For health reasons, many people have been told by their doctors that they need to change their diet, or they just know that they need to eat differently. Or maybe they've moved to another country and need to get used to a new type of cuisine. How do we learn to like new foods, or is it possible that there are some foods we will never learn to like? Are our tastes something we are born with, or does it evolve - is it possible that we could learn to like anything if we had to?
When I was diagnosed with Crohns several years ago, I had to significantly change how I ate. I am a huge fan of spicy food, which is not my friend since my diagnosis. I have to monitor what I eat and ensure if I am going to eat something "bad" that I am home for the evening. That said, I had to learn to love fruits and vegetables, and even became vegan for a while out of default. At first, I had to force myself to try new foods, or else I would have been eating a very limited array of food. As I began trying new things, I really began to love fruits and veggies, to the point that now they are my go-to snack. When I fell off the wagon, so to say, last year due to work and stress, I really saw a change in my health, complexion, and overall demeanor.
Some tips I think will help others are to look for recipes that contain the fruits and veggies you would like to try. At first, try casserole dishes for new veggies, as they hide the taste a bit. Then slowly work your way into trying them alone. For example, at first I had to eat asparagus as part of a great chicken, broccoli, asparagus, and cheese dish. Slowly I was able to remove the chicken, remove the cheese, and finally the broccoli. Then I learned to broil, steam, and saute the asparagus. Now I even love it steamed and then eaten in a wrap a little cold!
I believe changing your eating habits is not an overnight thing, but with the right recipes and support you will be able to do it. Spark Recipes from Spark People, All Recipes, and Post Punk Kitchen provide some wonderful recipes to start enjoying new, healthier dishes.
Great advice on the transition!! I am sometimes nearly vegan, and I like to eat a lot of raw veggies, for health reasons. I noticed that after several months of eating some sort of raw greens almost daily, that I would crave it if I didn't have it.
It makes me sad to see people in restaurants order a steak, and they eat everything on their plate except the vegetables - you expect children to be picky, but it's surprising how many adults don't eat veggies. I think your casserole idea would be great for people like this.
After moving to Peru, we learned to enjoy new foods. Peruvian food is generally delicious but some dishes, for psychological reasons, were difficult to eat. For example, guinea pig (cuy as they say in Peru) is a delicacy in the Andes. To turn it down would be the ultimate insult, so we had to buck up and eat. It's actually a dark, greasy meat but tasty if prepared the right way. The problem was our upbringing and having had guinea pigs as pets when we were children. I think a lot of our food preferences involve what we ate/didn't eat as a child and why. If we can learn to analyze why we like or don't like certain foods and get over the prejudices we may have formed toward them, we begin to enjoy new foods or at least tolerate them.
You make an interesting point when what you eat is also an animal that we keep as a pet. Most people never see the animals their food comes from. We buy cuts of beef at a store without a real connection to the animal it came from.
Also, texture goes a long way - especially greasy texture. Greasy meats, and oily fish are two foods I have trouble with - often I say I'm vegetarian when I travel.
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