This is how to make yourself crave healthy food

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If you’re hoping to improve your diet but often find that you’re just not in the mood for healthy foods, then help is at hand…

It turns out that you can teach yourself to embrace a healthier way of eating, as Good Housekeeping’s go-to medical expert, junior doctor Hazer Wallace – better known as The Food Medic – can attest.

Food was an integral part of Dr Wallace’s family life and happiness until her dad had a stroke that killed him. Consumed by grief, she stopped eating – food became a chore rather than a pleasure and it was only with the help of a dietitian that she learnt to love it again.

“We live in a diet culture focused on BMI and weight, where food is labelled ‘good’ and ‘bad’, where people veer between extremes of restriction and bingeing,” says Dr Wallace. “If we can become conscious not just of what we eat but how and who we eat it with, we can start to reclaim our relationship with food.”

Try a Mediterranean diet

Known as the healthiest way to eat, its ingredients are readily available. As the NHS website notes, the Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, as well as unsaturated fats such as olive oil. It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods.

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