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Old 10-10-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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Opposite tastes

My guy and I appear to have COMPLETELY different tastes in food.

I am a health food junkie and he is not. He does not even like vegetables, except onions, while I do not like eating fried foods and processed meats.

Anyone have any ideas as to where we can reach a middle ground?

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Old 10-10-2008, 10:27 PM   #2
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I recommend starting with a conversation where you try to reach some compromises. Cook stuff he likes and stuff you like and you both agree to eat all the meals.

Try to develop and find recipes that give him some of what he wants and some of what you want while being somewhat healthier.

I do not recommend trying to hide vegetables in his food and/or lying to him about what he is eating.
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:48 AM   #3
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You don't mention who is doing the cooking here. If you are sharing it, then you should both be tolerant and accepting of the others' tastes.
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:39 AM   #4
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Tolerance; alternate between his kind of food and yours. Half rations can be a wonderful dieting technique. If you're a woman of leisure, carrots might be an adequate mainstay. It's hard to imagine a woodchopper or fisherman who didn't deserve something besides vegetables.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:21 AM   #5
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Sometimes people don't like something cooked one way, but they do like it another way. For example, my husband always thought he hated asparagus. One night, we had tapas with friends where we shared everything and they ordered pan-roasted asparagus with sesame seeds. It was great, and now he loves roasted and grilled asparagus.

Then, he thought that was the only way he liked asparagus, but I've made risotto with peas and asparagus and he liked that, too So maybe trying different cooking methods, and compromising sometimes, will make a difference. HTH.
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:08 AM   #6
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I have two boys and I am in a similar situation in my house. My younger son is a junk food addict and eats really unhealthy. My older son is a health freak and eats only stuff that's good for him. We are talking about 8 year old and 10 year olds.

I cannot change my 8 year olds habit because he is very stubborn and will go to bed hungry. He also is a big eater compared to my older one. I don't want him to go to bed hungry so I have to compromise.

He does not touch veggies (diced in any form). The only vegetable he will eat is spinach cooked a particular way and so I make that. He also loves meat so I make a lot of his favorites but with heathier substitues - no red meat. He does like some beans so I make that to get him the protein he needs.

One thing though is that I almost cook every single day and even if I make some stuff that I would not consider absolutely healthy, it's home made and I can use olive oil and other fresh ingredients in it, that make it healthier than if he eat it outside. I also don't fry anything, even his favorites are either pan fried or go into the oven for a bake.

I don't buy soda at home and let him have a glass of orange juice (fortified) so he can load up some vitamins he does not get from the veggies. In addition, I give him a multi-vitamin so he does not completely miss out.

As someone else mentioned I don't like to sneak in anything. I educate him all the time on the benefits of eating a well rounded meal. He listens sometimes but most times will only eat unhealthy. I am hoping as he gets older he makes positive changes and if not unfortunately he will have to suffer the consequences.
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:45 PM   #7
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The best you can do is offer healthy meals and hope that he'll eventually learn better eating habits.
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:26 PM   #8
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The only differences we have are spinach, 'American food', and Korean food. The first two are no problem. If she wants spinach she fixes just enough for herself (the kids don't like it either) and we fix a difference veggie for ourselves. The 'American food' she doesn't like are pizza and most fast food. Come to think of it she doesn't like lasagna or spaghetti either. On those nights she just makes herself a salad and soup from a can.
The Korean food is our only problem. None of the restaurants we have seen offer anything else for those that don't like it, and while she loves it I hate it. So far the best we can manage is take out from a Korean restaurant for her then take out from a Chinese restaurant for the rest of us. But I know she wants to be able to go to one of the nicer sit down restaurants, so one of these days I am going to just have to grin and bear it for her.
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The Korean food is our only problem. None of the restaurants we have seen offer anything else for those that don't like it, and while she loves it I hate it. So far the best we can manage is take out from a Korean restaurant for her then take out from a Chinese restaurant for the rest of us. But I know she wants to be able to go to one of the nicer sit down restaurants, so one of these days I am going to just have to grin and bear it for her.
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Old 10-11-2008, 04:27 PM   #10
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me & my fiance don't like similar foods, either. he loves fastfood. i like fast food, occassionally, too. not like him, though! that's daily faire for him!!

so we finally recently spoke bout how that upsets me. he agreed to my meals interjected with fastfood, & when we dine on fast food, i order healthy options like fruit & salad.
unless we're dining at a fancy restaurant- then i'll indulge.
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