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What to eat when you can't taste anything?

1. Turkey

If you aren’t a vegetarian, then you most probably love turkey. It is not only very tasty and delicious, but it is quite nutritious, too. Turkey contains a lot of protein. As little as 28 grams of turkey already contains eight grams of protein.[1]

It also contains some amount of vitamins and a nutritive compound called selenium. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in ensuring the thyroid gland functions properly.

Turkey passes as one of the best foods to eat at night because the protein tryptophan, which it contains in a considerable amount, is believed to promote tiredness and thus, sleepiness.[2]


Add healthy fats to your oatmeal with nut butters

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When you think of peanut butter, you probably think of something that’s high in fat and calories. But according to SFGate, it’s got healthy fats and, since it’s so dense, it’ll keep you feeling full. That means it’s a great thing to add to oatmeal, especially since you’re only using a small amount. Stir in a dash after it’s been cooked, top with a sliced banana, and you’ve got a simple, delicious breakfast that will tide you over until lunchtime. 

If you’re trying to stay away from the peanut butter, this works for any and all nut butters. Almond, pecan, hazelnut, cashew, walnut… you could even opt for similar seed butters, like sunflower seed butter or pumpkin seed butter. They all have different nutritional benefits and different tastes, so check your cupboard, see what you like, and keep some whole nuts and seeds on hand for toppings.

A taste of eating competence

Research with the Satter Eating Competence Model shows that people do better when they feel good about their eating, eat enough, and eat what they enjoy at regular meals and snacks. They are healthier in all ways, eat what they need, and eat as much as they need.

We are entitled to enjoy eating and eat the food we enjoy

  • To feel good about our eating, rather the guilty or anxious.
  • To put together a meal with food we really have a taste for.
  • To eat as much of that food as we want.
  • To get up from an enjoyable meal knowing another on is coming that will be just as good.

Provide; don’t deprive

  • Go to meals hungry, have food you enjoy, tune in while you eat, and eat as much as you want. Then stop, knowing another meal or snack is coming soon and you can do it all over again!
  • Have rewarding, regular, and reliable meals
  • Pay attention while you eat
  • Then eat what and how much you want.

What is it like to be eating competent?

  • Going by your body rather than the rules for what and how much to eat.
  • Taking good care of yourself. Planning for feeding yourself and paying attention while you eat.
  • Having regular meals with food you enjoy. Sitting down for snacks between times if you need them.
  • Feeling good about your eating and about your food, and feeling good about feeling good.
  • Thinking about what you want to eat and letting yourself eat it without feeling guilty.
  • Letting yourself eat as much as you are hungry for.
  • Trusting your body to weigh what it needs to.

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Why does your vagina taste like it does?

Many different factors contribute to the way your vagina tastes: your sweat, the breathability of your underwear, the laundry detergent you use, how clean you keep things down there, and what you eat. Where you are in your menstrual cycle matters, too. When you have your period, the iron in your menstrual blood will make your vagina taste more metallic, while during ovulation you’re likely to have a bit of a musky taste and scent.

Of course, good hygiene is just a matter of sexual etiquette, but if you have a hunch that your partner would rather slurp down a foie gras smoothie than perform oral sex on you, you might want to try modifying your diet to see if that changes thing up.

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1. Vegetable Sticks

I know you are going to tell me carrot and celery sticks are boring, but if you add peanut butter or hummus, it becomes a well-rounded snack with a dose of vitamins, protein and fiber. This is also a great option for when you’re on the go as you can cut up some vegetables and stow them in a small container for a few hours without them going bad.

If you know you generally get hunger pangs at a certain point in your work day, having this quick and healthy snack nearby will help you tackle hunger and stop you reaching for those donuts your coworker brought in for everyone today.


7. Ensure snacks contain fat

As a rule, it is best to avoid snacks, but if you are too hungry to make it comfortably to the next meal, reach for a real-food snack with plenty of protein combined with fat. Obvious choices include hard-boiled eggs, and to a lesser degree cheese and nuts.

