to perform well and do their job. These functions include things like regulation, detoxification, and communication. Each system talks to one another to keep things flowing and operating at its best. Without the right nutrients, however, things can become sluggish.
This is where being picky could be preventing you from reaching your goals.
Unfortunately, it's sometimes not enough to "eat healthy" when you're limiting yourself to the same few healthy foods. The body requires fats, amino acids, soluble and insoluble fibre, minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins, and phytochemicals. It's unfortunate that many of these nutrients come from the plant kingdom because it's plant-based foods that most people commonly have an aversion to.
My advice? Stay open!
Stay open to trying things in different ways. Research foods and choose something to experiment with. This helps reduce the overwhelming feeling of trying too many new things at once.
What I found worked for me personally (I was very picky) was when I developed a genuine interest in foods and what they do for me. This motivated me to eat them. Some things took a while before I developed a taste for them, but because I was determined to change my health and feel better I kept trying them until they became a regular part of my diet.
So stay open and if you don't like something right away revisit it again and again until you start to like it. A lot of the reason for our pickiness is that we are accustomed to taste-sensations like sugar and salt which makes natural unprocessed foods less satisfying to our palette. Many of us didn't grow up eating a natural diet so it takes some of us a lot more trial and error to develop a taste for real food.
Bottom line, if you want to change your health it's essential that you change your relationship with food by looking beyond what tastes good and what doesn't.