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    I am about three weeks into eating Primal and have not been able to conquer my extreme dislike of fruits and vegetables. Has anyone had similar troubles and overcome it? I can tolerate lettuce and spinach leaves and that's about it. I usually can eat at least 3 or 4 bites of fruit and then I start squirming and gagging. I even try to be positive about it and still fail. Bananas taste like dirt, kiwis taste like window cleaner, and don't even get me started about squash and cucumbers. Any help from those who have been here would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Maybe you're not a fruit eater~ I'm not~ Start with what you like and don't push more than you actually want~ you should enjoy eating, otherwise, it becomes a punishment. And cheese makes every veggie I know taste better

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    • #3
      I was the same way; most fruit was pretty meh and I could only stomach veggies if they had a bunch of salt and other flavors on them. After months of eating primal, veggies and fruit totally changed in taste for me. I can actually taste subtle sweetness in vegetables, for example, and most good-quality fruits are as sweet as candy. I made some homemade dried banana slices the other day and they were like gummy bears, they were so awesome.
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      • #4
        You need to figure out that food wasn't created to make you happy. It's there to provide us with nutrition. It doesn't have to taste good to be eaten. I mean, raw kale tastes like butt and I ate it for six months before learning about oxalates. And it did me a lot of good! Cooking things definitely makes them taste better, if that's any help. But, for the most part, you need to get over the notion that food is supposed to equal pleasure and just eat it. Flavors are not good or bad, they are just flavors. YOU decide whether or not to enjoy them.
        Crohn's, doing SCD

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
          You need to figure out that food wasn't created to make you happy. It's there to provide us with nutrition. It doesn't have to taste good to be eaten. I mean, raw kale tastes like butt and I ate it for six months before learning about oxalates. And it did me a lot of good! Cooking things definitely makes them taste better, if that's any help. But, for the most part, you need to get over the notion that food is supposed to equal pleasure and just eat it. Flavors are not good or bad, they are just flavors. YOU decide whether or not to enjoy them.
          That's just sad. If we weren't meant to enjoy food, we wouldn't have taste buds.

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          • #6
            I'm curious what you used to eat before.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              I am not a fruit eater and am selective about the veggies I like. (Hubby won't eat veggies other than peas or green beans. He's PICKY.)

              I find the best thing for my has been to experiment a lot with different cooking methods. For example, apple slices fried in coconut oil is pure yumminess, but I gag trying to eat a raw apple. I enjoy spinach sauteed with garlic and butter, but hate the stuff raw.

              Also, for me, I just try not to eat them straight up. Mixed into something - say, a deconstructed stuffed cabbage casserole - makes them more palatable.

              For hubby, I sometimes "hide" veggies in things. I puree spinach and toss into spaghetti sauce. Or I chop up veggies super super small and put them in a meatloaf. He still digs out the occasional green pepper, but it helps.
              Female, 40 yrs old, 5', 120 lbs (post-pregnancy)
              Went Primal January 2, 2012!

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              • #8
                Three weeks is nothing. After a few months you may notice your taste buds starting to change, and you'll start liking them more. Or maybe you'll hate them forever.

                Try cooking everything in liberal amounts of Kerrygold butter, though. I recommend starting with baby broccoli. Saute it in butter until the tips start turning black. Yum. Brussels sprouts are good that way too, but make sure you cook them very thoroughly otherwise they taste like butt.
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                • #9
                  I literally do not understand this phenomenon.

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                  • #10
                    Don't eat them then.
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                    • #11
                      I normally ate lots of sausage, hamburger, pastas, and bread oriented foods. Oh, and drank tons of milk.

                      I found this website because I was looking for ways to cure me. My joints, mostly hips, have been hurting for 10 years but have recently gotten much worse. I am only 31 and I have felt like I would end up with hip replacements or wheelchair bound by my 50s. Three weeks in and I haven't taken any pain killers in a week. They still hurt, but not near as bad. I've also lost 7 lbs which puts me at 160 (5'10"). I've cheated about 40% so far, but I am learning that cheating that much won't help me. I've also had non stop allergies that cause asthma-like symptoms for as long as I can remember. Hopefully those will clear up too. Thanks to those with positive comments so far.

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                      • #12
                        First of all, grocery store produce tastes like cardboard. Wait for summer and pick up some produce at a farmer's market.

                        That said, the cleaner you eat, the less overwhelmed your tastebuds get, and the more flavor you find in produce. I've noticed lately that the "tasteless" berry packs at the grocery store actually tasted like slightly sweet fruit after three weeks of not eating any type of sugar -- no sugar, no honey, no maple syrup, not even an apple. Then I had a macaroon made with maple syrup and it was almost sickeningly sweet.

                        Of course, you don't have to eat fruit if you don't like it. But you really should eat veggies. Sautee those suckers in butter, or bacon fat. Roasting and grilling brings out a lot of flavor in some veggies. Ooh, and pickled vegetables... pickled veggies are the bomb. I usually just steam frozen veg (making sure it stays crisp) and salt/pepper it or slather it in butter or whatever pan sauce I made to go with my protein.

                        I'm still kind of wary of raw veggies because I came to primal from having really bad stomach issues. Raw carrots used to give me indigestion for almost a whole day. Not to mention, most grocery store variety raw veggies don't have enough flavor to eat without some sort of dip or sauce. Whenever I have raw, conventional veg I usually eat it with copious amounts of my homemade caesar dressing, lol.
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                        • #13
                          It is not necessary to eat fruits and vegetables. If you don't eat them, it's a good idea to eat organ meats. If you don't want to eat organ meats, you might try fooling yourself into eating some veggies at least. Scrambling eggs up with onions and swiss chard or spinach works well, hiding vegetables in meat balls or meat loaf works pretty well. You might just stick to the vegetables you do like and simply try a similar one once in a while to see if you can find anything else you like. If you like spinach, maybe you will like chard, if you like chard, maybe you'll like collards or mustard greens or maybe asparagus.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • #14
                            Mark had a post on ways to incorporate more vegetables into your diet ... For people who do not naturally like them
                            How to Eat More Vegetables | Mark's Daily Apple

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