Eating new foods

Practical tips, tricks and techniques

How to convince yourself to change your diet?

After receiving the results of blood tests you change your menu and try new foods. We decided to help you and give you some helpful advice. In this program it is the most important to create a balanced and healthy diet developing new eating habits. Remember that the most common mistake is elimination of fruit and vegetables from diet. Therefore we encourage to eat them frequently.

New habits of old taste bud

Our eating habits are formed in childhood. Even then, we know what we like, and what we don’t not like.

If you are a person who pays attention to what you eat, try to meet our challenges and start to eat healthier (even foods that you have not liked before). We will show you a new way of planning and development of your diet and eating habits.
The fact is that many of us grew up not knowing the taste of some vegetables and fruit. Often, many of us say:
„I hate vegetables”,
„I hate peas, corn and potatoes”,
„I eat only some fruit”,
„I have never eaten some fruit and vegetables”.
However, a lot of people do not like or do not eat certain foods because as children they were forced to do so. Here is an example of how you can do that, when you read this short story, try to put yourself in place of our character.

Imagine that you are living in prehistoric times.

You walk through the woods searching food. Suddenly you notice a bunch of berries that you decide to eat. If after eating the berries you were not sick, you would most likely decide to eat them the next day. If you eat berries for some time, and every time you feel full and healthy, at some point you will find berries as a good food. Maybe you’ll like it more than other things consumed so far. Now imagine that the next day you’re going for another walk. You see other berries and eat them. This time you get sick, you have stomach ache and you start to vomit. Do you think you will take a chance and eat those berries again? Definitely not. You assume that they were the cause of indigestion. Perhaps, if your companions will eat it and not get sick you will try it again (depending on how bad you felt the first time).

Now move to the present day.

Mom and Dad seat their child at the table in front of a full plate. At the age of three, children have very sensitive taste buds. Healthy fruit or vegetables, so tasty for mom and dad are very sour for the toddler who generally do not want to eat his portion (usually too much for a 3 year old child). Baby spits food. Mom and Dad instead of letting their child not to eat, are trying to convince the baby to eat it (do not listen to your body, eat no matter how you feel).

Parents force JUNIOR to eat a cold meal. Child after finishing a huge portion of it is no longer hungry. It is sitting alone at a table instead of playing with other children. It feels embarrassed, hurt, misunderstood and frustrated. It sometimes vomits. Because it is only three years it is not able to understand that its sadness is not caused by food, but the behavior of the parents.

The child loves their parents, trust them, so its hatred is directed towards the food. It thinks: That food was bad. Then it decides not to eat this food ever again not realizing that its more sensitive taste buds and wrong parents’ behavior are responsible for this situation.

Let’s move 20 year later.

Our Junior is 23 and still hates vegetables because as a child he or she has been forced to eat them. Will the person be able to overcome its reluctance? The person probably thinks that this is not possible, but in most cases the taste buds can get used to certain foods again.

Here is a trick that can help.

How to change the habits of taste buds?

Psychology has taught us that our body reacts to what is happening in the brain. When we feel happy, we smile when we are angry we knit our brows. This also works the other way. When we’re sad, and yet we try to smile in time we will be able to fool our brain that we are at least satisfied. Try the following method and maybe you will be able to fool your own taste buds.

Step 1:
Start on the day when you have a great mood! Your life is beautiful. You are happy – or at least satisfied with your live. Just then perform your first test with foods you do not like. Prepare them in small quantities so that they looked delicious and inviting. (You can also try new things at a party or in a restaurant). Try fresh or lightly steamed vegetables with a few drops of butter, olive oil and salt. Smile. Take a bite. Do not stop smiling. Finish your meal, but do not force yourself to eat the whole portion of the hated food beyond the first little bite.
Step 2: 
A day or a week later. Repeat the procedure with the same food. Now take one or two bites. Don’t think about it too long – enjoy the rest of the meal.
Steps 3-7: 
Over the next few days or weeks, repeat the trick.
Step 8:
So far, you’ve tried the dish several times. You did not feel sick every time. Probably it did not taste so bad. What is more remember that you were smiling during eating. Did anything happen or change?

Now your body thinks the dish is safe. It did not result in any disease, and no one told you to eat it. This time, you were the master of the situation.

When you start to eat larger portions you may even enjoy the dish. Try to apply this technique to get used to the other previously hated food.

Does it work every time? Rather not. The author of this article tried this method with the liver. Unfortunately she still does not like it the same as when she was a child.

Some of us will never be able to get used to certain flavors. Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and asparagus are foods that most of us probably will never like. Others will learn to eat them, but none of these products will be included into the list of their delicacies.

A few warnings at the end:

JIf you suffer from food allergies, do not ignore the symptoms. One of the well-known allergic reactions to food is Amlota – Lessofa Syndrome. The Syndrome can lead to sensitization of the tongue after drinking and eating certain foods. These symptoms are most often the case with nuts or raw vegetables. If you’ve ever experienced anything like this, eliminate that product from your diet and consult your doctor.
Here is another story, this time as a warning.
One boy did not like walnuts. Whenever he ate it, he felt itchy tongue. However, his mom did not stop to add healthy nuts to dishes. This led the boy to a serious allergy at the age of 4.The allergic reactions could be seen on the whole boy’s body. So remember, listen to your organism and your body and avoid eating foods that cause food hypersensitivity.

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