I do not like Green Juice and Ham!
Whenever I hear someone say they don’t like green juice I always think of the Dr. Seuss classic ‘Green eggs and Ham’. This book has been a favourite with all our children particularly with our 5 year old at the moment. “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am” is a saying we quite often use at the dinner table when one of our children is reluctant to try something new because they don’t like the look of it. “Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say”. As adults we are more inclined to try new foods or beverages and are less likely to be put off by the look, however there are still some of us that have perhaps taken the fear of trying new things from our childhood and are put off by the look or colour of a new food or drink.
I was recently speaking with a Dad from school who spoke about how he and his wife had sat down with a nutritionist regarding health and weight loss. It was suggested they perhaps try juicing with which she offered them a taste of a green juice she had prepared for them. Their initial reaction was not a pleasant one to say the least. First impressions last, that is certainly true and their first experience had unfortunately left a bitter taste in their mouth (pardon the pun). I simply responded to him with ‘well juicing’s not for everyone’…this is not true! Juicing is for everyone! It’s just comes down to how we are introduced to it.
Your tastebuds are accustomed to your current eating habits whether they are good or bad. When we introduce a new taste into our diets there is an adjusting period. A green juice can taste very earthy and unpalatable to the beginner. Some people need to ease themselves into these new flavours by starting with sweeter fruit juices with a hint of green and gradually over time reducing the fruit content and increasing the vegetable content. Others like to start straight off with the earthy green juice and let their tastebuds adjust with each juice. Whichever way you choose to try, your tastebuds will adapt. A piece of good advice that was given to me from a professional when dealing with fussy eaters is, ‘try something new 10 times before you decide you don’t like it’; another good saying I like to use with my kids and it really does work!
Our bodies are amazing machines. What we put in, we get back, and what we feed our bodies we crave. The more salty, fatty and sugary foods we include in our diets the more our bodies will crave them. When you move away from these unhealthy foods and start introducing healthy, nutritional, good foods your body will love it. You’ll start looking forward to a nice green healthy juice because not only will it taste delicious but it will make you feel fantastic too.
“So, try it in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse! Try it here or there! Try it anywhere!”
“I DO like green juice and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am!”