Disclaimer: This blog is NOT trying to sell you on Apple Cider Vinegar, and is not a gimmick strategy to lose weight, or make you an astronaut, or any kind of super hero.
It IS a method to learn how to CRAVE healthier foods again, which in turn might help you get healthier, exercise more, and then just maybe become a super hero! So relax, read it, and give it a shot, or leave it and just say pooh!
Craving Healthy Foods
Why is it that with all of the current information on healthy eating, we are getting heavier, and weaker? We still seem to eat to much and move to little, why? Most Americans still make poor food choices, continually eat fast foods, and eat out at restaurants way to often. We have literally created our cravings for these poor choice foods. The good news, we can create cravings for healthy, nutritious, and delicious foods as well.
The ultimate answer to “why” is these foods taste good! Or, have trained ourselves to believe they taste good, and continually crave what “tastes good?”
We have become obsessed with the flavors of salt, sugar, fat, MSG, HFCS, simple refined carbohydrates, and more. Obviously this affects our appearance, day to day health and fitness, long-term health, and most importantly our feelings of well being.
Breaking free from the habit of poor eating, and learning to crave healthy, nutritious, and delicious foods does have it’s overwhelming positives such as;
-Creating leaner, stronger muscles over a lifetime
-Actually looking healthier and more attractive naturally
-Drastic improvements in the way your skin looks and feels
-Dramatically fewer sick days
-Minimal digestive problems
-Greater potential for strength gains through lifting weights (feeling better)
-Seems like a great trade off right? The bottom line really is that clean, healthy and natural foods can actually taste just as good as the processed, and fast foods.
Now, how to make clean and healthy food taste good!
The secret to making clean and healthy food taste good is to recognize that your taste buds adapt over time to what they are given. Just like muscles do to the demands you place on them.
Your taste buds will gradually adjust depending on what you eat. Healthy food tastes ‘plain’ ‘bitter’ or ‘boring’ to most people because they are accustomed to eating “the other stuff” 24/7.
Once you begin to eat healthy and natural food consistently, you will quickly realize that most restaurant food today is over-salted, over-sauced and over-seasoned, and over-priced. Processed foods are even worse, and fast food and junk food (literal garbage) is so extreme in terms of taste that it’s like bludgeoning your taste buds to death.
Once we eat mostly healthy and clean food, something like a plain sweet potato tastes delicious! When we eat natural and healthy foods for a while, the same thing will happen to all of us.
On the other hand, I know people who eat only restaurant food or take-away, candy, ice cream, and sweetened drinks. Their taste buds have adapted and now they can’t eat anything else.
I have watched people try a green juice made of carrot, apple and beetroot, “a very sweet combination.” But they still found it disgusting, because even the sweetest natural flavors pale in comparison to the taste of high fructose corn syrup. This is just a sad truth.
We have collectively gotten ourselves stuck in an unfortunate eating trap. Our taste buds are so far gone that the only way for them to get any kind of pleasure from food is to eat something that is terrible for us. H.E.L.P.
Resetting our taste buds
You can get to the point where you enjoy natural, healthy food as much as you currently enjoy eating “that stuff,” the key is to do it gradually.
If you try to overhaul your entire diet all at once, it will be way too hard. Rather, if you’re accustomed to eating a lot of junk then slowly cut down on it. If you hardly eat any, then it will be easier for you to get to the point where you eat none at all.
Over time your taste buds will re-sensitize to natural, healthy food. Within a few months you can easily get to the point where plain foods taste good and a little bit of seasoning makes a world of difference.
This is a healthy process and can be extremely tasty too!
This is a good place to be. Because we’re no longer attached to getting pleasure from taste, our food choices can be based on things we value more like health, fitness goals, energy levels, mental performance, vitality and so on.
Can we actually detach from the need to get pleasure from taste altogether?
To take this one step further, it is possible to almost completely detach ourselves from the need to get pleasure from taste at all? That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the flavors of foods, it is just not our main driver for eating.
The way to do this is the same as the above, gradually increase the amount of healthy food, and drink in our diet until it’s the majority of what we’re eating. The 80|20 Rule
It actually does help to consciously remember that food is just one avenue for pleasure in our life, one that most people get far too attached to and that is probably a lot less necessary than we think.
Tasting food is great, but ultimately it’s nothing more than a few minutes of pleasant mouth-sensation. People who value this momentary pleasure over properly functioning physiology, longevity, clear thinking, high energy levels and the like have their priorities backwards. They become susceptible to eating for comfort, not for fuel. This is one of the leading contributors to overeating and obesity.
Experiment with fasting and you’ll realize that hunger is just a feeling that comes and goes, and it’s one that doesn’t have to determine how or what you eat. We’re not going to die if we don’t eat for 16, 18 or even 24 hours, in fact you’ll probably feel pretty good. Your relationship to hunger is adaptable in the same way as your taste buds are.
Visualize to yourself and internalize “those foods” are literally like garbage for your body, you are worth more than eating garbage. They are not things that should be put in a human body. Picture the process and ingredients that go into a fast food burger or a potato chip while you’re eating it, and think about how those things will interact with the organic system inside your body. It won’t taste half as good, trust me on that!
Now this doesn’t mean that you should never get pleasure from tasting great food. All it means is that you don’t need to get pleasure from taste alone, you can develop the ability to decide when you want to and when you don’t. You are no longer a slave to foods, and there flavors, you are now a mindful eater. Plus you will FEEL AWESOME!!!
Ultimately you can take complete control over how you feel and act towards food and taste; first reset your taste buds and then detach from taste altogether, and you will have the freedom to eat whatever you want, anytime you want, without sacrifice or suffering at all.
Taste Bud Re-Set:
Do this for 3 days.
Craving Healthy Food Strategy
*Re-Set Drink (before breakfast)
NO coffee (if this creates a total freak out, just plain please and 2 cups MAX)
Steel Cut Oatmeal, 1 citrus fruit, banana (or berries)
Salad with fresh vegetables, and 1 protein (chicken or egg), 1 fruit (grapes, berries)
Piece of fish (ideally) or chicken, bright fresh or frozen vegetables
Please stand firm and do this for 3 day. You can manipulate the proteins around for your 3 days. Do not season the foods during these 3 days.
*Re-Set Drink Recipe:
1.) 12+ OZ of water, add
2.) 4 tablespoons of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar “the Mother”
3.) 4 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
4.) 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
5.) 1/2 Teaspoon ginger
6.) Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
7.) Tablespoon of raw local honey, or raw stevia (1 packet or 1/4 teaspoon).
Stir, heat up to the temp of a herbal tea
Drink this 3 times per day before meals
It actually tastes like an Herbal Tea to me
Track how you feel.