Drink water first and most

When you’re trying to lose weight, cleaning up your diet also means watching what you drink. If done right, juices or shakes can be healthy weight-loss tools to enhance your nutrition plan, and Shakeology is a good way to assure you’re getting plenty of nutrients when eating at a deficit (or anytime!). Just try to keep your calories from beverages to a minimum (most Shakeology varieties contain about 160 calories per scoop). Of course, water is calorie-free and incredibly good for you. Beachbody recommends you drink your body weight, divided by two, in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds — that would be 150 divided by 2, which equals 75. That’s 75 ounces of water you should be drinking every day. To a die-hard soda drinker (even a diet soda drinker) or someone who doesn’t think about hydration much at all, this might seem like a lot of extra trips to the bathroom. To make all that plain water more palatable, try:

Carbonated water. Try flavored varieties without added sugar, artificial sweeteners, and caloriesUnsweetened tea. Use caffeine-free tea if desired, and spruce up the flavor with lemon or lime slices, or muddled fruit Adding sliced citrus, cucumbers, strawberries, pineapples, or fresh mint leaves Adding citrus peels Flavoring with natural combos: ginger + cucumber + mint, or pineapples + orange peel, or strawberries + kiwi + basil. Your mom may have told you as a 5-year-old not to fill your belly with liquid so you’d eat some dinner, but feel free to defy that rule as an adult. In fact, one study published in the journal Obesity asked 84 obese adults to either drink two cups of plain water before their main meals every day for three months, or to imagine the feeling of being full. Those who drank water before their meals lost about 2.6 pounds more than those who didn’t. These findings suggest that drinking water before your meals may be an easy way to take the edge off hunger, and possibly stop you from eating too much.

Healthy eating quotes to help you improve your nutrition

31. “Keep healthy veggies at home, so you’ll snack on healthy veggies.” – Karen Salmansohn

32. “Sufficient sleep, exercise, healthy food, friendship, and peace of mind are necessities, not luxuries.” – Mark Halperin

33. “The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don’t worry.” – Robert Hutchison

34. “Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” – Josh Billings

35. “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” –Hippocrates

36. “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

37. “It’s not enough to eat veggies and do yoga. You also must work on healing the stress and anger in your life.” – Karen Salmansohn

38. “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” –Doug Larson

39. “What you eat literally becomes you. you have a choice in what you’re made of.” Anonymous

40. “To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” –William Londen

You might also like these awesome veganism quotes to inspire your new diet.

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Make your oatmeal chocolately

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It sounds 100 percent weird, but look at it this way: how delicious are chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? They’re so good you’re always disappointed if you find out they’re actually raisins, right? So do the same with your oatmeal! 

It’s easy, too. Start cooking your oats, and while they’re boiling, mix water and cocoa powder into a sauce that’s as chocolatey as you’d like. Then add that into your oatmeal when it’s halfway done or better, and you’ll have delicious, chocolate oats… and no one will judge you if you throw in some chocolate chips, either. 

You can go a step farther, too, because this is the perfect kind of oatmeal to top with a swirl of peanut butter (or your other, favorite nut butter). There’s also bananas and strawberries, because everyone knows how amazing those two fruits are in particular when you’re talking about chocolate. You might just end up making this one for dessert, too. 

Healthy eating quotes that will make you think before you take a bite

51. “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”— Hippocrates

52. “To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less.” – Chu Hui Weng

53. “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”— Michael Pollan

54. “Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne

55. “You are what you eat.”— Michael Pollan

56. “The primary reason diseases tend to run in families may be that diets tend to run in families.” – Michael Greger

57. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”— Michael Pollan

58. “Focus on health, energy, vitality – not weight.” – Karen Salmansohn

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59. “One should eat to live, not live to eat” – Benjamin Franklin

