One of the main culprits is sugar. You ask what does that have to do with yucky veggies? Today there is some sort of sweetener in absolutely every food that is commercially prepared. It’s not just cane sugar, since we all know to avoid that, it is all the sweeteners – some with innocuous names you don’t even know mean “sugar”! There is some kind of sweetener in things that don’t even taste sweet like mustard,ketchup and toothpaste.
What’s that about? It is all about creating an addiction…because addicts are the best customers of all. And now that your taste for sweets has been properly programmed, the natural taste of nutrient dense organic vegetables won’t satisfy your sweet tooth. In fact, because they are very “alkaline forming,” vegetables may taste bitter or nasty to you. They’re not bitter, but without all the sugar that you are used to you may think they are. The healthier the veggie the worse it tastes! So what are you to do?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75% of Americans don't eat the recommended five to nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day. So when you get to a buffet do you choose the chocolate cake over the carrot sticks even though you know carrot sticks are healthier? Do you skip the salad at the restaurant? Does the idea of eating something green make you gag?
Are you addicted to processes sugar food and gag with veggies. Big business has work
to help you get to right where they want you. Most Americans are addicted to artificial preservatives, sweeteners, genetically modified foods and more to such an extent that the delicious natural taste of vegetables. Big business has evolved a new breed of human being, one that with the help of modern pharmaceuticals can manage to survive to a ripe old age without ever eating anything that is truly healthy.
YOUR TASTE BUDS ARE NOT BROKEN THEY JUST NEED TO BE RETRAINED. By weaning yourself off of the things that confuse your taste buds, like artificial flavors and sweeteners, they can begin to return to normal – and eventually actually develop the ability to taste – and enjoy - the natural nutrition in the foods you put in your mouth!
1. MAKE A COMMITMENT TO CHANGE
To start out you have to make a decision, a commitment, to change, accepting that it will be difficult at first. And the first thing you have to change is you’re the way you think about vegetables before you eat them. If you look at a veggie and think, “this is awful,” before it even gets in your mouth, you are not going to like it no matter what you do. You need to discard that initial reaction to your veggies.
2. LEARN THAT RAW VEGGIES ARE NOT THE SAME AS COOKED VEGGIES.
When I was a kid I thought I hated vegetables. I didn’t really hate vegetables, I hated the mushy nasty things Mom pulled out of the freezer or dumped from a can. Cooked veggies are not the real thing, a shadow of their former selves. When you cook a veggie forever it becomes plastic mush that requires a sauce and lots of salt. On the other hand, fresh organic nutrient-liquid light vegetables taste wonderful, even with nothing on them!
3. DON'T QUIT
Stick with your program. Liquid light veggies can’t possibly have the appeal of a chemically-processed burger that's been field-tested by marketing and psychology experts who know all your buttons. Making a transition to real, organic, whole food isn’t going to happen overnight. So once you get past your initial disappointment in your vegetables, keep eating them anyway. Eventually, you’ll begin to appreciate them, and then even really desire them. Don't get upset at yourself for having
processed food now and again... just toss in the raw veggies and enjoy both without guilt or condemnation. Inch by Inch changes in life are a cinch.
4. HIDE YOUR VEGGIES WITH OTHER FOODS
When you get started, try masking the initial taste of vegetables. One of my most favorite foods are veggie tacos. Tons of lettuce, avocado, and tomatoes with a tiny bit of meat and beans. mmmmmmmmm...A salad dressing you like will make your salad go down easier. I used to get “salad pizza” at my favorite pizza place – a big delicious fresh salad right on top of a slice! Mix toasted almonds or sesame seeds in with your vegetable dish. If you are used to salty things, get some dulse flakes at your local health food store and sprinkle those on instead – or mix in any sea vegetables with your fresh veggies.
5. DRINK YOUR VEGGIES IN LIQUID LIGHT SMOOTHIES!
Ever morning start with a smoothie. I recommend the Champion juicer and a Vita mix blender. If your on the run stop at a Juice bars, they are all over, providing a fresh, tasty alternative to eating vegetables. Keep in mind that even fresh juices are more powerful than commercial juice bars. They have additives like sugar, flavorings.
6. TRANSFORM YOU VEGGIES INTO SAUCES, SOUPS, TOPPINGS, AND DESSERTS.
Tomato sauce, some salad dressings, and salsas are just a few of the recipes you can find for making vegetables more palatable. You can even make delicious raw soups. My books have plenty of recipes. Mix vegetables with ginger, Braggs Amino’s (used sparingly), apple cider vinegar, and sesame oil to make a healthy salad dressing. Half a cup equals one whole vegetable serving. Hate Vegetables? If not 100% raw yet, you can add your veggies to other dishes. Top a pizza with fresh broccoli and nut cheese – don’t knock it till you try it! My speciality is veggie desserts. I have thousands of recipes to finish up your meal that are GGGGGGGG to be the best ever.
7. TRY A VEGGIE YOU HAVE NEVER TASTED BEFORE.
Many people don't eat vegetables because they’ve never tried anything other than cooked peas, carrots and iceberg lettuce. . Try something new--you never know what you may discover. Sure, you’re bored with tomatoes--so give eggplant or arugula a try! All have very different textures and flavors and are full of nutrients. Ask your local grocer for recommendations or check out the recipes in one of my e-books.
8. RAW IS BEST
Many raw veggies make great snacks just by adding a dip, salad dressings and salsa. Keep them ready for quick easy access by cleaning them when you get back from the store. Cut them into bite size bits and store in the green bags you can get at health food stores. I keep them at eye level in my refrigerator so I see them first whenever I get the munchies. Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots go well with just about anything, and organic baby tomatoes can be eaten just by themselves.
9. EAT WHAT'S IN SEASON AND IS GROWN NEAR YOU
Fresh, in-season, locally grown vegetables offer the most flavor and Liquid light nutrition. For example, asparagus is ideal in the spring. Vine ripe tomatoes are best in the summer. Broccoli, eggplant and pumpkins reach their peak in the fall, Many green veggies are best in the winter.
10. GROW IT YOURSELF
Try growing some vegetables in your own backyard. It's very hard not to like vegetables that you grew yourself. In the end, you may find out that you actually don’t hate vegetables, you just hate them prepared in the ways you’ve always tried them. So give some of my recipes a try and eat them raw! I suspect you will surprise yourself and even get favorites that are special to you and your family.