Have You, Do You, Would You, Sacrifice Taste For The Sake Of Eating Healthy?

Tomato Sandwich - Appears to be a tomato sandwich with cucumber, onion, cheese and some kind of salad dressing poured over it.
@Rozie37 (15499)
Turkmenistan
May 28, 2007 5:48am CST
My ex-boyfriend had a big influence on me from age fifteen to 26. My mom died when I was ten so, she wasn't around to raise me. Anyway, when I lived with him, we would go shopping at the 32nd Street Market in the middle of the night. Being that it was a 24 hour store and less crowded at this time. He spoiled me in a lot of ways, but one of the worse ways was that if I wanted something, whether it was good or bad for me, he would say, "Well, you only live once." I still have this attitude now, so it is very hard for me to sacrifice taste for healthy choices. I mean, there are healthy foods that taste good and I eat them, but I wont eat them, just because they are healthy. There are a lot of healty things that I wont even try, and some that I have tried, that I don't believe should be considered as food. Like Eggplant, who in the world thought to eat that stuff first? Rhubarb, Squash, Zuchinni, Okra, Tamato, all seafood, accept tuna and Red Snapper, yuck, yuck, yuck and more yuck. Actually, my pilate is not very sophisticated, if a child wont eat it, I probably wont eat it either.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
28 May 07
Wow, where did you find that boyfriend?? And how come you let him escape? :( Concerning to healthy food, I eat pretty much of everything. I eat too much most times, but I'm capable of eating too much healthy food. I love almost all kinds of vegetables and fruits, and I can spend the day eating only this sort of things. I also like meat, but I don't eat it so often.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
29 May 07
The boyfriend is history. I think he was a little to comfortable playing a father role, because he would hit me sometimes too. We are friends now, but we don't ever see each other. He still says sometimes that he can't understand why I left home. It's been ten years since I lived with him, shouldn't he be over that by now. God knows, I am. Anyway, it takes a lot of discipline to at the healthy foods and say no to the junk. i need to start focusing on that. There are a lot of fruits that I love also. I believe that the only one I don't like is tomato.
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@laridbz (1287)
• China
29 May 07
He would hit you? Well, it's only ok if you like it, but doesn't seem like it's the case. But I usually like the "father role" to my boyfriends, for some reason. Well, good luck with your diet! ;)
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• India
29 May 07
Well you're boyfriend is right (btw, lucky you, what I would not give to have a boyfriend who 'spoiled' me), you Do live only once, that's why I think we should try to make that one lifetime as long and healthy as possible. I can help you convert to the heathly eating movement, just try drinking green tea, it'll taste so godawfulhorrible that you'll start appreciating everything else more ;)
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
29 May 07
Actually, I can drink green tea straight and strong, because I know that it is good for me.
• India
30 May 07
Wow. That's really impressive! I hate that stuff.
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@angelicEmu (1311)
28 May 07
Nature's bounty! Yum! - Healthy and delicious :-)
I don't think it's ever a case of sacrificing taste to eat healthily! Healthy foods cooked well are just as tasty, if not tastier than unhealthy foods, in my opinion. And if you eat less salt, refined sugar and pre-processed foods, your taste-buds tend to come alive, and you can appreciate subtleties of flavour much more. It's similar to this scenario: if you work in a very noisy environment, when you go home at night everything will sound quiet. But if you work in a quiet environment, you'll be able to hear things like birdsong, the trees rustling in the wind, little insects buzzing around etc. If your senses are bombarded with big sensations (such as foods with loads of salt, sugar, artificial flavourings) everything else will taste bland in comparison. But if you eat healthily, you'll be able to taste more, and those unhealthy foods will stop being so appealing!
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
29 May 07
This is rare for me, but I was really impressed by what you said and the analogy that you used. I can definitely relate to the difference between healthy and un-healthy foods. I think that one of the reasons that it taste so good is because you know that it is good for you, so you don't feel all the guilt. I lived in my own apartment for a year and then my sister needed my help, so I moved in with her. It was like moving from a home to a classroom, as she had six bad kids. I believe at the time the youngest was 4 and the oldest was eleven. There was a television in every room in the house, including the kitchen and the bathroom. Every t.v. would be on at the same time, but one different stations and up so loud that you had to yell over them to be heard. So when you talk about going from a quiet environment to a noisy one, believe me, I can relate.
