Some people experience the taste of food more intensely than others, and this can have important implications for their heath. Find out if you’re a super taster and what that means for eating well and staying fit.
Background on Super Tasters
- Know the definition. Super tasters have a special gene that’s linked to having more papillae on their tongues. Everyone has these little bumps, but when they’re wall-to-wall you’re likely to notice flavors that others miss and be especially sensitive to bitter substances.
- Understand the prevalence. About 25% of people worldwide qualify as super tasters. These numbers are even higher for women and people of African or Asian descent.
- Take a simple test. If you can instantly spot the difference between skim and low fat milk, you may be one of these people. You can also buy tests online to take at home. They’ll check your reaction to a bitter chemical or dye your taste buds temporarily so you can count them.
- Get your kids off to a good start. Some picky eaters may just be super tasters. It’s especially important to introduce these children to a diverse diet and good eating habits early on. Kids who are super tasters still need to get all the required nutrients.
Advantages of Being a Super Taster
- Limiting your sugar intake. Super tasters tend to eat fewer sweets. That helps protect you from all the side effects of sugar including empty calories and tooth decay.
- Eating less fat. You may also find fat unpleasantly slimy. It’s still important to get your share of healthy fats like olive oil.
- Cutting down on soda. Carbonation is another substance you may find easy to pass up. Water is better for you anyway.
- Living alcohol and tobacco free. The strong tastes of alcohol and tobacco fail to appeal to many super tasters. You get to avoid all the potential pitfalls effortlessly.
- Maintaining your ideal weight. There is a physical reason why super tasters tend to be leaner than the rest of the population. Be sure to get enough calories for your daily needs.
- Catching fewer infections. Some scientists believe these extra taste buds also improve your respiratory health. Studies show that you are less vulnerable to sinus infections.
Tips to Overcome Super Taster Disadvantages
- Go easy on the salt. On the other hand, you may be in the habit of heavily salting your food because sodium reduces bitterness. Try to stay under the recommended guidelines of 2,300 mg a day or 1,500 if you have certain health conditions like diabetes.
- Eat more greens. The second big issue super tasters face is some difficulty with eating enough vegetables. Devoting half your plate to vegetables and fruit helps protect you from colon cancer and other conditions.
- Prepare foods differently. The right seasonings and cooking methods will help you eat better. Sprinkle pepper or garlic on your fish instead of salt. Roasting vegetables will make them less bitter.
- Select substitute foods. If the growing popularity of kale eludes you, there are other options you’ll find easier to swallow. Sweet potatoes deserve their reputation as a super food. Brussels sprouts may be bitter, but spinach is much milder. You may even start to enjoy stronger greens if you dip them in a little applesauce or hummus.
Once you know you’re a super taster, you can adjust your diet to enjoy your meals more and strengthen your health. Less salt and more green vegetables are usually all you need to stay lean and lower your risk for certain cancers and heart disease.
Although it’s true that some people are more creative than others, everyone can be inventive and original in their own way. Your creativity is inside you now. Perhaps it’s just waiting for you to tap into it.
Try some of these methods for 30 minutes each day to release your creativity:
- Harken back to your childhood. Did you have an active imagination? Maybe you pretended you were a teacher or a doctor. Perhaps you played as if you were the greatest skateboarder in the world. Assuming certain personas is a good way to show your creativity.
- Right now, imagine yourself as the best worker at your job. How would you look, dress, and behave? What would you say to others? How would you relate?
- Visualize that you’re the best at something for at least 10 minutes each day.
- What are you good at? For the next 10, 20, or 30 minutes, consider your various skills, talents, and knowledge base. Then pick one skill to focus on. What makes you good at this particular ability?
- Maybe you think you’re excellent when it comes to following instructions. You listen well. You pay attention. You quickly pick up on what’s expected of you.
- Perhaps you’re intrinsically motivated, which means you’re internally motivated to complete a job to the desired specifications.
