Monday, June 22, 2009

Training the tastebuds...

Today.... I'm wishing it weren't so darn hard to retrain your tastebuds to a healthy lifestyle.

I KNOW I should be eating healthy and I take great strides to do so... But I can't change the fact that ice cream and french fries and pizza taste so good. And I KNOW that a McDonald's double cheeseburger is TERRIBLE for you... but it's amazing. Why can't raw carrots and fruit taste that good?

It's a retraining process for your tongue. It's a lifestyle you have to get used to. And perhaps when your mouth isn't given bad food for long bouts of time, maybe it loses it's taste for it. Then again, maybe it wouldn't. Maybe eating healthy will always be a purposeful thing where I will constantly need to be watching what goes on the plate.

Will this ever get easier?!!!

4 comments:

Michelle M. said...

Last night, Nathaniel and shook hands that we would stop eating so much fast food. It is just so convenient sometimes and I tend to be very lazy when I am pregnant. It just doesn't make any sense that I buy so much organic food to be healthier and then we eat out. So we are working on making our eating habits healthier as well.

MelissaD said...

Funny, RD and I "shook hands" today too that we'd STICK to a healthy eating plan. With all the ideology out there surrounding being healthy, we decided you just gotta pick something and stick to it. A while back we started "Somersizing":

http://www.suzannesomers.com/Somersize/

Suzanne Somers has her own take on weight management surrounding the concept of food combining. RD and did it pretty religiously a while back and felt AMAZING. Holidays threw us off and we've never gotten back on the band wagon since. It's a hard transition to get used to because you're supposed to separate your carbs from your proteins/fats/oils. Seems EVERY meal combines the two. So, we're back on it starting today!

Michelle, did you want to check in weekly or something just to keep each other accountable?

Anonymous said...

You can absolutely retrain your taste buds. It's not that bad for you foods won't taste good, they'll just taste too rich - so rich that you'll only be able to stomach a bite or two.

For instance, my husband convinced me to switch from 2% to 1% milk. I thought for sure that the 1% milk would seem like water, but once I got used to it, I couldn't remember what 2% was like. Then I visited someone who only had 2% on hand and could barely drink it. It felt like I was drinking pure cream.

Now, if I had continued with the 2% I'm sure I could have gotten used to it quickly. The key is to not switch back and forth between healthy and unhealthy foods. If you indulge in a double cheeseburger once a month, you will always have a taste for it. If you only allow yourself one a year, I bet it won't taste as good that one time you have it.

I know you love making hollandaise - but that is a great example. If you drown your veggies in fat every time you will never learn to enjoy them with a little salt and olive oil!

MelissaD said...

Anon-
I've heard similar stuff about people that have to cut back on salt for their health. At first everything's bland, but then after some time they get used to it (and actually enjoy the natural taste of veggies). Then they taste something seasoned with salt and it's TOO much for them.

Consistency is SO hard for me. I DO keep bouncing back and forth from healthy to eating bad. :-( My tastebuds aren't given enough time to adjust before I cave or indulge (usually for the sake of convenience). Grrrr.

I did a thorough menu plan this evening- going shopping tomorrow. That helps A LOT!