How To Change Your Food Preferences


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” The following is just my anecdotal experience, and it’s probably not the same as your experience, but I’m not unique in the fact that my dietary preferences can change.

I had a legendary sweet tooth. I liked sweet food so much that I’d eat non-food items if they were sweet. I vividly remember my sister yelling ‘Mom ! Stephen ate my Mini Mouse chapstick again !’ That was my favorite flavor. I’d also take Tums, gummy vitamins, and candy I snagged from the grocery store into my room. I’d crawl under my bed and eat my forbidden treasures sneakily. (I don’t know how I survived childhood.)

I used to love candy and hate kale. Now I dislike candy and enjoy kale. I used to hate sauerkraut. Now I enjoy it. I used to eat at the worst fast food restaurants. Now I never do. I used to drink soda with meals. Now I always drink water.

Food preferences can and will change if there’s a reason for change combined with the right approach. I have a healthy diet now, and I’m the guy with weak willpower who loved candy.

You’re going to find that, with the complete freedom to eat unhealthy food, it’s going to lose a lot of its power over you. Guilt and shame compel us to self-destruct, and when you remove them by making all food fair game you can make better decisions. By combining this approach with daily mini habits and situational strategies weight-gaining foods will look differently to you than ever before.

I still eat unhealthy foods, but infrequently and in small amounts. When you regain your sensitivity for sugar, salt, and the like it will take much less to satisfy you. I used to pile several scoops of ice-cream into a large cup because bowls couldn’t hold enough. Now I rarely eat ice-cream but when I do one scoop satisfies me. I never deprive myself. My tastes have just naturally changed  not by banning ice-cream, but by increasing my consumption of healthy food. Once I realized I liked frozen fruit with cinnamon and peanut butter nearly as much as ice-cream, I stopped buying ice-cream. 


The above snippet has been directly quoted from the book Mini Habits For Weight Loss which is a book that I dip into on a daily basis. It emphasizes that we should stop dieting because there’s a better way. It states that nearly all diets are ineffective because they’re based on dieting. Every person has a diet (noun) , but it’s only if you are trying to lose weight that you diet (verb). Dieting is eating and drinking sparingly or selectively to reduce weight. It doesn’t work. If you’ve tried dieting you know that.

Say goodbye to calorie counting, restrictive food bans, or other forced behaviors. In Mini Habits For Weight Loss, you will learn how to lose weight naturally in the precise way your body and brain are meant to change and without triggering biological or neurological resistance. Instead of reading yet another dieting book why not try a proven behavioral change strategy that your brain and body will welcome and respond to ? 

Discover . . .

Why  it’s a terrible  idea to forbid junk food.  

*  How some of the most impactful changes you can make don’t involve either diet or exercise.  

*  Why conscious calorie restriction causes long-term weight GAIN, and how this science has been publicly available (and ignored) for more than 30 years.  

*  How the body’s change process mirrors that of the brain, and why that is great news for losing weight.  

*  Creative strategies to mitigate weight gain from eating out, social events, and holiday binge sessions.  

*  Why eating fruit is essential to losing weight (lots of reasons).

 *  How to change your behavior and lose weight in the long term with mini habits.

Mini Habits For Weight Loss

Hope  you  found  the  above  article  useful.


11 thoughts on “How To Change Your Food Preferences

  1. This is really interesting. I never thought to make small behavioral changes to alter my diet and lifestyle.

    I like what the author said here: “When you regain your sensitivity for sugar, salt, and the like it will take much less to satisfy you.”

    I’ve found this true, because I’ve started taking less sugar. I used to need to sweeten my hot chocolate and I could not take my tea sugar-less, but now I can!

    Right now I need the most help with fried food. I can’t get enough!!!

    This book looks like it’s worth checking out.

    ~ Girl @ girlintherapy

    1. Hi, 

      Good  to  hear  from  you.  Hope  all  is  well in  your  neck  of  the  woods.

      Yes, this  book  is  all  about  having  strategies  to  counter  our  temptations  and  addictions. It  has  been and continues to be  invaluable  to  me.

      Thank you very much for your thoughts and experiences.


  2. Hi Roy, Mini Habits For Weight Loss sounds like a suitable book for me for many reasons and I’d love to know how to change my food preferences.

    Just like the author used to be, I have a very sweet tooth and I eat a lot of junk food – on top of a lot of healthy food, resulting in weight gain. So the only option for me has been to consciously restrict the amount of bad food. If I can change the habit (get my body to mirror that of the brain), that’ll be great.

    Thanks again for introducing the great book, I’ll get it and start reading it!
    Best Wishes,

    1. Hi Ray,

      Good to hear from you. Thank you for your thoughts and experiences. Always enjoy hearing from others.

      Mini Habits for Weight Loss is a life-changer. It comes at weight loss from a completely different angle which makes complete sense.

      If you do decide to purchase it I’d love to have your personal feedback.

      Keep well my friend.


  3. Hi Roy,

    This post fits perfectly with the content on my site. Would you mind terribly if I linked to this one? By the way, I left a comment on your latest post at WA’s site comments . Really liked that one as well.


      1. Absolutely Roy! And thank you as well. I believe it’s important to treat our body like a temple and not a dumpster. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19

        thx again, Brad

  4. Hi Roy. I have a friend who talks about “light bulb experiences.” This is when you hear or read something and the bulb lights in your brain and you say: “Oh Yes!”.
    Well I read your article and the quote and a chandelier lit up in my head.
    I have steadily lost a stone a year over the last 2 years by changing slowly and bit by bit, my eating habits.
    I am stubborn by nature and if someone tells me to eat fewer sweets and cut out crisps (chips in America,) I do the opposite.
    That includes when I tell myself the same thing.
    I have found that small changes become a habit and suddenly I have a tenth of the sugar in my coffee and more than that tastes sickly.
    This has got to be the answer.
    diets cause our body to go into “famine” mode and eat more, so they rarely work.
    I am, of course, getting the book. I need to know more and get to become healthier and slimmer.
    Thanks for a great article.

    1. Well done on your weight loss ! I think that that’s fantastic. A stone (14 lbs) is a real victory.

      And slowly , one tiny step at a time, you managed to make the necessary changes to your life-style. It isn’t easy, tell me about it. Sometimes feels like we take two steps forwards and one step backwards. But as long as we are still moving forward, that’s what counts.

      Pleased that you enjoyed the article and if you do decide to purchase the book enjoy it and apply the massive amount of wisdom available there. Keep in touch. Would love to know how you get on.


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