Re-train your mouth.
“WOAH!! Steady there boy, sit.. sit… NO, stop eating that muffin!”
Well, I guess if you’re talking you’re not eating a muffin… theoretically.
This is the deal. Years and years of abusing your tongue has led to a bit of a, let’s say problem. Take person ‘A’ who eats Kelloggs Special K with skimmed milk for breakfast, drinks one diet or full sugar drink (soda / cordial), a couple of Haribos (candy) here and there, or even a ‘be good to yourself’ biscuit.
Person ‘B’ (en el otro mano) eats a protein & fat breakfast (like mine this morning Salmon steak, avocado and some almonds with some omega 3 fish oil from sardines and mackerel), fixes their sweet tooth with cacao powder, frozen banana and coconut water smoothies, and has been conditioning their taste buds with real food. Avoiding artificial sweeteners like a fish avoids land (and fish farms).
Cut a farmers market pink grapefruit in half and give it to A and B. Person ‘A’ is likely to have a HORRIBLE time eating that thing… Because of how their taste buds and body perceives ‘sweet’ to be in comparison and contrast to their ‘normal’, That half a pink grapefruit is going to taste SO sour. Person B on the other hand is going to notice the bitterness though it is going to be a satisfying and nourishing eat that leave them feeling refreshed.
Person ‘A’s taste buds (and hormones) have been screwed with so much by artificial and refined sweetness that, when aligned with nature (a piece of fruit) their reference for ‘sweet’ is completely out of touch. And this is GREAT for cereal manufacturers, soda companies because they have trained us to desire their sweetness. Oh no!
Perhaps 2013 is the year you realign your taste buds with what sweet actually is. Oh, and this is definitely going to help you reaching your fat burning goals, quality of thought and mood (yes this helps in all relationships too), work, longevity and pretty much everything else!
What to do to realign your taste buds and experience all of the fat loss and mood enhancing side effects? Remove artificial sweeteners and refined sugar on a set time and date (now is always a great time and date). Set yourself a goal of 2 weeks, during which write down any cravings you get and the time of day (your phone is good place to vent the cravings), let those cravings go.
Tips on how to survive this?
1) P + F is the formula.
Eat a protein and fat breakfast (eggs, spinach and brazil nuts / Salmon & Avocado. This will help set the pace of your cravings for the day.
2) Eat more.
Add an extra meal to your day (see point one above for type of meal. (yes all of my meals are a rotation of different proteins, fats and veg/salad/fruit)
3) Replace the sweetness with a higher quality alternative. The key is something that is nutrient dense. Aim for the most nutrients for the least sugar. Like farmers market or organic berries.
4) Hot drinks.
For hot drinks like tea or coffee (always organic) learn to appreciate the actual taste of the food. When you pile sugar, sweetener and milk in there it’s highly likely that you are drinking primarily for stimulants. That’s another post entirely though acknowledge that then figure out how to get the best stimulants with the most nutrients – e.g Matcha green tea, other types of green tea, other teas (see what I’m getting at here…) or organic black coffee.
5) Green juice (+ fibre)
I mean the real stuff and with the fibre. See this video for more.
It will help you. It WILL help you.
6) Empty your cupboards.
Don’t buy artificially sweet foods. Don’t have them in the house (and kids especially don’t need them either). Keep them away because the temptation can and probably will be too much!
Robb Wolf gives a great comparison for staying away from the temptation of ‘bad foods’ by not putting them in the house. He brings in the monogamy metaphor, saying most people feel like that can be monogamous, exchanging the excitement of dating for different exciting experiences. Though, he says, perhaps this monogamy (irrelevant of sex or sexual orientation) would perhaps be a little tricky if you were drunk/in an alternate state and dropped off at the Playboy mansion (substitue Playboy mansion for dinner with ‘friend from work’, business trip etc…). Sugar, sweeteners and refined carbs are just like this because they stimulate the same receptors in the brain as heroin or morphine! *Side note, in a money making sense – what an ‘AWESOME’ product to sell!. Get that stuff out of the house!
In the past more than now, I’ve fallen for this one a good few times before – the refined carbs cravings that is. A seemingly holy bar of organic 85% dark chocolate (without soy lecithin) was sitting so peacefully and perfectly in the cupboard, until I gave in like a heroin addict and ate half the bar!
I repeat: Get that stuff out of the house!
Ps. Expect a hellish first few days, then see how much easier it gets and how much better foods begin to taste. AND how your mood gets more stable and everything is going to be more than OK…