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1/2/18 3:29 P

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1. Learn how to cook! Then you can figure out how to prepare veggies in a way YOU like. Think of veggies like chicken - you can make chicken taste completely different based on how you cook it, grilled, fried, baked, etc. Same with veggies. Just because you don't like steamed broccoli, don't write broccoli off completely. Try it grilled or roasted.

2. Give your tastebuds time to recover. If you've been living a veggie-less life for years, you've become accustomed to a particular flavor and texture panel offered by very processed food. You're probably used to things tasting quite sweet and salty, with a soft texture that doesn't bite back. Vegetables WILL be different. Give yourself some time to adjust. Ellyn Sater (a great resource for learning how to trust yourself and food) talks about it taking a child at least 10 exposures to a new food (not eating or even tasting at every exposure, literally seeing it and playing with it on the table at least 10 times) before the child can be reasonably expected to voluntarily try a new food. Give yourself the same grace - practice preparing vegetables, even for someone else, or even just in small amounts to play around with and taste small amounts of. It's ok to throw away some food at this stage, as you're getting used to preparing and tasting vegetables. You don't have to eat every bite, or even any bites. Just practice cooking the vegetables and experimenting with how they feel, smell, and look.

My husband didn't eat any vegetables voluntarily until he was about 22. He now will eat almost all of them (though brussel sprouts are still out), and enjoys many of them. It took a good solid year of him experimenting to discover how he likes his vegetables prepared (incidentally, not at all like how his mom always cooked them, microwaved from the frozen state!). Learning how to properly choose vegetables, and when certain things are in season, helped a lot. For example, don't bother buying tomatoes right now unless you happen to have access to a store that gets them from local greenhouses. They are NOT in season. Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, beets, and cabbage, on the other hand - most definitely in season!

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1/1/18 10:38 P

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Remember, you can eat whatever foods you enjoy the taste of as long as you stay within your recommended total daily calorie range on most days.



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12/12/17 10:19 P

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I agree. It IS a good way of looking at it.
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12/12/17 10:15 P

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Good way of looking at it - - tomorrow I plan on trying the oven roasted broccoli and rethink the way I've always prepared vegetables. Thanks!

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12/11/17 12:04 P

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This, admittedly may be a controversial thought and I do not mean it to be, so feel free to kick this thought out -

I would challenge you to reframe your thinking into what you dont like. Many people think "I hate vegetables" and yet when prepared in a new way they find they love them. I hated .. HATED greens for years. would not even look at them and if they were baked into something I avoided like the plague. Then, on a date, somebody made me collards and I really wanted to be nice. Guess what. LOVE GREENS! I just dont like them slimy. I like them crispy and slathered in lemon.

Same with many veggies... once I learned the difference in boiled broccoli and oven roasted broccoli with garlic, or sauteed carrots with fresh parsley... my world changed.

I suggest you first decide what your eating plan is. If you want high carbs and more vegetables then plan around that. Go to some vegetarian or ethnic restaurants known for good food. Stay away from any kind of chain restaurant (homogonized vegetables lol)

Try that spicy cauliflower, or that veggie stir fry, or the roasted brussel sprouts (Divine with bacon!) and see what you can tolerate - then build that in...

I suspect as you increase the amount that you like your taste buds will also change with you.



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12/11/17 1:10 A

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Someone might laugh at this, but I used to always think I was a picky eater, it turns out that growing up my mom just wasn't a great cook. She knows this, so I'm not just picking on her on a random Internet forum.

My point is, seasoning makes a big difference! There's still lots of foods I don't like because of the texture, and some of them I don't like because seasoning just doesn't hide the taste (I'm looking at you, radishes.) But a lot can be said for seasoning things and for cooking them correctly. There's a big taste and texture difference between boiled-beyond-recognition broccoli and seasoned and roasted broccoli.

Try something you think you don't like prepared two different ways and then decide if it's a "no".

For all the other stuff, I like to hide veggies in things. I think this is good for anyone to learn how to do, because honestly, if you sit around eating cups and cups of veggies a day you're, like, the top 1% of healthy eaters. This involves things like putting some cauliflower in your mashed potatoes or pizza dough or rice. I hate raw cauliflower, but when it's cooked IN things I can't taste it. Here's a list of things to try:
https://greatist.com/health/40-unexpected-ways-add-veggies-meal

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12/10/17 11:40 A

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I guess it would depend on what you are picky about. me, I don't eat meat or cheese. There are so many online, take a look around.

