Day 4 – Acquiring New Foods

Yesterday you were learning to focus on trying new foods, and today we’re going to take this further – you will learn how to develop a taste for the new foods.

We explained that it’s quite possible to “train” your palate to learn to love the foods that you right now hate – or think you hate. With time, you will discover new foods that you will like, healthy foods that you will truly enjoy. But you still aren’t there, so we’re going to help you to build your portfolio of foods you like.

Acquiring Taste for the New Foods

Even if you hear about it for the first time, developing a taste for something that you hated is actually common – Wikipedia has defined what “acquired taste” is:

“An acquired taste often refers to an appreciation for a food or beverage that is unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it, usually because of some unfamiliar aspect of the food or beverage, including a strong or strange odor (e.g. stinky tofu…), taste (such as root beer, alcoholic beverages…), or appearance.”

If you’re still not convinced – remember the first time when you tried beer or wine? There aren’t many people on the planet who liked these beverages when they first tried them – but still there are plenty of grownups across the world who are today avid beer or wine lovers.

Licorice, for example, is extremely healthy – but the taste of it, it’s one of those “love it or hate it” situations. Broccoli, tofu cheese, and many of other foods you will try as you continue with your weight loss journey probably won’t click with you right away; this is normal, a new food takes a few times to get used to – so make a commitment to try things two, three, five times.

Make a commitment to yourself to acquire new foods and to lock them in – after all, what joy is there in being a picky eater? 

Actionable Tips for Reconditioning Your Tastes

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Most of the time we decide what we like before we bother to experience it, which often clouds our perception and makes us believe that we don’t really have that much choice in what we’ll eat. You’re in that position right now because you have been eating fast, packaged or other unhealthy food for a very long time, and you believe that it’s the only kind of food that tastes good for you. Luckily, you’re wrong, and here’s how you can approach re-defining your taste.

The first step is deciding that there is value in enjoying a food you currently do not enjoy.

And that should be simple enough to do, considering your decision to change the way you were feeding your body so far. Fresh, natural whole foods are worth discovering (or rediscovering) because they will give your body what it needs, and because they are your best ally in losing weight.

Next, you should dedicate yourself to keep trying the rejected food until you find it prepared in a way you like.

There’s a good chance that grilled food is what you’ll like the most, but why not try boiling them, or mixing it in a salad? With each venture your taste will become more acclimated to the flavor and your aversion will finally dissipate.

Start small.

If you never liked broccoli, start with a nibble and over time increase your portion sizes, but never to a point where the food starts to be unpleasant.

Try a different variety.

For example, you may dislike processed tofu, but fresh tofu might come as a pleasant surprise to your taste buds. Then you won’t need to torture your palate to acquire the taste for the precise food you despise 🙂

Some of the foods you’ll taste will soon find their way to your favorites list, others may never enter it, but learning to at least enjoy it in a casual way will help you to build your food portfolio, to eat different foods that are low in calories and fat, and rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins etc.

Remember, you’re embarking on an adventure to change your life, and you should look at it as a game: play it, win, lose, try it again, win – until you finally win back your taste, your health and your ideal weight.

Tomorrow you will learn how to actually grow to LOVE healthy nutrition. Just wait and see!