Many of us make choices about our health based on taste. Much of taste is a conditioning – that means we’ve been programmed… and even worse, many of us program our children’s tastes based on our unhealthy habits and food-like products that our distorted tastes find palatable. At the root of much of our taste woes, we find refined sweeteners and salts, which are addictive substances in practically everything we eat that’s already prepared. Here are a few ways to re-train your taste for what’s better for your body:
1. Change the types of salts and sweeteners you use to unrefined varieties. White sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, grade a maple syrup, turbinado sugar, artificial sweeteners, white & iodized salts (even sea salts) … these are all considered refined, which means altered from their natural states and nutritionally dead. Look for whole dehydrated cane sugar (or Sucanat), brown muscovado sugar, grade b maple syrup, coconut/palm sugar, green stevia (or liquid stevia), blackstrap molasses, or use whole fruit whenever applicable as sweeteners, and utilize naturally colored salts (i.e. pink salt, black salt, Celtic sea salt), celery, and whole sea vegetables instead of the refined salts.
2. Gradually decrease the amount of salt and sugar you use in everyday foods and beverages. For example, if you are used to using 3 teaspoons of white sugar in your morning coffee or tea every day, try using 2 teaspoons of unrefined palm sugar for a week or 2, then reduce to 1 teaspoon the following week. This gradual stepping down gets your body used to less stimulation without feeling like you’re missing too much on taste.
3. Get used to eating a variety of raw vegetables and fruits in their natural states. Even if you don’t like certain (or in some of your cases, ANY) vegetables, make the concerted effort to eat a little at a time REGULARLY. For vegetables that may be bitter (i.e. dandelion greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, etc.), try mixing them with milder vegetables (i.e. spinach, beet greens, baby kale, etc.) to start out. Fruits that may be sour (i.e. cranberries, lemons, limes, etc.), try mixing them with sweeter or less strong tasting fruits of the same variety to start out. This will help to strengthen your tolerance for these foods, and they also supply nutrients that help to lessen cravings for processed sugars and salts by promoting better metabolism & absorption.
Make sure that you are drinking adequate water to maintain a good balance of the sugars and salts in your body so you’re not overloaded with them, and to improve the way you’re able to use them.
Peace & Blessings,