My Relationship With Vegetables

I’m looking back at my blog posts for the past few months, and it seems to me that I have been writing simple and lazy blog posts.

It has been awhile since I last wrote a piece that is playfully serious, hasn’t it? Equal measures of playful and serious.

I’ve written about my relationship with beef and my relationship with salmon some time last year. I guess now is a better time than any to write my most important relationship with food piece yet. Time to tell you guys about my relationship with vegetables. Yeah…

When I was a kid,

I hated vegetables. I hated vegetables with a tremendous amount of passion.

I hated the adults who were constantly forcing me to gobble down vegetables at every opportunity. Adults like my mom. Especially my mom, actually.

I never understood why the adults liked to say that vegetables are good. To me, vegetables were the most disgusting thing to have ever existed. To me, they were nasty. They always have that slight bitter aftertaste. When my mom tried to tell me “eat more vegetables, vegetables are good!”, it made as much sense to me as “eat more shit, shit are good!”.

Yeah, to the seven years old me, vegetables = shit. It was that bad.

At one point of time, I was able to handle certain parts of a vegetable. I think it was grandma who got me there. Over meals, she started to pick out the stalks for me whileΒ keeping the leafy parts away from me.

An illustration of stalk and leaf

It was the texture, I guess. The stalks, they were crunchy, and after some chewing, they broke down into swallow-able bits. The leaves though, were a whole different ball game. No matter how I chew into those leaves, they would refuse to breakdown and remain one big pile of nasty lump in my mouth. Too big of a lump for me to swallow. More often than not, if I had to put veggie leaves into my mouth, I would end up spitting them back out, for fear that swallowing them might cause me to suffocate. I wonder if I was the only kid who had this kind of veggie-leaves-phobia. πŸ™„

For the exact same reason, my favorite vegetable was theΒ θ‹‹θœ yin choy. What’s the English name, amaranth greens I think. They were (and still are) always cooked till soft so swallowing them would be no hardship at all. Every time we dined out, this would be the default veggie order because anything else and I would cause an embarrassing scene.

amaranth
θ‹‹θœ Yin choy

Why I Eat Vegetables

These days, I am no longer a dumb kid who didn’t know better. I do eat vegetables even without the constant supervision of my mom.

Why? Because I know vegetables are essential in keeping our day to day diet balanced. I know vegetables are rich in certain vitamins, nutrients and especially fiber, stuff that we can hardly get in meats.

I remember how it was like on my first US trip for work. I’ll be honest and tell you now that vegetables were the last thing on my mind when it came to meals. In fact, vegetables were totally NOT in my mind at all. A few days into my mostly meat diet, I could totally feel the difference. My body felt bloated and heavy all the time, and I felt lethargic and moody most of the time. But then, the company was paying, so I kept up with the meaty affairs until I got home. And fell sick for weeks.

I was more prudent on my subsequent trips though. I still put on weight every time I traveled Stateside, but I felt better.

Also, I’ve since picked up a few vegetables that I used to hate as a kid but kind of… like is the wrong word, more like acceptable on a more frequent basis these days. Most notably the broccoli and the ladies finger (okra).

Broccoli

I still don’t do much onions though. And ginger. And white/black fungus. And pungent leafy herbs. And… oh well…

What I Really Think About Vegetables

Why, I still dislike them, of course. I eat vegetables nowadays, because I know I have to.

That’s why I buy a lot of them all the time

Doesn’t mean I have to like them. I don’t care what you vegans think, but in my personal point of view, vegetables are horrible and nasty to eat in terms of taste and texture.

To me, vegetables are something that I have to tolerate for the sake of my body’s well being, not something to enjoy. Given the choice, I would gladly go full carnivore and live entirely off meats. But I know don’t got that choice, and it sucks. Sucks to the max.

It always pisses me off when I see vegans say “Vegetables can be more delicious than meats”, especially when the say it to my face. Of course, I don’t act on that pissed off feeling because I’d like to think I’m a civilized man.

I mean, everyone is entitled to freedom of choices, including the choice of what food to eat. I would defend to the death your rights to go vegan. But you should afford the same rights for me to remain a meat lover. You should keep your choice to yourself and stop trying to convert me. And that’s how I see vegans who try to tell me “Vegetables can be more delicious than meats”: as a bunch of fucked up preachers who are no better than those persistent door-to-door Christian extremists.

Put it this way. If you tell me “We should eat more vegetables because it is good for our health”, then I would totally agree with you. But if you are to tell me “We should eat more vegetables because they are more delicious than meats”, then go fuck yourselves we have to agree to disagree. Good for health is NOT equivalent to good to eat.


Oh dear… what did I do? I was supposed to write about me and vegetables. It isn’t my intention to go vegans bashing. I don’t hate vegans, just like I don’t hate Christians or Muslims or chain smokers. I only hate vegans who try to convert me into their ranks.

30 Comments

  1. Both my boys are similar to you when you were younger. They dislike leafy vegetables. They have no problem eating broccoli, carrots, french beans but give them spinach, pak choy or anything leafy, they’ll run far far away >_<

  2. Ah, how come I did not see your post yesterday. Must have not refreshed the cache in my browser.

    All I can say is, I think your mother started you on the vegetables on the wrong foot. No, I am not blaming your mother but I somehow think if your mother have prepared the vegetables in another way and entice you to eat them instead of forcing you to eat the vegetables stir-fried for adults, you wouldn’t be scared of the leaves choking you and tasting the bitterness of the veges.

