Leaving the Picky Eater Behind

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a wonderful week so far. It occurred to me today that we are now over half-way through January and I still haven’t told you about my goals for the year. To be honest, I’ve sat down to write them a few times but haven’t really been feeling it. So rather than write an official list, I wanted to highlight a particular goal I have for the year: to stop being a picky eater.

I’ve touched on it before, but I’ve always been kind of picky when it comes to food. Growing up, I would seldom touch vegetables besides butternut squash (yes, I was obsessed even then) and my ideal diet consisted of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. My mom made sure that I ate healthy of course, but it was always a struggle. In fact, she first convinced me to eat salads because, “one day, a boy was going to take me out on a date and it would be embarrassing if I didn’t eat salad.” And voila, I started liking them.

Roasted brussels sprouts from Delerosa

But even though I eat a healthy diet full of lean proteins, fruits, veggies and whole grains, there are still certain foods that I just don’t touch. I avoid eggs, seafood, shellfish and brussels sprouts all because I don’t think I will like them. But really, I don’t actually know how I feel about them because I’ve never tried them as an adult.

Over the past few years expanding my eating habits has been a true goal of mine. I discovered that I love mushrooms and am starting to come around to sushi. (Sashimi and I still aren’t friends yet, but I’m working on it!) So the other night I decided to go to head-to-head or more appropriately fork-to-mouth with brussels sprouts. One of my girlfriends loved them so I decided to be brave and give them a shot. I’m not sure what I expected them to taste like, but I was flabbergasted  (such an underated word!) when I realized how much I liked them!

So after a year of trying new foods once and a while, I’m committing to really making an effort in 2012. I love food and trying new restaurants, so what a shame to hold myself back from trying the house specialty just because I think I don’t like it! In the past, I’ve let this fear of the unknown hold me back and I’m starting to realize that if we let that fear hold us back in any area of our lives, we might find we’re missing out on some pretty great things. Because after all…

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(Discovered on my new obessession Piterest: http://pinterest.com/emilyatggg/)

Questions:

-Are there any foods you don’t like? Or are afraid to try?

-Have you let fear hold you back in any area of your life?

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3 thoughts on “Leaving the Picky Eater Behind

  1. I obviously just followed you on Pinterest. I JUST tried Brussel Sprouts at Spruce for the first time and same thing – I loved them! Now I NEED to try them at De La Rose! I can do nigiri sushi (walu only) but not yet sashimi.

    I also love all tomato products (sauce, salsa) but will not get NEAR an actual tomato or ketchup!

  2. I’m so glad you loved the Brussels sprouts!! They’re one of my favorite vegetables; I don’t know why they get such a bad wrap! If you ever feel like making them at home, definitely try Ina Garten’s recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-brussels-sprouts-recipe2/index.html). I won over all the naysayers at Thanksgiving with them! :)

    I’ve actually always been a really good eater. In fact, when I was young, I’d eat anything! My mom and dad would take my brother and I out to exotic restaurants before the age of five, and I “famously” told my Kindergarten teacher that my favorite food was panang curry. :-p

    I can’t wait to see what else you try–and discover you love –this year! xoxo

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