I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Admittedly I hate loads of healthy food. How many times have I been told I should eat fish? I get it. But I do NOT like fish…of any kind. I wish I liked fish, but I don’t. That is, until I read this article.
Did you know that your tastebuds are not hard-wired? Your tastes can be learned and relearned. Good news!
Lessen Bitter Smells. Some vegetables, like cauliflower or brussel sprouts, taste bitter. It’s not just their taste but their smell as well. If you mask the smell, they end up tasting better! Steam those vegetables, which releases the sulfurous smell. Or roast them. This enhances the natural sugars in the plant and can counterbalance the aroma.
Mind Your Sweet Choices. Research shows that artificially sweetened foods play games with your mind. While consuming either the fake stuff or the real deal stimulates the rewards area of the brain, artificial sweeteners activate this section more. And a greater reward leads to more cravings. And over time, your brain and taste buds become accustomed to—and prefer—intensely sweet flavors over natural sweetness. The good news is you can rehabilitate your taste buds and brain. If you gradually cut out artificial sweeteners from your diet, you will lose your taste for them. After about two weeks, your brain will unconsciously start to become used to less sweetness. After three months, it'll be a habit. After six months, your brain and taste buds will, essentially, refuse the overly sweet stuff.
Tweak Texture. Crunchy, chewy, squishy, thick, thin. All these textures play a role in how we interpret food and how much we eat. For instance, the sweetness of a thick smoothie (the thickness of it) will last in your mouth longer than the sweetness of a soda. In the same vein, anything that makes food linger in your mouth longer—like adding crunchy bits that require a lot of chewing—draws out and intensifies positive sensations. And with all this intensity going on, smaller bites yield plenty of pleasure and, thus, we eat less
Check out other ways to help you love healthy stuff here.