@LadyBlackheart: I have learned that healthy eating need not be boring, bland, tasteless food. It can actually be a lot of fun, provided you enjoy cooking/shopping, and consist of a lot of taste. In your instance, you seem to dislike a lot of things, or are scared to try them. Fair enough…a lot of us are in your same boat!!
For you, I would recommend baby steps. I love chicken fingers, always have always will. But instead of ordering chicken fingers and fries at a restuarant, I sometimes order a chicken tender salad, with a light dressing. Or, if you do not want the leafy greens, order a grilled chicken sandwich with honey mustard instead of mayo. Sure, it still consists of carbs, or breading, or deep fried food, but you ARE cutting calories by just substituting a few small things.
Also, all of things you love can be altered into a healthier option. Pizza is my downfall. I can order a large Pizza Hut pizza, and easily down 3-4 slices, but instead I make my own pita pizzas at home…with turkey pepperoni, low-fat cheese and bake on a wheat pita. Typically, I am FULL after I eat that. You love hamburger helper, and really, who does not?! (ok, so a lot do not, but whatever…) Instead of making it from the box, loaded with sodium and other ‘bad’ things, try googling healthy recipes for the same thing. I have found that once I started eating healthier, I was still able to eat great food, casseroles, pastas, etc, but it comes down to proper portion control and choosing healthier options; leaner meats, brown rice, wheat pasta, etc, etc.
Finally, I am/was very much a plain jane eater. My palette was not advanced, at all. As I have gotten older, I find myself trying new things, and LOVING them compared to when I tried them 5 years ago. Sushi is my new best friend…yes, I love raw fish wrapped in rice!!! The thought/smell/taste of it 10 years ago was enough to make me vomit, but I tried again, and now cannot get enough of it. Who would have thought?! Keep trying, keep working, keep altering food choices. You do not need to cut out the foods you love cold turkey, and live on veggies for the rest of your life. I promise you will see results with tweaks here and there 🙂