A little random something about me that might come as kind of a surprise from someone who leads a healthy(ish) lifestyle:
I hate fruit. I have hated it for my entire life.
During the summer months when everyone is chilling out with huge, juicy watermelon wedges:
I’m over here like, “gross no thanks”. Biting into a piece of fruit and trying to swallow it will literally cause me to gag, so I always thought it had something to do with texture. I couldn’t even bite into a strawberry without gagging. Everyone who isn’t allergic to strawberries loves them! WTF is wrong with me?? Thankfully at one point some genius invented smoothies allowing me to take in my fruit in liquid form. It would be all good until I encountered a chunk of anything in my drink and then…straight in the trash.
Usually when I tell people I hate fruit, they look at me like I just told them I hate puppies.
Recently, however, I’ve noticed that something seems to have happened with my palate. The last time I attempted to eat an apple was in July of 2006. I remember it really well because I practically threw up afterward. Anyway, the other day we were having dinner with my mom and she had cut up an apple for Betty to eat and then was eating some herself dipped in a caramel sauce. That sauce looked so freaking delicious and I really wanted to try it, but then thought it would probably be in poor taste to just stick my finger in the container. So I grabbed a piece of the apple and dipped it in, fully expecting my body to react in the same violent way it always had the moment it passed my lips.
And then…it didn’t. I don’t remember what kind of apple it was, but it was cool and crisp and delicious. It had started out as a vehicle to get that caramel sauce into my mouth, but suddenly that sauce was secondary. It was very good, but I didn’t even need it to disguise what I was eating anymore. THIS is why people eat apples! It was like a whole new world of possibilities opened up for me in that moment.
At the grocery store the other day, I bought apples that were meant for Betty, but I fully intended to eat some myself. I have NEVER bought an apple for myself ever in my whole life. Last night as I packed her lunch, I sliced one of them up and ate it as I worked, feeling very proud of myself.
Yes I know it’s probably a stupid thing to feel pride in, but after 36 years of not being able to choke down an apple, I consider this a huge victory.
Then I got to thinking about why this might have happened. Unless you count my ability to make a killer baking soda volcano, I’m no scientist. But I’m wondering if maybe the fact that I cleaned my diet up a bit last year – I still eat some things that are processed, but I cut a lot of it out and really ramped it up with the fresh veggies – has anything to do with the fact that apples are awesome now. I really feel like I could eat one every day. It kind of makes me want to try other fruits as well just to see if I can magically swallow them all of a sudden.
But back to apples…there are so many different varieties out there that I don’t even know where to start. I can’t remember the kind that I was eating at my mom’s house, but last night I had a Granny Smith and liked that just fine. I would love to hear what your faves are though so I can add them to my shopping list!
Salt’s Totally Random Apple Poll
And any other fruit that you love that I should be trying? Do you have any weird food aversions? What do you think of my theory?
Please also note that bananas are out. As a runner you have no idea how much I wish I could eat a banana what with them being the standard at every post-race and the base ingredient of 98% of all smoothies. BUT I’m allergic so that is the one fruit that I can legit not eat. The struggle is real.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!