RULE: Learn to Like Foods You Don’t Like

I get it. You don’t like brussels sprouts, farro seems foreign, and why would anyone order seaweed salad?

To my astonishment, there are tons of foods I am now LOVING that I wouldn’t have even tried on a ‘triple-dog-dare’ a few years ago.  That’s because a few years ago I thought I knew what I liked and didn’t like.

Don’t we all have periods in our lives when we liked and didn’t like things that now seem crazy?  Think: acid washed jean jackets, the banana clip, Bon Jovi, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam. I used to beg for Capt’n Crunch cereal, Eggo mini waffles and Swiss Miss Cake Rolls.  And I thought the Suzuki Samurai bikini top was the coolest car made.  Had my tastes not changed, I’d be dating a loser and I’d look like a plus-size extra in a bad 80’s movie!

banana clip

Thankfully, you can change! and your taste buds too!

Recall that it takes ~ 15 tries to changes your taste.  Plus, when you know, think and feel something is good for you, it makes it a lot easier to swallow.

So try any of the following (a list of things I was afraid of just months ago) if you haven’t already.

Try ’em 15 times or so!

Learn to like, LOVE EVEN, healthy foods!

Swiss Chard


Seaweed salad

Wheat Grass

Miso soup






Soba noodles





Ginger root (not plain, unless that’s your thing)

Eggs (farm fresh of course)

And anything else edible that grows from the ground!

(Feel free to add your own suggestions here!)

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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