3 Ways to Think Like a Healthy Eater Part 2 - Manage expectations

Last week I talked about how you can teach yourself to love something new, even if you’re not into it at first.

There’s one more aspect in shifting your mindset that will save you a lot of disappointment down the road anytime you venture onto a new path.

Whether you’re making changes to your diet or embarking on any other life change, it’s helpful to remember: It is what it is. It’s not something else.

If you want to eat healthy and think you can simply substitute one food for another and carry on as usual, you’re going to feel let down.

What I mean is, vegetables are vegetables, they’re not meat. Tofu is tofu, it’s not chicken, and noodelized veggies are noodelized veggie, they’re not pasta.

I’m a morning coffee drinker and I’ve been cutting sugar out of my diet. I tried drinking my coffee with honey instead, thinking I’ll just switch out sugar for honey, boom, done. But it’s so not the same and I did not like it! Instead of approaching it with a blank slate mindset, I wanted coffee with honey to taste like my usual coffee with sugar and, obviously, it didn’t work out.

It all depends on what you want it to be and how different your expectation is from the everyday reality.

Coffee with honey is a perfectly lovely drink, if you’re looking for that one of a kind, sweet and earthy, coffee with honey taste.

If you find yourself playing the comparison game with your food, take a step back and just tell yourself that this food tastes exactly how its supposed to taste.

I do this all the time when I forget to say ‘no onions’ at a restaurant. If I tell myself - this is how an onion is meant to taste, the onion isn’t wrong, this is how it’s intended to be - I know, it’s super cheesy, but my brain will usually listen to me and stop freaking out every time I taste an onion and I can enjoy my meal.

On a bigger level, if you’re trying out a new ingredient or making a bigger change in your life, take some time to acknowledge what you’re expectations are and ask yourself if they’re realistic.

We all innately make expectations about all kinds of things without realizing it. If you’re considering changing your diet in any way, checking in with yourself and getting your expectations in check beforehand can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy making the change you’ve planned.

Mollie Williams