I don’t like fruit. I have never really had a taste for it. Even as a little kid. I mean sure, I like strawberry jam because my mom used to make it and she would save us the super delicious and creamy strawberry foam off the top of the pot when she made it. I love jam on warm toast. Delicious. And seedless raspberry jam. Also good. But try to feed me an actual strawberry or raspberry and I’ll mash my lips together and shake my head making those uh-uh noises.
My husband and the kids love fruit. When I was pregnant with Kathryn I craved berries, which put my hubs in seventh heaven. But otherwise don’t come near me with them. At all.
Occasionally I can eat a banana – as long as there are NO brown spots on it. And I like apples. Don’t come near me with peaches or plums, cherries make me gag and that stringy white crap on oranges can suck it. I’m allergic to pineapples and kiwis.
Why am I talking about fruit?
I’m doing #FindYourFit. A big part of this program is the nutritional guide that goes with it. And it suggests a lot of fresh fruit and veggies.
Veggies I can do all day, every day. Bring them on, I LOVE vegetables. Almost all of them. (I don’t do eggplant) Kale? Yes. Spinach? I already eat it all the time. So good.
In fact, a lot of the nutrition guide is how I already eat. We’re pretty good eaters over here in the Reilly household. I love to cook and 95% of the meals eaten here are ones I made. My kids have never been really picky eaters because I, and then they, grew up in houses where “weird” food has been the norm, so they never really knew to complain about greens and such. My only weakness with this meal plan is a weakness I’ve had for most of my adult life. Soda’s. Snacking at night. Sweets. Sigh. Cake.
But I’m doing it. In fact, I gave up soda a little while ago as a daily drink. Since February, I’ve only had about three. Cutting back on the snacking has always been a battle for me anyway, but now I’m making sure that when I get the munchies at night it’s water I guzzle and I try not to eat anything. Then there’s the added fact that I’m actually eating breakfast and lunch as well as my dinner so I’m not as hungry at night. Ugh. I don’t have a healthy relationship with food sometimes, and it’s something to work on. I have to retrain my brain to not be a stress/emotional eater.
Retraining the brain is hard. And so is retraining the body. I’m sore every day so far this week. But, I’m doing physical activities I’m not used to doing. I must be liking it though, because yesterday I actually got on my recumbent bike while I watched Grey’s Anatomy and folded laundry. Could be the sunshine, could be the exercise, could be both, but I’ve been in a good mood this week.
And I like that.
But I still don’t like fruit. And I think that’s okay.