DonnieRage wrote:I have an issue when it comes to eating. I've been raised strictly on fast food, meat, and soda and I'm paying the price with a very unhealthy body. I sincerely want to like vegetables so much, but almost every one I've tried (I've tried a lot lately and I re-try them often) literally makes me gag to the point of nearly vomiting, and I simply can't seem to like them. I also am having an insanely hard time stopping drinking soda, granted I drink more water now than I ever did in my life, there are still days I go without water and instead it's just Soda and Sweet Tea. What I'm wondering is if anyone knows of any particular meditation techniques to help me get over this. Should I just continue practicing Vipassana, or is there more I could try to help me get control over these cravings?
I was raised in a home that didn't know much about cooking or nutrition. I didn't really start eating vegetables until I developed an interest in nutrition and vegetarianism when I was 14. It helped me to only eat a little portion of one vegetable at a time. I would savor the taste in mouth, being alert to the difference in the taste itself versus my "blech!" reaction to the taste. After doing that I would try to just concentrate on the taste and be calm. After a while that worked, vegetable by vegetable. Cheap Chinese helped once I got to college, as many you used sweet sauces. In my 20s experimenting with recipes helped even further. LOL, this is pretty much how you are supposed to deal with pain in vipassana, so it fits your request for a meditation solution.
I've known a number of people who stepped down off soda and caffiene by progressively replacing the sodas they drank with green tea, then phasing out the green tea or settling down to 1 - 2 cups a day.
When you are ready you can watch the documentary Forks Over Knives
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