Fat plus sugar equals heaven
If our predisposition for sugar combined with our predisposition for fat weren’t enough, the sum of the two is greater than its parts!
A 50:50 ratio of fat to sugar stimulates the greatest rush of feel-good endorphins – the exact proportion found in high quality chocolate!
To cut down on naturally occurring sugars or healthy fats indefinitely is asking for trouble, because as you can see, we are wired towards seeking them out. The focus ought to be on reducing nutritionally poor forms of these, such as refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats such as those found in confectionary and some potato chips. You can change your tastes if you deem that doing so will help you to improve your health. As an example, someone who needs excessive amounts of added salt and who also has high blood pressure would be a good advocate for changing his taste buds. The more salty foods you eat, the more salt you’ll need to enjoy food due to your taste buds adapting to a higher salt content, and then needing it for stimulation.
Our taste buds have a three-week lifespan. Switch to low sodium foods or resist the temptation to coat your meals in salt and, after three weeks, you won’t reach for salt at every meal, and very salty food will no longer appeal to you. Try it and see! This method also works with sweet and high fat foods, but only if those are things you already have too much of in your diet. This approach will not work if you feel like unnecessarily restricting a whole nutrient group to lose weight beyond your healthiest, most comfortable body weight. Your body is smarter than that. functions, including food cravings. Want to make sure you’re covered? Include fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha tea, natural yoghurt (dairy or non-dairy forms available), and probiotic and prebiotic supplements if necessary. Always refer to your health practitioner if you think you’ve got a gut bug imbalance going on.
Be patient. Many of us have lost the ability to sense the wonderful range of flavours in whole foods. We can learn to love the taste of almost anything, given time. Remember, it takes 10 to 20 exposures for a child or an adult to accept a new food. Be open-minded and patient with yourself, and treat it as a sensory adventure into new uncharted and rewarding territory.
Consciously choose your value system.
The more people learn about whole foods and show concern for the other reasons for choosing natural foods – besides the presumed effect on weight as second to taste – the more motivated they tend to be to include real, healthy foods. Other values to consider include cost, social justice, animal welfare, and environmental concerns. Increase your knowledge about where your food comes from and its larger impact.