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I dont eat fruit and vegs, plz help

8/17 9:18:42

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Hi

I don't eat vegetables and fruits, so I have a kind of problem, and it's going to catch up with me. I am 20 years old and trying to overcome this habit/problem. I have developed some alternatives to it as you will read. I eat potato chips, pumpkin cakes, all spices like ginger, chilly, garlic, salt, onions, pepper ect, and I love to cook. I eat small quantities of peas, carrots, corn in cottage pies and curry and rice dishes. I drink apple juice and that's it, beside the usual Coke, Pepsi, water, wine, beer ect. I don't drink milk but I eat breakfast cereal with milk and I eat ice creams. I eat tomato sauce/salsa, but I don't eat tomatoes.

I eat all fish, meat, chicken and exotic things like snails, mussels, shushi ect.

I don't eat peas, carrots, pumpkins, in just its pure form. I do not eat cabbage, broccoli, apples, pears, oranges, papayas, grapes ect,

I don't eat fruits and vegetables because it don't taste great./

I do take a daily vitamin pill called Centrum.
Do I have a problem and what can I do?
Please feel free to ask me some questions.
Thank you
Christo
South-Africa


Answer
Yes, you need to work on getting more fruits and veggies in your diet.  A daily vitamin pill will NOT substitute for ANY food group!!  Things like potato chips and pumpkin cakes do NOT count as a fruit or vegetable!!  Try hiding vegetables in casseroles, soups, etc...  Try making homemade salsa so you are actually getting tomatoes and you can add onions.  As for fruits, you need to do more than apple juice.  There are tons of fruits and vegetables out there!  It is hard to believe there aren't just a few you would like.  Don't go with the notion that you just don't like them so you don't try all there is to try.  Each one tastes different so if you don't like broccoli it doesn't mean you don't like vegetables!!  Start by making it a goal to try ONE new fruit and vegetable each week or each month even and work your way up.  There is no other food or pill to substitute!  You really need to include your fruits and veggies!!  Keep in mind that dried fruit can be an option for fruit such as dried apricots, raisins, apples, etc...
Kim Tessmer, RD LD
www.Nutrifocus.net
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