I used to be addicted to pizza. Other vices included Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, and ice cream.
My weight loss journey has led me to an epiphany; the one thing that recently stuck into my forehead like a dart. I've been eating clean for almost a year and I not only don't crave sweets anymore, but my trigger foods no longer have a choke hold over my life. How did this happen?
It was a process, that's how. At first I transitioned into eating clean, bit by bite, and kept a close eye on my macronutrients and hitting good numbers. Then I started eating more nutrient packed foods that contained less calories, paying careful attention to my RDA micronutrients. The combined knowledge of these reports trained me to make wise food decisions.
I learned to stay away from bad foods out of fear that they would inhibit me from achieving my goals. This fear is what kept me on the straight and narrow for 6 months as the pounds melted off. But this fear is only *part* of what motivates me now...
... 10 months into this process. I'm still learning, but what I've recently learned is the reason why I'm writing this blog:
MY TASTE BUDS HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED!
That's right! After all this time of eating clean and healthy, I not only have less/no desire to eat the foods I once ate, out of fear, but I actually **enjoy** the flavors of these healthy foods as much, if not MORE than the old choices. I now CRAVE...
- Low fat yogurt
- Honey roasted peanuts
- Sweet potatoes
- Turkey burgers
Imagine THAT! My taste buds have come to desire these foods that have become the staple of my new lifestyle. But it took a lot of work and dedication, radically transforming different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure, until my taste buds finally yielded. That's right, I brainwashed them!
And this is GOOD, because these new food choices make me feel both physically and mentally...
- Clear headed
A good acronym: CASE
Now, allow me to challenge you with the following question.
What new food choices in your lifestyle change will *you* allow to get on your CASE, ones that you will stick with until your taste buds finally yield and become brainwashed?