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I try the new food in a different way. If I hate it, I just don't have it again for a long time and instead have something else. There are many foods tho' that I grew to love by having them served in various ethnic recipes. Since I like most exotic cuisines, I tend to learn about new tastes in those surroundings then begin to adapt them to my more Americanized diet.

However I eat way beyond the boundaries of my mid-western beginnings of casseroles and simple country meals. While I still love sandwiches and soup for lunch, and meat & potatoes for dinner, I also enjoy lots of veggies alongside. And my day is just as likely to start with a veggie/fruit smoothie combo and it is eggs & toast.

Moving to the west coast also introduced me to more seafood - both finfish & shellfish so if I could get past squid & eel, veggies are easy. Actually I think the asparagus took the longest and I'm still fussy about having the right size and only grown from certain regions. Guess I got spoiled in that regard.

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I seem to be the opposite, teaching myself to learn to love the foods I enjoyed when I was thin, before my husbands junk food addiction became My addiction making me obese.

No such thing as "bad foods"- just bad choices.
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For the most part, I don't have a problem trying new foods, but I do get stuck in a rut and find myself making the same thing over and over. When that happens, or I think I've been too meat-heavy recently, I pull out the cookbooks.

Actually, my husband and I have started doing this every two to three weeks anyway, because that way we can target unused veggies before they go bad.



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I think when we plan our meals either daily or weekly it gives us the benefit of more variety. sometimes its nice to be a recipe hunter, using key words to foods you like and making them more healthy. it may sound simple enough but im currently trying to learn to drink more water, because at heart im a coffee gal...lol but I know water is important and relevant to better health. on you tube there are a lot of videos on eating healthy foods. I find them very helpful emoticon emoticon



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I love trying new recipies, but mostly it is the same products prepared with new seasonings or in different ways.

I love allrecipies.com for playing around with ingredients and finding new recipies to use things you already have on hand

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I need new ideas to keep going. I get bored eating the same stuff all the time. I need to have as much as a variety as possible yo stay focused,




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I do not have a problem eating new foods but I do not like them much on the first try. I usually have to try something 2-3 times before it gets a hey or nay from my taste bubs ! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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I always like to try new things. Recently I found Quinua a little grain coming from South America , Every body is talking about it. It's very low in calories and very nutritious full of vitamins and minerals Drs. say .
You can have it with vegetables and meat instead of rice. It tastes good and can be found in most supermarkets . Quinua can be red, black and white. I tried the red one and also the white one. Very low in calories of course. Fantastic . emoticon emoticon

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Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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Try "hiding" the new food. lol Seriously, I don't like nuts, but I've found if I grind up raw almonds in a coffee grinder and add it to my homemade salad dressings, it thickens up the dressing a bit and I really don't taste it. I also can sprinkle it on the salad, same as I do with bran to get more fiber. When you sprinkle a bit on, you don't notice it. This works for just about any nut.

Someone mentioned kale. Try making "kale chips" in the oven or try cooking it in a way you prefer preparing a similar vegetable. This may only work if you like spinach, but try cooking kale with a touch of nutmeg. My son now actually asks (!) for kale and when he was younger, the only way to get vegies in him was to give him V-8 juice.



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You just have to be adventurous and give it a go. I like to cook and try out different recipes. I started eating bulgur, quinoa, butternut squash, kale, etc., because they were ingredients in a dish I wanted to try.



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All you can do is try and I think if you don't like something then there really isn't anything that will make you like it. I'm like that with Salmon, I wish I liked it but I don't. lol... I think we'd have better success eating what we love but keeping it healthy food choices. Maybe change the way you prepare a favorite food to give you some variety.


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I get help coming up with reciepes for the new foods, from others who like that food.



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This is not a problem for me because I love trying new foods.

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I get tips from people who like the food I want to try and then get a recipe from them to use.



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I do small additions to dishes I already love and I love to search out new ways to fix it. Foodnetwork and food.com are great ways



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I don't do a good job this.



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Multiple exposures pairing with foods I like!

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try a little at a time. try different preperations: plain, raw, with dressings, roasted, broiled, mixed with differenet things.



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With interesting recipes I get off of allrecipes



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kale made me throw up so it isn't an option... emoticon

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As much as I dislike trying new foods, when at the Nephrology Office last week, they had a booklet of recipes for kidney disease patients. I've been going through it and almost every recipe has something I've never had in it, lol. Turns out this is one of several booklets that are produced and I was able to look up others at their website. Who knows, maybe I'll get my nerve up, lol.

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I think trying new foods is what keeps you healthy and in the kitchen, instead of eating out all the time and/or junkfood. I'm always reading articles/blogs about healthy-eating so I'll go to the supermarket and pick up items I've never eaten before and look on SparkRecipes.com to get an idea of how to prepare it.



