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Vegetable Hater: My Revelation of Why We Might Not Eat Them

Are our tastebuds so desensitized that we hate our vegetables, or is our bodies trying to tell us not to eat them for a different reason? What if we dislike vegetables because our bodies are trying to tell us to avoid something?
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Introduction

Are our tastebuds so desensitized  that we hate our vegetables, or is our bodies trying to tell us not to eat them for a different reason? Is it the opposite of a pregnant lady craving a particular food that has the nutrients she needs? What if we dislike vegetables because our bodies are trying to tell us to avoid something?

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Overview

When we start questioning things, we start to realize how many assumptions we have that we didn’t know we were following the script for. As an example, generally speaking, “I can’t get my kids to eat their vegetables.” We assume this is because they have a ‘sweet tooth’ or they are a picky eater. What if that was not the case? What if it was their bodies telling them something about the vegetables was hurting them? Would we still make them eat their vegetables? Allow me to elaborate.

First of all, my website is all about my working hypothesis. I believe our bodies have a sorting system we currently aren’t aware of—the Defensive Individual Shield Hypothesis (DISH). In a nutshell, this sorting system has two jobs. I want to focus on the second job—sorting—for this blog post. The type of sorting I am talking about is the body being able to identify a Good Guy (something the body needs and would benefit from) from a Bad Guy (something that would cause harm to the body.)

Open market of a variety of vegetables. Caption says Vegetable Hater: My Revelation of Why We Might Not Eat Them, Not Medical Advice, informational purposes only

Personal Vegetable Preferences

It is possible that this dislike of vegetables stems from a person preference. If so, we need to exhaust all our options before jumping to the conclusion that we do not like them.

There are thousands of different vegetables to choose from. There could be multiple reasons why we don’t like vegetables. Here are just a few possibilities of finding a way to like them.

  • Have we tried a large enough variety of vegetables?
  • Have we tried them in different forms? Fresh, frozen, canned, dried?
  • Have we tried preparing these vegetables in a variety of ways? Raw, cooked, steamed, dehydrated?
  • If cooking, are we overcooking them?
  • Is it just too much work preparing them to eat them?
  • Is it the taste? Can it be adjusted?
  • If you are determined to like your vegetables and you have tried the variety of options already, and you still do not like them, do you have a ‘sweet tooth’?
  • Or is it the texture?
  • Could it be a food allergy?

Maybe we need to narrow down what it is we don’t like about them, so we have a starting ground of how to proceed to get past this challenge. For me, I hated canned green beans unless they were French cut. Silly, right? But start somewhere.

Before we give up on eating vegetables and conclude it is a personal preference, I would like to suggest a new possibility of why we might not like our vegetables—self-preservation.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Open market of a variety of vegetables. Caption says Vegetable Hater: My Revelation of Why We Might Not Eat Them, Not Medical Advice, informational purposes only

Against Vegetables for Self-Preservation

If we use the logic that our bodies know what they need, maybe they also know what they don’t need. If you don’t like vegetables, regardless of whether they are cooked or raw, my first question to you would be, “Are you eating organic vegetables?”

Upon being asked about whether or not you eat organically, it might seem like not THAT BIG of a deal. But if I am correct about my DISH hypothesis, it is a significantly HUGE deal for those individuals whose bodies are not doing this sorting I am referring to. (I believe individuals with ME/CFS or other autoimmune diseases have this sorting malfunctioning.)

The reason it is a big deal is because it isn’t so much about it being another chemical. It is about the body being confused. Does the body even know it is a chemical? My DISH hypothesis again. Stay with me; this will make sense soon.

There is talk of glyphosate and Roundup throughout the internet. It seems to be the targeted chemical lately for being a carcinogen. Another chemical the body needs to process out.

But what if it is more than that?

If I am accurate about this sorting system challenge, our bodies are trying to rebuild themselves with the wrong components or rejecting the good components or both. Allow me to explain with my personal experience.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

DISH and the Need to Eat Organically

In among my DISH hypothesis, I have a term I use—Mimicker. It is when a Bad Guy (something harmful for the body) is copying or taking the place of a Good Guy (something the body needs to function properly).

Strontium

I’ll start with a simple example I mention in a different blog post, (HERE). My body could not tell the difference between strontium (needed for bones, etc.) from strontium-90, which is the radioactive equivalent. It is pretty obvious here why the need for the body to recognize the difference between the two matters. My bones would not be healthy if they were built with radioactive minerals.

I don’t know if that is what was going on, but I do know that my body was rejecting good strontium because it couldn’t tell the difference between it and the bad strontium-90 I acquired from the Camp Lejeune water contamination.

This strontium example is obvious, but sometimes it isn’t so clear.

Lipids

I didn’t even know what lipids were until I was doing my research about chlorinated hydrocarbons. These chlorinated hydrocarbons are found in dry cleaning solution, industrial solvent, pesticides, and more. Bad Guys, however,…guess what lipids are? You guessed it, chlorinated hydrocarbons. Good Guys.

Lipids make up about 15-20% of a person’s body weight. It may not seem like much, but it plays crucial roles in energy storage, insulation, hormone production, and cell membrane structure. Yes, quite important. We need the Good Guy chlorinated hydrocarbons for this, not the Bad Guys.

This is the big ah-ha WOW of this sorting system not working as it pertains to eating vegetables. Keeping in mind a potentially faulty sorting system, are we preventing our bodies from being able to make lipids if we eat contaminated vegetables? Would eating organic vegetables cause us to start liking vegetables?

It is a good question to add to my many questions I have about DISH.

Applying it to dish

From my years of researching on myself to overcome my many health problems, I learned many things about how this sorting system works. It is too much to go into here. I will add a link to a post that elaborates on this concept (HERE) at a later date.

That being said, it goes back to the saying of ‘garbage in, garbage out,’ but on a cellular level. If I am right and we continue to consume Bad Guys, we are continuing to prevent the good chlorinated hydrocarbons from being able to make lipids for the body to function well.

Open market of a variety of vegetables. Caption says Vegetable Hater: My Revelation of Why We Might Not Eat Them, Not Medical Advice, informational purposes only

Conclusion

The stinger here is that the level of toxicity isn’t the point. If the body can’t sort properly, it may not have enough of or the correct minerals, nutrients, hormones, etc. needed to do its job well. This was the case for me. Having a work around of making sure I was keeping the correct Guys in was a huge breakthrough for my health.

If you are having challenges with food allergies, check out my blog post here about How I Ate with Many Food Allergies

If you would like to learn more about my hypothesis of a sorting system, check out this blog post, What is DISH?

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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