Picky Eater Dialog

Health Coach recommendation: add organic olive oil and 5-6 cups of red or orange vegetables to your diet each week.

My response as picky eater: I am committed to improving my diet and choosing healthier options.  However, I am a little anxious about your recommendations.  I am not a big fan of olive oil, because I don’t like the way it tastes, it’s boring and it smells fruity.  I don’t like fruity oils.  Here, let me google “smell of olive oil” on my phone to prove that I am not imaging the smell of olive oil.  Yes, here is something, and I quote: “The aromas of olive oil are a critical part of its flavor. The best way to appreciate them is to pour a little bit of olive oil (a tablespoon or two) into a small glass. Cup the glass in one hand and cover it with the other to trap the aromas inside while you warm it up. Hold it, swirl it, warm it for a minute or two. Then stick your nose into the glass and take a good whiff of the aroma or “nose” of the olive oil. You may notice the smell of fresh-cut grass, cinnamon, tropical fruits or other aromas of ripe or green olive fruit.” 1 It’s bad enough that it smells fruity on a salad, but what really sends me over the deep end is that personally I think it kind of tastes like Vaseline.

Also, I am very interested in increasing my vegetable intake, but I am not too sure about adding 1 cup, never mind 5-6 cups, of red or orange vegetables to my diet.  I don’t like red and orange vegetables.  I only like green vegetables.  Orange vegetables might give my skin an orange tan, and I am afraid that the orange tint will never go away.  Red vegetables might make my tears red, my urine red and my saliva red.  That would be scary.  Red vegetables are scary.

Let me see if there is anything about this on google search while my phone is near. Here is something: “Ever since childhood, we’ve all been urged to eat our vegetables. And while we’re not disputing the fact that veggies are great for your health, it’s also undeniable that certain of these healthy foods have some pretty strange side effects. Check out vegetables which hold the fascinating power to change the color and smell of your urine and tint your skin Jersey Shore orange, among other weird and wonderful things”.2

Here is another quote from an online source: “Can Your Skin Change Color by Eating Certain Foods? The answer is yes, but it depends on the foods you eat. One popular example is a person’s skin turning orange or yellow by consuming large amounts of carrots. Carrots have a biochemical (or pigment) called carotene. Pure carotene is a deep orange color. It will dissolve in oil but not in water. Because it is stored in body fat, it can turn a person’s skin orange or yellow”.

I have a friend who is a vegetarian. When she had a little get together at her home, she had a whole spread of different color vegetables and fruits.  She called it the rainbow table.  I tried some squash and a little pumpkin.  As I suspected, I didn’t like either one of them.  They were bright orange, they had a weird texture, and they didn’t quite taste right.  They were too sweet; I don’t like my vegetables to be sweet.  I simply avoid sweet potatoes, solely because it has the word sweet in the name.  I know I won’t like the taste either.  I prefer my potatoes starchy white on the inside with a flavor that won’t clash with any other food.   

As a matter of fact, I have also seen red and orange vegetables in the grocery store while they are uncooked and whole, they look funny; oddly shaped and too many bumps.  I like vegetables that look like leaves, don’t have a skin, and that don’t have a bitter or sickly sweet taste that is un-vegetable-like.  I don’t mean to be difficult.  I truly apologize for the inconvenience of my idiosyncrasies.


  1. Devarenne AK. An Introduction to Olive Oil Tasting. https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-basics/olive-oil-tasting/8640 . Published November 3, 2010. Accessed February 8,2017
  2. 5 Vegetables That Cause Weird Physical Reactions. http://scribol.com/lifestyle/food-and-drink/5-vegetables-that-cause-weird-physical-reactions/ . Accessed February 7,2017
  3. Can Your Skin Change Color by Eating Certain Foods or Chemicals? http://zidbits.com/2011/08/can-your-skin-change-color-by-eating-certain-foods-or-chemicals/. Published August 14, 2011. Accessed February 8,2017.

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