Over the last several months I have learned to try new things. I willed myself to like mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and fish because these things are good for me. And while it didn’t happen overnight, I can honestly say that I enjoy these things now.
Last week, I went to dinner with a friend and learned that I love sushi! I tried spicy salmon rolls, crab sticks, squid and a variety of other things like california rolls and rainbow rolls. And I couldn’t believe it!
If you had asked me if I liked sushi a year ago, I would have been disgusted at the thought. But ask me today, and I’ll tell you I love it.
I’m thrilled about this new love for sushi because sushi grade fish is healthy, and it proves that I can change. I eat what I love, but in many ways, what I love has changed. When I’m thinking about what to eat for dinner, things like a burger and fries no longer enter my mind (99% of the time.) Instead, I crave things like scallops, chicken and brown rice with loads of vegetables, spaghetti squash or escarole and bean soup.
Maybe there will always be folks who refuse to try spinach or fish or artichokes, but I will not be one of them. I will eat things that are good for me, and I will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed unhealthy things.
In losing weight, we find success when we open our minds, challenge our bodies and change our behavior. If you’re struggling to make changes, remind yourself that while you may not have enjoyed spinach as a kid, you might enjoy it now. And remind yourself that exercise is hard, but when you do it, you build strength and endurance.
The new year is a perfect time for new challenges and new commitments. Open your mind, and try something new. Whether it’s a new food or a new activity or a new attitude, try it and believe you can change. When you do, you might realize that life has even more to offer than you realized.
Are you already open-minded? If so, were you born that way or do you have to work at it like I do?