I Can't Eat Vegetables

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I have a gag reflex and every time I try to eat any vegetable besides a carrot I gag really bad. I have tried blending the foods and mixing them with other foods but I just can't get them to go down without a fight.

Is it really bad to not eat vegetables when trying to get pregnant or being pregnant?

ANSWER

Vegetables are a major food group and they DO need to be included in your diet whether you are pregnant or not! They provide a ton of disease fighting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and other healthy components. So you need to find a way to include them for overall good health.

There are a vast number of vegetables to choose from and they ALL have different tastes, textures, etc... so to group them all together and say they ALL make you gag is not giving them a fair chance.

You need to stop thinking of them as making you gag because you could just be doing it all in your head. I suggest checking out www.mypyramid.gov to take a look at all the vegetable group has to offer. Try to find ones that you CAN handle. Try sneaking them into casseroles, soups, sandwiches, etc... Check out more tips at: http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/vegetables_tips.html.

-- Kimberly, RD LD

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.