I have a friend and she's very receptive to fixing up her diet (she's got a host of health problems) and so she often asks me for advice. The only thing is, she's been thoroughly raised on a SAD diet and her taste buds are 10 kinds of screwed up. She's such a goddamn baby when it comes to eating healthy foods. She won't eat liver or eggs or egg yolks or fish or even butter. I imagine if she starts slow she can eventually work her way up to fish and liver. Her logic is more "slow and steady" (VERY VERY slow btw) and mine is more "jump into the deep end."
You might look at one of the cookbooks for Paleo kids or Paleo families, like Eat Like a Dinosaur. They have lots of kid-friendly (MILD) recipes that might appeal to a woman who still eats like a pre-schooler. As a mother of twin four-year-olds, I can assure you Paleo doesn't need to include a lot of strong flavors or liver or anything a kid or an adult with immature tastes wouldn't like. You can stick to mild fish, chicken, turkey and some beef. You can eat it unseasoned or mildly seasoned with salt, pepper or garlic. You can eat plain steamed vegetables or veggies sauteed in a little fat like butter (or try lard!). You can eat fruit salads and avocado and fruit smoothies (with a raw egg sneaked in). Try looking up some of the post on Paleo Hacks asking for help feeding picky toddlers and pre-schoolers. You'll probably find a few good ideas. Oh, and if you do dairy, some mild cheeses, full fat yogurt and cream are all good.
First of all, don't ever try to help anybody ever. Second, I suggest coconut milk fruit smoothies. It's the paleo baby food par excellence. Have them with the typical girly diet food of skinless, boneless chicken breast, steamed broccoli and salad.
My husband was a very picky eater. He still is when I let him slip back to his old ways. All he ate the first several years of our marraige was pepperoni pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers (meat and cheese only), and BBQ. He would occasionally snack on raw carrots...
Our trick was to dice everything really small at first. For spaghetti, I would mix all of my sauce in the blender and make it smooth before cooking it on the stove for him (he doesnt mind eating it if he doesnt know what is in it). As a noodle substitute, he likes zucchini. I use the potato peeler to make strips of zucchini and summmer squash (they look like flat noodles), then briefly cook them with some garlic, oil, and paprika. It was a great starter healthy meal for him.
I also kept fresh veggies diced really small in the fridge along with some thin steaks chopped up so he could use them to make omelets.
Healthy sausage (organic- grass fed meats), cooked with onions and peppers is a hit too. Chili is a favorite of his also.
The more your friend tries new things, the more they will like them.
Probably fat. It might weird her out in the beginning to sautee kale or potatoes or what have you with bacon fact, duck fat, beef fat, etc....but I think it will taste 'familiar' and really really good
Well what kinds of foods does she like? Try and build on those. Chicken, beef, and certain kinds of fish can be really mild depending on the cut and how it's cooked. As for veggies chard, parsnips, young summer squash, and baby lettuces/greens are all pretty mild. Different cooking methods can bring out different flavors too. As far as fruit goes certain types of melons are pretty mild tasting, plums too.
And I be once she changes her diet her tastes will begin to change too, and she may start craving these "strong" flavored foods.
Using natural animal fat is a great start and have her try coconut oil. Have her add the foods she objects to in small batches of things she likes. Like add a little liver to chili where the taste is disguised. Make omlete/scramble with a fresh egg, bacon, and a bunch veggies she likes. Make a crock pot soup with bone broth, veggies and a little meat/poultry/fish of your choice. You may need to keep reminding her of the health benefits of eating REAL food and that taste buds can change over time.
First off, you gotta stop telling her things like she is addicted to wheat. Even if she agrees with you, you are going to shame her into alienation, and possibly get smacked. What our friends eat is none of our business. I stopped hanging out with vegans for that very reason, a number of them were lovely people, just insufferable to eat with, and our friendship suffered because of it.
If she says she wants to make a change, but is moving at a snails pace, she probably hasn't done the emotional work yet to get there. There can be a crappy catch-22 in that, where she doesn't feel well enough to get to that point because she is eating crap, but you can always hope for rock bottom to inspire her. You could also provide something of a catalyst, and offer to cook with her to make a weeks worth of meals to sort of reset things.
When she asks you for ideas, or you are cooking for her, for true food wusses, (provided they aren't allergic to nightshades) I always start with potatoes.
Homemade french fries with homemade fermented or organic ketchup.
Mashed potatoes with gravy. I got an 8 year old who would only eat fast food and breakfast cereal to eat mashed potatoes with almost a cup of chopped parsley, butter, and broth mixed in it.
Baked potato with salt, pepper, and a buttload of Nancy's sour cream.
Bacon, chili, chicken salad, tuna salad, nitrate free hot dogs, and Applegate farms lunch meats also rarely get turned down.
Even the pickiest children will go for baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and sliced sweet baby bell peppers. You could take her to a juice bar too, and get her something apple based, but with good veggies tucked in there.
If sweet is her thing, you could make her a batch of coconut oil and coconut butter candies. I just melt equal parts coconut oil and coconut butter, along with a good dose of dark chocolate, and if I want to make it like a crunch bar some toasted shredded coconut flakes too. Then you pour it out into a baking dish and pop it in the fridge until cool and break into bite sized pieces.
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