Today’s blog post from Paleoista about a reader “feeling very, very bored of the food” highlights a real problem for the average person: they cannot cook well enough to make a whole foods and/or otherwise restrictive diet palatable.
The reader had given up after having “poached eggs for breakfast with sliced melon, steamed broccoli and broiled chicken for lunch and grilled salmon and asparagus for dinner” … giving in on day three to “chips and salsa at his favorite Mexican restaurant.”
Paleoista is not a fan of the cheat strategy in general, much less for dealing with boredom, so her advice?
Rather, allow your cooking to become your creative outlet and go to town with any fresh herbs and spices, a huge variety of local, seasonal veggies, any wild proteins you can find at your farmer’s market and trust that the worst thing that would occur is a realization that it turns out you don’t actually love thyme with chicken and so, guess what? Next time you’ll buy basil instead.
Sounds like a cook! Alas, her recommendation is clearly easier said than done, as hilariously illustrated by The Oatmeal in Why I don’t cook at home or by the many other articles that explain why we don’t cook.
I don’t think there’s an easy answer. I suspect the right approach *is* to actually learn to cook (maybe in just 20 hours of real practice). But maybe it’s also worth having the folks promoting these diets figuring out one or two intermediate steps between boring chicken and broccoli and going to town at the farmer’s market.