Do you eat things you don't like just because they are good for you?

@jesssp (2742)
Canada
April 8, 2009 5:33pm CST
I have a banana almost every day and I really don't like them. I don't particularly care for whole wheat bread either but I eat it exclusively. I'm actually quite good at eating things I don't really like but I know are good for me. What about you? What are some of the foods you make yourself eat? If you don't/won't then how do you balance out your diet, or do you just not bother?
10 responses
• United States
15 Apr 09
I guess I'm pretty lucky because I really like fruits and veggies. I have a salad for lunch or dinner everyday. I love to drink tomato or V8 juice, well I will eat just about anything that has tomato, I even eat them plain. I also love spinach and broccoli and have no problems eating it. To me fruit is great especially over here in Egypt. In the US I don't really like the fruit it never tastes fresh. Egypt has the best bananas, peaches, apricots, guavas, clementines, strawberries, pomegranates I have ever tasted. The only thing I prefer from the US is our apples and potatoes. I know certain things like brussel sprouts, okra, mangoes, melons may be good for me, but I hate those so I never eat them and I think I more than make up for it. I also never preferred whole grain bread but I forced myself to switch to it and I have been eating it ever since. I have also switched to whole grain pasta and I really can't taste a difference.
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@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
15 Apr 09
I do prefer white bread as well but I reserve it as a treat. I didn't like whole grain pasta when I tried it but I think I may have under cooked it a bit. I like brussel sprouts actually, I gave since I was little which is a little strange! One thing that I have never been able to get used to is tomatoes. It's weird, I like tomato juice, clamato and sauces but I just can't handle actual pieces of tomato - especially raw. I have been slowly trying to fight the compulsion to pick them out of everything and I am making an effort to like (or at least stomach) them!
@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
9 Apr 09
There aren't a whole lot of foods I don't like. There are plenty of foods that wouldn't be my first choice, and at times I do force myself to eat them just because. But I'd never eat a food that I really didn't like just because it's healthy. I do force my kids to though. I hope they turn out like you, where they'll just eat the foods they know they should, whether they like it or not.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
14 Apr 09
I make my fiance eat all sorts of stuff he doesn't like - particularly green and yellow beans. I'm not really a fan of peas or carrots but we eat those quite often too. I'm just not really a fan of fruits or veggies. I try to drink a glass of V8 with lunch everyday to get my servings closer to 5-10 a day and I really hated it at first but now I'm kinda used to it.
• United States
15 Apr 09
My husband wouldn't do that to save his life! If he doesn't like a food, or doesn't want to try it, he just won't. Doesn't matter if it's good for him or not, he just refuses. When I met him the only vegetables he'd eat were potatoes, peas, and corn. He'd eat most meats, but that was about it! He is slowly getting better, after almost 8 years. I can get him to eat just about anything if it's in a tasty soup. Onions were the 1 thing he always refused to eat, and now he's eating them in 90% of the foods I make, he just doesn't know it. I'm also forcing him to try things whenever I serve them. Just the other day I made him try a piece of broccoli. I know he's tried it before, and he says he doesn't like it, but I'm hoping that if he continues to try it, that maybe eventually he'll like it.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
15 Apr 09
Mine is pretty good with trying things but he will also decide out of the blue that he doesn't like something anymore that he had always liked before and it drives me nuts. He also goes the other way and randomly decides he likes something that I always had to avoid because he hated it. Now I just cook what I want and if he likes it, fine, if he doesn't, too bad!
