We have 5 primary taste sensations: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter and Umami. Our ability to taste depends on the molecules set free when we chew or drink. Hundreds of substances, mostly found in plants, taste bitter and a little bitterness makes food interesting and very healthy. Antioxidants, which aid metabolism and help the body ward off cancer, account for much of the bitter taste of kale, arugula, dark chocolate and coffee. The good news is you can train your taste buds to prefer different foods with repeated exposure to new foods. Say what?! Think of coffee as a good example. Most people don’t like the bitter taste at first but acquire the taste when repeatedly drinking it. When the body isn’t flooded with CRAP, carrots and cabbage will start to taste sweet. Imagine that! Are you ready to change those taste buds and start enjoying whole foods? Ever wish you could get as excited about a crunchy salad as you do about chips, fries, or pretzels? Eating food, you don't like may sound masochistic, but it could be the key to changing your mind and health! This is part of what I teach clients in my 8 Step Nutrition Program. Want to learn more? You can find the program here: https://thewholefoodnut.com/8-step-nutrition-program/
Jenn Fieldhack is a Nutritionist and Whole Food Nut who wants to help others overcome the hurdles to eating healthy.
Be patient, have a sense of humor and start swapping out CRAP for whole foods. It will only get easier as you go. Just embrace that it's not a race and more about keeping a healthy pace.
Before you hit the road to healthy and start some New Year resolutions, check out this series of videos for some helpful tips! Simplicity is the strategy and key to sustaining a healthy lifestyle. When you learn how to make simple changes that are not overwhelming, healthy eating is sustainable and fun. A few rules I live by: Count nutrients not calories. Avoid fad diets with expiration dates. Boost your metabolism don’t destroy it. And most importantly, focus on long term and healthy eating habits that are sustainable.