60. “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” – Adelle Davis

Replace refined, processed foods with whole ones

It may seem obvious that in order to lose weight and eat healthier, you need to cut way back on fried foods, creamy casseroles, and sugary confections, but it may seem less obvious what to eat instead. As much as possible, try to cut back on highly processed foods, such as frozen meals, packaged snacks, sugar-laden cereals, bottled sauces, meats with added preservatives, etc. Instead, choose whole foods, such as vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, lean proteins (ie., chicken, turkey, eggs, tempeh), healthy fats (ie., avocados, hummus, extra-virgin olive oil, nut butters), and whole grains (ie., oatmeal, barley, whole-grain bread, brown rice). Whole foods provide nutrient-dense fuel that contribute to greater satiety (when compared to processed foods). The naturally occurring fiber, water (in foods like fruits and vegetables), or protein in these foods can contribute to an increased feeling of satisfaction — often with less food (read: fewer calories). Protein can help you feel satiated longer than carbohydrates or fat. This may be due to increased thermogenesis (the metabolic process of your body burning calories), which influences that physiological “I’m satisfied” feeling you have after consuming higher amounts of protein. Fiber, a form of carbohydrate found in plants that humans lack the enzyme to digest, helps us feel fuller on fewer calories. A food diary analysis of successful MyFitnessPal (MFP) users (defined as those who came within five percent of their goal weights) revealed the faithful food trackers who came closest to their goals ate 30 percent more fiber. That may seem like a lot, but really the difference was only three grams per day more than other MFP users — the equivalent of having one small apple or swapping a traditional English muffin for a whole wheat one.

Meema Spadola, 51

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Occupation: Postpartum doula

Experiencing primarily: distorted smell/taste

For how long: 6-8 months; experienced loss of smell/taste after contracting COVID-19 in March 2020 before senses recovered for a time, then became distorted

MORNING: I had my espresso with foamed milk, even though coffee is disgusting to me now. I do not enjoy the taste. But I have a cup of coffee almost every morning. It’s like ritual, right? I enjoy the process of making it, and the warmth, and the caffeine. So I keep doing it, and I keep hoping that it will taste good to me at some point. I feel like I’m using my imagination when I eat, trying to use my memory of how things smell and taste to recreate the experience, because otherwise I would not want to eat.

I had plain yogurt with granola. I don’t think I’ve been eating any fruit at all, so I made myself eat a clementine. It smelled a little weird. Lime is better than lemon, and oranges and clementines are also better than lemon, but lemon smells really blegh. At their best, the distorted smells smell very chemical and fake. Fruit smells to me like NyQuil. To try to eat an apple is as if I’m eating an apple marker or an apple scratch-and-sniff sticker. At its worst, things smell rotten, like propane gas or feces.

AFTERNOON: For lunch I had roasted sweet potatoes with plain cooked kale and this ginger-miso-carrot dressing that I made. I regretted that I had followed the dressing recipe and put in sesame oil, because the sesame smelled like it was totally off. The miso was also funky. In the real world, I would say, “Oh no, there’s something wrong with it, I think the miso is past its date,” but it was a fresh tub of miso. Things smell and taste as if they were forgotten in the fridge.

EVENING: Dinner was chicken thighs with lime and ginger, white rice, and avocado. I try to cook with the things that don’t smell horrible to me — like ginger does not smell horrible to me, so ginger shows up in a lot of food I make now. Even so, most meat smells bad to me as I’m cooking it, and I was like, “This smells weird, this smells gross,” but my family was like, “No, it smells amazing. This chicken is the best ever.” It tasted okay to me, but not great.

There was also green salad with carrots and tomatoes. Onions are just horrific now — the worst — so no onions in our salad.

And I had a few dates for dessert.

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Simple tip #2: Use rolled oats or steel cut oats instead of packaged instant oatmeal

Instant oats are more processed than regular rolled oats, so they will have less fiber, and if you’re buying the flavored instant oat packets, they are usually packed with sugar and not much else.

Rolled oats can be microwaved and it’s just as easy to add your own mix ins to get good flavor without all that sugar. Check out my Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal recipe – it’s ready in minutes!

