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  • What do you do when you don't like a lot of veggies?

    I'm a picky eater. Once I got in my 20s I started liking a LOT more food in general but there are still quite a bit of fruits and veggies I don't like. I keep reading how people eat like 9 cups of veggies a day (?!) and some don't eat any fruit. (again... ?!) I am only on week two and I don't want to get tired of the same old stuff, particularly the veggies which are a huge staple in the Primal diet. Does anyone else struggle with veggies? How do you deal with it? If you don't struggle, do you still have any advice? I don't like peppers and I don't like the texture of mushrooms. I love asparagus and sometimes broccoli, squash, zucchini, spinach, onions.... but I could not eat more than a cup or two a day without getting tired of it. I overdid the yogurt a bunch of years ago and now I want to vomit when I eat it and I don't want to get like that with veggies.

    Fruit... is it really as "bad" as people are making it out to be? I love most fruits (more than veggies) but I know that are still high in calories and sugar. I do eat a lot of fruits and don't know how I'd survive without them because of my aversion to veggies. My diet would probably be like 90% meat without fruit!

    Anyway, do you get what I'm saying? Tips, ideas, or experiences would be great. Thanks, gang!

  • #2
    First of all, I think the consensus around here was that 9 cups of vegetables was pretty difficult for almost everyone to eat.

    Second, you can eat the vegetables you like.

    At some point I believe people have to just grow the hell up and not treat everything they put into their mouths as a big giant party for their tongue.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #3
      You need to develop a taste for veggies. You do this buy adding fat or sugar or both.

      So take broccoli.. try it with a huge amount of homemade lemon caper sauce... actually try that with any vegetables.. Add LIBERAL amounts of fatty sauces that you LOVE. Eat a little at a time.. and then eat more and more of it until you enjoy eating it slathered. Then you can slowly start cutting down on it.

      Also try veggies in a stew, most people start to like veggies this way that they normally wouldn't.

      Try one new veggie a week, cook it in all kinds of delicious ways
      Primal since March 2011

      Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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      • #4
        I try to eat veggies and fruit in varied colors. My total intake is at most 3 cups a day. I assure you that most of us are not eating 9 cups. Breathe! Then do what works for you. Try a new veg once a week to see if you can expand your list a little. Good Luck!
        Primal since 9/24/2010
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        • #5
          Just learn to. Buy some Umeboshi plum vinegar at the health food store- it is super salty and AMAZING and can make veggies taste good. Put it on your big a$$ salad and on your kale with butter.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
            At some point I believe people have to just grow the hell up and not treat everything they put into their mouths as a big giant party for their tongue.
            Can you please tell this to my husband? ARgggghh
            Primal since March 2011

            Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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            • #7
              FAT.

              FAT.
              FAT.
              FAT.

              Cook your veggies in bacon grease, butter, coconut oil, beef tallow. Hell, a combination of fats. I don't know how ANYONE could resist veggies slathered in FAT!

              It's beyond delicious!!!
              A Post-Primal PrimalPat

              Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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              • #8
                Yeah, as soon as I tell my own. Ha ha.

                What I meant was there's a point where you just have to try new things and let them grow on you or else find ways to eat them that you can enjoy. I've never liked green beans (that squeaky on my teeth thing) but I started eating them anyway and you know what, I really like green beans.
                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                  At some point I believe people have to just grow the hell up and not treat everything they put into their mouths as a big giant party for their tongue.
                  Hahahaha... awesome.

                  Also, you may find that your taste changes a bit once you've been at this a while. You may find that savory foods taste better, you may start to appreciate the different textures of veggies. Try new ones - there are tons of veggies out there, and you've probably never tried many or most of them. I recently had kale for the first time and it's pretty much my new favorite food. Worry less and have more fun!

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                  • #10
                    hahah, sbhikes!! I know, I know, I need to suck it up. But I literally gag on some things, like I can't control it. (Once I gagged trying to drink tea, another thing I don't like but tried to force) The tongue party goes wrong with some things! I like the idea of sprucing it up with vinegar and fats, etc. I'll give that a try.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nelle View Post
                      hahah, sbhikes!! I know, I know, I need to suck it up. But I literally gag on some things, like I can't control it. (Once I gagged trying to drink tea, another thing I don't like but tried to force) The tongue party goes wrong with some things! I like the idea of sprucing it up with vinegar and fats, etc. I'll give that a try.
                      There was a thread here where I listed all the things that I now eat that wouldnt have touched before going primal.. well it was very very long

                      first of all make sure you have a positive mind going into it..if you think you are going to hate it, you probably will. Second taste the yummy sauce first.. It will put your mind in a good place. Then just take small pieces with lots of sauce and you probably wont even notice it and will like it because you have started with a good place (yummy sauce) so your mind is in a good place.
                      Primal since March 2011

                      Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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                      • #12
                        Oh neat! Cool that you like more food now than before Primal. That gives me hope. I'll keep trying! Thanks y'all!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by patski View Post
                          FAT.

                          FAT.
                          FAT.
                          FAT.

                          Cook your veggies in bacon grease, butter, coconut oil, beef tallow. Hell, a combination of fats. I don't know how ANYONE could resist veggies slathered in FAT!

                          It's beyond delicious!!!
                          LOL This one is still hard for me to wrap my brain around. I have still been doing veggies the "healthy" way haha. I do roasted alot with olive oil, but that is about it.

                          I am really afraid of eating all this fat, and then someone says... Oh just kidding!! You know you can't eat fat!!!
                          65lbs gone and counting!!

                          Fat 2 Fit - One Woman's Journey

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                          • #14
                            I tried celery root for the first time recently. I hate celery. I will pick it out of just about anything. But celery root is heavenly. I betcha the celery root inoculated me so that next time I eat something with celery in it it will be my new favorite food.
                            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gopintos View Post
                              LOL This one is still hard for me to wrap my brain around. I have still been doing veggies the "healthy" way haha. I do roasted alot with olive oil, but that is about it.

                              I am really afraid of eating all this fat, and then someone says... Oh just kidding!! You know you can't eat fat!!!
                              Don't be afraid! It's worth it because it will help you develop a taste for them. Also try cutting them up into small pieces and then cooking them in fat...or roasting them with some fatty meat... the smaller pieces the better. I even got my husband to eat brussels sprouts this way.
                              Primal since March 2011

                              Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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