Monday, November 23, 2009

Eat What You Want

"Oh, really?," you ask. "So I should just have the double cheeseburger and fries?" Well, not exactly. At least not all the time. Plus, if you have a cheeseburger, maybe have half a burger and a salad to go with it instead of fries...

While I don't advocate to eat anything we want without planning and watching our portions, I think it's important that we eat what we like. So often I hear people talk about things they "should eat" because they "are good" for them. But they don't really like these foods. So they eat some of the "oh so good for them" foods, and then they go on to eat what they really like. In my view, that's not very productive.

When I met hubby, he had food very clearly divided into "good foods" and "healthy foods." Unfortunately, the two categories rarely merged in his mind. He literally ate "healthy foods" so that he then could eat the "good foods" he really wanted to eat. It took him quite a few years to realize that healthy food can taste great...

We hear so much about "super foods" and "wonder nutrients" that it's easy to think we should eat certain foods because they are good for us. And if we like these foods, great. But if we don't like them, we should remember that there are so many fruits and vegetables out there that it's possible to find nutritious foods that we truly enjoy. There is no reason to eat foods "just because they are good for us." Food should be enjoyed and celebrated...

I think we should make sure we experiment and figure out what fruits and vegetables we truly like, and then make note of how we like them best (raw, sauteed, baked, roasted, steamed...) and with which condiments and flavors (lemon, garlic, different herbs, soy sauce, hot sauce...). Also, so often we think we don't like something but haven't tasted it in years. Maybe we didn't like the way the food was cooked the last time we tasted it. I would suggest to give it another try! You never know, you may find that you love Vegetable X after all...

Questions: What is one food you don't like? When was the last time you tasted it? How was it prepared? Are you willing to give it another chance?

Some foods I used to not like (but love today) are: Brussels sprouts, beets, apples (we had too many of them because my parents had several apple trees), and bananas (I didn't like that they are "mushy"). Today, these foods are some of my favorites; I'm so glad I gave them a "second chance!"

Be well,
Andrea

27 comments:

  1. Asparagus. I love Veggies, but I cannot for the life of me eat Asparagus.

    It was probably a little over a year ago the last time I tried it. I'd never had it before, and I was expecting something WAY different than what I got. I think that's why I didn't like it. But perhaps, I could try it again...

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  2. I can't do brussel sprouts or artichokes. I've tried many times but I'm not throwing in the towel. Like you pointed out, so often we think we don't like something to the point that we believe it. I used to think I didn't like greek yogurt, but now I really do enjoy it.

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  3. I'm fortunate in that I don't have a serious dislike of any food. And when I have something that I enjoy less than I might, I can always find some way to incorporate it into something I do love...like milk made into custard...or choose something else in the same food group...like yogurt.

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  4. I'm 100% agree with you... what's the point of eating something that's supposed to be good for us if we don't actually like them! I'd totally in favor to eat whatever what you like (luckily in my case mostly veggies) and if they're good, I feel even better, if not, well.. bad luck, at least I enjoy eating it.
    of course, I might not suggest someone who eats fast food that... that's not what I mean.. What i mean is not to be too restrictive, and take the heathy eating style too far! :)

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  5. i've tried and tried cottage cheese...and I just don't like it!

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  6. Interestingly I recently made a handout of this topic! Specifically I was talking about those foods that oyu hated as a child, and have never had the guts to try again because you assumed you still don't like them. For me it was coconut (And myna more...). I always figured I hated it since I hated it as a child, but now I LOVE it! I even enjoy eating them whole and raw. I still don't really like the flakes (it's a texture thing) but I'm really glad I gave them a second chance.

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  7. i hate pinenuts!!! I don't knwo what about them i just cannot get a good taste for them! I don't mind them if they are toasted thats the only way they are manageable, but I still don't like them all that much! I would be interested in trying Pine nut butter though!

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  8. this is so true! i KNOW that blueberries provide some superwonderful things, but i don't really like them. i would throw them in my cereal anyway, but that just made me not enjoy the cereal that i would otherwise love. so no more blueberries in my cereal! i can get those nutrients elsewhere!

