As I already said, my palate changed significantly when I stopped eating processed food. It took me maybe 10-15 days to notice the change. My sugar cravings stopped almost completely. And I learned to appreciate bitter taste in coffee, cocoa, wines and dark green leafy veggies. So, my coffee drinking habits changed from double cream-double sugar to double cream with stevia during my Atkins phase and after I started superfoods diet, it changed to pure black. My chocolate preference went from milk chocolate to dark chocolate and then to extra dark (85% cocoa being the preferred one). Also, chocolate consumption went from 8-12 squares of milk chocolate to one or two squares of dark chocolate. Wine drinking habit went from Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon, which I couldn’t stand before because of strong tannins. Now Merlot tastes bland to me. My cocoa drinking habits went from cocoa with milk and sugar to cocoa with just a dash of milk and then to pure cocoa. I thought that this will be the very last thing that I will have to either sweeten just a little bit or to use just a little bit of cream or milk to take the top off the bitterness. But today, I enjoy pure cocoa with hot water.
Same story is with bitter greens. I didn’t like them very much before and I have always seasoned them in order to play down the bitterness. Bitter greens contain phytonutrients that support the liver as it does its job managing cholesterol, balancing hormones, detoxifying the blood. Bitter greens are excellent sources of the vitamins A, C, and K and minerals calcium, potassium, and magnesium. They’re also high in foliate and fiber and low in fat and sodium.
The bitter taste:
• is anti-toxic. It is antibacterial and antiviral so it helps with cleansing the body
• kills germs
• detoxifies your liver
• helps with skin disorders
• reduces fever
• improves the firmness of the skin and muscles
• helps digestion and relieves intestinal gas.
List of bitter foods:
• Jerusalem artichoke: rich in inulin (prebiotic), which is a starch that’s handled by the body differently than sugars. It’s also high in iron, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins.
• bitter melon
• burdock root
• dandelion greens,
• Kale – has vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and calcium.
• sesame seeds
• castor oil
• sesame oil
• cocoa and dark chocolate
• neem leaves
• turmeric-helps cleanse the blood, regenerate damaged liver cells, and fight indigestion and inflammation.
• Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis) tea treats disorders of the respiratory tract, mouth, gastrointestinal tract, skin, throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums and mouth ulcers. It contains folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine and riboflavin.
Below is my Superfoods Soup Plate. It’s the stuff I put into the plate before pouring hot soup. Actually, there are 2 more ingredients that are not pictured, olive oil and fresh spinach leaves. I don’t cook spinach. Pouring hot soup over them make them vilt and then they’re perfect. Back to my plate pictured below. Green stuff are seaweed, usually Wakame, Arame or Kelp, although I tend to eat more Kelp then others because Kelp has way more more iodine than any other seaweed. Stuff below seaweed clockwise are fenugreek seeds. They can be cooked but pouring hot soup over them does the job too (or you can add them to the pot 5-10 minutes before your stew or soup is ready to be served). They will get softer after few minutes in hot liquid. At the bottom is one clove of chopped garlic. Yellow stuff left from garlic is turmeric. Above it are red hot peppers and black pepper is ground in the middle of the plate. This is my default combination for pretty much any soup or stew, although sometimes I exclude seaweed or bitter components. Bitter components are turmeric and fenugreek and if you put too much of them, your dish will become too bitter. My one soup plate measurement is half of the teaspoon of each. I eat soup or stew two or three times a week and these bitter components don’t ruin my eating pleasure. If you eat it every day, than it gets boring. But 2-3 times a week, especially if one these meals is some sort of curry, is not too much.