I love this quote by Michael Eades M.D. and Mary Dan Eades M.D., authors of Protein Power:
“The medical problems that confound us today will probably amaze scientists in the twenty-first century as they puzzle over why we medical pioneers of today were unable to reach out and grab the obvious, why we were so advanced in certain areas of medical treatment yet so abysmally deficient in others. Why, they may ask, could our surgeons perform open-heart surgery so skillfully as to make it a routine operation while at the same time our nutritional experts couldn’t determine the optimal diet for preventing most of the problems necessitating that procedure? Why spend so much time and effort developing complex surgical techniques and other wondrous medical procedures that prolong the life of the diseased body for a few months or, at best, a few years instead of focusing on nutritional changes capable of prolonging healthy life for decades? Why can’t we see the big picture?”
That’s what it’s all about! The human body needs nutrition – plain and simple – for real health. And if you want a healthy body, you can learn to eat for nutrition and not taste.
Often I hear the words: “Oh, that’s nasty!”
Just think about it: food is usually only in your mouth from 5-15 seconds, yet in the body for up to 24 hours (or months if it goes all the way to the cellular level). So does it make sense that you would eat foods only for taste?
If you will notice, marketers get buyers hooked on the tastes of 1) sugar, 2) salty, or 3) buttery (creamy, rich, etc.). So if it’s not sweet, salty or buttery, most tend to think the taste is flavorless. The truth of the matter is that most wholesome foods have their own rich flavor that we often overlook if our taste buds are geared to sweet, salty or buttery. So how do you eat for nutrition not taste?
What you Can Do!
1) Enjoy the flavor of raw foods just by themselves. You don’t really need to salt the cucumbers or tomatoes, or dip all veggies in a dip, or dip fruits in sugar or fruit dips. They have great flavor just by themselves. Try savoring the flavor all on it’s own….and teach children to do the same!
2) Steamed or cooked vegetables, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes are often piled high with butter, sour cream, and more. Maybe a little salt, seasonings, essential oils, and olive oil can be added, but don’t drown it will toppings.
3) Learn to eat nuts raw – no salt, no roasting, no added fat. They are much healthier that way.
4) Desserts, pastries, candies, sodas are addicting. Get out of the sugar trap by eating raw fruits, raw nuts, and foods high healthy fats, enzymes, and antioxidants. These will naturally be more satisfying and filling, and actually relieve your cravings for sweets.
5) Omit fried foods and processed foods…. trans fats are the culprit to many of our major diseases. You don’t need them. Choose raw, baked, or lightly steamed foods instead.
In summary, enjoy the taste of wholesome foods that are as close to nature as possible. As you do, you will become accustomed to these foods and acquire a taste for real nutrition!
For your best health,
PS…. Hop on over to the IGTV app and view my channel: erleen_tilton, then watch “Salmon & Essential-Buttered Vegetables” (the featured photo) as well as many more healthy tips and recipes!! Enjoy foods that are really “tasty”!