The Simplicity of a Fruit Salad


There is a lot to be said for a simple fruit salad at breakfast. Nothing fancy, easy to prepare, and I am out the door on a busy day. This meal is the perfect example that changing your eating does not have to be difficult or time-consuming. All it takes is a knife and a cutting board.

I have a few “go to” meals that are very simple to prepare and I also have some other meals that take a bit more time and effort. The key is not looking at the simple meals as unsatisfying.

How do you do that? How do your change your food psyche to think that a bowl of fruit is more satisfying than a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit?

When I see this fruit salad, I imagine some of the bowls of fruit I have been served at fancy hotels with room service (a former job – I inspected hotels).

Sometimes I use a fancier bowl, turn on some light music, meditate for a few minutes with some deep breathing exercises, and then really savor each bite.

But still, that is not really enough to make the switch from doughnuts to fruit bowls. Instead, it takes a lot of learning about the “good” and the “bad” of the food industry as a whole.

I can’t say if the switch could happen for you after reading a certain book, or watching the 3rd or 4th documentary about the state of our food system. But I can say I believe it will happen. For me, it has been quite a bit of both.

Keep searching and discovering new things. At some point, things will “click” and your food psychology will shift.

This bowl has one orange, one banana, half of an apple, a few blueberries, and some nuts sprinkled on top for crunch. So it really is quite substantial and keeps me satisfied. So much so that I pass numerous fast food restaurants on my way to work without so much as a glance (other than to see the surprisingly large number of cars in the drive-thru which always seems to be growing). Be Healthy! ~ Amanda Rae



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