I’m Picky, Not a Child

qd3m7-pickyeaters25When it comes to fitness, I’m pretty much set. I know what I like, what works for me, and how to do it. I also like keeping up with new trends and trying new things. But when it comes to food and nutrition, I’m a little more complicated.

This is really important to me right now because as much as I’ve achieved from a fitness perspective, I’m still not making the progress I’d like to be making for my overall health and weight. Anyone who is serious about health and wellness will tell you that nutrition and fitness are both essential elements to weight management and healthy living. That being the case, I know that it’s time to focus more attention to my nutrition and daily menu if I’m going to achieve my goals.

I understand nutritional concepts and the basics of food science, but when it comes to eating plans and shopping lists you might find on popular sites and in magazines… Let’s just say foodies would be less than thrilled with my unsophisticated palate.

Knowing that I need to work on my eating and nutrition habits, I Googled “healthy recipes for picky eaters.”

Most of the search results were tips for parents with kids who are picky eaters. (Sure, I may eat like a child sometimes, but that’s not the point.)

And the results that weren’t focused on picky kiddos included recipes that still don’t fit my picky preferences. Beyond that, fads like gluten-free eating are of no interest to me. Sure, it’s necessary for those with celiac disease, but it doesn’t help me much.

I’m frustrated, but it’s an interesting challenge. I’m picky. I don’t like a lot of ingredients in my meals, and I prefer to stick to basic stuff. If it’s considered “fancy,” I’m probably not going to be into it. The challenge is finding, creating, adapting recipes and meal ideas that are healthy, quick, don’t require a million ingredients, and are delicious.

The bonus for me: Since I’m not really interested in cooking – but Boyfriend is – I have someone to help me overcome this challenge. And it’s a great bonding experience for us. We already have a system where I help prep while he cooks. What’s even better is that he has this bizarre thing about him where he genuinely dislikes sweets and naturally loves foods that are considered healthy. (I sometimes think he might be a robot.)

So though I’m not qualified to create meal plans or shopping lists for my clients, I can create my own meal plan. It’ll be good practice for me, and I need the practice.

In the meantime, I guess I’ll have to come to terms with browsing recipes meant for kiddos. Whatever works, right?

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