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Is there a way to make yourself not like a flavor?

Commented on January 20, 2014
Created January 19, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Is there? eating VLC would be so much easier if I didn't like sweet...I know it's probably a stupid question and we're meant to like certain tastes for a reason, but with a family history of strokes and diabetes, I've got to do something, and I'm sick and tired of failing miserably over and over again, eating VLC for a while and then falling off the wagon and getting back on again and repeating...and reading about ancient Persian methods of torture only goes so far to deaden my sweet appetite...

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on January 20, 2014
at 04:35 AM

I agree with @samc , I avoided sweeteners (real or fake) & sweet foods, except for a limited number of cheat days. Eventually, I just stopped the cheat days. Once I stopped eating sweets they really didn't hold much interest for me. Tonight, four people shared a dessert flan... I probably ate about 1/3 to a 1/2 of it. It was good but now I can take or leave something like that.

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on January 20, 2014
at 01:36 AM

I have been avoiding sweeteners, but after about three weeks i crave them like there's no tomorrow

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on January 19, 2014
at 09:25 PM

Stop eating added sweeteners as mentioned by another answer, but also stay away from any forms of sweet food. If you do this for a few weeks or months (depends on person), eventually you will get to a point that you don't want sweet foods, they will taste off. When I do make something sweet, it usually has 20% of the recipes sweetener in it - something like brown rice syrup which isn't all that sweet compared to honey or sugar.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on January 20, 2014
at 04:35 AM

I agree with @samc , I avoided sweeteners (real or fake) & sweet foods, except for a limited number of cheat days. Eventually, I just stopped the cheat days. Once I stopped eating sweets they really didn't hold much interest for me. Tonight, four people shared a dessert flan... I probably ate about 1/3 to a 1/2 of it. It was good but now I can take or leave something like that.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on January 20, 2014
at 01:36 AM

I have been avoiding sweeteners, but after about three weeks i crave them like there's no tomorrow

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on January 19, 2014
at 04:42 PM

JMO.... but I think aversion therapy can possibly work but success is probably highly variable from person to person.

It worked for me for wheat & sweets but I was never hugely drawn to them. I liked / enjoyed them but didn't really crave them. The cheat days allowed (encouraged?) by 4 Hour Body wound up making me feel crappy for a couple days after eating wheat & pastries so "unintended aversion therapy" just happened. Now I know that eating them will make me feel 'not great' so I avoid them.

Here is a link to a previous PH question along the same lines, some of the answers are encouraging / some not.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/199379/self-administered-aversion-therapy-for-food-cravin.html

Another link for a thread on Mark Sisson's site about something referred to as "sugar destroyer", makes sweet stuff not taste great. I have no experience with it. YMMV

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread65626.html

Good luck!

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on January 19, 2014
at 08:31 AM

I think humans a primal, biological desire for fatty, carby, sweet foods so trying to make yourself dislike sweetness is probably an endeavor that's going to fail. ANd cause a lot of guilt and misery for yourself!

I had the same issue when I started paleo and it took me more than a year to really overcome the whole sugar addiction. My solution was to quit foods with added sugars cold turkey (including honey, molasses, organic cane sugar, organic coconut sugar, etc--those are all the same) and eat something that is "less worse"--artificial sweeteners. I like stevia with erythritol (instead of dextrose or maltitol), and I add it with fatty foods because I find that gets rid of the strange aftertaste. For instance, I put it in pancakes, I mix it with coconut milk and make sweet whipped cream, I add it with butter, there are a lot of places you can go.

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