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But I Don’t Like Greek Yogurt

Greek YogurtI had a revelation today. I really don’t like Greek yogurt. I want to like it. I keep buying it by the tub at Costco.  But I really don’t like it.

I have tried adding a little vanilla and Splenda. Nothing works. I think I think I should like it…and I eat it because it’s “good for me”…and because, with some fruit added, it’s a “healthy” lunch. I can prepare and eat it quickly, between clients, when my schedule is packed.

But today I realized I am never satisfied after I eat Greek yogurt. I tend to wolf it down, to get it over with. Then I find myself resenting my choice and wondering what else is in the frig. This is dangerous territory for someone with a history of emotional eating…

Where is it written that I have to eat Greek yogurt..or any other food just because it is “good” for me? Who says? 

Today, I am an “intuitive eater”. That means I pay attention to what I like and don’t like to eat, what leaves me feeling satisfied and unsatisfied, what feels good in my body vs. what leaves me with a queasy or overfull stomach and an icky after taste in my mouth. I am in touch with what foods leave me with a sharp, clear mind vs. those that leave me feeling fuzzy and desperate for a nap. Sorry, but Greek yogurt just doesn’t do it for me…and that’s OK!

So, today I will throw away my very last half-eaten tub of plain Greek yogurt! Done!

Do you have any healthy “food rules” that set you up for trouble? If so, why do you think you keep following those rules? And whose rules are those anyway?


Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com


  1. Oh I like this blog. How true, there are so many foods available, that are good for us and are enjoyable to eat so why do we force the other on ourselves. It’s one thing if that is all there is or no money left etc., but that is usually not the case. It is good to reexamine the food rules we have created in our heads and rewrite them. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Recovery Coach; A Weigh Out says

    I’m so happy you like my blog! I like it, too :-)!

  3. I’m with you…I know I’m supposed to like it but I hate it…it’s a texture thing with me I think. I love Yoplait and will stick with that. IMO anything Greek is in so it’s PC to like Greek Yogurt….lol

  4. I just tried greek yogurt for the first time. Taste kinda like chalk. I won’t buy it again as it is even more expensive than regular yogurt. In my opinion.

  5. Minister Anderson says

    As Ellen stated, I have tried greek yogurt several times several ways; I just don’t like the taste of greek yogurt! I LOVE yogurt (creamy low-fat) just not greek. Most store now-a-days seem all they have is Greek, greek, greek, even when web search! As I am witnessing on this page, not everybody do Greek yogurt. where can I find good creamy real fruity low fat yogurt, or how to home make it?

  6. i don’t like yogurt, cottage cheeses, sour cream, buttermilk, cream or any of that soured stuff, but it is so good in baked things or some other dishes, like lasagna, which i rarely eat. the thought of anything being clabbered makes me sick. I was raised on a dairy farm, maybe that is why. lol

  7. Anonymous says

    I hate Greek Yogurt, I like fruity yogurt with real sugar, not sucralose. I eat half a little container added to real fruit like berries or bannana. By eating half with fruit I am satisfied.

  8. My doctor wants me on a mediterranean diet. Told me to look it up online. I do not like greek yogurt,cottage cheese ,salmon and a lot of the other good for you veges and legumes….I do like carbs…am trying to balance my meals with things that I like while at least trying to keep the carbs down to 100 day. I don’t always have the energy to prepare the vegetables that are on the list nor can I always afford them. Some days I actually have trouble getting enough calories and wind up eating a not so good for you food..ie slice of american cheese. Yes I do plan my life on a sweet of some kind daily..what can I say, I like to bake and hate trying to plan all these meals especially as I am the only one in house who cares.

  9. I don’t like Greek yogurt either, but have only started eating it recently because Noom says it’s a great option. Before, I would eat the fat-free Yoplait yogurts that come in different appetizing flavors; however, the thing about them is that they are full of added sugars and other things, whereas Greek yogurt is just, well, milk. But I’ve found ways to make it more palatable, without making it unhealthy. I’ll usually add a teaspoon of clover honey to 1/4 cup of yogurt, and that gives it enough sweetness to make it more acceptable to my own palate. I’m also trying other tricks, like fresh fruit or even a bit of jam. Today, I had it with the honey, and also a tablespoon of chia seeds and some fresh mint leaves I tore up — and not only was it palatable, it was downright delicious. So I’m learning to make lemonade from the lemons life (and healthy living) is giving me.

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