I Have The Taste Buds Of A Four Year-Old


The legendary Groucho Marx left us with an inexhaustible library of wonderful quotations. One of my favourites is “You’ve got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it”.

“You’ve got the brain of a four year-old boy; and I bet he was glad to get rid of it”

I have been thinking about this quip lately, as it may apply to my taste buds. Since being diagnosed with a significantly elevated lipid level, and subsequently put on Lipitor, I have changed my approach to eating.

I’ve already said so long to my buddies butter and fat, and hello to light mayonnaise and margarine.

As I undertake to reduce the bad cholesterol I consume, I have discovered that a la Groucho, I have the taste buds of a child. I have consumed more fruit and veggies in the last five weeks than I can remember, but I am going all in via smoothies. Yep, throw them all in a blender – spinach, lettuce, carrots, berries, mangoes, oats – add some 0% plain yogurt, skim milk, then bash the bejesus out of them and I’ll drink them.

Yep, throw them all in a blender – spinach, lettuce, carrots, berries, mangoes – add some 0% plain yogurt, skim milk, oats then bash the bejesus out of them and I’ll drink them.

The more common means of consumption are also part of my diet, but I figure I need to make up for lost time. But sometimes the ‘taste bud elation’ scale just doesn’t coincide with the amount of trouble and effort put into preparing some veggies. So why bother? Pop them in the blender and be done with it.

When it comes to eating, I have always been eye and taste bud driven. I used to love buffets; a nicely appointed vast display of food outweighs my attempts to cut back. I also sometimes think that my stomach and taste buds need to communicate much better than they have for the last few years. On countless occasions I have continued to eat tasty food when I should have stopped.

Hell, if cars can beep and vibrate to let you know you’re about to back over a child, why can’t we install a similar system between belly and buds?

It seems to me that there should be a means whereby sensors in the stomach shut down taste buds. The problem is that the taste remains lovely, even when the ability to digest has been hampered. Hell, if cars can beep and vibrate to let you know you’re about to back over a child, why can’t we install a similar system between belly and buds? Call it a stomach overload sensor that, when it kicks in, temporarily shuts down taste buds

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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