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2/19/13 1:19 P

So how about it? You'' take yummy tasting foods over what may be healthy but Non-yummy foods?

Is "Both" the answer or is it more of a paradigm shift?

NOTANINJA SparkPoints: (18,863)
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2/7/13 7:35 A

Kale. It just scares me and I have no idea how to prepare it.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/7/13 7:25 A

Well, there are certain things I have not tried, mainly because I don't have access to them, and because I don't even want to try them.

That's not to say that I wouldn't like them if I had the opportunity, but the concept seems gross to me.

The ones I think of are the fermented drinks that seem so popular recently. I just can't get my head around them.

ANGIEN9 Posts: 3,744
2/6/13 9:17 P

Lima Beans ...I don't like them!!

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (192,147)
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2/6/13 9:16 P

Okra...why is it slimy?

LALAFITZ SparkPoints: (67,417)
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2/6/13 8:57 P

Beets have not caught on for me yet!


KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,445)
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2/6/13 8:47 P

Canned tuna. Ugh. Looks and smells just like cat food. When someone in my family opens a can of tuna, my cat goes NUTS. He could be in a coma, but the sound of the electric can opener means "TUNA!" and he's right there underfoot wanting some. I'm sorry, but when a cat goes nuts over something that you plan on eating for lunch, that's a sign that it's a little gross. A little. (And by that, I mean a lot.)

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/6/13 1:21 P

The one that I despise is mushrooms. I just won't touch them. I almost was like that with most veggies and fruit until I went vegan raw. The only thing in the lifestyle I won't touch is mushrooms. I have done raw brussel sprouts, raw squash, raw turnips, kale, mustard greens, collard greens, chard, and countless other things I wouldn't have eaten two years ago.

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2/6/13 12:50 P

I could never stand celery growing up. But having to get real about my diet made me give it a go. Just for lunch had 1/2 a celery bunch with hummus. Not so bad afterall.

CANSHEDOIT SparkPoints: (373)
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2/6/13 12:50 P

I could never stand celery growing up. But having to get real about my diet made me give it a go. Just for lunch had 1/2 a celery bunch with hummus. Not so bad afterall.

GUITARGAL2 Posts: 1,983
2/6/13 5:01 A

asparagus ick..ick..ick never liked it, never will

SWIMOM Posts: 366
2/6/13 12:08 A

Okra..ick and double ick

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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2/6/13 12:08 A

Eggs -- the smell is icky, the look is icky and the tasty is icky...haven't eaten an egg since I was 6 years old and don't intend to start now.

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2/5/13 11:39 P

There are plenty of foods I don't like, but it's not because they are considered "diet" or "healthy," I just don't like them.

Unfortunately, most vegetables fall into this category for me. Some of them...peas, green beans, carrots, lettuce, kale, spinach, squash I could take or leave. Don't really like them, but don't hate them either.

Others, like broccoli, califlower, eggplant, raw tomato actually make me gag. I hate everything about them. The smell, the taste, and most of all the texture.

I like tomato sauces, as long as they aren't chunky and i'll eat soups and other things with cooked tomatoes, as long as there are no big chunks, but a chunk of tomato will ruin an otherwise tasty food for me. I particularly hate tomato gloop.

I also don't much care for fish, though I do like shellfish and I've had a few salmon preparations that were ok.

I'll try pretty much anything once, but if I don't like something, I have a very difficult time trying to force myself to eat it. I've been trying different methods of preparing veg in the hopes of finding some that are more agreeable without much success. My next plan is to try some vegetable smoothies and see if I can get more vegetables that way.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,672
2/5/13 10:58 P

This is an interesting thread, I'm glad to read that I'm not the only one who won't eat celery, yuck, lol. Celery screams "diet" to me, and has always tasted lousy. After becoming older and cooking, I do use it in stews or soups, but eating it raw, I won't do, and our dietitian told us loud and clear, "You don't have to eat what you don't like, even if it's healthy" lol. I like avocado, but I am allergic to it, makes my lips swell up. Bananas too. I sneak veggies into foods so my husband gets some that way, he hates green beans especially, no matter how they are fixed, because, when he was in the hospital, they fed him green beans every day. Let's see, not in love with Kale, no matter how many articles are out there touting how good it is for you. Been drinking non fat milk since 1989, can't stand any other, tastes too greasy to us. All of these weird food fetishes, and yet, when my parents went through the war in Germany, they nearly starved to death, and were glad to have stale bread that had green spots on it.........................

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,458
2/5/13 10:43 P

I cannot stand bananas, the flavor, smell or texture.

In my defense I had a medical test where they stuck a tube down my throat with a camera on it. They had to numb my throat with this horrible tasting stuff. Imagine the worst tasting most bitter stuff, with a hint of banana flavor. To this day I cannot eat almost nineteen years later, bananas are of the table.

2/5/13 10:11 P

@Berry4: You hit the nail on the head!