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12/9/17 11:24 A

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Look for some advice in a book named "Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges". It's got a foreward by Temple Grandin and is available on for Kindle and other formats.

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11/25/17 7:47 A

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Spaghetti is a good way to add veges. For instance tomatoes and add a can of kidney beans. Great tasting and full of fiber.



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11/22/17 4:12 P

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years ago I was a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural village in a foreign country where none of the food available was familiar. There was nothing I enjoyed, so I just ate to survive. Well, low and behold, 6 months after I started eating for survival I woke up one morning craving local fare. I kid you not!

Just eat right and before too long it will start tasting right. Best wishes.


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11/20/17 7:56 P

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Sometimes looking at my food log reports and realizing that I am missing nutrients helps me to eat things I may not like. After a while of doing this with a particular food, I find that I sometimes actually like it. It took me a year to get used to the taste of stevia as a sweetener instead of sugar. I've managed to learn to like almond milk, chia seeds, raw kale, rye crisp crackers and plain yogurt, all so that I can fuel my body with better foods. I say, "Try it, you just might like it." Good luck with the struggle. It is real.

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11/19/17 9:08 P

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My son has texture issues. I put vegetables in his smoothies. Zucchini, califlower; cucumber work pretty good.

I have another son who finds most vegetables bitter. But if you roast or grill the vegetables it carmelizes the sugar in them. Making them sweeter.

I hope you find something that works

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I am wondering how many veges you have tried, and if you have tried them prepared in different ways. I wonder this because you make the comment:

"There is not one vegetable I like (Although I just tried cauliflower and that wasn't horrible)."

My suggestion is to try them, cooked different ways or grated/raw. Add a squeeze of lemon to some, or orange to others. Diced orange makes a wonderful dressing when tossed into a lettuce salad which has cucumber/tomato diced into it. Asparagus is lovely (IMHO) sauteed with a little lemon pepper on it. Some people hate Swiss Chard but will happily eat it with a little Greek Yoghurt on it, or Spinach with a little sprinkle of nutmeg on it.

Experiment and you might find that you like more than you think - LOL!

Don't try to change everything at once because you might just find it a bit overwhelming. Instead just use baby steps and after a while you may find that you have gone forward a long way :-)


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11/18/17 11:52 P

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Ohhhhh my goodness! After reading 1/2 way through your post, I actually glanced at who was posting this question because it sounded exactly like me, until the final section. lol
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I have 4 sisters and most of us have texture issues. I wonder why that is.
For example, I refuse to eat a peach, because the sliminess reminds me of a goldfish, and I'm not eating a goldfish!
I can't stand the idea of cauliflower, broccoli, or sauerkraut because it smells like a sewer to me.

But anyway, I would look at it this way. If YOU don't figure out how to pull out of this rut, then your loved ones just might send you to a therapist to deal with your psychological issue.
That would do the trick for me. Because just thinking about sitting there in an office with the doctor evaluating me and asking questions and giving me step by step information about what I should do, would make me feel foolish. I'd be rolling my eyes and saying, "I know, I KNOW!"
So we can either follow through on our own, or pay out money to have a DOCTOR make us follow through.
I'd be too irritated to have to go, so I would straighten myself up on my own (with the help of people like sparkers here). I would do this GRUDGINGLY of course, but I would do it. lol

Next, like I said, I don't like broccoli, but sometimes my husband or daughter chops it up soooooo finely and throws it in a green salad, that I don't even notice it. I prefer THEY do it, rather than me, ....just because. But hey, at least I get the vitamins without suffering.
Even adding ONE bite of something is better than NEVER expanding your nutrition.
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11/14/17 10:10 A

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I agree with the posters below in that I think you need to answer or figure out whether it's the taste, texture or just the idea of "healthy" foods that you don't like because they need to be dealt with differently. Nirerin below also has great ideas.
Personally, I think cauliflower is a pretty strong tasting vegetable (that I like!) and am surprised that someone who doesn't like vegetables would go for that - so you have a win already! If you really want to eat healthier then you need to think of which strategies will work for you. If you "think" you need to eat healthier but really don't have the motivation to change up your meals a little bit then you are probably just setting yourself up to say, "well, I just don't like that kind of food, so I can't change." I have a son with a lot of food allergies and he LOVES to try different foods because it's always exciting to find something good that he isn't allergic to. And I know "picky eaters" who pretty much set their minds that they don't like certain things and any options you give them are shot down because they deliberately limit what they will try based on what they think they like and don't.

