As I sit in Panera Bread writing this blog post (ironic, I know), I am reinforced of the impact of food novelty. We like and crave new foods, or new food combinations. We tire easily of eating the same thing over and over.
A client recently remarked "I don't know if I can eat one more egg." Typically, I would offer the solution of finding a substitute for her egg breakfast. This is a common sentiment. Many popular-selling diet books include many recipes to address this concern. Some of these diet books even have hundreds of recipes in them.
The more I thought about this issue, the more I realized how we are addressing it inappropriately. Adding food choices actually is counter-productive. Food novelty enhances paliatability. It gets us to eat more. It reinforces the cravings and desires of eating foods for pleasure.
Now, I recommend to keep foods more consistent. It is easier and cheaper to buy larger amounts of similar foods (you won't have the "healthy food is too expensive" excuse). It is easier and more efficient to prepare similar foods (one hour a week can provide you with lunch for a week). Meal planning is simple and straight-forward.
Most importantly, you will spontaneously eat less when you consume similar, but healthy foods. Keeping variety to a minimum is advantagious. You will have less anxiety wondering what to eat. If you have two fried eggs each morning, but have gotten to the point where you eat one and have no appetite to finish eating them, that is good. Eat what you will and move on with your life. Quit obsessing about food!
You shouldn't seek out more food simply for novelty. You will more appropriately use your appetite to regulate your food intake (especially without processed carbohydrates). You are not starving yourself. Your body will let you know if you physiologically need more energy/nutrients. If you were truely starving, you would eat all of those fried eggs without thinking twice. Hell, you would eat bugs and worms if you were trully starving. Don't fool yourself with the hungry excuse. It is pleasure you seek and food novelty delivers!