For years, I couldn’t go near an Indian Restaurant. The smell made me want to fall over. It would hit me in the nose, close my throat and kill my appetite for days.
Once I got married, it was clear that my wife’s love of Indian Food would have to celebrated for her on special occasions – however I’d often stop off at Moe’s for a burrito to have at the same time.
Once we had kids, we’d get the Indian Food and the burritos to share – the kids LOVED the Indian Food. I stayed with my personal Mexican fiesta.
As I’ve documented recently – I’ve been working very hard on changing up the way I eat and getting healthier. (Update – down two notches in my belt, thank you very much!)
So, Mother’s Day rolled around, and it was time for me and the kids to head off to the best Indian restaurant in the area to secure the take-out meal. Whoa stop! I’m not eating grains or carbs. So – no burrito for me this time! I explored the Indian menu and ordered some plain chicken kabobs for myself to have while the rest of the family enjoyed the other Indian treats – I figured the kabobs could be safe.
Since we started this new healthier way of eating, my wife has been AMAZING at finding new ways to make this easy on me. We’ve had beet noodles, pizza made with chick pea flour, and most recently a chocolate brownie batter hummus as a ‘frosting’ for chick pea flower cupcakes.
Ya know what? I’ve liked them all. This guy, who was raised on simple American food and who spent his 20s and 30s eating any crap out of a can or bag – likes eating this way. Go figure.
The key to all this is to keep trying new things. It’s what I’m always asking my kids to do, so I should be doing it, as well – as an example – right? So, I did. I decided I’d have ONE piece of Naan (I DO LOVE NAAN) and try the assorted things in front of me.
The chicken kabobs were delicious and so tender (used only dark meat). But it was time to try the other dishes. My wife, being amazing, knows not to get anything curry-centric as that is the smell that really turns me. So, I ripped up my piece of Naan and dove in.
I was talking with Jon about Indian food a few days before, and he mentioned that he loves it. He usually orders something called Chicken Tikka Masala. From the menu – it’s a mild tomato and cream sauce. Then we had some Chicken Aamwala, a creamy mango sauce with spices. And lastly Paneer which is fresh cubes of homemade cheese in a chili garlic sauce.
I’m going to be honest with you guys – it took some doing to get over the look of the food… a little too close to changing diapers for me. ;-D
Guest what? I liked them all. The masala was very italian to me – a creamy tomato sauce with chicken? Yeah, was like ravioli sauce. I especially liked the Chicken Aamwala – and I’m as surprised as anyone else! I very strongly dislike sweet flavors in my savory food – yet, here I am mopping it up with my Naan.
So, what’s the deal? I did some research and I’m not alone!
My taste buds got sharper. I noticed this when eating veggies a week or so after quitting carbs, the flavors become much more robust.
Within a few weeks of eating healthier, our taste sensations change such that foods with lower salt, sugar, and fat content actually taste better.
And from Dr. Michael Greger for the Daily Mail:
As you eat more healthily, your palate changes – it’s amazing. Your taste buds constantly adapt: from minute to minute, in fact. If you drank orange juice right now, it would taste sweet. But if you first ate some sweets then drank the same juice, it could taste unpleasantly bitter. Long term, the more you eat healthily, the better healthy foods taste.
So, it’s true. Getting healthier can change so many things about your life – for the better. I have more energy, I sleep better (less snoring) and I just feel better all around.
I’m not Mr. Olympian or anything – but I feel good. Now, where did I put my Indian menu….