Did you know that research shows that you can learn to like foods? What if I told you that in a month you and your family could be enjoying a meal full of vegetables? Emma Francis is a picky eater. I grew up with a mom who didn't know how to cook and thought that if you stuck a fork in a vegetable and it didn't slide off into two pieces, it wasn't finished cooking yet. As a result, I hated vegetables. I hate any slimy texture and the thought of overcooked vegetables still makes me want to gag.
I went out on my own and decided there is a world full of food out there that isn't spaghetti-O's, but by that time I was such a picky eater that I didn't like anything healthy. Then one day I was reading a way to get kids to eat vegetables and I decided to give it a try.
At first I was scared. I was too scared to go for a potent tasting vegetable, so I decided to go for cantaloupe. I hated it. The thought of all that orange yuk was disgusting. The first day, I cut a piece and held my nose and licked it. That was all I could manage. I LICKED IT. I couldn't even stand the thought of putting it into my mouth. This was not going to work and I knew it, so the second day, I stared at it for ten minutes, then put it into my mouth and practically gagged chewing it. Even two weeks in, I felt that I would never learn to like melon. I would eat my piece daily, but I was more than happy to toss the rest out when it went mushy.
I am not exactly sure when the transformation took place. At some point, I looked down, and the entire half melon was gone and I had enjoyed the sweet flavor of it while I ate it.
So far, I have learned to eat rice, green melon and cantaloupe, broccoli, hummus and onions. There are probably a few other foods that slip my mind right now.
Currently I am working on beans. Beans are going to take a while. I can easily eat a ground up bean, like hummus or a white bean dip, but I cant stand the texture of beans in general. Right now, I am finding ways to hide them in foods so that I develop a taste for them. I will smash them and put them into spaghetti sauce or chili. I even smash them and put them into burritos instead of leaving them whole. Next, I will stop smashing them in foods. After I can tolerate them whole, I will work on beans by themselves.
Have you learned to like any food? How did you do it? #vegan #vegetarian #healthyeating #diet Shared with my friends over here: