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Fighting the fruit fight

Posted: October 29, 2013 11:38 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.

I was grocery shopping a few days ago and overheard a girl telling what I assume must have been her mother that she hated vegetables. This is not anything out of the ordinary to hear in a grocery store, I’m sure, but what stuck out was that the girl was probably in her 20s and adamant about hating vegetables. I could hear it in her voice and she had a no-nonsense look on her face when she said it.

I’ve never really had a problem with vegetables; they certainly aren’t my favorite food, but I don’t detest them. I like eating vegetables, actually, because it feels like you are doing something good for yourself. But, when I am really hungry at the end of the day and I want something to eat, I don’t reach for a plate of broccoli or carrots or Brussels sprouts.

I’m more of the meat and potatoes school, and when I’m hungry that’s what I want. I feel like fruit and vegetables are something I eat at times of leisure, when I’m not really hungry. I never get the feeling that I’m full from them, but I do get the feeling that they give me a boost of energy. I’m pretty open about how much of a morning person I am not, so in the mornings any extra boost is appreciated. This is a time when fruits are appropriate.

I’m also pretty open about my true love affair with coffee, so naturally, that is my a.m. drink of choice. For the last few months, maybe since July, I’ve also been force-feeding myself an apple in the morning. There is absolutely no part of me that desires to eat an apple -- at any time of the day -- but especially in the morning, so it really is an act of force on my part to choke that sucker down. Bite, chew. It’s so repetitive, but once it’s all done, I feel like I’ve done my metabolism a favor. The apple plus the coffee makes me feel like I’m a part of the world of the living. It’s great and I’m sure my coworkers appreciate it, too.

I really do feel invigorated after eating my morning torture apple and it’s one of those things that, once it’s over, you feel glad that you’ve done it. My point in all this is that I know fruits and vegetables are beneficial because I have experienced their positive effects. So, when I heard the girl in the grocery store say she hated vegetables, I could sympathize a little because I know eating fruit, for me, can certainly be a chore.

But on the other hand, I couldn’t help thinking that it was very unfortunate for someone to have such strong negative feelings toward a food group that is absolutely essential to health.

What I’ve discovered with vegetables is that cooking them with seasoning is the secret to making them more attractive. OK, I know this is probably not a secret at all, but again, it was something that I had to figure out for myself for it to really mean anything.

When it comes to fruit, there’s no way to make them more appealing. Cooking a fruit just doesn’t seem like a good idea. I guess I’m just stuck with the force-feeding method which is actually working surprisingly well for me. Any other suggestions would be appreciated!

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