What? You don’t like fruits and vegetables? Me neither! At least, I didn’t for many years. Many months of my life have passed at a stretch without a single fruit or vegetable passing my lips. (Unless you count potatoes, which you probably shouldn’t.) I would eat green beans at Thanksgiving, but that was basically it. No wonder I didn’t feel well!
So believe me when I say, I truly understand where you’re coming from.
Not only did I think that the flavor of fruits and vegetables wasn’t the greatest, but I wasn’t too keen on the texture either. Some are squishy, some require lots and lots of chewing. Crackers are so much more pleasant … right?
What has worked for me is to start with sweet and mild-tasting fruits and veggies.
Yes, two of these are starchy and some will argue that they shouldn’t be considered. I say – Anything you’re eating today that is healthier than what you ate yesterday is good!
Another thing that helped turned the tide in my opinion on eating fruits and vegetables is that I started drinking smoothies. Honest confession: I gagged my way through my first smoothie. I’ve since learned to love them, though. Check out these smoothie recipes for beginners.
The ideal is to eat 7-9 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, but one serving is better than zero. Start where you are and make improvements as you go. Don’t try to be at ideal today – you will likely fail.
And don’t compare yourself to someone who is drinking two green smoothies a day and eating large, colorful salads for every meal. You may be there next year! Instead, take a look at what your diet looked like last month, last year and compare that to today. You’re making better choices and you’re doing great!
Come on … let’s go have some grapes!
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