Upgrade Your Taste Buds

February 8, 2013 in Health


A Matter of Taste:

Preference or taste in food is just a matter of mind. I was able to quickly overcome my tomatoes and seaweed phobia. I did this by telling myself, there is no reason I should dislike these foods. I have the same physical taste buds as everyone else and my body desires their nutrition, but at a young age I decided I didn’t want to eat them and that stuck with me until recent. Your hate of certain foods is nothing more than childish feelings. Picture a child that has a bad mood and refuses to eat a food. Because on that day they had a bad experience, they attach it to that food and indefinitely perpetuate that association. Now, picture yourself turning up your nose today because of a bad mood you had decades ago. When you realize how silly food taste and texture phobias are you can finally begin eating for health over habit.

Once you realize how healthier food choices will improve your life and better the world, your taste will begin to evolve. I started to emotionally associating the addicting disease causing dense calorie foods with pain and disgust. You can’t blame the kid in us for wanting to naturally store dense calories for survival, but we live longer lives today so we need to learn to ignore caloric desires and learn to eat for disease prevention. Upgrading our taste in food is no different or more difficult than learning normal social behaviors. Similarly, we make and abide by laws in order to live respectfully together in a country. Today, we are all suffering because healthcare costs are soaring out of control; primarily due to wide spread disease resulting from unhealthy eating habits. Learning to love healthy foods is very patriotic.

Thanks to the internet and decade of diet fads, all the information on proper dietary behavior is now accessible and a new way of life will eventually take fold. Let’s just hope we get there before we do too much damage to our health and economy.