The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not -Mark Twain

By: Nikki Nies

I don’t particularly agree with this quote, but when I saw it hanging in the Valley Hospital Kitchen 3 years ago, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

So many people associate health with “torture” and eating foods that one “might not want.” Everyone has their own journey with food.

I never would’ve guessed a year ago, I’d love guacomole as much as I do now.  My taste buds have definitely changed, for the better.  I’ve been exposed to some great flavors these past few months and I am still comfortable in my skin.

What’s the key? Moderation.

Yes, it’s good to know what foods should be limited, but to categorize healthy foods as a displeasure is not a healthy mindset.  Healthy food doesn’t have to be tasteless.  Actually, I’ve helped out on a number of cooking classes where the healthy food trumped the processed, generic junk food.

In this case, you can have your cake and eat it too.  No pun intended.

Enjoy the healthy foods, with a couple sweets here and there.  It can be doubly delicious if you give it a chance.  In fact, I like to disprove Mark Twain’s quote wrong on a daily basis.  Eat up!

Picture Source: http://whytostayhealthy.com/

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