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JUSTDOIT011
Posts: 1,377
6/18/12 9:03 P

As far as going to the grocery store only every 2 weeks-- this is why frozen veggies (I love frozen peas, cauliflower, carrots, corn, and green beans) are so great because they won't go bad. Also, you can have apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis, and mangos in the fridge and they will last a long time.

If you try a vegetable or fruit and don't like it, try making it differently the next time-- try the same produce fresh, dehydrated/dried, sauteed, steamed, roasted, or grilled. This is something you may want to try especially since you said its the texture that bothers you more than the taste.



BUBBLEJ1
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6/18/12 8:00 P

Remember when you were a kid and you mum hid veggie in sauces? No? That is because you couldn't taste them! So, pretend like you're 3 again and hide those veggies.

- Zucchini is awesome when it is finely grated and can be added to almost anything. Onions, too, and they add flavour! Grate away and you will get you veggies without having to actually taste them.

- Do you have a blender/magic bullet? Puree veggies and add them to sauces

- Add spinach to that smoothie. You can't taste it, I promise!

Yes, you will eventually have to start eating veggies, but for now I say hide away. Baby steps!




MAGTASTIC103
Posts: 403
6/18/12 1:25 P

The previous poster makes some excellent points. Try simple additions at first. Baby carrots as a snack, bananas, apples. These items require no preparation and are relatively inexpensive. Once you're in the habit of snacking on fruits and veggies, try and incorporate them more in your meals and experiment with new/different items. I used to think making a salad was a chore but now it takes me less than a minute to whip one up to go along with my dinner.
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DANNIELLEMARIE
Posts: 1,416
6/18/12 1:17 P

back when I used to weight 220lbs more than I do today I almost never ate vegetables or fruit. And if I ate vegetables they were slathered in butter or cheese...or both. You couldn't pay me to eat a salad. I clung to my "picky" label as if it were a badge of honor.

And then I realized something had to change. And that something was me. And my attitude.

I won't lie, it took some work. It wasn't easy at first but it got easier. Now I love veggies. I can't imagine a meal that isn't centered around them.

We can change if it's what we really want to do (it's harder if we only think we should change rather than actually want to change).

How did I do it? One step at a time. One meal at a time. One new veggie or new way of preparing a veggie at a time.

I looked at it as an adventure. I made myself eat them whether I liked them or not. Spaghetti squash is still good for your body even if your mouth says "yuck". It's going to say "yuck" a lot at first because things are new and tastebuds are desensitized by processed foods. Keep trying. It will pay off.

At some point I decided to pay attention to how many veggie calories I was eating each day. I challenged myself to increase it by 50calories a day. When that became normal I upped the challenge by another 50 calories. I did this numerous times until I got to where I am now....eating MOSTLY veggies. :)

Hope that helps!



RKING10
Posts: 152
6/18/12 11:44 A

First-I am extremely picky.Not necessarily the taste, but mostly texture.
Second-I am a college student and only get to go to the store every 2 weeks.

With that being said, I'm looking for ways to boost my fruit and veggies servings.So far I have tried to make a strawberry smoothie, which actually wasn't too bad. In the past week I have also tried spaghetti squash=yuck. How did you start to add in fruits and veggies to your diet?



 
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