It’s easy to pat yourself on the back for the one vegetable you ate today—and if you normally eat zero, by all means celebrate that healthy eating victory. But singling out foods as “super” or healthy may backfire.
Instead, we should think of healthy foods as normal, and eating that veggie should be a non-event. Jonathan Ross explains at Greatist:
Yes, kale is healthy, but it is healthy in the standard ways our bodies expect and it’s always been healthy. It hasn’t become “Kale the Superfood” in the last decade. Healthy food should be our normal. It’s not super; it is what is expected.
If you feel like eating something healthy is an accomplishment, you’re likely to think it’s fine to have some junk food later—after all, you did a healthy thing and an unhealthy thing, so on average you’re doing fine. Instead, we should recalibrate our expectations: see the less-optimal choices for what they are, and make healthy the new normal.