Sunday, June 26, 2011

How to retrain your taste buds - ARTICLE

We are used to certain tastes.

Tastes are something we develop and train from childhood.

We get used to them, develop them and sometimes change them.

When you decide to stop eating French fries for instance, you will need to do 3 things:

  • Find a winning substitute.
  • Retrain your taste buds so that you start enjoying that substitute.
  • Retrain the emotions associated with French fries.

This is a 3 stages retraining happening at the same time.

At the same time, profound biochemical changes are happening throughout your body and cells while they adapt to new foods.

We already checked “finding a substitute” earlier.

Let’s look at retraining your taste buds.

Your tastes are not crystallized!

They evolve.

It takes 1 to 3 months of training to actually shift a given taste for a certain type of food.

You can learn to actually like a given food.

I know so many people that say for instance “I don’t like vegetables”.

That’s simply because the vegetables they ate in the past were tasteless, overcooked or prepared without any spices.

Or it is because in their childhood and adult life, they never got used to eat them.

The thing is that if you start eating something you never ate before, it will taste funny in the beginning.

Here is an example.

I was 23 the first time I tasted coriander!

Why? Because that herb was never used in my childhood.

It was hardly used were I grew up, in Switzerland

I remember exactly my first reaction when I first tasted it!

We were sitting in a restaurant by the sea in Costa Rica with some friends.

My first reaction was: “Yuk!!! What is THAT!!!”


What happened over the next few years?

I got used to it and now love it!

My taste buds got trained!

Sometimes, being able to make a successful shift and integrate a new ingredient in your diet will take some practice.

If you don’t like it at first, keep trying.

Try smaller quantities, or mixed with other ingredients or prepared differently, smaller slices, grated or blended.

Your taste buds EVOLVE!

If you are not used to a given taste, just give yourself some time to retrain your taste buds.