Good article! As a child I was a very picky eater, and then my grandma started letting me cook. It is very empowering for a 6-year-old to be able to pick through the food and get rid of anything she feels is yucky. I think this made me more tolerant of various foods. I also began growing my own vegetables quite young. Perhaps you would find vegetables less objectionable if you raised them yourself, then picked and cooked them. Maybe start with something you already kinda like. Have a good journey!
I agree with the last poster. Many people love their veggies, or even tolerate most of them, but those of us who can barely tolerate them are not an unhealthy freak-show of people who only eat pizza, cheeseburgers and candy.
I am a very picky eater and have an extreme aversion to most fruits and vegetables. Getting past the look and feel is often more difficult than getting past the taste. And even on the rare occasion where I muster up enough will-power to try new vegetables, I often can't palate them (taste or consistency) unless they are disguised in other foods. I can only eat tomatoes inside of a pasta or burrito or pot pie or stew. I wish this was not the case, but I've been trying for years to eat more fruits & vegetables and still have about 5 or 6 that I can tolerate. It is a HUGE mental block.
It's the same reason I can't eat eggs. I can't stand the smell of raw, cooked, or scrambled eggs. I can't stand the feel of them in my mouth or the taste. You may love them, but my mind and my taste buds don't share your feelings.
And I don't buy huge bags of candy and chips, instead. I still eat healthy. I drink OJ, and eat cheerios, and apples and peas, and skinless chicken, and lean steaks. I just don't eat that many fruits & veggies because I just not only don't like them, I have something in my brain that makes me not like them for various reasons.
For instance, I have eaten a chili dish my wife makes that has beans in it and I like the taste. However, when I actually see I have a bean on my spoon, I have a hard time even putting it in my mouth even though I already know how it is going to taste. The look and consistency of a food plays a huge mental role for some of us who are super picky eaters.
I think that's the biggest reason that's left out of this article. How to get over your personal mental aversion to eating fruit & veggies. My wife loves them and craves salad. I have never once craved a salad or any kind of fruit or veggies. Maybe I need to invest in aversion therapy or some serious will-power, but it's not something I've been able to overcome, yet.
It amazes me when I hear adults, who are aware of the importance and benefits of consuming fruits and veggies, say they don't like ANY of them, refuse to eat them or complain about the cost. Yet, they're willing to purchase a Family size bag of chips or packages candy/cookies with all kinds of chemicals in them. I think our society overall has gotten in the habit of replacing fruits and veggies for salty and sweet processed snacks.
With my job it is had to eat fresh vegs. but I have learned to prepare my lunch at night by half cooking it and fishing it by putting it into the microwave before I eat. I love fruits and can eat it all day.
I really have gotten very sick of vegetables lately since I have been filling up on them for a couple of years, and I am very sensitive to raw veggies, even if I wash and peel them so as not to get pesticides, but the organic is the same for me. I get itchy throat, inside my ears, and my lips welt up. So, unless they are cooked really well, as well as the same things go for fruits, I need to have them cooked, except for bananas, blueberries and I think that's it. So, it limits me, and canned veggies are terrible. Salad seems like it doesn't even have anything in it, and if I buy it in a bag, it only lasts a couple of days. So I have compensated by eating fruit sauces, and roasted veggies, w/olive oil and seasonings. This way I can eat them and don't have any of the symptoms I get from raw fruits and veggies. Still trying to master the art of roasting veggies...
"Cook only until crisp and tender.... A good way to achieve this is steaming rather than boiling your food."
Another good way to achieve this, of course, is "stir-frying". I notice that this method of food preparation tends to not get mentioned often on this site.
Typical home-style Asian cooking (NOT the Chinese Restaurant kind, which may use loads of cheap palm oil and a ton of sodium) is actually abundant in vegetables and very healthy. (Meat, when used, is treated more as a condiment).
5/13/2010 12:57:43 PM
I wish these were one of my excuses. I plain just do not like that many fruits or vegetables. I'm a moody eater especially about sweets, salty snacks, and fruit. The plus side is the mood for these items is rare the bad part is that it includes the fruits I do like. Most vegetables are just plain gross unless they are drenched in butter and salt or cheese so I don't have to taste them. And if it isn't the taste it's the texture. I just can't bring myself to eat certain textures. It's very frustrating to eat healthy when I like so few foods. My doctor has me on daily vitamins and additional Vitamin C and E to help keep me healthy. Ideas would be great.
4/18/2010 8:20:26 PM
You read my mind, I have been eating more fruits and vegetables lately it is very rewarding. I also brought a steammer which I love. My veggies taste delicious comparing to previously. Great article by the way! Thank you.
I love my fruits & veggies! But I cannot fathom why I NEVER thought of using my steaming water to make homemade veggie broth!!!! Thought of using it on houseplants but not in broth...duh...OMgosh...what a lightbulb moment for me...especially as I hate the prices they want to charge for simple broths & stocks... Thank you!!!!
Great article, I'm smacking myself in the head saying "why didn't I think about that" regarding this tip, Buy both ripe and unripe items (for example, yellow and green bananas). That way you have some for immediate eating the first few days while the others are ripening. Before reading this I was throwing away too many bananas, now zero. Thanks for the article!
I find it interesting that anyone would use the pesticide excuse for three reasons: 1. there are plenty of grocers selling organic 2. Read the label of the snack or food item you have chosen instead - I bet you find a few chemical compounds designed to enhance the flavor or longevity of your food. 3. If the first two don't get you; check out the packaging of your "alternate" snack...nothing like leaching a little plastic into the blood stream to make you feel GREAT!
Also, for the veggie haters our there check out the thesneakychef.com - a real tasty way to get your veggies!
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