Today, we are always looking for instant gratification - a magic bullet pill or diet or exercise plan. Maybe this will be bad news but it doesn't exist. Or maybe it's good news because when you tried the latest magic bullet plan, it didn't work for you and you thought you were the problem.
The road to good health has lots of ups and downs. There are good days and bad days. It can involve a lot of experimentation to find what's right for you and what works with your life. Over the course of the journey tastes can change. Your health should change. Truly it is a work in progress.
What I would like to encourage for you is a sense of adventure. Try new things that you've never tried before (and I don't mean deep fried twinkies or some of the other disastrous foods out there). Go back to original food - get re-acquainted or maybe you never met original food. It's fruits and vegetables - preferably fresh and raw, or maybe juiced or blended in a smoothie. Find some great dips - hummus is easily purchased and often is reasonably healthy - and start dipping. Buy good quality produce. Organic when you can or locally grown. If you can find organic and local even better. Or the ultimate, something you grew yourself. Seriously. Rediscover these simple foods that have become rather foreign to many of us. We live in a fast food, prepackaged, microwavable kind of culture these days. It applies to many things but especially "food".
Look for ways to get more original food into your body. Try a smoothie for breakfast. Have a snack of peanut butter and apple slices or hummus and carrots/celery or other veggie. Give a veggie burger a whirl! Be really adventurous and make your own! (OK so part of the adventure for some may be rediscovering their kitchen. ;) ) There are a bazillion veggie burger recipes out there to try. (I posted a couple of my favorites here. Favorite Veggie Burger Part 1 or Favorite Veggie Burger Part 2)
Bottom line, step out a bit from your normal routine. Eat more fruits and vegetables even if you just replace one meal or snack. If you think of it as an adventurous journey, it will be more fun. And if you don't like something, please don't quit. Re-visit whatever it was another time (tastes change) and try something else. The other thing to consider with real food (again, fruits and vegetables) is that the apple you bought one day at the store (or farmer's market) might taste awesome and the next time, not so good. The freshness and quality of produce purchased varies. Just know all these things up front and let the adventure begin!!