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Enter the Evil of the World

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Are you ready for it? My arch nemesis? The do-er of all evil? The vegetable. I do not like the texture, the taste, or even their look. I just do not like them at all. Oh yes, this holds true for fruits as well.
The back story. Apparently, when I was younger, I loved my fruits and vegetables. I got something like the stomach flew when I was young and basically stopped eating anything remotely healthy. I donít know why, but I never started eating them again. I know, I know, its bad, but I was young.
Well, I went to see a nutritionist back in June, and (Surprise, Surprise) she wants me to eat vegetables. (Yuck) Apparently my love for potatoes and corn are considered starches and not vegetables (Seriously?) Well, I did try cauliflower and mashed it like a potato. It wasnít remotely good but it was scarcely edible so I choked it down. I also tried an apple (and after about a million disgusting bites and tries) I fell in love with them. Thank goodness, I can manage to eat at least one fruit and one vegetable.
My nutritionist is making me try a new vegetable every week, twice a day, 5 different ways. Iím supposed to try carrots, pepper, and broccoliÖ(ugh, ugh, ugh)
I guess my issue is that I do not like them raw. Or in general. I love orange juice but to eat an orange, the texture and the chewing makes me gag. Iíve tried peaches, pears, oranges, pineapples, apples, cauliflower, peppers and lettuce. I only like cauliflower and apples. However, I have learned to hide my vegetables in the food that I eat. If I mince them up small enough, I can eat it without too much trouble. I currently have recipes for an amazing bean-less chili, baked ziti and stuffed shells. If I can hide them, I have a slightly better chance of eating them.
I think my next big idea is to create minced up packets of vegetables that can easily be thrown into any meal. I mean, how perfect would it be to pull out a packet of minced vegetables when you pull out your chicken for supper in the morning. (Well at least it seems smart for me)
The only issue with this is we have two grocery stores where I live. Organic (supposedly better) is hard to come by and itís a lot of money to simply buy food out here. Its hard to make a 45 minute trip just to get to a wegmanís to buy some cheap ole good veggies.
So, if you have read this, (well congratulations and) thank you. If by chance, you have any hidden vegetable recipes and would care to share, Iíd love it! Also, has anyone been to an Aldiís? We have one in the town about a half hour away but Iíve never been there because its right by the Wal-Mart. Between Aldiís, Tops, and Wal-Mart, where would I get better vegetables (and possibly cheap ones at that?)
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    Have you tried Cole Slaw?? It usually is good without having the veggie taste. My mom has a very low calorie recipe. My coworker was seeing a nutritionist too for a while. He hates veggies, so she recommended him eat sliced cucumbers with lemon juice. I think that's all he ever ate.

    I have tried mashed cauliflower and it was okay. Nothing to write home about. But we have to make changes if we want to see changes.

    Have you tried different ways in cooking the veggies... Steaming, Grilling, Baking... My mom has a theory that it is all on how you season them...

    Hope I helped... :)
    1371 days ago
    I'm not a veggie lover either. About the only way I eat them is in carrot cake and zucchini bread. I can eat some cauliflower if it's freshly cooked, but I don't like it leftover, it gets stronger. I eat all the starchy things like baked potatoes, corn, red beans, crowder peas...

    That's why I've always had a hard time when I tried to lose weight. That's what I like about SP. I eat what I like, but in moderation.
    1371 days ago
    I think I'm excessively weird...I don't like smoothies or crushed ice or ice or anything like that. But i'm also not too keen on fruit flavors. I like an apple but I hate apple juice. The only fruit flavor i like is orange. But I don't really like things mixed. I just like things plain. I don't even know how to describe it. I think i'm too weird for help!
    1371 days ago
    Do you like smoothies? Put them in smoothies with fruit, you can't even taste them :)
    1371 days ago
    I'm completely lost when it comes to fruits and vegetables. I bought a mango thinking I would like the sweetness but couldn't understand why I couldn't cut it up at all. Apparently it wasn't even remotely ripe! Ugh.

    Thank you for the advice about the stores, I shall go make friends with my grocery store's produce person, won't they just love my million questions?

    (I'm glad that i'm not the only one that dislikes vegetables!)
    1371 days ago
    I am in the same boat as you, I don't like the taste and texture of veggies... Learning to deal with it is hard.

    We have an Aldi's by our house... I think the fresh produce is pretty good, but you have to be about as careful as any other store to make sure you get a ripe tomato or melon or lettuce. They usually get in shipments of fresh produce once or twice a week. Find out from your local Aldi's what day their truck comes in, that will tell you when you have the best chance of getting the freshest and the best pick. Same deal with the Walmart Produce department-find out when they get their shipments.

    Have you tried melons yet as a fruit? Cantelope and Honeydew are pretty tasty. Watermelon, not so much for me, but I think it's because I ate too much of it as a kid... And to me, the texture of the apple depends on the brand, so you may want to experiment with that (Granny Smith is my favorite-it's the least likely to get that powdery texture).

    Hope this helped!
    1371 days ago
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