The Thing About Vegetables

I am not a fan of vegetables. They make me gag, especially cooked vegetables. I’ve always been this way and, for the most part, I have not grown out of it. I have tried a number of tricks to deal with vegetables, including eating them first in the meal to get it over with as quickly as possible, which doesn’t really work because I still have to eat them. My mother, God bless her, also tried everything to make vegetables more appealing to me. She even put melted cheese on them since cheese is my favorite food. That tasted even worse to me and I put the kibosh on it immediately, saying, in all seriousness, that it desecrated the cheese. I was adamant.

Part of this health kick and self-improvement quest I am on has to include tackling my aversion to vegetables. They are, of course, healthy and, by they way, why do the healthy foods taste the worst? Seriously, why??? For me, the particularly vomitous vegetables are cauliflower, broccoli, turnips and, worst of all, Brussels sprouts. It has much to do with the smell. Just a whiff of each of these foods stimulates my easy gag reflex (which I’ve always had and, yes, it’s real). So, I will NOT eat them. But there are vegetables I will tolerate, including cucumbers, celery, carrots, peas, snow peas, green beans, onions, and butternut squash (the frozen kind you buy at the supermarket). Salads are also tolerable, since I prefer the crunch of raw vegetables as opposed to the mushiness and sliminess of cooked vegetables.

Here is the one contradiction:  Soup.  For some reason, I will eat vegetable soup that contains the vegetables mentioned above.  So, in the autumn and winter, I am better about eating vegetables because those are “soup seasons.”

In the spring and summer, eating vegetables is more of a chore.

However, and this is the life-changing HOWEVER, I am feeling the benefits of the healthy foods AFTER I eat them. The most noticeable difference is that I have more energy. After lunch, I used to get sleepy around 2:00 p.m. When I eat healthy food, I don’t experience the lethargy. I am listening to my body and I GET IT. I will continue on the healthy path.

Having said that, I still don’t like vegetables. So, here are my questions for you, InspiraGang…

Does anyone out there feel the way I do about vegetables? Did you learn or grow to like them? If so, how did you do it?

Yours in Healthy Living,