- When you know what you’re good at, you feel confident. And when you’re confident, you’re not afraid to try new things and experiment (which are aspects of being creative).
- Let your mind fantasize about something in your life. Maybe you’d love to buy the big house on the corner or experience the serious love relationship you yearn for. Give yourself 30 minutes to sit back and fantasize.
- Think about what that house looks like on the inside. Picture the face of your potential mate.
- Carry a written copy of your top 3 life goals with you. Giving yourself permission to dream and reach for your desired goals enhances your ability to ponder how you can achieve them.
- You hold the creative keys to pursue those goals however you choose. Let your mind run free with it. Think about these questions: what can you do today, tomorrow, next week, and next month to go after what you want?
- Identify someone you like or respect very much. Spend time thinking about this individual. What is it about them you like? How can you be more like them? Pick one characteristic you’ll work on emulating for the next month.
- For example, if you like John at work because he smiles all the time and seems to consistently be in a good mood, perhaps you can begin to behave in the same ways.
- Trying on new personal characteristics allows you to stretch yourself creatively to see what you can do.
- Experiment with a new creative activity. We cultivate our creativity by engaging in creative endeavors. So, buy a block of clay, a jewelry-making kit, or some paints and canvases at your local arts and crafts store and have at it.
- You’ll likely end up spending over a half-hour daily on your new pursuit. But, that’s okay because you’re expanding your mind along with your skills.
- If you’re feeling timid and unsure about how to start, sign up for a beginning art class just to see what happens. Working with your hands and mind together opens up new avenues and can get your creative juices flowing.
It’s true that you can release your inner creativity and imagination by devoting just 30 minutes to any of the above strategies or try a combination of 2 or 3 of them.
Believe that you are a creative individual and prove it by doing something each day to cultivate your imagination and originality.
Do you feel like you’re staying in the same place in life and not moving in the direction you’d always thought you’d go?
Wouldn’t you love to get a handle on your life aspirations and begin to achieve them?
Apply these strategies to help you figure out what you want to do with your life:
- Jot down your life goals. Write down your goals and your progress toward each one. What are you doing to accomplish them?
- Revisit your list of goals from time to time. Perhaps you’ve had particular goals that you no longer care to work toward. If so, it’s acceptable to take those no-longer-desired goals off the list.
- Next, list 5 activities that you thoroughly enjoy doing. Reflect on activities that totally ignite your passion. Determine how you can incorporate these things you love to do into your current life goals.
- If you struggle to connect a cherished activity with any of your actual goals already listed, still include that beloved activity on the list.
- These ideas might trigger you to come up with your own list: working with new people, writing assessment reports, performing internet research, setting up meetings, creating weekly sales goals, and doing some outdoor activity.
- Spend at least 20 minutes thinking about each of your life goals. Ponder how you can include working toward each goal in an average week. Imagine how you might incorporate some of your favored activities into your job.
- Allow yourself to consider the options of doing what you actually want to do to achieve your life goals, instead of what you feel you “have” to do.
- Once you discover what you want to do in life and start moving in that direction, you can achieve success.
- Which activities do you already possess the necessary supplies for? Place a checkmark by them. You’ll know you’re ready to get started on those things right away.
- For example, if you absolutely love painting with oil paints and you have everything you require to start painting now, check it off.
- Make time now for things you’re passionate about. Take out your calendar and block off time this week to start achieving goals and doing the activities you check-marked.
If there’s one thing that many wise people throughout history have realized, it’s that life has a unique sense of humor.
Why else would happiness be something that almost everyone wants and covets, yet only few ever realize in their lifetimes?
Another similar joke that life plays on all of us is that happiness is often achieved by those who stop seeking it out.
This may seem counterintuitive at first, however, as we explain some of the common beliefs happy people share, it will become readily apparent how those who don’t seek happiness are the most likely to find it!
