It all begins with taste. Eating always should. Even—and especially—eating that is “Good For You.”

The first thing we need to do is learn to taste our food again. Like learning anything, this will take some time and will involve a fair amount of trial and error.

The problem is, most of us can’t taste our food anymore. We are confused after years of eating food that is artificially flavored to hide what has been done to it to make it stay “fresh” on the shelf and in the refrigerator.

In addition, the typical American diet (which we are doing a great job of exporting all over the world) places a strong emphasis on sweet, sour and salty flavors in food. Even worse, those flavors are usually the result of chemical combinations created in a lab.

Eating the food which is right for you isn’t a huge mystery and ultimately it shouldn’t require constantly consulting a chart or book (or a website), although these tools may prove useful as you begin to rediscover your sensitivity.

Nature is always communicating with us—after all, we are nature.
Each of us was born with the ability to crave what we need, but since we have spent years conditioning ourselves with artificially flavored, packaged foods we may have dulled our capacity to respond appropriately to our needs. Developing healthy and enjoyable eating and lifestyle habits is largely a matter of remembering what we inherently know as humans.

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