ALISALEA Posts: 161
2/5/13 9:36 P

Skim milk (cloudy water). DH insists on whole milk so I drink almond milk instead.
Tofu, nope not gonna happen.
Instant coffee, tastes nasty to me.
Any organ meat, bleh.

Pretty much anything else is fine.

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2/5/13 7:47 P

I guess "proof" that we are all and experiment of ONE. I find that if I can get to the point of thinking about how I "frame" something, I can at least try it.
Nothing irritates me more those who won't try something, AND they make a big deal about "hating" it.

Some people, I guess, are ultra-sensitive and make issues, or "mountains out of mole hills".
And then others have had negative experiences and can't get past it.

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2/5/13 6:35 P


YANKEEGAL16 Posts: 1,480
2/5/13 6:33 P

fish (mostly tuna & salmon yuck) - greek yogurt why is this food even around? tofu - enough said - brussel sprouts, asparagus, pasta whether it's healthy or not YUCK to that too. I was forced to eat all my food when I was a kid and now that I am an adult I don't eat anything I don't like or looks gross to me. Don't care how healthy something is, if someone don't like it, it does not matter. Eat what U like, life is way TOO short - there's enough good food out there that is healthy without eating something U don't want.


CHINAGAL Posts: 1,474
2/5/13 5:57 P

Celery, cottage cheese, raisins, most yogurt, shellfish, coconut, and avocados are foods I never eat. Just too awful. Not crazy about any kind of fish, but there are several varieties that I don't find disgusting. Life is too short to eat stuff you hate!

LYNNJ1976 Posts: 459
2/5/13 5:55 P

I dislike tofu. I can't even get it in my mouth.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
2/5/13 5:48 P

I like most food. I was never forced to eat anything as a child. I love to cook and try new dishes. I enjoy most vegetables and fruits. I like many vegetarian dishes.
There are a few things that I just don't like the texture of like tofu or a bowl of oatmeal. I can choke them down but I'd rather not.
I am not a big fan of seafood but will eat some fish.
I dislike eggs unless they are in something.
I'm not going to eat liver.

I don't like "diet" versions of foods and do find them icky. I'd rather choose something else naturally low fat or low sugar than eat those things. So lots more homemade food and less processed stuff for me.

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2/5/13 2:19 P

A pet peeve of mine is when I hear, "I hate tomato's!" First, hate is an extreme emotion to place on a tomato. Second, it's likely a childhood fear. you don't like pizza or spaghetti, because you know they have tomato in them.

Retrying food through like should be mandatory, and learning to cook them alternative way. Brussels sprouts a good example...I did not care for them growing up...boiled. However now I love grilling them or roasting them.

And yes, there are a couple of things I am not that found ick factor really they just never pleased me.

Edited by: MOODPURPLE at: 2/5/2013 (14:20)
JENNIK2 Posts: 1,830
2/5/13 2:16 P

Brussel sprouts, I can't understand how people eat them. But I love most every other vegetable.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/5/13 2:05 P

Foods generally recognized as healthy that are ICKY to me:

-fermented sprouted whatever, I won't even try it
-red wine
-milk and kefir
-any yogurt that is not Greek yogurt

Other than that I am a fan of the healthy foods. I still prefer white jasmine rice to any other rice (including brown rice) but I force myself to eat brown rice about 1/2 the time.

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2/5/13 12:22 P

many of the things I really don't like are not healthy: mayo is disgusting! Overcooked veggies? BLECH!

I don't like fish in a can (I am NOT a cat!) I love grilled tuna or salmon, but canned is just nasty.

I'm a bit of a lettuce snob. I do not like iceberg at all. I never buy it, but I will eat it if it's part of a dish at a friend's house or at a restaurant.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/5/13 12:00 P

See now this is why "dieting is bad" - you can develop aversions to otherwise tasty foods, by "forcing" yourself to eat them... plain broiled chicken breast and steamed veggies? celery? cottage cheese? canned tuna? BLAH! I developed an aversion to eating these things and more in my high school/college years. Years later, after getting over some misgivings and apprehension, I've discovered that cottage cheese is quite tasty, that vegetables are delicious prepared in ANY way OTHER than steamed, and that chickens offer up more than just plain white breast meat.

Though I'm still iffy on raw celery.

Overall, i don't have much of an "ick" factor at all. I will try anything. Sea urchin roe? Sure. Picked pigs feet? A childhood treat! Deep fried grasshoppers? Been there done that! Yeahhh not much will faze me, tbh.

Except that damn celery.

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2/5/13 11:30 A

No ick factor here. emoticon

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2/5/13 11:28 A

I am a pretty picky eater, but to me the ickiest would be fish! Can't stand the smells and texture of it!

ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (155,177)
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2/5/13 11:27 A

Ahh the ick factor - lettuce causes me indigestion - really bad. It breaks up on me and I taste it for hours after I eat it --- so I don't. Also, chicken breast - did one of those crazy diets where you eat chicken breasts every day - it got to the point that after I started eating it I would gag. Can't eat chicken to this day - unless it is shredded or disguised in something! Funny, but chocolate never does that to me! I am a strange eater - no condiments, no salad dressings, no pickles, nothing with vinegar - just the smell of those things make my mouth water and send me running! So yes I probably have more ick factor than most!

