Veggies are not our enemy.

27 Apr

The other day while checking out from the grocery line, I was truly stunned when a teenage cashier asked me what it was he was holding – it was garlic. Then he asked  me for the name of the next vegetable – that was broccoli. I couldn’t help myself at this point – I said, “Boy, you really don’t know your vegetables too well”. His response, ” Oh, they don’t teach you this stuff in school.”  I don’t know if that is true or not, although I must say as a parent, I have never been asked to bring in any healthy treats – it is always donuts, cookies, cupcakes, chips and nothing fresh or homemade because of fear it may be contaminated. (Oh, the irony!)

It puzzles me how detached people remain regarding vegetables. Although there is a growing trend to advocate healthy eating, it still seems to have a “come on you need to sacrifice”  attitude, as if vegetables  are the horrible compromise. Unless, we change our attitude toward this, we will always be running in place and not making any strides forward. Our bodies are born to be drawn to food that comes from the earth – it sustains us and keeps us functioning. But, for a great many, their bodies have gotten so used to junk food that they need to retrain their bodies to crave healthy life-sustaining foods. It is possible to do this but you need to make that psychological switch in the way you think about healthy food. A TV commercial comes to mind that truly irritates me and is a good example of a reinforcement of the negative view on vegetables and healthy eating we have. A family is in a kitchen, the child is enjoying a store-bought microwave meal in which the dad is about to read out the healthy added vegetables. He keeps getting interrupted by the mom who is furiously banging pots and pans so to get her husband to keep from revealing the healthy ingredients. In other words, if the kid doesn’t know it is good for him, he’ll have a better chance of eating it. We need to stop this – before we begin to educate our kids, we need to educate the adults! Let’s stop pretending it’s the kids who hate vegetables by natural design.

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2 Responses to “Veggies are not our enemy.”

  1. William April 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Couldn’t agree with you more! I can recall a seemingly natural antipathy for some veggies (mostly the ones with a less than pleasant aroma, taste, or texture), but we always had veggies with our meals. Corn, peas, green beans, spinach, and so on… Veggies shouldn’t be seen as the enemy and continuing that impression for the children is a great disservice.

  2. Kathleen April 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    Me too..my mother never had a meal without vegetables. In fact, another thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of people don’t even take the time to find delicious vegetable recipes; if they do put vegetables with a meal they boringly blanch them or heat up vegetables in a can. Vegetables can be steamed with delicious spices, and dressed with olive oil, vinegar, and herbs, not to mention baked into some delicious tarts and quiches.

    By the way.. my favorite vegetable? String beans picked right from the garden, still warm from the sun. Reminds me of my childhood everytime.

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