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    I decided to indulge myself in a "bad" meal and eat one of my favorite meals at a favorite restaurant, sort of a farewell meal. It wasn't really that bad, a chicken tostada salad. The "bad" parts were black beans and a corn tortilla shell. It wasn't as if I were eating something really junky like fast food burger and fries. But I was surprised it did not taste good at all. The beans in particular had a bland taste and terrible texture to me. It used to be so delicious. But, as I was eating it, I found myself wishing for some savory home-made vegetable beef soup instead. I'm curious why, after just a few weeks eating primal, my taste buds would reject my old favorite foods? What's going on physiologically to make what use to taste so good now taste bad?

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    It kind of flipped for me: I found what I used to loathe - as a kid - and began liking them, EVEN CARROTS!
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    • #3
      It's been happening to me more and more too. My non-primal splurge that I loved, I can't stand anymore. And stuff I'd never eat in the past I totally love now!

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      • #4
        I'm not sure what a physiological cause would be, but it's happening with us, too. And ugh, when we splurge on a treat made with flour and sugar? Not only does it not taste like it used to, but our hearts start pounding and we feel all wiggly. Yuck. How did I not notice before??

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lssanjose View Post
          It kind of flipped for me: I found what I used to loathe - as a kid - and began liking them, EVEN CARROTS!
          Yes, that too. I'm eating things like parsnips, turnips, cabbage, and other vegetables I never would have eaten before.
          Still can't do kale though. Yuck!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sunnivara View Post
            Yes, that too. I'm eating things like parsnips, turnips, cabbage, and other vegetables I never would have eaten before.
            Still can't do kale though. Yuck!
            Oh, KALE CHIPS are yummy! If you don't like kale, try them. Hubby hates kale in every other form but requests kale chips all the time.

            For me, I knew when crappy restaurant pasta stopped being tempting I had become fully primal. I had to get over the physical wheat addiction, but then it was like the fog lifted and I realized pasta that I don't make at home is disgusting. I make excellent meat sauces now, and enjoy them over veggie/kelp "noodles".
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            • #7
              we took the kids for frozen yogurt tonight and I got the tiniest serving (maybe an ounce) of the tart "natural" yogurt and a scoop of fresh blueberries and some almonds. I was so looking forward to my treat and the yogurt was too damn sweet! I ate the berries and nuts and ended up tossing the yogurt and wishing I had just had my dark chocolate instead. Oh and raw spinach is my new favorite veg. I used to eat it drenched in dressing or cooked only because I thought it flavorless otherwise. SO NOT TRUE! I also cannot believe how I crave meat now when I am honestly hungry. It is actually a good marker for me to help me determine if it is true hunger or some other reason that I want to eat. I wait to eat breakfast until I think a steak sounds delish.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by primalswan View Post
                Oh and raw spinach is my new favorite veg. I used to eat it drenched in dressing or cooked only because I thought it flavorless otherwise. SO NOT TRUE!
                I avoided spinach most of my life because my mother fed me that canned snot-like stuff when I was young. Because of that I had assumed spinach was horrid in all forms. But fresh raw spinach is a whole different creature. I love a good spinach salad! Cook up some bacon super crispy, crumble it over fresh raw spinach. Mix the hot bacon grease with some red wine vinegar for the dressing. Top with some crumbled hard boiled egg and chopped green onion. Yum!

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                • #9
                  I used to like sweet wines, like Riesling. Don't like it anymore. Too sweet. I tried a dry Riesling the other day, since it's less sweet. Still too sweet for me. I don't even really like sweet fruit now. I prefer more tart apples, for example, over the sweet varieties. Seems I'm getting more and more sensitive to anything sweet, and it's just too much.

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                  • #10
                    It's so funny how our preferences change, and it's definitely a sign of your body being able to distinguish junk from food. I bet the Mexican stuff you had didn't have any lard in it, which would be traditional, but since people are so lard-phobic, most restaurants sub in soybean or peanut oil. It's such a crime. I wouldn't have that much against a very sporadic meal with lardy beans and corn tortillas, but not the restaurant stuff.

                    As for me, I used to really love tea. I had Earl Grey with milk and 2 sugars, then went down to 1 sugar. Now, if I put milk in it, it tastes so rotten, and sugar makes it gross. Even heavy cream just tastes kind of sickening. As a lifelong sugar addict, it's been a long, hard road, but it's awesome to think that tootsie rolls and swedish fish don't pose any temptation anymore. I still have a problem with nuts and dried fruit, though even raisins are getting to be severely sweet.

