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How to Follow a Diet Plan, Picky Eater Style

First, let’s clarify a few things.

  1. I don’t believe in “diets” as far as going on a diet, I need to lose 10 pounds by Tuesday, yo-yo-ing sorts of things.
  2. I do believe in establishing a healthy way of eating as a general diet.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

When it comes to kick start programs the diet plans are all the same. Fish, eggs, fruits, veggies, beans, lots of protein, yada yada yada. This is all well and good for the foodies of the world, but what about the picky eaters, like me? This is where these programs lose me.

Exercise? Check.
Eat Healthy? Check, uh, oh, wha..?

I know I’m not the typical eater. I’m not even sure I’m the typical picky eater. My daughter is pretty picky, but she’ll eat eggs. Not me. Thus, my goal in life is to modify a diet plan that includes all the great foods I should be eating, excludes all the foods I will not eat, and allows for me to indulge from time to time. After all, we are meant to live a little.

What can I substitute for …

Just the other night I was looking for a suitable substitute for chestnuts. According to the new kick start plan I’m testing out, I’m supposed to use chestnuts. What if I can’t find any? What if I absolutely hate them? What if I have other bills to pay? I headed over to the handy dandy Cook’s Thesaurus. I found I can use hazelnuts in a pinch or even pecans. Hubs said he felt they taste more like acorns and I may have some of those in a tree out back. Hmmm.

And yet, the only substitutes for cod are more fish I won’t eat.

My next stop is for high protein foods. If I can’t find a direct substitute, then I will find an alternative protein-rich food instead.

And, of course, sometimes I don’t mix foods together as the recipe calls.

I like beets. I like oranges. I do not like beets and oranges together.

Then again, it can be good to try new things, too.

1 cup strawberries, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon agave syrup

Toss together. Chill. Enjoy.

*Recipe courtesy of Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method.

Picky comes in many forms.


I’m more picky about where I eat than what I eat. For instance, I love spaghetti, as long as it’s homemade. At an Italian restaurant you’ll find me ordering pizza every time. You may be more picky about what you eat, but will eat that just about anywhere. Say, you like hamburgers. You’ll eat them grilled at home or fried from McDonald’s. A hamburger is a hamburger, right?

Then there is the ‘I didn’t grow up eating that’ level of picky-ness. In my family we didn’t eat a lot of fried foods or beans (black, pinto, great northern) and I don’t particularly care for those things today. Although I love cabbage and I didn’t experience that until I was almost 30 years old.

And there are those foods you ate at one point in your life, but can’t bare to stomach today. For me this would be foods like Hamburger Helper or even sauerkraut. Oh, and I no longer have those random cravings for liverwurst. That’s probably a good thing as it’s not very good for you.

Finally, there are those foods you never liked, don’t want to try, don’t even want to smell. For me this includes eggs and most condiments. Sure, I’ll eat eggs in other foods, but never eggs by themselves.

What about you? Is there a certain food you really don’t like? Or how about a preference for how something is prepared? Would you rather cook or eat out? I would love to know.

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