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A nutricionist once told me to try a food five times before deciding I don't like it, because that's what it takes to get used to it. It worked so far for most of the foods.
A trick I use for certain foods is using more spices, to change the flavour a bit, or a little bit of cheese and tomato sauce. Hope it helps!



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I find that I often don't like something on the first try, but if I give it another chance, sometimes prepared a different way, I learn to like it. Also, repetition, if your not overly fond of something but it's not HORRIBLE, just keep at it and you will learn to like it. That happened with me and oatmeal, now I actually enjoy it.

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I try from SP and somewebsite



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AAlley2, What is Christmas Massaged salad? I haven't cared for Kale so far.

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Every recipe I have tried from Spark we have voted it a keeper. BTW remember this is all about small changes, a little at a time. emoticon We will be here to encourage you.

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Good for you BLUECLOROXQUEEN! I wish you much success!
"How do you teach yourself to eat new foods?"
When I tried kale for the first time I tried to bake it for kale chips. I didn't think it tasted so great. I didn't give up though, I tried it again in a salad raw, it was much better tasting to me. The third time I tried it was a Christmas Massaged salad in a taste cup. I was hooked. I love that salad and now I love kale in soup too. I haven't tried the kale chips again though. I don't want to ruin a good thing! emoticon

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I have just enrolled in the site, I have 300 pounds that I want to lose at 2 lbs per week, small start big gain/lose. I am a meat, potato, bread, chocoholic I like simple foods and that is all I have eaten. No Pasta, Yuck, Love the sauce hate the noodles. I am planning to try one new recipe a week. That is hard for me, but I hope that it works. My problem is that I have to get in my car to go somewhere to walk as I do not feel safe in my neighborhood. I walk my dog in circles around the parking lot. Any favorite recipes that you will suggest, I am all ears. Thanks emoticon emoticon



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I really do not like fish and my husband got me to try some ocean white fish which did not have that strong fish flavor and I noticed what he put on it was mostly what I tasted. Now for him I am trying lake fish too. Patience and lots of different recipes I found are the best way to try new foods. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Well I'm open to trying new foods. I found the slow cooker apple-cinnamon oatmeal recipe. I remember my great aunt making oatmeal when I was a kid and I hated it. I rather eat cream of wheat over oatmeal. We decided to give the Spark People recipe a try. It not too bad, it may take some practice before I get overly crazy about it. It was much better than I remember...or at least much better than my great aunt's way of making oatmeal. Choke it up to a positive experience.

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I am in agreement with ICANIWILL1 and I think she put it well. I will not eat what I don't like. However, I am game to try something new but if I find I don't like it, I just move on. Or I may find later I do like it if prepared a different way--but I don't spend time worrying about it.

Edited by: GONNALOSE5 at: 2/23/2014 (11:11)
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Life is too short to be continually swimming uphill.
Don't sweat what you don't like. You can instead get really creative with the ones you like and make them even more interesting.

I personally cant stand a lot of foods. What I've done instead is find new and interesting ways to eat the ones I do like.

It makes my life easier. Ditto my meals.



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my mother used to also overcook vegetables , she used to over boil bottled spaghetti sauce, she was of the generation when canned food was just starting and used them all, I remember Spam and fried bologna, I never had Chinese food until I left home, I love trying new foods and am up for just about anything, there are many recipes out there so look for something that looks interesting and go for it



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I like to try new vegetables, and when I do, find recipes for them. Didn't like vegetables as a youngster, and put ketchup on my peas to help me get them down! I wouldn't eat insects, though.

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Eating new foods has never been a problem to me; I'm pretty much willing to try anything that I consider edible at least once. generally I usually like it. I draw the line at weird things like chocolate covered bugs and certainly any other creepy crawler!

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When my children were young we had a vegetable game. Each week when we went to the grocery store together, they were challenged to find a "new" vegetable that started with the letter for the week. One week would be "A" (artichoke, arugula, etc). The next week would be "B" (Brussels sprouts, beans). Then "C" (collards, celery). Then it was my challenge to figure out how to cook it! They are grown up now but my children always loved their veggies.

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There is an old Bob Newhart bit in which he plays a psychologist (before his TV shows). He says that he can change anyone's behavior in two words. "Stop it." While on one hand that is preposterous (which is why it's funny), if you take a second read, it simply means to change your way of thinking. If you've ever had that sudden click, then you know what I mean. That click needs to happen in order to enjoy new foods.

If that isn't happening for you, you can try small tastes over a period of time. I have gotten myself to like new foods by trying a little bit every so often until I like them. I find that over time my tastes change and things that I didn't like before I love now (beets), and things I liked before I don't like now (most processed foods. By the way, as you get healthier you crave processed foods less). One thing that hasn't changed, however, is my love of chocolate.
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I find recipes that looks good and that I will try. Each week I am eating one New produce. So far I liked everything I've tried.



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hi,

I was so impressed by your board I just had to congradulate you
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I would like to be your spark friend.

