I used to happily eat tons of salad but I would put olive oil, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper on them . Now when I eat a salad without the dressing it is just bleck! I can barely eat it. I've tried a few raw dressings like mango and tomato, tahini and lemon, corn and tomato, avocado, tomato, and cilantro... but nothing seems to satisfy. I know I need the greens...so my question is: Does it get better? Will my taste buds come to enjoy such a plain salad?
When i dip lettuce in date pudding (dateorade with only little water), i could eat 2 pounds in one sitting easily. So delish! The better chips'n'salsa.
What's in most salad dressings that gives them flavor? Oil, sugar, vinegar salt, pepper and spices?
Get the oils from avocados and nuts. Use lemon instead of vinegar, add fresh fruits for the sweetness and a few spices and pepper to taste. Use kale and spinach instead of lettuce for the salt. I also load my salads with cilantro and parsley.
Just make sure you save your avocados and nuts for your salad. That way you can still keep your daily fats at 10%.
Thats starting to sound yummy! Thanks.
I have come to crave greens. Eating tons of tomatoes in my salads made it a lot easier for me to eat undressed greens. I now can eat romaine, red leaf, butter leaf, baby greens, and spinach straight. I have not worked up to kale or collards yet. I like to roll up some fruit in whole leaves of lettuce.
It takes time, you'll get there!
Definitly! Fruity-rolls are really delicious... My favourite is banana in a large leaf of spinach.
Here's the scoop. When you eat cooked food and especially cooked food with salt, your brain is so excited at the flavor that it produces a large rush of dopamine. This is the chemical released when you use drugs or have an orgasm or gamble or whatever. There is so much dopamine it kills off a bunch of your dopamine receptors. With less receptors, you don't experience less intense flavors as "pleasurable." And with salt and pepper and other irritating spices, the problem is physical too - your mouth lining is irritated which causes you to experience flavors even more intensely. So when you eat foods with no seasoning i.e. plain greens, they taste boring.
Greens can taste good, but only if you haven't eaten cooked food or salt/stimulating seasonings for at least a month. That gives time for your dopamine receptors to heal and your taste buds to revert back to normal.
Other "addictions" can make the problem worse - believe it or not, if you are addicted to gambling, coffee, porn, facebook, TV, or any illegal drug, greens will taste even more boring due to the dopamine receptors being all dead and whatnot. All addictions affect all other addictions, whether or not you realize that they are addictions. Your brain chemistry doesn't care whether or not you actively call it an "addiction."
Wow...I believe it.
I have addictive tendencies (maybe most people do?) and the way I have beat the addictions is to "starve them". If you don't feed the monster, it dies. Sometimes really slowly though...
Yes, indeed. Starving the monster is a great analogy. However, it also helps to think of it like a balloon. If you squeeze it in one place it will try to get bigger in another...
So sometimes you stop feeding the monster one thing and inadvertently start feeding it another thing (something that you might not even realize is addictive behavior.) This is why many cigarette smokers "trade their addiction" for coffee or marijuana addictions.
There are things that you can feed the monster that make it happy and content - social interaction, time with friends, bonding behaviors (cuddling, hugs, etc) eating non-super-stimulating things like fruit, greens, etc. Listening to music, dancing, exercise. Etc etc. These things will speed up the "starving" process and help you to enjoy your greens much sooner.
Thank you so much for posting this question. I have the same problem. I started VCRV diet yesterday. When it came to dinner and the salad, I had to make myself to eat it. It was horrible. I thought I messed up the recipe of the dressing. For now, the sweet dressiong and the romain lettuce; simply these two do not go together, at least my body does not want to appreciate the combination. Hopefully, it gets better with time.
Keep an eye on this post...I think there has been great info and advice.
Try this "French dressing" :
1 peach or nectarine or 1/2 mango, 1 stalk celery, 1/2 red pepper blended.
Not too sweet and just tangy enough.