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First a few disclaimers:

I am from a scientific background but a marine biology and computing one, so I apologise if I get any concepts wrong, but I will try my best. I have never been hypnotised, but I am given to understand that hypnotherapy has been researched, written up and peer reviewed, so there is clearly some efficacy to it, although I personally have no idea how much or what its limitations are, but I am curious.

I know hypnotherapy has been mooted for weight loss, and although that is my goal (I run and occasionally use a gym), what I am interested in is not so much whether hypnotherapy might help stop me liking lardy snacks, but if it can help me change my tastes in food. My issue is that I hate salad. Can't stand the stuff. I have no problem with most green vegetables and so on, although I wouldn't say I go out of my way for them, but for some reason I find lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and the like detestable. But I can think of no good reason why beyond that lettuce is either a bit tasteless or tastes earthy.

I like the idea of eating salad, just not the reality.

  • Can hypnotherapy help a person enjoy the taste of healthy food that they otherwise don't?
  • If it wouldn't work, why not? Is it because that level of suggestion simply isn't possible or some other deeper physiological reason?
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I just know that there are some books about cognitive psychology which could help you in this. Also.. I've a problem of lack of discipline, probably related to my willing to stay in the comfort zone. In other words.. you can try just to do what you should instead of what you want. –  Revious Jun 19 at 20:14
    
You can, but why would I eat something that I don't like the taste of? I have no rational reason for not liking the taste but it's not enjoyable to me and eating should never seem like a chore. That's why I'm interested to see if it is possible to change ones tastes in this way. For instance, the taste, texture and smell of mushrooms make me feel physically sick: Salad does not. Therefore I feel that there may be scope to work on a dislike of something which has no rational basis and which has no strong physical reaction. –  Steve Pettifer Jun 20 at 7:18
    
No, because hypnotherapy cannot change the preferences imprinted in your neuronal pathways and reinforced continually since childhood. But you can re-learn, if you have the discipline and tenacity to change your diet and stick with it. After some years your preference will have changed. Neuronal plasticity for the win! –  what Jun 21 at 13:03
    
Hmm, I had a suspicion that this would be the case. Well, at least I can stop pondering it! It was an interesting diversion but I suppose I never really expected it to be something that would really work. Thanks. –  Steve Pettifer Jun 23 at 7:14

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