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Old 02-27-2008, 06:13 AM   #11
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You're right, Andy. He isn't a child. I'm a picky eater, too, and I hate it when people try to get me to eat stuff I don't like. But us women are bombarded with all sorts of guilt if our families don't eat a "healthy" diet. Sometimes it makes us worry way too much about what someone else puts in their mouth. Thanks for reminding us.
She could tell him to stop being a child, but that too might be counterproductive!

That being said, I don't eat bell peppers, mushrooms, or raw onions...that's about it though.
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:42 AM   #12
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If you grew up in my house you wouldn't eat veggies either. My Mom, bless her heart, would open a can of the most disgusting veggies for kids to like (canned beets, spinach, green beans, etc) and heat them in a pan and place them in front of us and "force" us to eat them. There was no seasonings, butter, etc., open can plop into pan and heat. Outside of corn and potatos I really didn't try other veggies until I met my husband's family. His mom could make the most of veggies. Usually she'd use frozen or fresh---occasionally a can of green beans but she would rinse them and season them with sugar, butter, and spices. Because I wanted to impress my 's DH family I would tentatively try something new and most of the time I really liked them. Talk about a parade---they would make me feel like I had climbed Mt. Olympus. No one forced me and I found that I liked most of them when I was allowed to call the shots. Still can not gag down cooked spinach (but do like fresh in salads) or and "messes of greens". Only way I will eat beets is in a great borscht. So do give your BF some time and maybe he'll come around---meanwhile hopefully he's taking a safe vitamin supplement.
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:05 AM   #13
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So you see i was right about real man not eating vegetables, that is why you love him because he is a real man, right?

Does he eat soups? Make a pureed(sp?) soup put vegies inside. Make sure he doesn't know about it. There is no way you can force some body eat something they do not like.

Start with that and then slowly try other things, but very slowly and do not get frostrated it will not help any. Try to add lots of dressings to a salad or make grilled vegies. Like a kebab with some vegies inbetween meat. Slowly you might change him, but slowly.
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If a man doesn't like something, 9 times out of 10 whining and begging are not going to get him to change. He doesn't like them. I'd drop the subject, if he wants to try something he will. If not, oh well. His loss not yours, if you are the only one cooking then thats his problem.
And if it's your goal to change him, you're better off just finding a different one that needs no changes. It's not fair to either party to have to change someone or be changed.
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:10 PM   #15
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Buy him some multi-vitamins and quit worrying about it. Go ahead and fix vegetables for yourself, though, and perhaps one day he'll be tempted to eat a bite.
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:11 AM   #16
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If you grew up in my house you wouldn't eat veggies either. My Mom, bless her heart, would open a can of the most disgusting veggies for kids to like (canned beets, spinach, green beans, etc) and heat them in a pan and place them in front of us and "force" us to eat them. There was no seasonings, butter, etc., open can plop into pan and heat. Outside of corn and potatos I really didn't try other veggies until I met my husband's family. His mom could make the most of veggies. Usually she'd use frozen or fresh---occasionally a can of green beans but she would rinse them and season them with sugar, butter, and spices. Because I wanted to impress my 's DH family I would tentatively try something new and most of the time I really liked them. Talk about a parade---they would make me feel like I had climbed Mt. Olympus. No one forced me and I found that I liked most of them when I was allowed to call the shots. Still can not gag down cooked spinach (but do like fresh in salads) or and "messes of greens". Only way I will eat beets is in a great borscht. So do give your BF some time and maybe he'll come around---meanwhile hopefully he's taking a safe vitamin supplement.
Good point about canned veggies. There is a color I associate with illness, and it's the color of canned peas!
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Leave him alone and stop bugging him about his likes and dislikes.
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Yeah, I forgot to add canned peas in my list of Mom's disgusting veggies to serve. You're right---compared to frozen peas they're g--awful. Story to share....my mother was in one of the moods and decided that we were going to sit in front of the canned spinach and eat it.......my 2 sisters and I gagged (literally) over a bite or two and just looked at each other as prisoners before an executioner. I even put the spinach on a piece of bread and poured ketchup on top to disguise the taste---DC wasn't even there for the rescue. Wrong move for sister #2. She leaned over in her chair and in the moment it took her to do that I had dumped what was left of my spinach onto her plate. I left happily and she sat in front of her spinach not ever realizing that the heap was a bit bigger. Yes, it pays to be a big sister.
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