Wednesday, December 2, 2009

2. Trying New Things

I WAS worlds pickiest eater. Really, I swear...ask my parents, they totally enabled me to be that way all of my life!!

When I was younger my mom would make a separate meal for me if she made something for the family that I didn't like. I got used to not being forced to try new foods - veggies excluded, always had to eat veggies, like it or not!

In my "older age" really after I took the consulting job, I realized that the world was a place full of new, exciting things and people who had tried these new, exciting things. I also realized that my sheltered eating habits hindered my desire to try new foods, new ethnicities of food, and trying foods that I would typically claim to "not like" having never tastes it.

My coworkers often made fun of the "Princess" as they call me because I was so picky! I used to stick by a list of things that I REFUSE to eat/drink like cheese, scrambeled eggs, milk, collard greens, ahi tuna, sushi, lamb, and hot dogs - just to name a few. (The list could probably go on) HOWEVER, in the 2 1/2 years that I've been in the consulting industry I've tried & enjoyed tons of foods that I once said I would never eat like ahi tuna, sushi, lamb, collard greens, crab cakes, fried calamari, just to name a few.  The saying never say never is sooooooooooo true! I'm living proof!

Last night 2 of my coworkers wanted to eat at a Somolian restaurant. Initially, I wasn't really enthused...my mindset was going back to I don't like that (even tho I've never tried it) but I went anyway! I didn't want to be the 1 person who ruined the chance to try a new food for everyone. I had chicken kalankal and it was freakin yum!! I was not disappointed & I was (again) very proud of myself. 

4 comments:

Becca Christensen said...

Good girl...proud of you. This is hard for me too!

Laura said...

yay! that's awesome! i find my taste buds have changed a lot in my 20s. ie. i used to flat out REFUSE to eat fish, especially salmon! Now I love salmon and eat it once a week!

quarter-life lady. said...

I can be pretty picky too. I think a lot of it is because my stomach doesn't always like new foods. Good for you for trying new things though. I love discovering new foods that I actually like!

Ebony Jewel said...

@Becca - Yeah it is hard, but I'm getting better & better at trying new foods!

@Laura - I still haven't been able to stomach salmon, I think it's the smell, but I've been trying. Little bites here & there - but I have yet to eat a whole piece.

@quarter-life lady - Trust me, there have been some things that my stomach says no ma'am you WILL NOT eat this again. LOL but I'm kinda glad I tried them just so I know in the future they are a no go!