Picky Eater AND Bad Relationship With Food?

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If the recent strawberry tampering crisis has taught us anything, it’s how important it is to have access to a constant supply of fresh, clean and safe whole foods to maintain our health and wellness.

Ordinarily, we don’t have to think twice about the diverse array of fresh foods on offer here in Australia.

But with fruit crisis deepening and spreading to other fruit varieties and the drought also affecting our farmers, food security is on everyone’s minds.

Unlike some other countries who rely heavily on imported foods, the vast majority of our fresh produce is grown in Australia. Very little is imported from other countries which makes us Aussies very lucky indeed.

And while this news is very topical at the moment, my intention in writing this article is to encourage more diversity in food choices given that we have such an array of food options available to us.

It’s very easy to get stuck in a food rut!

We all have a tendency to follow our usual routine with our meals, repeating the same breakfasts, lunches, etc., out of habit because we know exactly what we need to make it and how to prepare it and it becomes automatic.

Many clients describe themselves as ‘picky eaters’ simply because they resort to the same foods over and over due to habit and convenience.

But when shown how to expand their food choices, they happily accept the challenge of changing up their tastebuds and venturing into unknown food territory.

How to overcome ‘picky eating’ and broaden your food choices.

Sometimes it’s just a little inspiration and a bit of encouragement and a whole new world of foods and flavours opens up to you.

One way of doing this is to purchase one different vegetable or fruit and then incorporate it into your usual food routine. Or use it as an alternative. For instance, if you normally eat an apple for a snack try some strawberries instead. A punnet of blueberries is another delicious addition to your trolley, and a great way to expose your body to antioxidants and other vitamins it doesn’t normally receive much of.

If you normally buy iceberg lettuce try buying rocket or spinach to add to your salad. Getting acquainted with different flavours and textures is a great way to ensure that you are getting a varied array of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients on a regular basis.

A simple switch not only expands your taste buds, brings a sense of curiosity and exciting for your next meal, but also allows your body to reap the numerous nutritional benefits from a vast variety of food.

It can become quite overwhelming when you start broadening your food choices, especially when you first begin researching your options. This is why it’s important to see a Nutritionist, to help guide you through the bountiful of information on what food is best for you.

Take advantage of the Spring weather and spring in to the new season of fresh produce with the guidance of a Nutritionist. All Initial 60 minute Nutrition Consults are currently 20% off (Saving $32)! What better way to kick start your health journey and road to food diversity than with this great offer? Also all the new fresh produce you’ll be consuming will be supporting our local farmers too. Even better, right?

To book in this brilliant offer call reception inn 9687 5333 or email reception@feelinghealthy.com.au. Please remember to mention this article to receive the discount, otherwise the discount will not be applied.

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Merril Bowater

Naturopathic Nutritionist

Merril has recently joined the team at Feeling Healthy and is now in her 10th year of practice as a Naturopathic Nutritionist.

Throughout this time, she has helped countless clients regain their health and wellness, with many experiencing the best health of their lives.

Consultations include an assessment of her client’s diet and lifestyle, nutritional deficiencies and the use of integrative pathology tests to get to the root cause of the health concern.

Treatment revolves around dietary and lifestyle recommendations and nutritional/herbal supplementation.