The Benefits of Being Picky

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I am a picky eater. I always have been, especially when it came to fruits and vegetables. I picked at them while guzzling diet soda and chewing a triple cheeseburger. I picked at salads while waiting for my Monte Cristo sandwich to come from Bennigan’s kitchen. I rarely ate apples but would happily gobble down apple pies at McDonald’s.

I was picky in a bad way.

In the 17 years since I lost 150 pounds, I’ve become picky in a good way. I changed from being picky about fruits and vegetables to being picky about all the food we consume and the beverages we eat.

Here are some of my picky ways:

1. I now read food labels. I never used to read a food label – ever.  Although we do not buy all organic foods or all non-GMO foods, I am selective in the foods I purchase and read the labels of any processed foods I am not familiar with.

2. I carefully rate my food. When I am in a social situation where food is present, I rate the available choices from a scale of one to ten, with one being a total loser food and ten being a total winner. I mainly rate any “treat-type” foods in order to decide whether they are worth the calories. For example, a “one” would be store bought cookies and a “ten” might be a slice of my friend’s cheesecake. If I decide to have a piece, I have a small sliver guilt-free.

3. I say “No,” and don’t worry about what people think. I don’t like confrontation so this was hard for me. In the past, when I was obese, I would take some of everything, even if I did not like it. Now I just politely say “No, thank you” to foods that do not fit into my weight maintenance plan or foods I just do not want.

(A friend of mine once told me that I wasn’t picky, just particular about my food choices. That term is a little nicer isn’t it?)

In any event, being picky with your food does not have to be a negative thing. Instead, being picky with your food can be a positive thing – provided you are picky about the right things.

Have you become picky or “particular” about your food since you began getting healthier? How? Diane

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4 thoughts on “The Benefits of Being Picky

  1. Mandy Cat says:

    Definitely more particular about my food choices. There are so many foods out there, generally mass produced and mediocre, that simply aren’t worth bothering with. They’re not even particularly tasty, just convenient. If you’re going to indulge, buy a couple of gourmet chocolate truffles and skip the Hershey bar that tastes more like candle wax than chocolate. (And for good reason; low end chocolates frequently contain paraffin — YUM!!)

  2. Kitty says:

    I pay a lot of attention to food labels, although more the list of ingredients than the specific numbers. I don’t necessarily avoid all processed foods, but I weigh them. Some things will cause me to put down the foods entirely (trans fats), while others I look at in context. So, I don’t refuse to buy something with sugar but how much sugar is really important and are there other alternatives with none or less. I don’t refuse to buy anything with artificial ingredients, but I prefer not to when possible. I favor products with “real” food ingredients, and so on. I want my eggs pastured and my veggies organic. So, yes, I guess that is being sort of picky….

  3. Marleen says:

    I like being picky. The Dutch slimspecialist Mieke Kosters taught me to sit down and really taste your food. A variant of your second picky way ;). Is the food on my plate worth to be put in my mouth?

    And checking the labels taught me that salt is a big flavoring/seasoning ingredient. Bad for my husbands hypertension. So I checked for some simple recipes, for hummus in stead of mayo as a dip and saladedressings. I like my new recipes, now I’m working on getting my man to like them too ;).

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