Does Eating Healthy Mean Giving Up Taste?

Contrary to what you might believe, changing your relationship with food to a healthy one doesn’t mean sacrificing taste. Naturally, this is not what the food conglomerates want you to think. Their jobs depend on making you believe that their products are the pinnacles of earthly delights—manna from heaven. Who needs an apple when you can have an apple pie pocket? 

If we all got up tomorrow morning and decided to get most of our calories from food (that is grown), they would be up a creek. The reason? Even with their state of the art labs and legions of food scientists, they haven’t been able to figure out how to make bananas or broccoli or brown rice. Consequently, to create products worth charging a premium for, they have to process real food and turn it into something else: junk. Food is grown and junk is made. 

Think about it. Food companies are in business to make money by selling us as much of their products as they can, not by keeping us healthy. They maximize profits by: 

1.      Keeping food costs low. To this they must drastically increase crop yields by:

a.    Using fertilizers made from petrochemicals.

b.    Spraying the crops with poisonous pesticides.

2.      Processing food, which removes many important nutrients, and amplifying its flavor by adding lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, salt, and fat.

3.      Brainwashing us into buying the resulting nutrient bereft junk with advertising that stresses taste and low prices. 

Unfortunately, advertisers and food companies have plied us with junk food, and we’ve grown accustomed to its overblown taste. Luckily, taste buds are creatures of habit—our most agreeable body parts. Given half a chance, they can be coaxed into loving almost anything! Even though they have become addicted to the overblown taste of junk, we can train them to love healthy food the same way we trained them to love the junk. 

Here’s how:

  1. First, your trade your junk food habit into a healthy food habit by buying healthy fresh produce, whole grains, and protein at the supermarket.
  2. Then, you commit yourself to getting into the habit of eating healthy food day after day. Habits are formed by repetition. Before long, healthy food tastes amazing, better than the junk ever did!  

Healthy food has a wholesome, clean taste, and it feels satisfying in a way that junk never can. When you eat healthy, you are rewarded with a healthier, more energetic, younger looking and feeling, sexier body. And, as if that weren’t enough, you get the pleasure of great taste and the pride of knowing that you are treating your body (and the planet) well and doing your part to ensure its future health and well being. Sacrifice? What sacrifice? 

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