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WINSTONSUZ
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8/17/13 11:24 P

I'm a very picky eater too.......... thankfully I live alone and I don't care what everyone else eats I eat what I like........ but I'm not a fan of a lot of veggies so salads are OUT period!!! I hate tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, raw onion ( can be cooked in food and I'm ok with that ), carrots ( unless they are cooked in something else like veggie soup or pot pies), well the list goes on.......

I'll eat lima beans, peas, green beans, Harvard beets, corn......... but MOST days I don't eat any veggies.........

when they say meat and potatoes........ that's me!





BLUENOSE63
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8/11/13 10:05 A

Do non-fat yogurt? I eat it with garlic, dill, cucumber mixed in and then use it to dip raw carrots in



WENDIBUGG
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8/10/13 2:09 A

Most people would call me an extremely picky eater. It's not that I want to be this way but I seem to have a mental block about eating certain things. Some foods I can't even stand to look at or smell. When I started trying to lose weight I made a eating plan off the foods I do like that are healthy and cut out the junk. It made a huge difference. I sometimes try new things as a spur of the moment decision since that is about the only way my brain can handle it. Go with what you like and gradually try new things as you can handle them.



144AUTUMN
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8/9/13 5:19 P

I would just keep trying as many different veggies as you can, there are a gazillion choices and you'll find the ones that you like!!



CJGODESS101
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8/9/13 5:12 P

I can relate, I still hate veggies. My husband has been very patient with me, but is now frustrated because I don't like them. I let him do all the cooking, including picking the meals for a week, the only parameter I gave him was, it couldn't be something I was allergic to.

Here are some things he has made, and I have liked:
Potato Leak Soup
Roasted Cauliflower (I believe its called french cauliflower)
Grilled Asparagus
Grilled Zucchini
Steamed broccoli (smothered in cheese of course)

I would recommend looking at Asian Cuisine. Most recipes use more veggies than proteins. The sauces can cover up the flavors in the veggies you may not like.

Lastly, I agree about going to a farmers market. Challenge yourself to buy one new veggie a week. Find a good recipe online, and give it a shot. Its OK if you don't like it. We tried Rainbow Chard and didn't care for it, but now I know I don't like it.



FAITHP44
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8/9/13 4:53 P

Did you know there's a picky eaters team? I just discovered it when I was looking for something else. If you go to Community, then spark teams, then use the search box to find picky eaters it will appear. I don't know if you'll get some good ideas and help there.



LADYCJM
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8/9/13 11:45 A

I used to be a lot like you. I started enjoying vegetables when I learned that they did not have to be cooked to mush to be eaten or covered in sauce to be good.

Read recipes both here and on other healthy cooking web sites. It's amazing how good things taste when they are properly prepared.

One of my favorite dishes is one full of veggies that I used to hate. Slice cauliflower, carrots, onions, mushrooms very thinly. Break broccoli into small florets. Trim asparagus (buy small, fresh stalks). Mix up a small amount of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, thyme and any other herb that you like. Drizzle on the veggies, toss to coat. Roast in a 350 oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

The veggies are crisp and tasty.. And everything is fresh!

Good luck expanding your palate. Remember it takes 15 to 20 "tries" to learn to like something new.



JPRSAVETTE
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8/9/13 11:06 A

i agree with Peppers923........

and Peppers923......try beets in a salad with mandarin oranges, some pecans and a little goat cheese.........i promise its a total YUM

does anyone like lima beans? i am a devoted and happy vegetarian who actually craves brussel sprouts.........i really dont like lima beans!!!



ARCHIMEDESII
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8/9/13 11:01 A

PEPPERS923,

Eating the fruits and veggies you do like is a start. Tastes do evolve with time. I know when I was younger, there were a lot of veggies I would not touch. These days ? I do like most veggies, but not all. I'm not a fan of beets or lima beans.

I think the problem many people have with veggies has to do with conventional veggies. Veggies from your local supermarket are totally tasteless. I think you might really enjoy eating veggies if you tried locally grown ones instead. Do you have a local farmers market ? If so, go and see what fruits and veggies they have.

the peaches picked that day taste a thousand times better than the peaches you find at your supermarket. the same is true of veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, blueberries, etc... yes, you might pay a bit extra, but I think paying for quality will help you appreciate how tasty veggies can be.

So, why not take a trip to your local farmer's market and pick a couple of items ? Heirloom tomatoes are absolutely amazing. there is one variety called speckled roma. they taste like candy. that's how sweet they are. All they need ? a teeny tiny pinch of salt.

How about a challenge for yourself ? Would you be willing to eat one new fruit or veggie a week ? Just one. you might find setting a small challenge helps you integrate tasty fruits and veggies into your diet.





MYUTMOST4HIM
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8/9/13 8:14 A

start small and build on it.



MATTHEW0498
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8/9/13 8:07 A

I am quite picky too. Along with trying to just try things here and there, I started drinking a glass of something called Nanogreens every day. It is a full serving of your fruits and veggies for the day in one scoop. There are several things like this available at your local GNC or similar store. I am not saying it is a long term replacement, but it can help.



EOWYN2424
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8/9/13 7:46 A

I have a cousin who also won't touch veggies, and by that I mean AT ALL!!!

He's now suffering from constipation every time he goes to the toilet!!!!

I dread how his health will be when he gets older, he's young now but he won't be young forever!



SHERYLDS
Posts: 11,750
8/9/13 7:35 A

start trying to LEARN to enjoy other foods by slowly introducing them into your dishes.
Stop thinking I'm a picky eater...and try being adventurous.

A good way to start is with stir fries....add a little of the veggies you don't normally eat to the mix of the ones you do. As an adult...I think it's often a mindset back to childhood that keeps you thinking that way. Consider veggies your magic pill...if you want to be successful at weight loss and be healthy...you've got to change the way you think.

Best wishes for your success on this journey



PEPPERS923
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8/9/13 3:23 A

I am probably one of the pickiest eaters. How do you stay on track when you don't eat a lot of vegetables, only one kind of fish & certain fruits? I have gotten ALOT better since I have gotten older but there are still a lot of foods I don't like, such as I don't eat broccoli, cauliflower, onions (I can eat red onion but only a little bit at a time), tomatoes, asparagus, cabbage, the only veggies I eat are carrots (don't like them cooked), string beans, peas, corn, I can eat raw broccoli but cooked broccoli makes me nauseous but because of my thyroid disease I am not supposed to eat it anyway. I only eat Talpia fish, I do eat crabs, shrimp and scallops which the scallops I cant make often because my boyfriend is extremely allergic and it could kill him so I have to make a separate dish for myself. Any ideas would be welcomed! emoticon



 
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