Have you typically chalked up your failure to eat enough produce to the fact that you hate vegetables?
The bad news is that by avoiding the foods you don't like, you may be depriving your body of valuable nutrients, and making weight loss harder by limiting your options. The good news? You can teach your taste buds to enjoy the foods at which you once turned up your nose.
1. Grant them a second chance. Maybe you didn't know your palate, like most other things, matures as you get older. In other words, if you were five years old when you declared your hatred for beets, it may be time to put them through another taste test. You might be surprised at what you've been missing all of these years.
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2. Remember: One bad apple does not spoil the bunch. If the word "vegetable" conjures visions of much-maligned cabbage or lima beans, it's time to broaden your produce horizons. With hundreds of veggies out there, many with vastly diverse tastes and textures, it's unlikely that you'll hate every one of them.
The key is finding those best suited to your palate. Don't like beets or Brussels sprouts? Perhaps you prefer sweet, starchy foods? Then a sweet potato or sugar-snap peas fit the bill. If you like something a bit bitter, perhaps collard greens are more to your liking. If spicy is your style, jicama or roasted red peppers might be the right vegetables for you.
3. Resolve your health-food issues. If you're prone to declarations like, "I don't eat white meat, only dark," or "I can't do skim milk," setting such definitive parameters for yourself can make succeeding at weight loss less likely. Dark meat is rich in saturated fat and should be limited in a healthy diet, leaving you with miniscule portion sizes you won't find satisfying.