@SEAee - À chacun son goût (everyone to his own taste). I had my own pet hates when I was a kid but now I eat pretty much anything veggie-wise. My biggest hate was cooked tomatoes, and I'm still not too fond of them.
When I was a kid I was at boarding school and they served, in winter, a jug of soup. Everyone else loathed it but I loved it, so I just had soup for supper, and a bit of bread. To this day I love soup.
Your brother did not grow up to be Mr Bean by any chance? :-)
For awhile I was in the President's camp regarding broccoli but I have grown to like it. Sprouts, though, have to have a heavy dose of melted cheese and bacon bits. The recipes in this thread sound pretty good, so I might have to try them out. When I was a kid, we had vegetables with every meal, and we had to have a serving whether we liked them or not. And if you didn't finish your vegetables, then no desert! Desert was always good--ice cream, cobbler, cake, pie, so missing desert was a bad, bad thing. And if you missed your desert, another sibling might get to eat it, which really rubbed the salt in the wounds (though I capitalized on this myself more than once). There were several vegetables that I absolutely hated, that would stand as obstacles between me and desert. It was my older brother who taught the rest of us to wash the vegetables down with a glass of milk. But even this did not always stop the gag reflex, so I developed alternate methods like spreading vegetables hither and yon on my plate, and smashing a few, so it looked like I had dove into them in zest. However, it was my youngest sibling that outdid us all. One day, my Dad was repairing a brace on the dining room table that was missing a screw which held the brace to the table leg. He removed the leg from the table...and discovered inside the leg a stash of fossilized vegetables. It seems my little brother had been secretly taking the vegetables off his plate, and inserting them into the screw hole in the table leg. I could only wonder at such genius. :)
It's not an either-or situation. Diet and exercise work best. It is actually quite common for people engaged in exercise to overcompensate on the eating front. Likewise, diet without exercise leaves one flabby. 10 miles in a day? Eh, I walked 4.5 miles during my lunch break today.
The truth of the matter is, you can do all sorts of things to hide the hideous flavor of Brussel sprouts, and any endeavor to this end is certainly both great and noble, but remember that you have merely created a culinary disguise. The base element remains what it is. Here is where Newton's 2nd law will serve us well. I think Max's next project should be a small catapult powerful enough to hurl a single sprout from the dining room table out the the nearest window or kitchen door. It would be nice if the catapult were actually able to dip into the vegetable dish and grab the sprout, so the casual diner can enjoy the rest of their dinner. This would be a good Arduino project. It would make use of interior mapping, doors, windows, etc. After the catapult has done its work, one is left with a bowl full of bacon bits that they can gobble down.