One of the things about changing the way you eat ... or drink ... is that it can have a long-lasting effect.
For instance, when in the Army, I found a change to the way I ate certain things.
Grits, for instance.
I always ate grits with butter and salt.
Oh, I wouldn't always add salt to my grits. If cooked properly ... in water salted just right ... the grits have enough salt to give them that ... certain something ... that makes them the wonderful Southern dish we all know and love.
Okay, you might not love grits. Or even know grits; that is, you may not have ever eaten properly prepared grits.
But, I always added butter to my grits.
However, if you ever find yourself in, say, some desert in some Muslim country, you might not find grits readily available.
Unless they are instant grits.
Never was a fan of instant grits. But instant grits are better than no grits at all.
So, in the Army, in the desert, I'd have to eat instant grits.
And, sometimes, there'd be salt or butter. And sometimes not.
So, I learned to eat grits without salt and butter.
Oh, I'll still eat salt and butter with my grits. If they're fixed that way. Like at IHOP or some other place that serves grits.
But I won't put salt and butter on my grits. I can eat them plain. And I'm not sure that's a good thing.
In fact, I'm pretty sure it's not.