How to Retrain Your Taste Buds to Enjoy Healthy FoodJanuary 12, 2008 • By admin
Does eating healthy mean that you have to eat bland food? At first it does! You see…the reason that healthy food doesn’t taste as good as junk food to many people is that their taste buds are a bit out-of-whack. Overly processed foods and artificial sweeteners create tastes that aren’t present in nature. When you get used to eating this type of stuff, natural wholesome food tastes “boring” in comparison.
[Nikky eats strawberries in between sets of sit ups. The owners of the gym get angry about how messy her workouts get.]
Is Your Tongue Used to “Aggressive” Tasting Foods?
I consider foods like flavored tortilla chips an aggressive food. In the U.S. we have these chips called Doritos with flavors like Nacho, Taco, Extra Spicy, Salsa, etc. They taste like these flavors to a certain extent, but multiplied by 10. Have you ever had Watermelon candy? I have never had a watermelon with a flavor that intense. What about grape flavored? Even things as simple as canned chicken noodle soup are an “aggressive tasting” version of the homemade stuff.
Try to Back off On Aggressive Tasting Processed Flavors
I have been avoiding processed foods as much as possible the past month. I have even cut out diet soda and other zero calorie diet foods with artificial sweeteners. I made a really healthy organic salad the other night with romaine lettuce, carrots, peas, and cucumbers. For a salad dressing I used a combination of rice vinegar and flaxseed oil. I thought it was going to be brutal, but it actually tasted wonderful! I enjoyed the nutty taste of the flaxseed oil and the natural carrot and cucumber flavors. I even enjoyed chewing on the lettuce.
We Need to Retrain Our Taste Buds to Enjoy “Real” Flavors
About a two weeks into the doing the strict one meal per day Warrior Diet, I had a “cheat meal” of just fruit (you are allowed to have fruit only meals every now and then). For some reason the fruit tasted outstanding! Seriously, it was by far the most amazing tasting fruit I had ever eaten. I though it was the fruit, but quickly discovered it was me. I had avoided all candy and artificial sweeteners for two weeks and my taste buds had adapted.
We Were Meant to Enjoy Foods in Their Natural State
We weren’t meant to be bored by these natural foods. These are suppose to taste wonderful to us. An apple or a piece of pineapple should taste amazing to you. You should enjoy eating lettuce with little or no dressing. Bell peppers, onions, celery, carrots, nuts, honey, vegetables, etc…all of these foods should really stimulate your taste buds.
Attempt to Go on a 30 Days Without Processed Foods…You Won’t Go Back!
You will begin to taste subtle flavors in foods that you have never tasted in the past. Man made flavors have nothing on natural flavors! I bought some organic whole grain granola naturally sweetened with honey. I have this stuff handy when I feel like a dessert at night. It blows away any candy I have ever had. Not only does this stuff taste better, it digests better and you feel much better after eating it. Someone who is used to eating sugar filled cereals would probably be really bored with this snack. They may even say it tastes like “saw dust”. It isn’t the cereal that tastes bad…the person eating it has “bad taste”!
“Fitness People” and “Health Food” People Are a Different Group
Typical health food stores attract men and women who focus on “outdoor activities” like camping, biking, marathon running, etc. They don’t really care about appearance for the most part (a lot of these women don’t wear makeup). I don’t like to stereotype, but it is true for the most part. I actually believe that each group could learn something from the other group. I’m a “Fitness Guy” who wants to learn to get healthier off of a natural organic foods instead of relying too much on supplements, but I want to look ripped as well. I don’t want to grow a full beard and wear tie dye. I also like hanging with sexy girls who wear at least some makeup and are into the newest fashions. Let’s make health food stores “Sexy”…they need it badly!
Fitness Tip: Shop The Perimeter of the Store
Most grocery stores are setup in a way that all the natural foods are located around the perimeter of the store. I try to do 90% of my shopping in this area and avoid the aisles as much as possible. In the particular store I shop at they even have a special Health Food area right near the produce. I can do almost all of my shopping in this area now. I also shop at a health food store, but the grocery store by my place is cheaper.
Note: I recently found a great blog that really focuses on the benefits of eating healthy food. The blog is called Liz Harper Fitness, written by a personal trainer from Australia. Her blog’s tagline is Health & Fitness Tips for People Who Live in the Real World. I like it because she has a lot of articles that focus on healthy food. Anyway…just click the hyperlink and read some of her great posts!