This was what one person said in response to my question, “What do you need to know?”
It took me a long time to answer this one – I have been thinking and thinking, going back and forth between, “Suck it up, buttercup” (something you might actually hear me say) and “Eat lots of marinara and take a multi-vitamin” (something I probably wont’ ever say).
I believe I’ve landed somewhere in between. Here is my answer:
When my boys tell me they don’t like what I’ve fixed for dinner, I sometimes tell them, “You don’t have to like it to eat it.” Which is true. Or – “If you’re hungry enough, you’ll eat it.” But regardless, most of the time they won’t eat it anyway. And they are teenage boys. I’m not a horrible cook, either….But I waste a lot of money on food, believe you me.
Whatever. I digress. Back to the topic.
1) I find that most of the time when someone says they hate a certain food group (usually vegetables) that they have tried a few that they didn’t like and assume they hate all of them. This is actually very, very common.
2) Often, when on a mission to “eat healthy”, people think they need to overhaul their entire diet at once. All or Nothing.
Here’s my best advice (at the moment).
> Assuming we’re talking veggies here (although this works with any food group), think of one you’ve never tried, or at least not in a long time. Then try roasting it on a cookie sheet with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper in a 400 degree oven for about 10 min or until its done. Don’t like that? Try grilling it. Don’t like that? Try it raw. Don’t like that? Try it stir-fried. Try 4- 5 different ways. One a week for a month. Don’t like that one? Pick another one.
Grown ups eat vegetables. Find your “gateway” veggie – the one that opens doors. Yes, it takes guts. It takes discipline. it may take a gag or two. But if you keep doing it, you may eventually land on one that changes your mind.
> I have a client that, prior to working with me, could pretty much only tolerate iceberg or MAYBE romaine lettuce in a salad, and that was the extent of her veggie intake. I suggested she start drinking a protein shake with 3-4 spinach leaves in it. In a lidded cup, because it turns a funky color. She did, and lo and behold, it didn’t kill her, she even liked it. She then graduated to a handful of spinach in her shake, and THEN she made a Breakfast Egg Cup (https://www.facebook.com/TCro
>Speaking of protein shakes, you can do a lot with one. Get some vanilla whey protein powder. Put a scoop in a blender along with some almond milk and ice. Then get creative. Throw pretty much any fruit in there, and then try some greens. Add some flax seed or peanut butter for some healthy fat. The only thing I’ve ever tried in my protein shake that didn’t work was alfalfa sprouts. Tasted like I was drinking grass.
> You can also put cooked vegetables in the blender and puree them, then use it as a sauce or in your chili or other soup.
If anyone out there has any advice or personal experience as a picky-eater-turned-veggie-eate
Hope this helped!