It’s a heck of a lot easier to talk about a healthy diet than consume one. Why? For some, it could come down to food availability. For most, it comes down to preference.
Sweet foods tickle people. Candy, beverages, and processed foods that may not even taste sweet can be loaded with sugar. Unfortunately, the bulk of the nation is a lot unhealthier for it.
Sugar is responsible for a host of chronic illnesses and other conditions (like cavities), but one of its most significant implications is when it just hangs around in your bloodstream. High blood sugar can mess up your metabolism, damage blood vessels, and lead to type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
You may have tried to ditch the sugar on multiple occasions. The trouble is that everything else may taste bland. Experts tell you to eat some carrots, pears, or berries when a craving hits, but the reality is that you can hardly taste it.
Going cold turkey rarely works. So, if you want to get a handle on your blood sugar, you need to slowly retrain your taste buds to what normal sweetness tastes and feels like.
It isn’t easy. You’ll struggle for a few days. But after the initial withdrawal period, your tastebuds will slowly recalibrate, and you’re likely to experience food in an entirely new way.
Before long, broccoli will taste good. Apples, berries, pineapple, and watermelon will be snacks and desserts. Most importantly, you’ll be reducing your risk for type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
So, how do you do it? With gradual steps.
Take a look at what’s in your fridge and cupboard and the food you eat regularly. Read labels and determine how much sugar you’re eating.
Instead of fully purging your supply, try to act responsibly. Otherwise, remove one sugary serving per day and replace it with something healthful or naturally sweet. Instead of a soda, drink a glass of water, instead of cookies, an apple.
Remember, with the sugary sweetness still featured in your diet, you won’t get the full sensation of the naturally sweet options. What will happen, however, is that you’ll start building healthier habits.
Once you’re eating far more natural foods than sugar-sweetened food, your tastebuds should begin to change. Soon enough, you’ll be getting far more flavors from natural foods!
This mindful approach to healthful eating can ease your transition and improve your health.