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When i find a new recipe I look to see what ingredients are in it
and what I will eat. If it has something I dislike I either leave it
out or tweak the receipe with a new ingredient.

I have found that I do like 75% of the new recipes that I try.
You'll never know what you like unless you try it.

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I didn't use to like many vegetables either. I found that my mother use to cook them too much and they tasted bad. Took many, many years to come to terms that my Mom did not know how to cook them properly. I never over cook them, eat them crunchy not overdone. Made a big difference although there still are a couple I won't touch like asparagus (this one just makes me gage up). Sometimes just eating them raw makes a big difference too.

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I found this forum today after seeing the topic in the Message Board Hot Topics on the side of my SP screen. Very interesting. My reasons for not trying new foods are habit, phobias, and medical issues. I started to explain here but soon realized I had far too much to say for a forum topic. I turned my comments into a blog - I've gone into a lot of detail - probably too much for many -- but it was a good opportunity for me to get a sore issue off my chest and did me the world of good. If anyone is interested in reading the Blog, it is available through my SparkPage. There are some very good suggestions here and I'm going to try to see if I can take any of the advice given.


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Congrats on the roasted broccoli - I love it too it is great. I try all sorts of roasted vegetables. I know this may not help but I know as I grew older my taste buds changed. Things that turned my stomach as a kid are now enjoyable. I agree with the go slow approach.



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Woohoo! Yay for roasted broccoli!

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Well - a minor success! I roasted a bunch of veggies and added some peeled broccoli cubes to it. My tummy gurgled a bit, but didn't rebel! hooray!

I'm gonna do it again!
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2/20/14 5:01 P

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ive myself ive tries on a new food. If I don't like it after 5, it is not worth the effort.




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2/20/14 12:24 P

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I try to eat it, even if I don't like it but I tend to take things I really dislike out of rotation. For example, bell peppers - I really don't like them, but I try and eat them from time to time (once a week maybe). Cumin - I also loathe cumin but if a recipe calls for it, I add it but maybe at a fraction and evaluate if it is needed or if I can cut it next time.

It's hard, but we're adults and sometimes, that means spinach salad and things with cumin and bell peppers. You just have to keep thinking "this is good for me" and I definitely agree with suggestions to put it with things you already like, or use seasonings you know you like to help make it happen.



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2/20/14 10:46 A

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My motivation to try a new food is to consider the health benefit of consuming that food. I noe eat olives and beets, which I would have never touched in the past.



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My motivation to try a new food is to consider the health benefit of consuming that food. I now eat olives and beets, which I would have never touched in the past.

Edited by: KUAIKUAI1 at: 2/20/2014 (10:46)


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2/20/14 8:32 A

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Because I love trying new and different foods, I like to introduce the taste of new foods one at a time so that I can savor the taste.

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I really like to try different foods and get bored with the same old things. When traveling I always try and find new and different food experiences. When home I try and duplicate them or find similar things in the stores. I also like to read up on new recipes and try new ones out when I can find the time.

Enjoy your food and make it exciting.





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2/19/14 8:48 P

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lol... put something on please.....

Final weight goal of 140 pounds & maintain my fitness with excellent blood sugar management.


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I found some of my greatest recipes on YouTube. I found people like FullyRawKristina, leansecret.com and people like them on there and followed their channels. Tracking my own food for a while taught me a lot about food as well.



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KICKINGIT@56
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2/19/14 2:46 P

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Find a good recipe and use it.

"Change does not happen immediately, but it will happen eventually." Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

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It would be wonderful if someone prepared them for me, but that's not an option...
I actually ordered cooked carrots and broccoli with my lunch yesterday so maybe there's hope for me yet.

On another note, I saw a picture taken of me yesterday so that has given me a new resolve for now. :-) Ugh!!!!!!!

Susan

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2/18/14 8:28 P

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I roasted a big pan of veggies this evening - and had some broccoli in there. It didn't taste at all bitter or "off" to me.. maybe I'm going to get away with it!

Wish me luck!
I'm excited.
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We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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2/18/14 7:38 P

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Try different recipes. It really changes taste and texture.

My new motto: Tired of starting over? Stop quitting!


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2/18/14 2:39 P

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I picked out one new recipe a week from Sparkpeople and tried it. It was fun and family got to try different things. We have found some we LOVED and some that we decided a pb&j would be better for the night. lol 95% We have done many times since.

If you don't love yourself....how can you expect others to.


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If I don't like new-to-me foods one way, I will try them another. Also, for me, trying them again and again causes my taste buds to adapt eventually. After a serious stroke 5 1/2 year ago, I had to learn to relike a lot of good for me foods. Took about 2 years before breakthrough, but those foods became normal again, whether taste was the problem (garlic, onions, green peppers etc) or texture was off (lettuce, spinach, kale, mustard greens...). Still don't like eggplant, however! :)

My weight is day by day becoming more dependant upon Whose I am than on my circumstances and feelings.

Life here is a one-time deal. I want to live it well.

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