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29 May 07
Thank-you for the best answer, and I'm glad that my analogy worked for you! I think that in some ways healthier foods taste better because of the lack of "guilt" feelings attached to them, as you say. Once I gave up eating sugar and foods with sugar in them. My palate adapted, and healthier foods which had tasted a little bland before started to taste flavoursome to me. After a while, I tried eating one of my previously favourite desserts, and was flabbergasted by how overly-sweet it tasted to me! So that's where I got my analogy from! All the best, and happy eating whatever you choose - all things in moderation :-)
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• Netherlands
29 May 07
For a healthy food, I might give it a try. I just want to make balance of what I eat. If I eat junk food then I'll also eat healthy food. Everything that is too much is also not good, so make a balance. My mother in law used to say to my husband since his father is a healthy freak..and don't want to eat this and that. She said, if you eat you will die and if your don't eat you will die too.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
29 May 07
This is my attitude also. Regardless to what you eat, you will go when it is your time to go. There is no need to obsess with it. I guess I feel this way because my weight has not changed my quality of life enough to freak out yet.
@netbuster (100)
• India
29 May 07
Healthy food need not be tasteless. Even salads with the right addons can be quite tasty. You add dried fruits like raisins and cherries and it suddenly becomes a tasty meal by itself. I guess experimentation is the key here.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
29 May 07
Now, that is what I like. I love to put trail mix on my salads. That is one of my favorite meals.
@smints8985 (1594)
• United States
29 May 07
I would probably say I would. In the first place I am not at all picky with food, so eating healthy is not a hard thing to do. And Oh yeah, I like eggplant, one of my favorites. Well we only live once, but if we want to enjoy living longer we must eat healthier too. So I hope you get used to eating healthy. Don't just say no, give everything a try, not because the food does not look appetizing means it isn't good. You'll never know unless you try. Good luck to your change of diet.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
29 May 07
Maybe I just have a negative attitude toward this whole eating right thing. I feel that a person is going to die when it is their time to go, regardless to what they eat or don't eat. There are just so many ways to die in this world, I just figure, if you are going to go, go with a good meal in your stomach. People eat right and exercise all their lives and then a 911 or a Katrina comes along and wipes them out.
• Portugal
29 May 07
I sometimes do it. I eat and my school and they offer a fish or a meat dish. Sometimes I choose the fish dish, knowing that the meat dish taste better. And it happens quite often. But sometimes it is stronger them me and I take the meat dish because it taste better.
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
29 May 07
That's hard for me to do as I'm trying to lose weight and food is my major problem. It's hard for me to give up all the niceties while trying to lose weight. I suppose if I eat in moderation or proportion my food it might help, but with all the nice tasting things out there, its very hard to do.
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• Philippines
29 May 07
These days there are sauces, flavorings and condiments in the grocery store to add to food. Just look up recipes and experiment.
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@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
29 May 07
Nope, nope NOPE! If I like it, I'll eat it. If I don't, I won't. The only food I have gagged on in my life was peas... and I was a U.S. Paratrooper for 8 years. ;~D Sure, someday I might die because of my attitude, but I don't care about how I'll die, I care about how I live.
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@eiencafe (155)
• Italy
28 May 07
I will never eat healthy, because if I do I don't eat anything at all. I try to moderate "un-heathy" food but what it's healthy now could become un-healthy in 5 years so it's not of use to look at everything I send down my mouth. As I said I try to moderate but your ex is right you live once, maybe don't eat "un-healthy" everyday...
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
28 May 07
I don't always eat the food that is good for me. I try to eat the food that is bad for me in moderation. No, I will not give up the food I like just because it isn't good for em. I limit how much I eat. I would never sacrifice taste for healthy. My fiancee has shown me that you can eat things that are normally considered bad for you just by changing the way that you cook them.
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@creb11 (416)
• China
28 May 07
Wow you have a interested ex-boyfriend. In the past I would think you friend is right, yes you only live one year.But now I would care about health more, as I want live long.HaHa So eat health now my friend.
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@brimia (6582)
• United States
30 May 07
I am very concerned with eating healthy. I eat very little processed food and am mostly vegan. I think food can be healthy and delicious. I make most of my meals from scratch and me and my husband love it. It takes work and lots of practice for sure but it's definitely worth it.