The Picky Eater’s Nutrition Guide

By Abigail Campbell

Exercise regularly, don’t smoke, apply sunscreen, and of course, eat your fruits and veggies. These are all things you know you need to do to live a healthy life, but it’s not always that easy. Eating healthy can be difficult when you simply don’t care for the healthy stuff. Unfortunately, some people are picky eats, which makes it hard to incorporate a wide variety of nutritious foods. If you’re repulsed by broccoli or a little squeamish about seafood, there are ways to work around particular tastes in food.

First of all, there are adequate and compelling reasons to make a change to your diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consequences of a poor diet and lack of nutrition include obesity, decreased energy, and a higher risk for different types of cancer. Days of meals loaded with processed foods and carbohydrates will catch up to you quickly.

United States Department of Agriculture is recommends 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruit daily. It is likely that people who enjoy these foods struggle to reach this quota each day, so how can someone who doesn’t enjoy them possibly meet the recommendations?

  1. Don’t buy unhealthy food: If all you have are healthy snacks around the house, sooner or later you may resort to eating them. When left with the option to eat junk food, healthy snacks almost always come in second place.

  2. Hide the veggies: When making spaghetti sauce, soup, and other dishes, try mixing in incognito vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, or celery. You won’t notice the spinach with the delicious fruity taste when making a healthy green smoothie. Out of sight, out of mind.

  3. Make goals: Try to set a goal to try one new thing every week. Forcing yourself to expand your palette might open up your mind to the delicious world of healthy fruits, vegetables, seafood, etc.

  4. New places, new food: One of the best parts of traveling is trying the traditional dishes of that particular area, so immerse yourself in new places and new food.

  5. Enlist the help of friends and family: If they say it’s good, try it! Also if you later find out you were actually eating a mushroom or turkey sausage instead of real sausage, who cares? You liked it!

It is guaranteed you will try some new foods that you won’t like but, it’s also guaranteed that there are many you will grow to love. Mere seconds of anxiety about trying new vegetables are nothing compared to improving your overall health and possibly even adding years to your life. Stop whining about the green stuff touching your french fries and just try it already!

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