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                    • #11
                      They never were all that tasty, you are just used to better food now. I've just been on the road for several days for work with no time to eat properly. I even ate a ham and cheese sandwich from Dunkin Donuts in Phillly. Wow, tasteless!
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                      • #12
                        There are a couple of different things that come into play IMO. Taste is based on specific proteins in food that bind to our taste bud receptors, and how our brains interpret what the flavor is, based on each protein. (That's my understanding at least).

                        Everyone's taste buds are obviously different. What research has found is that there is a wide range in the number of taste buds that the "average" person has. If you have a large amount of taste buds, then you have the ability to interpret a large amount of different flavors. If you have a small amount of taste buds, then you've got to work harder to pick things out. An example of this is with bitter foods. People that have few taste buds tend to like bitter foods like cheese more than people that have a ton of taste buds because the taste is amplified.

                        The ability to smell also plays a HUGE role in taste. Taste, as a stand alone sense, is the weakest one we have! I mentioned in another thread yesterday how my ability to taste is changing and how it's going to affect my ability to judge beer in competitions. My interpretations of sweet and bitter are the two that I've noticed changing the most. I'm much more sensitive than I used to be to many of the sweeter brewer's malts, yet I'm finding myself more resistant to "bitter". In the past, if I stuck my finger in some powdered, unsweetened cocoa it would make me gag. Now, I detect sweet and bitter, with it obviously being more on the bitter side, but certainly not overpowering. Knowing a little bit about balancing flavor sensations, I can say that my palette hasn't become desensitized to bitter. Instead, it's become more in tune with detecting smaller amounts of sweet. Since I can now register sweet in smaller quantities, cocoa powder is more balanced therefore tasting less bitter on my tongue.

                        My guess, without tasting the Mexican food at this restaurant, is that the corn tortilla and the beans tasted bland because the other ingredients, mainly spices, over powered and killed your new, more sensitive palette. There's only so much bombardment one's palette can take before everything tastes bland. I'm not a wine drinker, so I can't draw a parallel, but in the beer world it's like drinking a couple of really strong beers full of flavor, then drinking a Miller Lite. The Miller Lite will not taste right. Your taste buds have been worked to exhaustion and need time to recover. Every sip of a light beer will taste almost like water.

                        Think of your ability and sensitivity to taste in relation to say, a 10 story building. Eating processed, sugary garbage, that sensitivity is way on up there, maybe on the 7th floor. Any small amount of spicing and flavoring (good or bad) below the 7th floor is completely undetected by you. After going paleo for a while, maybe your level has dropped on down to the 3rd floor. More things that are suppose to be tasteless in processed foods are now detectable by you. Your sensitivity to Sweet, Salty, Sour and Bitter are at on all time high. This fact doesn't necessarily mean that you have the ability to pick apart all of those flavors (that takes concentration and mental interpretation). Instead it means that your tongue is overwhelmed. Maybe the corn tortilla and the beans were bland because all those flavors/chemicals/spices/etc all mixed together became muddled? Muddled, flavors really do end up tasting, well, bland and boring.

                        That's my take at least!

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                        • #13
                          I think it's really psychological, actually. You eat cake for a long period, you come to like cake. You eat corn for a long period, you start enjoying it. You drink beer for a really long time, so you get accustomed to the taste. That's why cold turkey for a lot of junk foods works. You forget about what it tastes like and you learn to really love what you make yourself eat. Of course there are going to be some oddball outliers, like bitter melon, that nobody will ever learn to like much. But in general, I think eating something over and over again helps you appreciate the intricacies of the flavors and gives you a reason to like stuff more.
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                          • #14
                            Well this is interesting. Before going primal I loved me white spuds! I could have eaten baked russets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seriously, I could eat them all day. When I went primal, I cut them out. I was a bit sad at the idea of not eating them any more. After a little over a month of eating primal, I gave in and had a baked russet for dinner last night. I was really surprised that it didn't taste good. I actually found myself wishing I'd baked some red garnet "yams" instead. I kept thinking, why would I ever have preferred these dry, bitter things over a rich, moist, sweet potato? I keep feeling a bit like I have entered Wonderland, where everything is upside down, backwards, and the opposite of what I expect. I'm just baffled why my taste has changed so dramatically. I could never before have imagined not liking a white potato.

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                            • #15
                              For me the idea of eating a standard chocolate bar or a fizzy drink is just really, really unappealing now. I don't want to put that in my body.

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