I had two options for breakfast when I woke up this morning: A quick meal of delicious croissant with a cup of coffee or a healthy meal rich with minerals, vitamins, complex carbohydrates, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and complete protein. One way for me to fight the temptation to grab a quick and easy delicious croissant for my breakfast is to picture how I would feel if I eat a healthy breakfast instead. I quickly compared my options. The images of a healthy meal popped up in my head with the similar images below. My rational mind started to murmur to me that croissant provides “empty calories” in the form of sugar and unhealthy saturated fat. A basic knowledge about the nutritional values of healthy food such as eggs, potatoes, and kale helped me make a wise eating choice. Once you are consciously weighing the options, the choice is clear. It is not hard to select a choice that is so much better for you.
I believe in the power of knowledge, imagery and awareness of your choices.
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. –Carl Jung
I read a book on James Clear’s Atomic Habits, it talked about the importance of not only having the end goal in mind but also the importance of self-identification. If you identify yourself as a healthy eater, you are more likely to do the things you identify with. How one identifies oneself as a healthy eater is by constantly practicing healthy eating habits. Good eating habits and self-identification as being a healthy eater will reinforce each other and help one become what one desires to become.
Habits are the path to changing your identity. The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do.
—Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Bad Ones, James Clear
I felt so wonderful after eating this meal. This choice does not compromise on taste at all, but makes you feel satiated and well. It took me 30 minutes to make this meal, but it was totally worth it!
I have to admit that I did end up eating the croissant for snack, but I didn’t feel guilty at all because I had a healthy breakfast earlier. My body can take a croissant or a cup of ice cream for a treat and I won’t feel gross out eating this way. It would have been different if I give in to my temptation right in the beginning.
Ingredients for the breakfast:
The only dish that needs seasonings here is the vegetable dish. Add a bit of salt and pepper in this dish. With sausage and cheese for the potatoes, you do not need to add more salt to other dishes.
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