Broccoli…

Growing up, I would’ve rather lit my fingernails on fire and given myself a back scratch than eat broccoli.  We were a french fries and canned green beans sort of family, but for balance, we sometimes put cream cheese on celery and went to town.  My point is that I didn’t grow up loving vegetables.  I loved fruit, but vegetables had no place on my preference card.

At some point shortly after I moved to Chicago and started truly making food choices for myself, I took a long hard look at how I’d eaten for the first 23 years of my life and decided that I had no idea how I was even alive. Right then and there, I went to the grocery store and bought actual raw produce. Crazy, I know.  I even made it a goal to try as many new foods as possible.  I swore off fast food, and a new me was born.

A few favorites surfaced on my search for fresh nutritional goodness- I fell hard for pineapple, red peppers, and Bermuda onions.  I will say, though, that I have never really enjoyed broccoli. The first time I had it, I dipped it in BBQ sauce to mask the flavor- true story.  Eventually I grew to appreciate it and found some healthier ways to make it palatable.  It was a simple vegetable that I could add to a lot of different dishes, and it quickly became a staple on my grocery list. I wouldn’t go near it if it was raw, but if it was steamed or grilled or sauteed, I was in.

                 

Throughout my treatment, I’ve had several food aversions.  This time around, the aversion is vegetables, particularly broccoli.  I look at other vegetables and think, Someday I’ll enjoy you again. But when I see broccoli, I literally want to gag.  The smell, the shape, the little balls… it all grosses me out. I would be interested in talking with a specialist about food attachments, cravings, and aversions to find out why particular foods set me off during treatment.  I don’t know if such specialists exist, and if not, they should. I think it’s fascinating.

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6 thoughts on “Broccoli…

  1. Yinglingr says:

    If you find such a specialist, give me his/her number! I grew up eating fresh (and organic, though we never used that word at the time) veggies, and have always loved them. But I just don’t have cravings for the green stuff right now (except for salad greens). Which makes things complicated, since I’m not a big meat eater either (though you’d never know by my last week – between Thursday and Saturday I ate an entire $3 frozen supreme pizza and four hamburgers). Maybe try spinach instead of broccoli? Good raw or cooked, in salads, smoothies, scrambles, pasta…

  2. exiledtyke says:

    The only thing I could taste during chemo was tomato ketchup.

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  4. arlene says:

    It seems to be a pretty common side effect. I had to leave the house one day when my husband cooked shrimp. And when he popped a bag of popcorn, blech…I was dry heaving the moment that smell hit my nose!

    Glad to see you post again. I’ve been silently following you through your cervical cancer as I go through mine.

    I wish you the best of everything!

  5. I am so glad to hear you want to eat healthy, that will make all the difference! That and your great attitude! You can also try Juice Plus 17 fruits and veggies in a capsule, including broccoli! and you don’t have to taste it! http://www.TimetoGetHealthy.net
    best wishes for a long, happy, healthy life!

  6. PS…you might also try a product called DIM Diindolylmethane and also I3C indole-3-carbinol this might be a good thing for you too. my understanding is that broccoli acts like an I 3 C which inhibits cancer growth! happy researching!

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