You’re probably asking yourself – how come every food that’s bad for us tastes so good, and vice versa? Well, it turns out it comes down to how you program your brain to enjoy food – and there are ways to rewire it so you crave foods you would otherwise turn your nose up at.
Before you know it, you might be craving some carrot sticks before bedtime instead of a bowl of ice cream. However, it’s not an overnight process to retrain your taste buds – so here are seven suggestions on how to do it.
1. Wean Off Junk
WomensHealthMag.com concurs that un-training your brain to love sugary and fatty foods can a long game, so it should be done gradually. Your brain builds up a sort of tolerance to the food and it takes more and more to reach the same level of satisfaction. “Frequent consumption of sugary, fatty, or salty foods both hooks and dulls your taste buds,” it explains.
It says you should “cut down in baby steps” rather than go cold turkey on junk. One easy example from the source is using one spoonful less sugar in your coffee for a week, and then cut another spoonful after that. After about a month you’ll notice it takes less of your favorite go-to foods to hit the spot, it explains. This will also make “your palate more receptive to new flavors,” it adds.