I have a similar experience with brussel sprouts – and yes, they are now one of my very favorite veggies!Â In my house though – with six brothers [edit – six kids total – me and my five brothers] – it wasn’t so much WHAT you were eating as it was how fast you could eat it. To the fastest chewers went the greatest rewards!
But more importantly, the article is right – when I was married I never fed (or even tried to feed) my kids things like Indian food, or Chinese food – I knew they wouldn’t like them – but guess what – years later after I was a single parent and didn’t always have time to baby them?Â If Chinese isÂ what I ordered for dinner, they ate it.Â When they knew there wouldn’t be anything else served, they ate it.
And now? They are both young teenagers that LOVE Indian and Chinese food!
I left the table that night in awe of my own genius.
The next morning I came downstairs for breakfast to find a big plate of re-heated brussel sprouts waiting for me. I had been found out!
Furious that my trick had not worked, I audibly refused to eat the vegetable. I curtly informed my Mother that I would starve and die before I would eat brussel sprouts. With firm resolve, I crossed my arms and refused to take a single bite until the school bus came to pick me up.
By lunch time, I was starving. My stomach was rumbling and it was all I could do to refrain from running to the cafeteria. I opened my lunch box expecting to find an apple and a tuna fish sandwich. Instead, I was confronted with a cold bowl of brussel sprouts. Delirious with hunger, but still determined to win the battle; I threw the entire bowl in the garbage.
When I got home from school, my Mother was in the kitchen preparing lasagna. I took that as a sign my Mother had finally admitted defeat and grinned inwardly. But to my abject horror, everyone but me got to partake of the delicious meal. I was served a piping hot bowl of brussel sprouts. My resolve crumbled. I broke down and ate them glaring at my Mother the entire time.
Now brussel sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. Go figure.