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I am a very picky eater - do not like alot of things - having hard time losing weight with limited food choices

By Anonymous February 18, 2009 - 12:11pm
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went through breast cancer year ago with chemo, radiation and lumpectomy - put me into menopause - having a really hard time losing weight especially since I am a very picky eater - do not like alot of things that are good for you. Can you suggest anything that would help me?

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hi im a very picky eater i moan alot about certain foods that i am given if i dont like it a say no am not eating it if a get told again to eat it or get shouted at i start crying i am 17 years old what is wrong with me

August 12, 2009 - 6:49am

Susan and Coach Virginia asked great questions, and while we await your answers, I had a few additional thoughts that helped me with my healthy eating issues. I am also wondering what your "limited food choices" are?

I also have had to "make myself" eat the "healthy" foods, and stay away from the stuff that isn't so great for me. Depending on your diet restrictions that are medically necessary, and balancing those with foods you prefer...I bet there are many foods you can find that are satisfying!

A few "tricks" that I've tried:
1. I treat myself to going to the specialty, organic "whole foods" grocery store twice a month. If you go when it is not crowded, find the produce manager. They LOVE talking about produce...you would not believe! I just walked around, and found some fruits and veggies that I was interested in trying. The produce manager can suggest ways to cook/eat the food. They'll even let you sample it! It makes for a very fun, adventurous outing, especially if you bring a friend. If you dislike all things veggie, start trying some different fruits...there are so many sweet, delicious fruits that I would actually PREFER, rather than dessert, plus they are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

2. Make a game of grocery shopping "the perimeter" of the store. Most of the whole, nutritious foods are on the outside of the store: deli, produce, meat, seafood, dairy sections. Try different recipes (I have some suggestions for you, if you tell me what type of cuisine(s) you enjoy most).

3. I "hold the butter (and other fat)" from things that already taste good to me: breads, white potatoes, etc., and save the "fat servings" for things that don't taste as good (to me): green beans cooked with a few pieces of turkey bacon, peas with a pat of butter, sweet potato with a sprinkle of brown sugar, asparagus with garlic and butter, raw cauliflower and broccoli dipped in onion dip made from low-fat sour cream, carrots and cucumbers dipped in hummus...the list goes on!

What foods do you think you should eat more of, and do not like? There are probably alternatives.

What foods do you currently like that are healthy for you?

Can't wait to hear from you!

February 19, 2009 - 1:48pm

Dear Anon, could you provide an example of what foods are you eating and what foods you are staying away from? I am not sure I understand what you mean by "picky eater", but it would help to get a sense of what you prefer to stay away from. Body weight has many contributing factors, stress being one. I hope you can share a list of foods or a sampler of your daily diet.

February 18, 2009 - 11:36pm
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question!

I'm sorry you have been put through the ringer in the past year. Cancer treatments can leave a person exhausted and feeling a bit lost. Congrats on getting through it!

Diet will be instrumental for you to regain your strength and vitality but before we talk more about nutrition, can you tell us a little about your diet now?

I'm sure you know that a diet high in veggies, fruits, fibers, lean protein, calcium and all the other recommended nutrients is what makes our body maintain a healthy weight and also helps in a preventative manner. The fresher and more colorful - the better.

When you say you don't like the foods that are good for you - are you saying you're not fond of the whole raw, veggie, unprocessed thing?! Don't worry - you're not alone! Sometimes we crave sugars, fats and salts that are found in highly processed, ready made meals and snacks.

Do you currently have diet restrictions? Are you vegetarian or on a low sugar, sodium or otherwise modified diet? Can you give us an idea of what you eat on a typical day?

February 18, 2009 - 1:28pm
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