Written by John Immel,
The foods you loved as a child can teach you how to make healthy choices for your constitution. Adult food preferences are influenced by culture, media, and nutritional science. Sometimes, this influence reaches a point where you become confused about what to eat. Chances are, you had fewer filters and mental blocks around food as a child. Studies show over and over again that children naturally eat a nutritional balanced diet. Your body has an innate capacity to eat well, an important skill you can rediscover with Ayurveda.
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Start by reconnecting with your childhood dietary preferences. What are some foods you loved as a child? What are some foods you didn't like? Were you forced to eat any foods against your will? Milk is a common example. Are there some foods you eat as an adult that you didn't like as a child? How have your tastes changed over time? Is it time to rewind the clock on some of your dietary habits?
As you consider how your tastes have changed over the years, you'll realize that taste is not in the food, but in your taste buds and sometimes even in your mind. Your taste buds are programmed to help you desire the right foods. Sometimes taste buds get distorted. As your biochemistry changes, so do the taste buds in your mouth.
Many people have an aversion to bitter taste because they don't include bitters often enough in their diet. When you don't eat enough of a taste, it becomes stronger. Your taste also changes during a meal. The first five bites of a meal taste fresh, clear, and stimulating. By the 10th spoonful, the flavor of whatever you are eating starts to wane and become dull.
Taste can get distorted by memory and even mental will. Very few adults enjoy their first sip of alcohol, or their first cigarette. For one reason or another, adults suppress their aversion to these foods.
If you struggle with food cravings, the good news is that you can reprogram your tongue in as little as 40 days. Within that time, by eating a diet rich in all 6 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter & astringent), you will minimize taste distortion on your tongue and rediscover some of your healthier, more authentic food cravings. My Saved Articles | Most Popular
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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As a child, I did not have a very healthy diet - too many puddings, SWEETS were actually encouraged (my grandfather had a sweet factory!) and soft drinks every day. Also white bread and during the war, margarine and jam for tea on the bread (my favourite meal was tea). I didn't like meat much, or fish at all, or eggs. Was very fussy! Eat much better now, lots of vegetables, salads and fruit and wholemeal bread.