How to Eat Vegetables If You Hate Them
I always stress the importance of eating lots of fruits and vegetables. They’re the best food for flab loss, lean muscle building and your overall health.
But the fact is that most people hate vegetables and only can tolerate them if they’re on pizza or deep fried.
So how do you eat vegetables without forcing yourself? How do you replace junk food with good food without feeling like you’re suffering or sacrificing?
I understand that it’s not easy to switch gears completely and eat all the right foods. Some people can go cold turkey and be perfect. Most can’t, though. I know I sure couldn’t.
I tell people the same thing when they’re first learning to eat right as I do when they’re first learning to exercise:
Start off slowly and gradually ease your way into it. It should be a gentle change, not a kick in the gut.
Begin with one serving of a vegetable a day. Add some flavor to it. Salsa is always good, as long as it doesn’t contain garbage like corn syrup or excess salt. Instead of chips and salsa, eat carrots and salsa, or celery. Olive oil is also good, too.
Add a serving of vegetables every few days to your meals. After a while, eat two servings a day. Then when that’s no effort, add another one and so on.
Very soon you will develop a taste for them, as this is your body’s natural way of eating. It’s hard-coded in you so it won’t be a struggle for you to do once you’ve built a habit of it. And in no time you will feel better and look better.
Remember that very few people come out of the shoot with perfect habits. If you can switch gears and go from eating trash to eating perfectly in a snap, well, then congratulations on that. But most of us – myself included – need to ease our way into the right habits. This way is actually the fastest, easiest and most permanent way to change behavior.
So don’t feel rushed or pressured. Don’t sacrifice or struggle. Just go about it in your own natural time and it will happen. No matter what your pace, though, you do have to start.
All the best,
P.S. For a how to go from Garbage to Garden, read more here…