Summer of the Veggie Extravaganza!

A weekly message to strengthen your CORE and develop your resolve. 
June 12, 2013


Growing up my dad was a big believer in participating in the clean plate club. That meant every night at dinner we were required to finish all of the food on our plate, whether we liked what was served or not. My dad also loved brussel sprouts, which unfortunately meant that at least once a week, those tiny, little cabbage looking things showed up on my plate. This was truly brussel sprouts an unfortunate combination of parental preferences, because brussel sprouts literally made me gag when I tried to eat them. So, unless i could get them down without puking, I would find myself sitting at the dinner table for hours (or so it seemed) until I finished my plate clean. Luckily, I quickly figured out that the ledge under the table was the perfect size to store those tiny little cabbages that even the dog wouldn’t help me get rid of!
Needless to say, I was traumatized as a child and carried my dislike of brussel sprouts deep into adulthood – I have not so much as looked at a brussel sprout for 50 years, much less entertained the idea of eating one! At least not until a couple of months ago when I was out to dinner with my family and my older brother ordered brussel sprouts!! I was shocked to learn he ate them, much less that he was not traumatized by our early childhood dinners. Some things never change though and competing with my brothers is one of them. I hated the idea that he had one up on me, that he was so cool, calm, and collected about eating brussel sprouts. After all I am the counselor, he is an engineer! I knew if he could eat them, so could I! So I decided I would have to at least taste a brussel sprout! Much to my shock I did not gag, throw up, or even feel the least bit traumatized. In fact, I really enjoyed them! I enjoyed them so much that now I can’t get enough of them. They have been on my menu every week since that life changing night. 

I’ve shared before that I’m limited in my love of veggies. I like most of the basic veggies, but rarely do I step out of the confines of my comfort zone, and try new ones. However, if I can eat and enjoy brussel sprouts, the evil veggie of my childhood, I just know there are other veggies I would like and could add to my culinary repertoire. So, this summer I’m out of my veggie comfort zone and I’m into my Summer Veggie Extravaganza. I’m going to experiment, try new and different veggies, as well as explore new ways to prepare them. Yes, I want to do this because veggies are good for me, but more importantly because of how empowered I feel to explore, learn, let go, and grow out of my comfort zone.Yes, veggies are good for the body and the soul!

This summer I’m going beyond the basics and exploring the garden, REAL with my Skinny on the inside and out summer veggie extravaganza! Join me won’t you?

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It’s 3 yums up for Brussel Sprouts! Wow…Never thought I’d say that!

About the Author:

Mary Fox, LMHC, RD challenges the traditional approach to weight management to help people discover their path to success. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Dietitian, she combines both disciplines into a unique and comprehensive approach that is changing the way we understand weight management.

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