I immediately thought, but did not say, because that would have been judgmental or rude or something, "only one?! Really?" I mean any effort to eat healthier is a step in the right direction, right? And I want to support and encourage that. So I kept my mouth shut.
But then she said someone else had said that exact thing to her. So I felt ok saying that I agreed. Only one? Really? Giving her the benefit of the doubt, I asked if she was putting the emphasis on "new," as in, she already eats pretty healthfully and she just wants to try new things, but no, that wasn't it; the emphasis is definitely on the healthy here.
My older boys, when they were in 5th grade, had a health class assignment that really annoyed me. They were tasked with bringing in nutrition labels from a healthy food and an unhealthy food. My problem with this assignment was two-fold. First, the foods that are healthiest (at least in my opinion), are much less likely to have nutrition labels. When's the last time you saw a nutrition label on Brussels sprouts? I begged both the boys to let me print out a "nutrition label" for broccoli or something, but no dice. I think AKD brought in a label from a can of green beans, which was, of course, healthy, but less healthy than fresh green beans because of the added salt. My second problem with this assignment was, who decides what's healthy? I mean, AKD thought those canned green beans were healthy, but I knew those green beans had issues.
I think my friend, possibly subconsciously, even, associates healthy with boring, or tasteless, or even downright yucky. And unhealthy means scrumptious, which is a shame. I think that's why she's not willing to commit to more than one "healthy" supper a month.
The truth is, we need healthy fats. We need complex carbohydrates. We need lean protein. To me, eating healthfully means eating whole, unprocessed foods, in moderation. And that, to me, is delicious.
What does healthy eating look like for you?