If you are addicted to tasting food, then this aggressive desire could be making you fat. The good news is you CAN change your taste buds to prefer eating healthy natural unprocessed foods!

You've probably noticed that I like to talk about food… and healthy eating in particular. I've always said that healthy eating does NOT have to be boring and bland, and if you know a few preparation tricks, can actually be exciting and delicious.

Addicted to Eating

Many people seem to falsely believe that they'll never be able to get lean if they don't eat what is thought to be typical bodybuilder fare — dry plain chicken breasts, plain broccoli, tuna fish, oatmeal, etc. If you are like me, I don't buy into a boring menu.  I like healthy meals to have a little more taste bud appeal.

Especially if you want to get lean and stay healthy for life – permanently – there is one important thing you can do for yourself.

Learn to adjust your taste buds to enjoy the natural unadulterated taste of real food — unprocessed foods!

This is one of the main problems that I see so many people face with being able to control their eating… they have grown up with processed foods and additives. These types of foods attack your taste buds aggressively with:

  • Excessive added sugars, corn syrups, artificial sweeteners, etc
  • Excessive added trans fats, refined vegetable oils, and other processed fats
  • Excessive (and potentially dangerous) flavor enhancers such as MSG and processed commercial salt

All of this massive onslaught of overly laden tastes enhancers and chemical by-products have rendered most people's taste buds senseless when it comes to the natural taste of real unprocessed foods.

I was having brunch with a couple friends recently and I noticed one of them dumped this huge heaping spoonful of sugar into their coffee. I can't even imagine being able to gag down a coffee that was so heavily loaded with sugar.

Even diet drinks (which I'd never drink because of the harmful artificial sweeteners) are so excessively sweet these days, they're not even refreshing. I can't understand how people can drink something that tastes like pure syrup.

It's funny, but one of my recommendations when people ask for my advice with their eating habits is to give up drinking a sweetened drink with their meals (this means no diet drinks either)… they look at me like I'm crazy and say, “How can I possibly eat a meal without a soda or a diet soda?”

If you're addicted to drinking a sweet drink with every meal, it would be a wise decision to start to wean yourself off of them and drink water or unsweetened iced tea instead.

Here's a quick quiz to see if you're officially addicted to overly aggressive tastes:

1. If given the choice, would you choose:

a. starbucks addition2Sausage or hot dog
b. Steak, burger, or chicken breast

2. Do you prefer:

a. Sweetened hot tea, iced tea, or coffee (with added sugar or artificial sweeteners)
b. Unsweetened tea or black coffee

3. If given a choice for dessert, do you prefer:

a. Cake, pie, or ice cream
b. A piece of fruit

4. If you like chocolate, do you prefer:

a. Milk chocolate
b. Extra dark chocolate

I could think of more, but that'll do for now… If you answered “a's” more than you answered “b's” then your taste buds have been assaulted with overly aggressive food tastes, and that could be making you pack on more pounds indirectly.

One of the main problems with the need to eat foods that aggressively saturate the taste buds is all of that extra salt, MSG, added processed fats, sugars, and artificial sweeteners are playing havok with your hormones, and making you crave extra calories that your body doesn't need.

Don't worry though, it CAN be easy to wean yourself off of these aggressive tastes. I've successfully done it.

About 5 years ago, I'd have called you crazy if you said I'd ever be drinking unsweetened tea or black coffee… I always needed to add a sweetener back then… but now, I actually PREFER to drink them both unsweetened.

What I did was just slightly reduce the amount of sweetener I added over time, and eventually I got used to using none, and actually started to prefer the natural taste of coffee or tea instead of just tasting the sweetness.

Now you can start to see how this all ties back into enjoying the REAL taste of food instead of the ADDITIVES in food!

My healthy eating recommendations for your leaner healthier body:

  • Enjoy the taste of real meats, such as grass-fed steaks, fish, chicken breasts, pork tenderloin… instead of need to add  sausages, hot dogs, deli meats, and other processed meats to your taste buds.
  • Start to enjoy the taste of the actual coffee or tea instead of the taste of the sugar or artificial sweetener.
  • Start drinking water or unsweetened tea with meals (instead of soda or sweetened drinks) at least every other day, and try to increase that to every day eventually.
  • Use herbs and spices in your cooking instead of heavy use of salt.
  • Try to wean yourself off of cakes, pies, candies, and other sweets… Eat mostly fruit or small amounts of super-dark chocolate instead.
  • Avoid eating any and all deep fried foods and processed starch-based side dishes – mac & cheese, scalloped potatoes, etc.

Even doing just some of these simple tips can help you to change your taste buds over time and help to overcome your addiction to the overly aggressive tastes that food marketers

have pushed on us our entire lives.

I hope these ideas help you to eat healthier, and enjoy food more!

Do you have a friend who has cravings or is addicted to food?

Studies have shown that the brain scans of food addicts show the same changes and damage as those of a cocaine user. And, for your information, research also shows that table sugar (sucrose) is more addictive than cocaine. For people addicted to food, the food is the friend who gives them unconditional love.

Be a true friend and show love by sharing this article with them!

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by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist
Author:  The Truth about Six Pack Abs