This seems to be a different for everyone. In my case, I certainly wouldn’t eat a bite of curry/French fries/pecan pie and gag. I won’t eat that stuff very often, but the reasons are psychological. I know they’re bad, and with my newly-gained willpower, I just don’t need to eat them.
That being said, I have definitely discovered a new taste for healthy foods.
I believe the reason for this is that at the end of every week, your HSM stands out like a prize at the end of a long race. You fantasize about it. You dream about it. You plan it for hours. You put effort into it. The idea of healthy food as a cheat meal is genius because it elevates healthy food to the same pedestal I used to put crap food on.
In my opinion, junk food cheat meals are a sure-fire way to failure, and I know of at least one friend who will read this and say ‘I told you so.’ I realize that this has been said by the coaches on Tnation before, but now I finally understand it.
My advice to anyone doing a ‘normal’ diet (eating healthy food every day) is to put your ‘cheat meal’ on a pedestal in some way other than making it bad for you. Cook something that takes a lot of preparation. Use exotic, expensive ingredients. Find a great restaurant that does a good HSM and go there are your weekly reward.
I think that those who report no changes in taste or cravings spent too much time thinking about the food they couldn’t have rather than the food they could.
Another theory I have about vegetables and so on suddenly seeming so tasty is that the normal, processed crap I used to eat on a regular basis genuinely IS more tasty. This shouldn’t be a surprise, because manufacturers add corn syrup, salt, MSG and so on to absolutely everything in a competition to make the tastiest food.
So when you take out all that crap for a month, your body downregulates what you consider to be ‘rich in taste’, making vegetables, that seem so bland on a normal diet, delicious. My third week’s HSM was a Greek salad, and I have never tasted tomatoes that good before.
Finally, I think it’s important to say that at the end of the main phase I can feel my body crying out for solid food. I believe that if I carried on like this for much longer, I would eventually get sick, lose strength and bonk out. My inability to take fish oil might have contributed to that.