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so, I have this "friend" who HATES the texture of veggies...

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Created June 09, 2011 at 8:30 PM

all of my housemates and i are in an 8 week paleo challenge. most of us are doing great and seeing huge improvements in different areas of our health except for one...

she is a self professed 12 year old boy when it comes to her eating habits. She hates vegetables so much that she literally starts to gag when we have veggies with dinner. it really is the texture that she can't get over. she is also the one with some of the worse of medical issues (celiac, just had her appendix out, frequently sick with some type of cold, frequent migranes.) i'm guessing she's got some malabsorption going on.

would juicing be an acceptable substitute for her? maybe for a shorter period of time? she's really desperate to get her health on a right path but is having a very had time with this. i just want be as much of a support to her as possible.

thanks in advance.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:12 AM

Eric, yep. I have this weird notion: When people talk about what paleolithic humans ate, instead of seeing, say, one indistinct tribe of paleofolk from somewhere all eating and drinking and thinking the same things, I imagine that in the tribe there were a couple of picky eaters, and some voracious eaters, and a few who didn't enjoy meat even if that was 90% of what they ate, and others who wouldn't touch a plant if it was the last food on earth. I think there have likely always been differences, and it's just easier for us to average those differences out into an indistinct "norm."

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Each person is diffrent. Some just can't handle too many vegetables... Some need a lot. I fall into the need a lot category.

C23ec4b85f3cbeb9ddf6bf78317d56e3

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on June 09, 2011
at 10:28 PM

there are tons of different veggies out there and different ways to eat/cook them... they don't all have the same texture. sounds more to me like your friend has a mental block. she needs to experiment with a genuinely open mind. until she can do that, probably better to go protein and fat only.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 09, 2011
at 09:56 PM

ditto this comment! my kids would eat them pureed into sauces and they do add more flavor (if they are the right kind)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:53 PM

I agree with Rose. There is an argument that can be made against vegetables. They contain toxins. Now I eat vegetables but there are plenty of people who don't and do well on eating meat and fruits, etc. Tell her to give it a try.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:27 PM

good call Shari. i just made the egg cupcakes at everydaypaleo and they are chock full of veggies!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:26 PM

Totally agree, Bristlebeard. Seafood and organ meats are great, especially if you're skipping veggies. If she absolutely won't choke down organ meat, try to get her to agree to at least a folic acid supplement, although that's not optimal.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on June 09, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Along these lines, add some organ meats for nutrients? Although 12 year old boys never were quite a fan of liver and such...

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:22 PM

It's not just the fiber itself but the vitamins and whatnot, many of them will be lost if the fiber is thrown out. I second Shari's green smoothie idea.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 09, 2011
at 08:47 PM

brilliant! thanks!

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 09, 2011
at 08:38 PM

could she do that with some type of supplement? metamucil?

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3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 09, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Just a wild idea, but she could try not eating veggies at all. There are those of us who don't eat much, if any, plant matter. I'm one, and I do better without it: better weight control, decreased inflammation (RA joint pain), and so on. And if she's got malabsorption issues, forcing veggies won't help. The (even minimal) fructose and fiber might be causing further damage.

Sometimes -- not always, but sometimes -- our bodies are wiser than we are. :)

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 09, 2011
at 08:47 PM

brilliant! thanks!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:26 PM

Totally agree, Bristlebeard. Seafood and organ meats are great, especially if you're skipping veggies. If she absolutely won't choke down organ meat, try to get her to agree to at least a folic acid supplement, although that's not optimal.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:53 PM

I agree with Rose. There is an argument that can be made against vegetables. They contain toxins. Now I eat vegetables but there are plenty of people who don't and do well on eating meat and fruits, etc. Tell her to give it a try.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Along these lines, add some organ meats for nutrients? Although 12 year old boys never were quite a fan of liver and such...

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Each person is diffrent. Some just can't handle too many vegetables... Some need a lot. I fall into the need a lot category.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:12 AM

Eric, yep. I have this weird notion: When people talk about what paleolithic humans ate, instead of seeing, say, one indistinct tribe of paleofolk from somewhere all eating and drinking and thinking the same things, I imagine that in the tribe there were a couple of picky eaters, and some voracious eaters, and a few who didn't enjoy meat even if that was 90% of what they ate, and others who wouldn't touch a plant if it was the last food on earth. I think there have likely always been differences, and it's just easier for us to average those differences out into an indistinct "norm."

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on June 09, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Has she tried going the green smoothie route? When you blend them up there's not much texture to complain about. Tons of recipes online. Worth a try.

What about sneaking them into a quiche or frittata? Spinach comes to mind. Bake a bag of spinach with some eggs and spice and again there's not much veggie texture left to complain about.

You know a lot of Mom's puree veggies and sneak them into other foods to hide them from the kids. I have pureed veggies and used them in meatloaf and that worked well. I know Jerry Seinfeld's wife published a book with all the tricks on how to do this. Might be worth a look to see which tricks she could incorporate into her paleo diet.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:27 PM

good call Shari. i just made the egg cupcakes at everydaypaleo and they are chock full of veggies!

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on June 09, 2011
at 08:35 PM

Yes but she should really add the fiber to get everything out of them. That might be a deal-breaker, I know a lot of people don't like to add the fiber back in.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 09, 2011
at 08:38 PM

could she do that with some type of supplement? metamucil?

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:22 PM

It's not just the fiber itself but the vitamins and whatnot, many of them will be lost if the fiber is thrown out. I second Shari's green smoothie idea.

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on June 09, 2011
at 09:23 PM

My son has Asperger's Syndrome and he has a real hard time with the mouth feel of food as well. As a mom and someone who grew up with parents that forced us to eat veggies I have a really hard time letting him get away with not eating them at all. He does not eat them at every meal but I do get him to eat them a couple of times a week as a puree. I'll do a marinara sauce with zucchini, carrots, celery etc and puree it with an immersion blender and he loves it. pour it over meatballs or chicken and it's his favorite meal.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on June 09, 2011
at 09:56 PM

ditto this comment! my kids would eat them pureed into sauces and they do add more flavor (if they are the right kind)

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