Don’t like greens? There is hope for you out there!
I recently came across an inspiring book by Bee Wilson called ‘First Bite: How We Learn to Eat’ (2015, London, Fourth Estate). What was meant to be a holiday reading quickly turned into a fascinating exploration of tastes, senses and education around food. The author explains how food preferences develop when we’re born (or even when still in the placenta enjoying mum’s dinner through umbilical cord), how social aspects of eating affect our habits and liking in childhood and adolescence, and how hard (but not impossible!) it is for so-called ‘picky’ eaters to change their perception of food. But, most importantly, the book also provides us with generous amount of examples of how a well-thought food education can eliminate most barriers around eating, as well as which commonly known methods do not work.
For me, the most inspiring message to take away from reading this book is that since we all learn to eat when we are born (despite some of us thinking that we are born liking and hating certain foods and that’s set in stone), changing our eating habits is possible at any stage of our lives! All we need is to be open and persistent at experimenting with different food. And, with some time and effort, it is possible to actually CRAVE foods that you can’t look at right now.
This book will definitely find it’s place on my ‘100 books to read about nutrition’ list! Can wait to dig into the resources that are recommended throughout.