I've been told, anecdotally, that people with bipolar disorder crave salt. That's certainly true for me. I add salt to foods described as already containing too much sodium.
I also crave the sweet things that are the worst things for someone with diabetes. In the past I've had times where I'd eat four to six Three Musketeers bars a day, or an entire bag of Raisinets after coming home from work. Now I generally have red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting for breakfast.
For a long time the four basic tastes were sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Scientists have now added umami to the basic tastes which, as far as I can determine, just means "delicious." Ayurvedic medicine goes in a different direction, adding pungent (hot and spicy) and astringent (dry and tart). Tart is another favorite of mine - I add vinegar to spaghetti sauce instead of sugar, as many people do, and I prefer apples and tomatoes to be tangy.
In talking with other people who have bipolar, I've fo...
Imagine a world where you don't crave sweets after dinner. Can't do it? Neither can I. So, I recently started body-building training seriously with a personal trainer... and one of the first things he asked me to do was keep track of the food I ate for three days. So I did -- and I was honest about it. I wrote down the Hershey's chocolate I ate on Thursday and the low-fat ice cream I ate on Friday and Saturday. When I handed him the food diaries, he took one quick look at it and I saw his eyebrows rise. "Chocolate?" A short pause as he read further. "Ice cream?" Apparently, chocolate isn't on the list of muscle-building nutrition choices... go figure. I knew this would be the beginning of the end of my sweet tooth satisfaction. Body building or no body building -- I've dreamed of ignoring my sweet teeth for many years. Being diabetic, I...
My local Coop recently sent out a newsletter that included a picture of some roasted vegetables. My mouth started watering.
Then I thought a bit. Has my diet changed so much that I now crave vegetables, or was I just hungry? So I tried some photographs of other foods.
Hamburger and fries. Ho hum. Didn’t look good at all.
Chocolate milkshake. I could probably drink that, but it would be too sweet for my current tastes. Not mouthwatering.
Blueberry pie. That was always my favorite, and I’ve often said that if we heard that a comet was heading for Earth so we had only 24 hours before Earth exploded, I’d bake a blueberry pie and eat the whole thing. But would it really taste that good? Again, it would be too sweet, and I can cook blueberries and add a touch of fake sugar plus roasted almonds for crunch. Who needs the pie. Better to spend those 24 hours doing something else. Maybe converting to a religion that guaranteed an afterlife with a mon...
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