    No worries. You are eating vege now and that is what counts.

    Pssssttt.. let me share with you my ex colleague’s secret. He does not like to eat vege like you and he does not eat them and he is still ok. I think he gets his fibre from some kind of soluble fibre drinks and vits from pharmacies.

    • Well, you know how our moms are like back in those days. For sure is a million miles away from the methods of today’s moms. Last time, instead of creative ways to hoodwink us, we got the rotan instead. πŸ™„

      Psssstttt… I think your ex colleague will be in trouble when he gets older. Those pills and supplements, best not to touch them that much. Some of them does the same thing as the apple cider vinegar, they alter your body’s natural self healing/detox capabilities.

  3. For me, I am the opposite. I prefer the leaves over the stems of veggies. On numerous occasions I chewed the stem and it formed a hard lump and I could barely swallow. But when I boil the stems for a long time and they become really, really, soft, then it’s better for me.

    You know, you could actually do a whole vegetarian meal without veggies. For instance, have plain pasta or potato as your base, then tofu, beans, lentils, mushrooms, grains, and nuts can make a full meal. Though of course I don’t think they offer you all the nutrients your body needs πŸ™„

    • Get lost. Potato, tofu, beans, grains, nuts… those are all plant based protein sources. To me, they are rice equivalent (as in something to make you feel full). May as well tell me to eat rice with pasta and noodles as side dish. No way… no bloody way…

      • It is just a suggestion. Just eat and cook smaller portions then. Smaller portions, less time to cook and less time to eat. Overall, more time for yourself πŸ™„

        • Nah, smaller portions = same time and effort to cook, less time to eat, same time and effort to wash up after. Also, smaller portions is hard, I always screw up my estimation. πŸ™„

  4. No kid in the right mind would love to eat veggies when they have so many other delicious food to choose from. As we grow older, we (or at least I) eat them basically for health reasons. I mean I do love eating veggies now (at least some specific favourite ones) but if you put a plate of steaks or seafood in front of me, I’d choose that over veggies in an instant! πŸ˜€

  5. When i was a kid, i don’t eat veg, as i don’t like it, it’s only when i am an adult, then i start eating it…

    • Yeah me too, I start eating veggie when I grow older too. But I still don’t like them as a general rule.

    • Sabah veggie, hard to find here leh. Not worth it to fly to Sabah just for the veggie. What if Sabah veggie changed my mind? Then I will be forever sulking because I can’t get it easily after I come back. πŸ™„

  6. Same here when I was young, not into vegetables at all. I grew up with my grandparents and somehow they did not really make me eat vegetables. That’s partly because grandma herself was not a vege lover hah..hah.. Grandpa was more into proteins for me until my mum changed all that. At first it was hard to eat but over time, I managed to love vegetables. I guess you still have no love for vegetables πŸ˜€

    • Hah… I doubt I will ever love vegetables wholeheartedly. Unless if there’s a global catastrophe and all animals became extinct. πŸ™„

  7. Glad you found vegetables acceptable now.

    Vegan meals are fine but the cakes are another thing. Most of them are so sweet and has an aftertaste of baking soda or they are hard. Vegan cakes and food are expansive in London.

    • Ridiculous, isn’t it? They’re supposed to be healthier alternatives, but if they put more sugar and baking soda and preservatives, then there’s no point to it anymore. πŸ™„

  8. You made a lump of veggies in your mouth? That’s what I did with beef, after chewing on it a few times it got so dry it was impossible to swallow it, haha.

    • Yeah, same kind of thing. It happened to me ALL THE TIME when I was chewing leafy veggies as a kid. 😐

    • Hmm… I don’t know, I don’t think my taste buds changed that much compared to when I was a kid. I mostly still prefer the same type of foods. Like fast food and chocolates and ice cream. LOL! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  9. veggies when eaten with instant noodles is so ‘heavenly’!!! (just like in the first picture)coz u got something to crunch on with those springy noodles. I hate veggies too when I was a kid, but as I grew up, I’m more ‘adaptable’ with its taste.

    • Not for me. Veggies in instant noodles are still veggies. They’re there because of necessity rather than preference. If you ask me, instant noodles eaten with an egg and a nice sausage, or spam, or even fish balls, now that’s heavenly! πŸ˜›

  10. I just hopped over and read your relationships with beef and salmon, second time I read your relationship with salmon, nice read, all of your relationships

  11. You are like me when I was a kid, I hated veggies too then because my thinking was eating veggies was like eating trees and the taste was bitter, which in fact they are trees or rather plants

    When I grew up, I don’t mind eating veggies because there are many ways of cooking that can make veggies nice to eat, you can add in oyster sauce or soy sauce, my favourite veggie is also broccoli

    I had blogged about my relationship with veggies here: http://libbyfu.blogspot.sg/2014/04/i-love-greens.html

    • So you see, it isn’t the veggie that is nice, it is the other stuff you add that is nice. Your veggie dish becomes nice despite the veggies. Replace the veggies with, let’s say pork or chicken, the dish would be much nicer. πŸ˜›

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