Give it time

One of the most common excuses I hear about people who won’t switch from processed foods to real, even when they “know better,” is the issue of taste. They think real food tastes weird, or tastes like cardboard, or whatever. Or their boyfriends/husbands/girlfriends/wives/kids don’t like that stuff so they can’t make it at home and are forced to buy the junk.

Give it time. 

As someone with firsthand experience converting her boyfriend, slowly but surely they will come around. In fact, now Scott is more staunch than I am on some things. Yes, the man who used to drink Monster energy drinks will now only drink high-quality coffee (thank goodness). He introduced me to the wonderful world of bison, which in turn led me to grass-fed beef (the two are nutritionally nearly identical — lower saturated fat, higher in omega-3s than feedlot beef).

Last weekend while camping, Scott didn’t finish a PB&J that was made with reduced-fat Jif (he only eats the natural stuff at home): it was too sweet. No surprise there — to make up for the fat they remove, the food companies add in extra sugar and/or salt.

But all this didn’t happen overnight. If your palate is overly assaulted with sweet and salty processed foods, it is going to take time to get used to the way foods naturally taste. Just cutting back on the processed foods will drastically reduce your salt and sugar intake. If you can’t stand the taste of whole wheat right now, slowly sub in whole wheat for white in your recipes (start with a third, maybe), working up to 100%. This works for dessert too! In fact, I took some whole-wheat chocolate chip cookies camping and even the guy who refuses to eat except the whitest of white breads gobbled his down (I later informed him, much to my and his wife’s delight!).

Give it time.

It can take a dozen or so exposures until you like a food. It can take many trips to the grocery store before you realize the organic, pastured, grass-fed, all-natural, no additives whatever actually do taste better. But over time, your barometer will shift. Your family will come to appreciate the real food.

Sometimes they just have to figure it out on their own. After making fun of me for buying grass-fed milk, Scott heard from a co-worker how great it is. Which got him to do some research on his own. Guess who drinks local, grass-fed milk now?

Give it time.

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