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Yes, I will eat things that I don't "like" sometimes if it's good for me. I don't think I would eat it every day for a long period of time though. I WON'T make myself eat stuff that I HATE though. That's just not worth it to me. Besides, I'm not a really picky person and usually if I'm trying to absorb a certain vitamin or mineral, I can find something that I like or at least can tolerate. I happen to like bananas and wheat bread. I like things that lean toward the sweet side. The things that I stay away from are things that are either bitter or made from "gross parts" of animals. Although I will still occassionaly eat a hot dog or bologna. I won't eat brain or intestings (chitlins?) or pigs feet, stuff like that...I don't care HOW GOOD it would be for me, there is no way I could eat that. I havent found a vegetable that I can't tolerate, except for lima beans, but I haven't tried every vegetable out there yet, either. My family is somewhat picky, so there are some things I just don't bother with, but if I were in a situation where there was food provided, I can pretty much find SOMETHING that I can live with.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
17 Apr 09
I hear ya on the 'mystery meat'. I do love hot dogs but they are a once in a while thing. I actually can't eat most things that are really 'mystery'. Those canned stews that say they contain 'fully formed meat chunks' right on the label have turned me into a dedicated ingredient reader. Mechanically separated _____? Forget it! At least the hot dogs at the butcher don't have their ingredients listed so I can remain blissfully ignorant.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Ignorance truly IS bliss sometimes isn't it? lol You just gave me some things to look for on labels now. Gee Thanks! Maybe I will put off getting those reading glasses a little longer.
@Humbug25 (12551)
28 May 09
Hi there jesssp Hahaha that made me laugh to read that you are good at eating things you don't actually like!! If I am on a health kick then I eat a lot of things I don't care for much like anything healthy! LOL We always eat wholemeal bread and I wouldn't say that I don't like it but I do prefer white bread as do my kids and always ask for it!!
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
28 May 09
Lately I've been forcing myself to eat tomatoes. I have never really like them, I like tomato sauce, juice, soup just fine but I have never liked raw tomato. I've stopped picking them out of everything and ordering things without them and so far it's OK. I don't love them or anything but I can tolerate them and I wont let the presence of a little tomato ruin a yummy dish!
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 09
hi, i think you have the right mindset.. dunno if you ever heard of this saying :'we eat to live, not live to eat'.. so.. eating is for survival.. so you should be eating what is good for you and your body.. no harm in enjoying food, but no point in stuffing yourself silly with unhealthy food all the time.. eating something that may not be yummy but good for you is a good thing.. and a very good examples would be 'vegetables', 'fish oil'.. two of my childrens' great 'enemies'... but i force them to eat them anyway, because i know it is good for them..
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
15 Apr 09
I agree. Even though there are so many yummy options eating really is about sustenance. It just gets a little more complicated when there are so many tastier and more convenient choices out there!
@dragon54u (31609)
• United States
8 Apr 09
I eat vegetables. I don't like them but I know they are important to my health and my digestion. The only ones I really like are lima beans and peas and those are tow of the highest calorie/carb vegetables there are. Just goes to show, everything I really like is bad for me!
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
9 Apr 09
I pretty much figure that if it tastes good or makes you feel good then it MUST be bad for you!
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
8 Apr 09
I don't have the discipline to eat too many things I don't like even though I know they are good for me. One thing I was eating that I hate is celery, but now I actually like the stuff. I wish I could eat mushrooms but I can't stand the texture. I need to eat more cilantro because it is a good detoxifier but I detest the taste. I also started eating more nuts which I don't like too much, but I am tolerating the taste a little better.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
14 Apr 09
I've found that with lots of things. I'll start out forcing myself to eat them and then I either just get used to them or start to actually like them.
@pkc3000 (1268)
• India
25 Jun 09
It is true that some times you do not want to eat some fruit or vegetable but u take these either as doctor's advice or the advice of your parents as they are good for health.
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
I also do like white bread more than wheat bread but prefer wheat bread because it's more healthful. I also have a talent for NOT eating even though I really want to. I've been craving for McDonald's chocolate sundae but have been holding it off because I'd rather not eat it - I don't want to waste the first couple of days I workout out after a tummy-full weekend :) Thanks for the response on my discussion!
• India
9 Apr 09
Many of my customers take goji berries or goji juice because they have to for health reasons. http://www.goji-juice.co.uk