5. Prepare low-carb recipes

  • Keto pizza

  • Keto Tex-Mex casserole

  • Keto lamb sliders with feta cheese dressing

  • Keto cheese omelet

Low-carb recipes deliver delicious meals with plenty of fat built right into the ingredient list.

Try the favorites above or explore more high-fat recipes.

5 Foods To Eat That Make Your Vagina Taste and Smell Better for Oral Sex

1. Pineapple or Pineapple Juice

The vagina is acidic. Eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice, as well as other citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruit, helps to balance its delicate pH balance and add a bit of sweetness to those secretions.

The pH balance of semen is alkaline, so eating acidic fruits will help make it taste sweeter. Because pineapple has more acidity than other citrus fruits, it works the best out of all of them.

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon, which is an alkaline spice, neutralizes the acidic taste of the vagina. It’s also mildly antibiotic, and there’s some evidence that it can help treat an active yeast infection. Better vaginal balance means better taste.

There’s a popular myth going around that goes like this: if a guy eats cinnamon, his semen will taste like cinnamon. This is true, to an extent. It won’t make semen taste like cinnamon gum, but people says it sweetens the taste. Hey, it works for your breath, right?

Don’t like cinnamon? Cardamom, peppermint, or lemon are also believed to do the trick.

3. Celery

Because celery is high in water and Vitamin C, it works wonders to reduce any bitter taste the vagina may have. Vitamin C is very effective in restoring the ecology of vaginal bacteria and promoting the growth of healthy flora.

That said, if your smell or taste seem really off, drop the celery stick, skip the oral and head to the doctor, as that can mean infection.

Celery, as well as parsley and wheatgrass, has a high chlorophyll content. That’s believed to help sweeten the taste of semen along with just about anything else that grows and doesn’t stink.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt must contain active live cultures to neutralize the taste of the vagina.

Eating one four-ounce serving of yogurt a day helps add probiotics to the body and maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in your nether regions. That means minimal taste and odor, not to mention better health.

On the flip side, research suggests men should avoid yogurt. It may work well for the ladies, but yogurt and other dairy products are said to negatively affect the taste of semen. A study out of Harvard University also found that high consumption of high-fat dairy products can reduce sperm quality.

5. Cranberries or Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice naturally counters bacteria in the urinary tract system. It also helps keep pH levels balanced, which is good for keeping things from getting funky down below.

Cranberry juice increases the body’s acidity, which helps balance the alkalinity of semen. As a result, eating cranberries can reduce the saltiness of semen and sweeten it a bit.

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While the foods listed above may help your vagina taste or smell better, there are others that can make It taste or smell worse.

Eating during pregnancy: provide, dont deprive

Pregnancy in general and eating during pregnancy in particular give you a marvelous opportunity to gain respect for your body and for the miracle of giving birth. Trust yourself. Eating competently will allow you to do well nutritionally and gain weight in a way that is right for you. Your hunger, appetite, and weight gain will be different from that of other women and will vary month to month and among your first, second and third trimesters. Don’t spoil your pregnancy by dieting or by worrying about your weight!

Goals for feeding yourself well during pregnancy

  • Nourish yourself and your baby.
  • Lay the foundation for feeding your family.
  • Gain the amount of weight that is right for you, in your own distinct pattern.

To achieve those goals, be nurturing and trusting with yourself

  • Feed yourself enjoyably and dependably. Be positive and reliable about taking care of yourself with food. 
  • Give yourself permission to eat food you enjoy. Provide, don’t deprive. Seek food rather than avoid it. 
  • Emphasize three meals a day and as many snacks as you need to feel comfortable and energetic.
  • Start where you are: Eat what you are eating now, just have it at regular and structured times.
  • Get the meal habit by choosing food you enjoy. For you to maintain the meal habit, your food has to taste good!
  • Once you have the meal habit, sneak up on menu planning.
  • Go to meals hungry but not famished, savor your food, and stop only when your hunger and appetite are satisfied.