I want to share an idea with the newbies-to-real-food. My “YUM” is not likely going to be your “YUM”, not yet anyway. When I tell you a recipe is “delicious”, you may not think so (yet). It takes a few weeks of earnest work to detox off sugar and processed foods. I’m a Southerner and I even gave up sweet tea!!! It wasn’t easy, but it’s so worth it now that I’m on the other side and in control of my eating-life, because all that sugar and junk doesn’t control me anymore!
My tastes in food have changed A LOT since eating this #lowcraplifestyle way. Once I got over the sugar detox hump, it’s been much easier to enjoy healthy, real, unprocessed foods. I think sugar and corn syrup and too many processed foods mess up your taste buds. There probably IS a study of some kind, to back me up on that, I just need to take the time to research it. **UPDATE 10-3-12: HERE IS A LINK TO A BLOG POST AND A BOOK THAT WILL TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT THOSE LABS ARE DOING TO MAKE US ADDICTED.** I thoroughly enjoy (even crave!) food that I probably would not have enjoyed before detoxing. The longer I stay away from processed junk, the less I want it. Truly. The thought of some of the foods I used to love, actually disgusts me now. For example, almond meal bread and gluten-free breads took some getting used to, now I love them and never want regular sandwich bread. I’m not saying I never eat anything unhealthy. I treat myself almost every week, but it’s always REAL food that I treat/cheat with, and I never want the fake processed stuff anymore because my body detoxed off the craving for sugar and msg, etc. You can too. Yes you can.
All this to say, if you are making an effort to change your eating, and you try healthy recipes and don’t like them, don’t give up. Keep trying until your taste buds have adjusted. And your taste buds adjust to the “new normal” the longer you stay away from the processed stuff and sugar. I’m not saying you’re gonna love beets. I’m just saying it may take some time to switch your taste buds on to the truly good stuff, so hang in there. Your tongue has been fooled by chemicals made in a lab for too long. Yes, scientists actually work hard in a lab making sure your tongue is going to like what their factory is producing. Update 12-7-12: here is a link to the Bruce Bradley blog that has a video about flavorings in food, and how “Big Food” companies try to create addictions to foods/flavors. If you eat, or if you feed anyone, (yes, this statement includes everyone in the world) YOU SHOULD WATCH THAT VIDEO AND EDUCATE YOURSELF ON STORE-BOUGHT FOOD.
Please don’t give up before you reach the other side! You were made for SO MUCH MORE than what a lab could create for you. You were made for what an amazing God could design, with all the colors and tastes and healthy nutritional goodness that are waiting on you to enjoy and be nourished by! Be patient and take baby steps, but keep going. You’ll get there. If you fall back, don’t beat yourself up, just keep moving ahead into your New24, and someday you too will be able to look back and encourage someone else by saying, “hang in there. It gets better” …and maybe we’ll be saying “yum” to the same things!:)
Please see my Organic Eater Code if you are struggling in this area and need some verses for encouragement!