As we age, alot of things change for us some we can control and some we cant. We all worry about the obvious, losing our hearing and our vision. But did you also know that as you age your taste buds change as well. The average person is born with approximately 9000 taste buds. Each taste bud is made up of cells, that are grouped very tightly together. They cover the tongue and send taste signals to the brain through nerves. They actually vary in sensitivity to different kinds of tastes. If you burn your tongue on hot foods, this can kill taste buds, but they do grow right back, which is good news.

Why am I talking about taste buds? Because a taste bud gets replaced every 1 – 2 weeks, so excitedly if you are a person who does not like a certain type of food (vegetables), you can rewire your taste buds to like that food and actually crave that food.

When we frequently eat sugary, fatty or salty foods, they dull our taste buds, and eventually you need to eat more an more of that food to get the same satisfaction. And the opposite serves true as well, the less of a food you eat, the less of it you crave. Want to lose weight, eat better!

So even if you didn’t grow up loving vegetables, there is still hope for you as an adult. Take some baby steps to move towards getting healthier. Try something new, not once but over and over and over again, and you will soon lose the aversion to it. It wont happen over night, but it will happen, and one day you will be pleasantly surprised and be eating your way to the body you want.

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