reformedmarchingbandgeek

Confessions of a Reformed Marching Band Geek

Confession of a Former Veggie Hater

on August 31, 2011

Maybe I should be more clear here. I still strongly dislike a good number of vegetables. I’ve always liked a lot of vegetables raw rather than cooked. Salads are great (within reason) but anything beyond that would be awful for me. When we’d go out to eat if “seasonal vegetables” were on the menu I would quickly ask for a substitution. Even swimming in butter and other yummy, if bad for you options, I just couldn’t choke them down.

That all changed a few years ago. I decided I needed to get my Mojo back and couldn’t seem to do it on my own. I started hypnosis with the thought that it might jump start my self-esteem and help with my weight loss. One of the things we worked on was for me to become more open to vegetables. At first I thought the hypnotist was nuts when she suggested working on it, but I thought “whatever, like it will really work”. She then gave me some recipes to try at home. My husband (the traitor) jumped right in and encouraged me to try them. Shockingly, they weren’t bad!

Has this turned me into a vegetarian? Well, no. Have I increased my veggie intake? Yes! I still can’t find a way to like cucumbers (other than as pickles), but have tried okra (which is OK, but may never be a favorite) and have found a LOVE for zucchini. Who knew it could be so awesome when cooked with a good mix of spices?

The lesson here; I suppose it would have to be that a lot of our dislikes are really in our head. Maybe someday I’ll be able to try olives without thinking I’m eating little tiny eyeballs-maybe.

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