View Full Version : I don't like vegetables!
08-24-2008, 06:23 PM
Is it something that I should be concerned about if I don't really want to eat any vegetables? I cut up a bunch of different veggies (carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli), but it just feels like too much WORK to eat them. I don't like salads. I'll eat them if I force myself, but I don't really have fun doing it. On the other hand, I enjoy every single bite of a fruit salad.
I'm eating about 4 cups of spinach every day (in green smoothies) and an avocado with chopped up tomatoes and lemon juice. Aside from that, I mostly eat tons of sweet fruit. And I do mean tons. I also eat a handful of almonds every day (probably about 20 or 30, I'd guess?).
Is that enough vegetables? I keep reading that to be healthy on raw you should eat lots of leafy greens. What, exactly, is "lots"? 4 cups feels like a lot, but I suspect that it isn't much at all when I read about people drinking huge green smoothies and eating enormous salads twice a day.
08-24-2008, 06:58 PM
Never feel like you have to force yourself to eat what you do not like. I don't like sprouts but they are often touted for being one of the foods raw fooders "should" eat. Oh well!
Continue eating what you DO like (the fruit, the spinach in smoothies, etc.) and watch how at some point you will find that you start eating some veggies you never liked or wanted to eat! Happened to me! Before going raw, the only veggies I ate were (cooked) corn, green beans, sometimes greens and at times, salads with lettuce and dressing only LOL, and a few other veggies! Now, I eat (RAW) broccoli, cabbage, carrots, corn, peppers (sometimes), avocado, EGGPLANT (YIKES!!!), zucchini, kale, spinach, collards, and others I'm sure I'm forgetting.
So, my point? Eat what you like and allow your body to make the adjustments and one day you'll look up and wonder, "What in the world?! How'd this raw asparagus get in my mouth? Mmm (**crunch, crunch**) but it's soooo gooood!" :D And you'll find yourself stuffing your green smoothies with so many greens, there'll be no room for much fruit! Well, maybe that's pushing it a little...but ya never know!
P.S. I forgot to add, you might also wish to try marinating your veggies in a little olive oil and Nama Shoyu (and maybe add a little garlic and onion powder or fresh if you like) and allow that to sit out in a bowl for a few hours and then try it. Good stuff...almost like a "stir-fry" type deal if you've ever been into that! If you have a dehydrator you can also put them in there (after being tossing in that marinade) to soften them down a bit more and even "warm" them up!
08-24-2008, 07:24 PM
I agree. There are some things I don't eat right now either and some things I never thought I'd eat raw either ( zucchini )
08-24-2008, 07:43 PM
I juiced them when I didn't like them. After awhile I started craving them more. Now that's all I eat. JUICE JUICE JUICE.
08-24-2008, 08:01 PM
As you get more into raw, I'm pretty sure you'll wake up one day with a HUGE veggie craving! just wait and let it happen naturally and you'll be a veg-head(that's a good thing) in no time.:D
08-24-2008, 08:09 PM
I agree as well. I find myself actually craving foods and different fruits AND veggies that I never liked before. For instance, I never could stand the taste of olives but raw organic olives I love, love, love. Cooked greens - yuck - now I eat them raw in my salads and put them in my smoothies. I crave salads with delicious raw dressing. Before raw I only ate salads if I was out at a restaurant and it came wth my SAD entree'. Believe me, you will start craving the things that are good for you and you will probably be surprised by the food you start to really enjoy. Just eat what you feel like eating and eventually you will start trying things you never thought you would touch.:D
08-24-2008, 08:20 PM
This is something you may or may not want to try that I do at times when I am not in the mood to eat my veggies. Is that I will put everything I would put on a salad including greens in my blender and make a blended salad-it is a lot easier to consume that way and I have read you take in more nutrients that way as well.
08-24-2008, 09:03 PM
You're just the opposite of me. I have to force myself to eat fruit, so mainly I don't eat it. But I love vegetables!
08-25-2008, 12:35 AM
Maybe you need a yummy dip to dip them in. http://goneraw.com/recipes/list/dip
I agree that your tastes will probably change over time. After you experiment a while, you might find yourself eating your avacado/tomato/lemon juice on a bell pepper *chip*, or rolled up in a lettuce leaf with other vegetables.
Nothing wrong with eating alot of fruit, though,if thats what your body is craving. Some people are even fruitarians and are apparently just fine.
Going to a raw meetup is a good way to sample other people's favorite dishes without having to buy and prepare them yourself. You might like some of it=)http://rawfood.meetup.com/
08-25-2008, 03:54 AM
4 cups of greens sounds like a good amount. If you're still worried about not getting enough, take a green powder supplement.
08-25-2008, 10:53 AM
I cut up a bunch of different veggies (carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli), but it just feels like too much WORK to eat them.
I remember feeling that way too when I first tired raw. What worked for me was to shred or juice the veggies. Fortunately, I liked veggies before I started. I just seemed like my jaw go tired crunching all those veggies. I like to make shredded slaw type salads with a tahini/lemon dressing. As the others have said, your tastes will start to change.
08-25-2008, 12:28 PM
Here's my solution for getting veggies in my diet, that I don't like. I put this website up recently (still working on it). Raw food smoothies are a specialty of mine, been making them for years.
08-25-2008, 10:39 PM
Thanks for making me feel better!
I actually love cooked veggies, so I was a bit surprised at how much of a chore it is for me to eat them raw. I think I"m going to follow your advice, and for now just eat what I like: spinach in smoothies and avocado/tomatoes. Oh, and I also like eating carrot and celery sticks, so I went and bought some more of that.
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