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2/5/13 11:21 A

I wish I could find a food I don't like. I would buy only that one.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
2/5/13 11:16 A

I wish I had the ick factor, I seem to like almost anything.

2/5/13 11:04 A

@MYUTMOST4HIM: I whole-heartedly agree with your second paragraph!

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
2/5/13 10:50 A

I know a guy who will not eat veggies because he was made to eat them when he was little. His wife "sneaks them in where she can be he resists.

It is my opinion that some people use the "ick" factor as an excuse to not do what they know they need to do.

-BENI- Posts: 2,501
2/5/13 10:43 A

Sorry, anyway it's prepared I can't stand okra

Double ICK!

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (194,576)
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2/5/13 10:42 A

My mother force-fed me every veggie under the sun....and I had to eat those foods or I couldn't leave the table. YUCK. YEARS later I realized that I liked some of those veggies, but still hated many of them....the big thing I found was that I HATE the way my mom overcooks them!

So I cook totally differently, with my own brand-new recipes. I eat healthy MY way...and yep, there will always be some veggies I can't stand & refuse to eat (like broccoli--blech). I eat a TON of fruits though....and I feel totally healthy.

It's all about living YOUR life YOUR don't have to be healthy like anyone else's healthy...just a healthy YOU can live with!

CEEMAY SparkPoints: (9,882)
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2/5/13 10:15 A

I am so fortunate that my Mom fed us a wide variety of food so I like just about everything. The one thing I cannot stand is undercooked egg whites....eeeewwww.


2/5/13 9:51 A

@AKATHLEEN54: Great advice! I hope others read your post and do that because that can take the "ick!" factor right off the table, lol!

AKATHLEEN54 Posts: 601
2/5/13 9:44 A

I agree with Drangonchilde ..... it's not so much the food that's "icky" it's all in the way that you prepare it. The whole purpose of "Sparkpeople" is to made this a lifestyle not a diet. If something you consider healthful does not appeal to you simply don't eat it, but there are so many foods out there that you can change or "dress up" with herbs and spices etc to make them actually taste good!! Obviously if you eat plain vegetables or steamed chicken and fish that's going to get old and boring really quick. Other than Sparkpeople recipes there are so many web sites that offer ideas on how to cook things healthfully yet tastefully. Get out there do some research and be creative. It doesn't have to be time consuming to create something delicious. You just have to learn to plan a little ahead of time so you have items on hand so that at the last minute you have to reach for something "icky" because you don't have any other options.

SFENNER Posts: 2,301
2/5/13 9:31 A

tofu is ick! It has no taste and the texture is icky.

KAITLYNN51 Posts: 762
2/5/13 9:29 A

I generally like Health foods. I grew up with skim milk and eating veggies.
Steak night at my house as a child was "Icky" though! I'm not a red meat lover and never have been. I have friends though that hate skim milk, veggies, etc.

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2/5/13 9:24 A

sometimes texture and smell is a problem............I will usually try something once.Can not stomach the texture of oysters at all............

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2/5/13 9:20 A

It's so hilarious that you posted this. If you read the blog I posted on my Sparkpage yesterday, I just talked about this very thing!

Basically, it's not about eating everything perfectly. Sometimes people have weird aversions, or just don't like the texture of things. I hate skim milk (tastes like water), whole grain bread (I'd rather eat sandpaper) and skinless chicken? The skin's the best part! However, I do drink 2% (better than whole), honey wheat (better than enriched white) and when I can, I bake my chicken instead of fry it.

It's not about always choosing the absolute best/healthiest option every time. It's about working with what you have, and doing what works for you. It doesn't matter if broccoli is super good for you, if you don't eat it, what's the point? I don't want to gag for the sake of being healthy.

Now, "icky" is not a word will ever use, nor accept for my children. If I don't like the texture or taste of something. I'll try it a different way, or try it again later to see if it's changed. I used to hate eggs... now I love them. I just had to find how I liked them. If you don't like broccoli slather it in cheese, steam it, stir fry it, season it, dip it in dressing... try different things to see what works. I don't like onions, but sautee them with mushrooms in a bit of olive oil, and I'm all over them.

It's just about working with what you have, where you are. Best isn't always the best idea. Sometimes, good is good enough. :)

2/5/13 9:05 A

So, personally, I like all kinds of food both healthy and fattening types, both are yummy to me. But I know a few folks in real life who just can NOT stomach some healthy foods and after inquiring why only a few answered because of alergies. One friend of mine said she was forced to eat her veggies when she was little so all veggies have a negative conotation for her. But, the most fascinating answer was, "Ew! They're icky!" such as broccoli, baked fish, skinless chicken, skim milk, and other healthy foods.

What about you, does the "ICK!" factor play a part in your weightloss journey?

(Note: my co-workers and friends think it's starnge that I always come up with topics like these at lunch except the time we talked about FSoG, lol!)

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