Except for vegetarians, few of us eat enough vegetables. For many, days can go by without eating ANY vegetables.
Veggies just aren’t on the top of the favorites list for most people. They weren’t born that way, they learned it.
Why You May be a Veggie Hater
- Just boiling some plain ole green beans is pretty boring. You won’t ever learn to like vegetables that way. That’s why vegetables might be viewed as “eat them because they are good for you” and not because they taste good. Maybe vegetables weren’t prepared in an appetizing way in your upbringing?
- Canned vegetables can be mushy and overcooked, not to mention loaded with preservatives. That’s very unappealing too. Is that how you learned to eat veggies, from a can?
- Being from the South, we tend to cook our vegetables to death. Dead vegetables are pretty gross. Southerners aren’t stupid. We are aware that the nutrients are dramatically reduced when overcooking veggies. But that doesn’t stop us. I admit that I am still guilty of overcooking veggies. Do you cook yours to death?
- Or maybe you associate vegetables with going on a diet. That is an unpleasant thought indeed.
There are lots of reasons to be a veggie hater.
The Psychology of Vegetable Haters
Were veggies used as a reward or punishment in your childhood?
- Forcing children to sit at the table until they finish their vegetables only associates punishment with vegetables.
- In the same vein, rewarding kids with dessert for eating their vegetables may not be the best idea either. The reward becomes the treat so they don’t learn to enjoy the vegetable, says WebMD.
Were either of these methods used on you as a child? Now you know why. But take heart, in the next post, we will explore 12 sneaky ways of getting more vegetables in your mouth that you will enjoy. Stay tuned!
How Much is Enough?
How many vegetables should we eat per day? Check out the Choose My Plate chart from the USDA based on age, sex and amount of physical activity that will help you set a vegetable goal.
Some basic tips that we will explore further in the next post:
- If you currently eat no veggies, a goal of just eating some vegetables each day is a start.
- Eating lettuce and tomato on a sandwich every day is not enough. Choose a variety of produce for maximum health benefits.
- Find recipes that are appealing to you to help you develop a taste and appreciation for different vegetables.
Here’s your simple change for the day: Don’t be a Veggie Hater! Try one new vegetable today.
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