Consider using these strategies of happy folk to help bring more happiness into your life:
- Foster an attitude of appreciation. It’s possible that you take certain aspects of your life for granted. This could include anything from having a car, shelter, food to eat and many other aspects of your lifestyle that a majority of the people on this planet could only dream of.
- For one reason or another, people who are happy, seem to be content and appreciate of whatever they have.
- The mindset in which you take nothing for granted will usually require no more than a shift in attitude. You won’t have to change anything about your external circumstances.
- To remind yourself to be appreciative, make it a point to reflect on everything that you’re thankful for once a day. Doing this as you fall asleep each night helps to brush your cares away as you fall into restful slumber, preparing the way for a great day tomorrow.
- Be realistic about achieving goals. Expecting success overnight, unless you have just won the lottery, is a sure recipe for disappointment. Happy people are realistic and pragmatic when it comes to setting and achieving their goals.
- They understand exactly how much time and effort may be required to achieve a goal, and if they ever fall short, they’ll put in the necessary additional work required to reach their goal.
- People who are always happy are also aware of the fact that, just because they are putting in all of the necessary work to achieve their goal, there is no guarantee that their goal will ever be reached.
- This may sound pessimistic, however, this is merely to state that they are aware of the possibility that external factors outside of their control could easily change outcomes. Being aware of this can help lessen the blow when unforeseen circumstances arise.
- Put others first. Achieving happiness can sometimes be the opposite of what you might think. You may be wondering how you can bring yourself closer towards achieving happiness if you put others first.
- Putting other people first automatically requires you to have a more humble and appreciative outlook on life. In addition to this, making others happy will invariably bring more happiness into your own life.
If you take some time to begin integrating the above approaches into your daily living, you’ll find that happiness has always been just around the corner – waiting for you to discover it.
One of the most important things that can dictate the course your entire life will take is your own view of yourself. There is something about how we see ourselves that can be like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
For example, if we see ourselves as underserving of something in our lives, there is only a small chance that we will end up attaining it.
Furthermore, how we view ourselves can affect our relationships with others, and we may find ourselves continually in unsatisfying relationships that are either abusive or lacking in some fundamental way.
Feelings of nervousness, anxiety and a pervasive sense of our own inadequacy are all things that can come along with having low self-esteem.
Just as having a weak self-esteem lends itself to all of the issues mentioned above, strengthening your self esteem can lead to the positive outcomes you desire.
How can you strengthen your self esteem to put unhappy feelings behind you and start living the life you were meant to live?
- Turn those negative beliefs upside down. Those negative beliefs that you’re not good enough have got to go!
- Start by writing down the things that you can do well and examples of things that you’ve been successful at in the past. You may not feel a difference right away, however, writing down these facts helps to challenge the assumptions that your negative beliefs are currently based upon.
- Over time, you may notice that you’re feeling more confident and that your self esteem is slowly being strengthened.
- Put your needs first. This doesn’t mean that you have to be selfish. It’s more about not putting your own needs aside to make others happy before you can make yourself happy.
- Ask yourself this: Why should everyone else be happy but you? That doesn’t seem very fair now does it?
- There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make others happy. In fact, this is a very nice thing, yet doing this at the expense of your own happiness is a recipe for dissatisfaction and resentment in the long run.
- When you practice making yourself and others happy, everyone around you will thank you for it, as you’ll be much more pleasant company when you’re happy too.
- Find friends who support your self esteem. Maybe the current crowd that you hang out with continually cuts you down and finds fault in what you do. Perhaps you already have friends that are there to pick you up when you fall down.
- If the people you surround yourself with are like the latter, then that’s great! If not, then why waste time hanging out with people that make you feel bad, when there are many people out there who want to support you and make you feel better about yourself?
- These are called true friends. And finding them is not always easy. Rather, it may not happen overnight, but that’s okay. Remember what you deserve and find people that see you in a positive light as well.
By taking these steps, you’ll be going a long way towards strengthening your self-esteem and will be well on the road towards feeling happy and confident in yourself.