I have been experimenting with reducing food reward/palatability for a while now and have been unsuccessful to say the least. Couple days I could go until fatigue would hit me (in many different ways) and I would give in to some junk to make me feel better (both mentally and physically). Attempts to fulfill the adaptation caused me to think that my symptoms were caused by insufficient caloric intakes, which obviously tended to be on the low side as bland food is not that attractive or addictive. When I tried increasing my calories, against my bodies signals not to, I ended up feeling sleepy after my meals and the fatigue was no better. It is these collective events that have finally opened my eyes to the reality of this food reward/palatability bit. Whole unrefined foods are much lower in reward than their processed counterparts, allowing us to keep our weight at a healthy level and give us energy instead of bogging us down after overeating the hyper-rewarding stuff. The palatability, though, must change in order for it to be sustainable (there's a reason our initial temptation is to run after tasty junk). That is what is being talked about when people say that after several weeks their taste buds "adapt" and make bland food tastier.
My question involves whether anyone has had any experiences that have helped them with a smoother transition to bland foods--rather than just willing their way through the first week or two. I ask this because I am always consumed with a rather decent workload and the fatigue (bad concentration, constant urge to sleep..) is not really tolerable at this point and prevents me from making the change that I want to. Any help is very much appreciated!