I Brainwashed My Taste Buds!

Friday, May 11, 2012

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:


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
- Bananas
- Popcorn
- 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

- Accomplished

- Satiated

- Energetic

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?

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    I liken my craving for carbs to an addiction (Carbs are my Crack Cocaine!). Once I "detox" my body from them, I don't have the cravings I used to have. You are absolutely right!~ emoticon
    2196 days ago
  • JACKH35
    Nice Blog. I found SP last August. What a find. Since then I have I have developed a habit of tracking my eats and activities and dropped a habit of crappy un-nutritious foods. Now I need to work on portion control. Thanks for a thoughtful blog. emoticon
    2199 days ago
    Oh, yeah! I'm there. I look at a restaurant menu and the deep fried and salty items look like devils to me; the salads topped with grilled chicken or lean beef, or the thin-crust Mediterranean pizza, or the vegetable fajita make me salivate. Yes, yes, yes!

    Sadly, though, the dessert menu with its yummy, sugary, gooey, creamy mile-high concotions still have a siren-song for me. Fresh fruit and yogurt, where are you?????

    2200 days ago
  • GJCAB09
    Nice blog Vito. This is another huge battle for me, nice to hear from someone who has made it through the "training" (of your tastebuds) phase to actually come out on the other side enjoying your healthy diet! Saying goodbye to all those comfort foods (and being comfortable with it) that I've relied on my whole life sounds completely counter-intuitive. emoticon

    I'll change one bite at a time, if I have to, I guess.
    2200 days ago
    My fast food cravings have turned into hummus & whole wheat pita bread cravings! You're right, it takes a while...but we do have the power to "brainwash" our tastebuds!!
    2200 days ago
    I like the way you think! I'm trying to enjoy low fat yogurt. I always gave it to my boys, but mom never indulged. Keep up your good thoughts and thanks for giving the rest of us some "food for thought"

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    2200 days ago
  • 13610511
    Well put, I fully agree.

    2200 days ago
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