Your Fickle Palate

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Just in case my February 12, 2015 post didn’t sink in deep enough (the “Mills Brothers” post!), here’s another try at it, in different words.  It’s way too important to your health to skip this review of the fickle palate..

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “but I could never give up …” – followed by one of the following:  cheese, fish, chocolate, Thai curry, or whatever!

If only people knew how fickle their palates were!  This is the sadly kept secret that gives diets a dead-end outcome.  Diets are always seen as a temporary boot-camp regimen for shedding unwanted weight, after which the patient can return to eating those things that “I could never give up” – only at a reduced level in order to not regain those hard-fought lost pounds.

I guess that’s why we speak of dieting instead of nutritional improvement.  That’s why we speak of “going on a diet” rather than changing what we regularly eat.  If you’ve never really weaned yourself from high-fat, low-nutrient eating, then you cannot contemplate a time when you would have little if any craving for fat.

We crave what we are used to.  If hamburgers and bacon and cheese and cream sauces are what we regularly consume, then they will be what we chronically crave. If legumes and vegetables and fruit are what we regularly consume, then they will be what we chronically crave.  We crave what our palate is used to.  Don’t fight this statement.

It is true.  We crave what our palate is used to.  Make what your palate is used to healthy.  Then you will crave what is healthy — even more than you’ve been craving what is not good for you.  And let’s be clear, the SAD (Standard American Diet) is not good for you!  Get accustomed to something else!