What to do if you really don't like most veggiesThe Becoming Slender For Life reading this week is What to do if you really don’t like veggies. Slender For Life™ hypnosis for weight loss can help you to increase your desires for nutrient dense foods and decrease your desires for the foods that make you fat and sick. Seattle weight loss hypnosis clients discover that there is a whole world of ways to prepare and serve fresh and frozen veggies that are easy, quick and mouthwatering.

What to do if you really don’t like most veggies

Listen to what Robert had to say about his journey toward broccoli. “I went seven years without biting down upon a single green thing. If there were veggies in my meal, I’d ask to have it sanitized. If I was at a party, I’d pick ‘em out. But it was unhealthy and expensive and, in the end, ridiculously restrictive. There are only so many meals you can have that don’t involve vegetables to some extent.

“So I set out to enjoy vegetables. It’s not a slam-dunk success yet, but I can now eat asparagus without choking. Even this small step has helped make me healthier, and it’s vastly expanded the things I can eat at restaurants.”

So how did he do it? Here are some techniques to use.
Don’t despair, even lifelong vegephobes can be rehabilitated.

1. Decide that you’re going to rebalance your taste buds. I know how it feels; you’ve avoided vegetables for so long that even putting one near your mouth causes a flutter in your belly. This is awful, you think, before the food even touches your tongue; I’m going to hate it. How are you going to enjoy anything when you’ve already decided not to? Part of learning to eat vegetables is to discard that initial reaction. Your tastes will evolve as you age; some folks learn to appreciate different kinds of wines, whereas others discover the joys of spicy foods.

2. Just because you tried broccoli once when you were 9 years old and hated it, doesn’t mean you can’t learn to like it now that you can taste some that’s been prepared properly. (The broccoli of your childhood was probably overcooked into submission and barely resembles the texture of a lightly steamed fresh floret.) Some people were raised eating nothing but canned or frozen vegetables and have no idea how wonderful the real, fresh thing can be. Start by exploring farmer’s markets and talking to people who grow veggies—they are a font of information about tasty ways to prepare them.

3. While you’re learning to retrain your tender taste buds, beware of restaurant veggies. Unless you’re eating in an upscale place or an actual vegetarian restaurant, there’s a good chance you’ll be served some poor excuse for a carrot or green bean. Don’t hold that against them (the veggies). And just because you may not like cooked carrots, don’t discount trying a fresh baby carrot raw. (And no, carrot cake does not count!)

4. If you managed to find one vegetable you sort of kinda like, then eat it again, and again. Eventually, you’ll grow to appreciate them and then even crave them. Really! But you must stick with it, and not think your goal is “I can eat that once a month.”

5. At first, it can help to mask the initial taste of vegetables, which is not to say you drown them in ketchup and swallow them while pinching your nose. But trying plain vegetables is sometimes too big a challenge. So experiment with herbs, spices and simple sauces. Roasting them on a grill can really bring out the flavor, and it’s surprising how just lemon juice can make most green vegetables about 100 percent better.

6. At least learn to enjoy half a dozen or more different ones, so you can have variety. Anyone would go nuts eating two helpings of peas day in, day out. Also, go for color variety—they really are beautiful—start hanging out in the produce section of your store and talk to the folks who work there. They know their rutabagas. Ask friends who like veggies for tips and to show you how to prepare them properly.

7. You don’t have to like them all. Lots of people never let cauliflower anywhere near their mouths (or noses). There will be vegetables that remain vile no matter what sort of preparations you put them through, and after you’ve tried six or seven variations, it’s okay to call it quits. Just make sure you’ve tried something once.

8. If all else fails, you can manage to ingest quite a few helpings a day simply by tucking them into other foods. Maybe that’s an answer—begin to see them as helpers who bring you good health. Just a thought. Make friends with your grater, and add shredded carrots, celery or zucchini to just about any soup or stew or casserole or baked loaf. This also works with veggies such as rutabaga, parsnips and jicama. For broccoli, just mince it into tiny pieces so they’ll disappear into your other ingredients.A rule of thumb is, the milder the veggie, the more you can hide in another dish. A few radishes go a long way, for example. But I swear, you’ll never know the veggies are in there, and you’ll still get the benefits. Then after you’ve mastered this ploy, tip-tongue into more advanced strategies listed above.

Remember, you get all-new taste buds in about three weeks, so if you cut out the fats and sugars and focus on veggies for just three weeks, you will discover that you are beginning to enjoy vegetables!

From Becoming Slender For Life,
second edition, pages 158 – 160

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