Do you cook? If so, that makes it easier to try to incorporate small amounts of different kinds of vegetables into your meals to see if you like them. For ex. - do you like potatoes? If so, try to substitute a whole roasted sweet potato - it gets soft and caramelized and is sweet. If you make sandwiches/burgers, can you add some salad greens or roasted red peppers or onions to them? Can you switch your buns to whole wheat? If you like lasagna you can add some finely chopped vegetables to it that won't really change the flavor or texture. If you don't cook, look for healthier versions of frozen/prepared foods that include vegetables or beans. Do you eat beans? Hummus? Do you have Trader Joe's or Aldi's near you? They have a ton of prepared foods to try that may be healthier versions of things you like to eat.

I think it's great you are on SP and looking for solutions. In the worst case - you start substituting healthier versions of the carb-loaded foods you like and take it from there! Good luck!

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11/14/17 5:45 A

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You keep trying new things until you find what you like. So you might add 1/4 cup of broccoli to your Mac and cheese. Try broccoli or spinach nuggets. Add in 1/4 cup of sliced zucchini to your pasta. When you try something new make a note of what you did not like about it so that you can make a better stab of it the next time. Because the pickier you are the more you need to keep trying things. Do not force yourself to eat a whole zucchini in one sitting, but do make yourself try a few rounds coated in cheese and fried. Then evaluate. Was it the texture or the taste that was an issue? Texture could mean chopping it up smaller and mixing it with corn and salsa or shredding it into pasta sauce. Taste could mean pairing it with a spicy Asian dipping sauce or a strong cheese. Once you try a little bit move it to the bottom of the try list and move on to the next thing.

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Do you not like the taste of the foods, or are they actually repulsive to you? At a certain point you've got to let go of the idea that everything you eat is going to be delicious, and eat foods that are ok but that are good for you, and that you for ok, at least much of the time. I would love to live a life of steak, ice cream, tacos and smoked salmon, but if I did that my life would not be very long. So instead I eat a lot of salad, because I like veggies much better raw than cooked, and I eat a lot of chicken with Franks Buffalo Sauce on it, because anything Buffalo-flavored is good in my book. Or I have smoked salmon and thin sliced cucumber and tomato on Rykrisp rather than on a bagel slathered with cream cheese.

I don't think you need to force yourself to eat things that make you ill, but at the same time, if you think about food as fuel at least some of the time it becomes easier to just eat the food because your body needs it rather than because it's entertainment.

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11/13/17 9:09 P

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Learn how to cook and healthy food tastes better. Tonight I'm having red potatoes with salt and pepper roasted in olive oil, italian peas sauteed in olive oil, with a little finely chopped shallot and finely chopped garlic, salt, pepper and chicken broth. My protein tonight is baked salmon, with a mustard finishing sauce. It could be marinaded pork loin, or grilled steak, marinated grilled chicken, or roast ham. Last night I went to a local cafe and had 3 French Crepes, served with roast ham and melted gruyere cheese, with a little hollandaise type sauce drizzled over the top. the dish is delicious, high in protein and low in sugars.

The other night I went to a local Sushi chain and had seared Ahi Tuna in a wasabi sauce and topped with micro greens. A california roll (which is simply cucumber, fake crab, avocado and a little white rice). I won't eat eel, or squid, or fish eggs, but I do like that tuna, the cali rolls and even their pineapple cream cheese wontons if I am on a cheat day. There are shakes I make with salad greens, frozen fruit and protein whey I like as much as ice cream. Its sweet and cold. I get the same satisfaction as if I were eating ice cream. It's like a Jamba Juice smoothy but better because I know exactly what I put in it. I sweeten with agave nectar. You are going to have to experiment and try new things to find what you like and how you like it prepared.

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Hi Everyone!
I just joined SparkPeople! I am trying to lose weight and be healthy but the problem is, I am the pickiest eater on the planet. I eat worse than a child. There is not one vegetable I like (Although I just tried cauliflower and that wasn't horrible). The only fruit I eat is apples, watermelon, sometimes a banana. I like the flavor of berries but I have texture issues so the only way I usually eat them is in a smoothie. I love carbs. Pasta, pizza, mac and cheese. I sometimes eat chicken nuggets. If I eat meat, which isn't often, I will only eat a burger with ketchup or a taco only cheese.
My question is for all of you, how can I start eating healthy when I can't stand the taste of healthy food. Any strategies of how to force myself to eat it because I just can't. Thank you!

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