“At sixteen, I started to work at the Brackenridge hospital. I was able to eat lunch there. That’s when I first started to actually think, you know, broccoli is good. You could put cheese on it or dip it into Ranch dressing. The vegetables were probably there even before I really realized, but that’s when I started to say, I’m going to need to try them all the time. I never tried them because I always felt it wasn’t good if it didn’t come out of a can. I would go through the cafeteria line and I’d see the broccoli and the cauliflower mixed with different things. I remember going home and telling my mom, you know, when I go through the line at the hospital, they have these vegetables. I say, you know what, mom? Maybe that’s something that you could try with us and see if we can get my younger brothers and sisters to start eating that.”
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