Have you ever tried to get a child to eat healthy foods, only to have them opt out of eating altogether? The plate gets pushed aside. The tasty smoothies get poured down the drain. Someone stubbornly refuses to eat.
I owe this insight to a friend of mine (who shall remain un-named). She began her Lenten journey this year with a renewed zeal for feeding her family Real Food. They would be disciplined! They would eat more fermented & raw foods! They would throw out all the candy and packaged snack foods!
When she’d tried to introduce Real Food to her family in the past, her daughter had always protested. Why? She had an incurable sweet tooth (or so they thought).
What finally converted her little sugar-fiend?
Removing all refined sugar from her diet.
I know it sounds simple. So simple you won’t believe it’s true.
But think about it for a minute. If you were a 7 year old, or a 3 year old, or a 33 year old, and you got something sugary sweet regularly enough that your palette was used to it, would coconut banana kefir smoothies taste sweet to you?
When we saturate our taste-buds with intense (and often fake) flavors, we won’t be able to discern the subtle sweetness of carrots or beans or coconut. They’ll taste bland. Horribly bland. And the power-packed sweetness of fruits like bananas will pale in comparison to our high-fructose corn syrup laden sodas or desserts.
Don’t get me wrong. The transition wasn’t easy! For the first week of Lent, my friend’s daughter protested vehemently. She didn’t like this. She didn’t like that. What? You call that dessert?
But then a couple of mornings ago she asked if she could eat a bowl of almonds, shaved coconut, cacao nibs, raw milk, and a dribble of honey for breakfast. Naturally, her mom said yes to all those nutrient-dense, healthy raw foods!
“Mom, you mean I can eat dessert for breakfast?”
YES! By all means YES!