This is all good advice below. I know from my experience, I used to dislike a lot of vegetables and some fruits, and most of my diet was noodles and potatoes and so forth, in high-fat sauces with a few vegetables and meat bits thrown in as flavorings. It didn't seem like there were very many options for "diet" meals, but I gave myself no choice but to eat healthier. I started by eating vegetables I did like, and my taste buds adjusted to where I no longer liked starchy foods so much, and healthy foods became more appealing.
It helped me to be strict with myself and say "This isn't optional. You're going to eat healthy, so figure out what that consists of and do it." I like Russell's advice below -- if you really hate something, cross it off your list, but if you only have a vague idea that you don't like it, try it for awhile and you may start to actually like it.
Eat a food for 3-4 weeks, and it will become a habit. If it tastes horrible to you, don't eat it, but if you just prefer the sugar in a banana, over raspberries for example, just eat the raspberries for a month, and your body will switch to wanting raspberries, and bananas will move down the list of foods you want.
You only like the foods you eat, because you eat them, so just change what you eat, and give it 4 weeks. If you still don't like them, you never will, but that is rare. Humans adapt, or we never would have survived.
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118 4/11/14 9:30 A
I would urge you to sign up for a cooking class and learn basic cooking skills. I think that this might also help you to learn to like a greater variety of foods because it'll will give you the opportunity to cook things in different ways. Personally, I like to cook and like to think that I am good at it, but it has helped me to learn that I liked more foods than I originally thought I did based off of how they were cooked. For example, I don't like raw broccoli. It tastes like trees to me, and i find them bland and mushy when steamed. But, when I started roasted or sauteing them I found that I liked the texture and taste of broccoli much more. Learning more cooking skills can also help you to cook healthier versions of things that you do like. There are recipes for baked "fried" chicken/fish and pasta dishes that use veggies in place of the noodles and you wouldn't even notice!
Plus, the more you cook the more leftovers you'll have for when you're feeling lazy. Its easy to make a dish that serves 8, eat your serving, and put the rest in the freezer for homemade freezer meals.
4/11/14 12:38 A
It can take a LOT of tries to like a new food. I didn;t like tofu at all. But when I had an opportunity, I would take a bite. Years later it is now a food I can eat and enjoy. Still not my favorite, but it is not my enemy.
If you like apples it is probably because they are crisp and sweet. Try an Asian pear. You should peel the skin off, but they can be very sweet and juicy.
It doesn't sound like you eat unhealthy foods, just that you have a small preference for foods. Some are saying to try something new every week, but I think it would be good to try something more then once or try it prepared a couple of different ways.
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4/10/14 11:49 P
There are some healthy recipes I've found taste good and are filling to me. Others, I do not like and will not eat them. For me, the key is finding recipes that season veggies and lean meat well, that are filling and taste good. I look for web sites with healthy or low fat recipes and try the ones that have good reviews. Keep trying new things and you'll find what works for you. When you find something you like, add it to the rotation.
if you like apples have you tried pears? if you like green beans have you tried wax beans or edamame? if you'll eat broccoli then what about cauliflower? could you bake your chicken and tilapia instead of frying it? do you not even like potatoes? if you like potatoes that opens up root vegetables like carrots, parsnips and sweet potatoes. one of my favorite things to do with root veggies and squash is to make chips. all you do is slice them thinly, toss with a bit of olive oil, spices if you like or not if you don't, and bake them til crispy. they taste like potato chips but they're other vegetables.
if you want to learn to cook, try finding a starving students type cookbook from the library. it's really basic and assumes you don't even know what pots and pans are called. it's a great introduction, though the one change you're going to want to make is skip [or only use 1/2, 1/4, 1/10] the seasoning called for. once you master the basics, head back to the library to see what cookbooks or authors float your boat. again, if you know you're not much for seasoning, leave it out. you can always add tiny amounts later if you want.
4/10/14 8:04 P
It takes a little time for your tastebuds to change.
The more you do start eating non-processed foods, the more you actually crave the healthy food. Believe it or not, lol.
If you need to, start slowly.
What kinds of foods do you currently eat? It might be easier for others to help you if you start there.
When I stopped using all artificial sweeteners and avoided all sugar except from fruit my taste buds changed greatly. All the foods you mentioned taste much great no longer bland, in no comparison what it was like eating them with any amount of artificial sweeteners or sugar in the system. My taste buds changed eating habits from viewing vegetables as bland to craving them. Also with no AS or sugar it is very easy to distinguish thirst from hunger.
With my old eating habbits, AS & sugar, many foods taste bland so I tend to eat too many process foods, sugar, sodas, diet sodas, sweets, pasta and wheat. Most importantly in my case AS and sugar also makes water taste bland, so I would try to consume all of my liquids with diet soda, flavored water or milk. Which made it difficult to distinguish thirst from hunger and often ate more food to get needed water intake. Leading to more hunger issues and weight gain.
Eliminating AS and sugar from my diet brought many pleasant surprises. Having water and food no longer taste bland where I crave them is one of the most powerful benefits I have noticed. There is a huge difference trying to loose weight when healthy food taste bland vs loosing weight, changing your taste buds so all healthy food taste great. I rank hunger issues, cravings, distinguishing thirst from hunger and eliminating blandness from food top four benefits from no AS and sugar.
Edited by: WEWRTFO at: 4/10/2014 (20:13)
4/10/14 7:52 P
Well... I had to struggle with this too... I needed to detox from all the processed foods and overly salted "flavored" foods we are used to eating... after that, my taste buds were quite happy with healthier options :)
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4/10/14 7:51 P
Try one new fruit or vegetable each week. Also, get a couple of cookbooks (or just browse cooking sites online to find recipes; foodtv.com and other sites have ratings for their recipes). Try different ways of cooking things. For instance, try roasting veggies with olive oil. Try making homemade chicken soup with veggies incorporated.
IMHO, the more you eat healthy foods, the more you crave them. I'm in my mid-40's, but when I was in my 20's the only time I ever regularly ate fruit was when I was officially "on a diet." When I would go "off my diet" I would only eat unhealthy, fattening foods. As the years passed, though, I gradually got used to eating more fruits and veggies, and even when I wasn't "on a diet," I still ate plenty of fruits and veggies.
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4/10/14 7:25 P
I only like a small number of bland foods. I rarely use salt and pepper. I like bananas, apples and oranges, steamed green beans and broccoli. I like fried chicken (as long as there are no spices added), oven roasted Turkey, the only beef I like is on a hamburger bun or Filet Mignon. the only fish I like is fried tilapia. How do I learn to like a food item? I'm a terrible cook (can barely fry an egg and boil pasta) and it's usually just me eating a meal. I don't care for any ready made frozen meal and I have tried hundreds of them, they have way too many spices in them. I WANT to like healthy foods and I try them whenever I am given the opportunity.
Any suggestions for a person with terrible taste buds?
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