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  9. I do not like (other than the obvious response of meat) brussel sprouts. Can't remember the last time I tried them, but I do actually want to try them again. I'm just scared I will waste them.

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  10. I really don't know. I like food..period.
    my Hubs is pickier...and I have helped him "re LIKE" some foods he fomerly detested (like brussel sprouts)

    and yes HOW you prepare them really matters.

    If I think of a single food item that I'm not a fan of, I'll let you know!

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  11. The one and I think only food I've never liked is okra. I've had it only a couple times but both times it led a gag reflection that makes me scared to try it again! However, after reading this and knowing how much I want people to try new foods "knowing they'll like them" I should probably try it again!...

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  12. I just posted something similar! There are a bunch of foods I hated growing up- brussel sprouts was one of them. Last year I tried them roasted and LOVED them! I think that one of the few foods I don't really like is potatoes...loaded up with some sort of sauce is good, but I prefer sweet potatoes which I just like plain.

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  13. I do not like eggplant which always bothered me because I din't see a reason why. I kept trying it prepared different ways, determined that I would find the "right" way to make it. Then a friend told me one day that it was OKAY not to like eggplant and a light bulb went off. She was right! I used to dislike spinach and brussel srpouts, but love them now. Bananas are still iffy with me. I love their flavour, but not the consistency.

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  14. WONDERFUL post! I have patients tell me, "Just tell me what to eat and what not to eat and I'll do it." Um, eating is not a matter of "just doing it"...but making food you love work FOR you, not against you.

    One food I don't like is liver. My dad really loves liver sausage sandwiches -- liver sausage and mayonnaise on bread. Ewww! This was the last time I had liver, and in all honesty, I wouldn't try it again. The smell still causes a gag reflex and I know the saturated fat and cholesterol content of liver, so I'll take a pass!

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  15. i don't have many foods that i don't like but i do have ones that i LOVE (sweet potatoes, figs, dates, pumpkin - do you see a pattern of sweet stuff here) and can't say no to.

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  16. At my house, we definitely need to give green beans a second chance!

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  17. I agree with you...in regards to eating something that you do not like just because is good for you, my philosophy is to never put calories that you do not enjoy :-)

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  18. No matter how hard I try, I cannot like beets. I've tried them every way and I think they are terrible! For some reason they taste like mud to me -LOL! Not that I've ever tasted mud, but it just has that scent to it!

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  19. I disliked tomatoes as a child... luckily I gave them another chance as an adult and now I love them!

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  20. so true!!! I thought I hated brussel sprouts, byt my mom only boiled them now I make them roasted (like most of my veggies) and I look forward to eating them!

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  21. I am all about eating what you want. Within reason of course.

    What is one food you don't like? When was the last time you tasted it? How was it prepared? Are you willing to give it another chance? - I don't like spaghetti. I can't remember the last time I had it nor will I try it again. It makes me sick.

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  22. I know what you mean - it's like why eat food you don't like? It won't last, people! But sadly, it is a double-edged sword! :) I don't like cottage cheese... and I want to. The last time I tried it was about 8 months ago. It was plain... maybe I missed something but it didn't taste... right? to me!

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  23. great post! i hate raisins. i try them every few months to make sure.. since i have grown to love other foods (raw mushrooms, squashes, brussels..) but nope. hate raisins. and hot dogs. haha. xoxoxo!!

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  24. I always swear by the late-Julia Child's motto: "Everything -- just in moderation.''

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  25. I used to hate olives. They're still not my favorite, but at least now they're tolerable in the right situations. I ate a combination pizza not to long ago and didn't even pick off the olives. My olive-pushing friend was proud! :D Great post!

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  26. I love veggies, but the one veg I've never liked is green beans! Thanksgiving is always a good opportunity to try them again each year just to make sure ;)

    Great post!!

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  27. I love this post and completely agree with you! I don't think there is one veggie or fruit I don't like. However, I have this thing with curry! The last and first time I had it was about 4 years ago! You are so right, it was probably the preparation. After starting to blog and seeing so many posts with curry, it's really made me want to try it once more. We'll see how it goes, haha!

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