I ate vegetables growing up, so it’s not a new concept to me, but, I do have an issue with some vegetables which is why as an adult I didn’t eat too many.
Okay so I have always liked carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. I hated HATED brussel sprouts with a passion. I didn’t mind the taste, but my step father gave them a horrid nickname, so in my mind I associated them with something gross and therefore I hated them. He called them “Monkey Balls.” I knew that they were vegetables, but I had the image of testicles in my head, so the taste was just awful to me. I couldn’t even look at them because all I could think was that I was eating testicles. I ate them when I was a kid because I had experience with not being allowed to leave the table until my plate was cleaned and I didn’t want to have to be punished for not eating them, so I would grin and bear it.
Throughout my adult years I refused to buy them, I wouldn’t even look at them when grocery shopping because I still associated them with testicles, so I just never bought them. A few years ago I decided that it was stupid that I gave him that control over me, so I bought some and steamed them and they were surprisingly good. Because I didn’t associate them with testicles anymore, they actually had a different taste to me than what I remembered as a child. They are actually good.
I have always had an aversion to vegetables in my adulthood which is one reason why I got so fat, because I never ate vegetables. I actually love eating vegetables now and make sure that I get at least 2 cups of vegetables for dinner every night, and sometimes for a snack.
Take this picture for example. I like to take several different kinds of vegetables and steam them all together and mix them in a bowl. This bowl has broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, spinach and carrots. I will eat the vegetables first before anything else because one of the Noom articles that I read said to eat the vegetables first, then the main course and whatever other sides. I make it a habit of eating vegetables now and I actually love the taste.
So my old habit of eating junk is a thing of the past, and my new habit of eating healthy is my future. I will always keep vegetables in the freezer to steam with my dinner from now on.