My new friend Kim and I have been discussing some interactions we recently had with others with regards to food that we had made. Kim, I hope it’s okay to bring this up!
Both of us, unfortunately, found ourselves in a situation where people didn’t want to eat the food that we had made. Or if they did, it was sort of begrudgingly.
A recent encounter I had, I made some PB cookies for some company. They ate the cookies and said they were yummy. When I explained that they were vegan and I used whole wheat flour, they didn’t touch the cookies for the rest of the visit.
What happened? One minute the cookies were yummy and the next minute my cookies were carrying some sort of disease.
Kim is a vegan and her recent encounter she was wondering if perhaps her visitors thought the food would taste “too vegan”. Meaning, of course, “too healthy”.
That thought is actually what got us started talking about it a little bit more. For me it was a lightbulb moment because Kim was exactly right. Both of our situations, the people who don’t necessarily follow the same diets each of us have, seemed to shy away from healthier things. As if, since it’s healthy, it obviously cannot taste good.
My visitor didn’t touch any other baked good I had made for the rest of their several day stay. I had chocolate zucchini bread and breakfast muffins but those didn’t get touched. My guess is because if the PB cookies were crazy with being vegan and using whole wheat flour, then goodness everything else must be hippy-drippy healthy too, right?
And if it’s healthy, then clearly it is not going to taste good.
It’s a really limited perception of food.
Had I not said anything perhaps my visitor would have kept munching along like nothing was amiss. Should I have done that? I don’t know. Part of me would feel like I was hiding a dirty secret.
It makes me wonder if people are actually afraid of healthy food? People talk all the time about trying to become more healthy and eating healthy but yet shy away from healthy food. I have to wonder if it is all talk on their part and they aren’t really interested in discovering more healthy ways to eat. Or are they just assuming that healthy = flavorless and yucky?
Have you ever had this happen to you? People shy away and not want to eat your healthy meals? Do you think that people are afraid of healthy food? Do you think that they aren’t interested in it or that they assume it is going to taste icky?