Help! I HATE Healthy Food

Hungry cute female reaches for donut at night near fridge

In the land of picky eating, I once reigned as queen. Processed carbs were my vassals. Flavor, my sworn enemy.

When I tried new foods, it felt like a terrible explosion in my mouth. Sometimes it still does.

My mom told me I’d thrive in jail. “All you need is bread and butter,” she said. Maybe that’s why I became a criminal defense attorney.

What to Do

  1. Try New Foods. Obviously. 

I love tomatoes. And I still can’t believe it.

Like most foods, tomatoes were once my enemy. Just the tiniest sliver made my whole mouth feel like it was vibrating. What monster brought these wretched things into being?

One day, I just grabbed a tomato and vowed that I would love it. In fact, I would make love to it. So I started adding tiny bits of tomato to my meals.

I’d put it on my fork, together with other flavors to drown it out. And I did it over and over and over again. I never made myself eat all of the tomato, but I always made myself have at least a little bit.

Now I love tomatoes. Weird. But that’s how our brain works.

2.  Start With Iceberg, then Romaine. 

I wanted to eat salads, but I could NOT stand greens, let alone dark greens.

I found iceberg lettuce tolerable, but I knew it had zero health value. So what, who cares? Eat it anyway. Soon you’ll move onto romaine, which is a little better. And after that, you’ll move on to darker greens.

When I first started eating salads, I used the following ingredients:

  1. iceberg lettuce
  2. microwavable popcorn chicken (yes, breaded)
  3. hardboiled egg
  4. small amount of shredded mozzarella cheese
  5. croutons or crushed up saltines
  6. small amount of kraft french dressing

Not exactly the picture of health. But it was a step.

Later, I would start using grilled chicken. Then I would add romaine. Eventually I removed the cheese. I added  cucumbers. I added a little bit of tomato.  Soon, I started mixing in dark greens.

..But not that soon. It probably took a good 6 months. I started with baby spinach. Arugula is good too.

At some point, the croutons were replaced with seeds. All of this happened because I wanted it to. Not because I made myself. I was getting tired of iceberg lettuce, and I wanted more flavor. Trust me, you will too.

3. Do a Several Day Juice Fast

There is a lot of controversy surrounding juice fasts. I won’t get into that here. But I will tell you this. Juice fasts absolutely 100% changed my food preferences for the better.

Once I finished a 10 day juice fast, I craved healthy food. After 10 days of juice, all I wanted was a salad.

Maybe 10 days is extreme. Try 3 days. Or maybe juice is too extreme. Try smoothies. All you need is veggies, fruits, and a blender.

I got my recipes (and inspiration) here.

4. Intermittent Fasting

Like juice fasting, a 5:2 diet will help you crave healthier foods.  I don’t know why, but it works. Maybe 5:2 isn’t for everyone, I don’t know. For me, it helps regulate appetite. And I was a binger of the highest order.

I don’t actively do 5:2, I just kind of do it naturally. It feels like the right way for me to eat now, and I imagine it will be for a long time.

For more on 5:2 check out “The Fast Diet” by Dr. Michael Mosley. Or, if you don’t want to read a book, check out the BBC Documentary “Eat Fast Live Longer” also featuring Dr. Mosley. It’s free on YouTube.

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Do you have any tips or experience with regards to healthy eating for picky eaters?

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16 thoughts on “Help! I HATE Healthy Food”

  1. What a coincidence – I am not a picky eater at all, but I’ve had a hang up about mushrooms forever. It’s the texture. I decided just last week that my aversion to them is stupid and I vowed to get over it. So I’ve been adding them to every meal, and I can honestly report that I’m warming up to them. I still don’t really dig them on their own (yet) but I will get there! I firmly believe that food aversions are learned behaviors that can be unlearned.

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    1. Good timing 😀

      Oh I feel the same way about mushrooms.

      I’m still slightly grossed out by them, to be honest. But I started adding them to omelettes from time to time, and if I add a small amount I find them slightly delicious. We will both get there 😛

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  2. Good article, I struggled with spinach from my earliest years, when I started dieting I quickly used up my carb allowance, I had to find a way to introduce more nutritious food into my diet, I began by making HUGE spinach salads at night when cravings hit me the hardest. turned out I love spinach raw and can’t stand it when it’s cooked 🙂

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  3. I so relate to the comment your mom made about you – I, too, could survive on bread and butter. Maybe not anymore because I’ve changed my diet drastically, but I still love bread and butter.

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  4. I grew up in a world which said that if women ate food they would get fat. Rather stupid but you soon create a belief system that food = fat and that if you eat anything you will get fat. So I will go through stages….wake up – make myself a coffee (breakfast)….have a piece of toast (lunch) …. and then 3 pm…I grab the first thing I can eat. I think there should be a balance of enjoying food and fearing it. I fear it…then when I eat it … I regret it…then I start the cycle again the next day. But I not over weight, I am not skinny …. and I love to do active things. I guess that is how I balance it all!

    Thanks for you awesome blog! LOVE IT!

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  5. Hi,
    I like crinkle cut carrots.
    Congratulations on being Danny Ray’s featured blogger. I was his featured blogger too. I met you on his site. Maybe you can check out my blog if you need a blogging tip for two. That’s what I blog about.
    Janice

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