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I learn a lot about eating by watching my wife, Abby, feed our children.  And much of her amazing talents, tips, and tools are the same tools that can help you learn to eat better.
You might not like what I’m going to say because I’m probably going to challenge your stance on food, but I say tough love is important for real growth.  And I’ll also put it out there.  I’m really intolerant with picky eaters.
As a young child, there’s a funny story about me gorging on calamari at a party and then declaring, “this tatstes like cat food.”  Boy did that get a lot of laughs.   Have you ever eaten dirt?  Me neither, but I’m guessing you could guess what it tastes like.  My point is, I’ve never been a picky eater. What’s the most fun part of travel?  Eating what other cultures have to offer.  Tasing all the interesting flavors of the world.  I remember shocking my Korean friend’s parents when I first sat down with them for dinner and ate every strange thing they threw at me.  It’s food.  Eat it. Enjoy it.  Flavors are amazing and you miss out on life if you reject flavors before you give them a chance.
I like to make the case that we inherently know how to eat right, and all the pickiness of modern children and adults is just a product of all the bad choices available for us.  It cracks me up (read: saddens me) when I hear people say, “oh my children won’t eat veggies”…or “my child only eats chicken tenders.”
In 1900, what did children eat?  They ate what was available.  Pickiness is a function of people being allowed too many bad options,  it’s an epidemic.
To hear adults groan over how gross certain vegatables or grains must taste, and then go out and eat a toxic load of fast food is beyond me.  I just don’t get it.  If you want to be skeptical over the food you ingest, I’d worry a lot more about fake dyes, antibiotics and hormones, and genetically modified foods than the taste of quinoa or a turnip.
If you realize you are a picky eater there are some tools that can help broaden your palette.  We were eating dinner a few weeks back and my daughter looked at some green, maybe squash, and said YUCK!  Abby swiftly and calmly said, “No, you don’t know what it tastes like yet so you can’t say yuck.”
Here’s the stroke of brilliance she said next…and the crazy thing.  It worked.  Take three bites.  On the first bite, you’ve already decided you don’t like it so it’s going to taste bad.  The second bite you’ve just gotten a chance to taste it.  Now after three bites you might have the actual ability to see if your taste buds actually could enjoy the food.
And it’s that simple.  If you’re a picky eater, use this simple tool with yourself every time you say YUCK to a food before trying it.  Even if you hated it as a kid and you’re sure you don’t like it now.
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Dedicated to your health,

David Beares, MAc, LAc

Owner, 39 Minute Workout
Certified RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge)
Licensed Acupuncturist

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Posted September 2, 2011 by 39minuteworkout in Uncategorized

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