For the picky eater: it gets better!
I love food and my love affair didn’t start until a few years ago. As a kid, I’d swallow any morsel that was put in my mouth, but as I got older, I started getting fussier. It was about 7 years ago that I decided I needed to put a stop to this nonsense. I liked food but I wasn’t open to experimenting, I’d much rather stick with the same old. I eventually stepped out of my comfort zone and ventured into new cuisines and experiences. And I haven’t looked back since.
Food is a huge part of life and it brings people and communities together in a way like no other. What’s more, the food we eat is interconnected with our identities and cultures. So we should remain as open as possible and not shut out the possibility of bonding with other individuals.
I can see you nodding your head in agreement, “but how do I step out of my comfort zone and try new food?” you ask. Keep reading.
It’s All In Your Head.
Yes, really. Your brain is accustomed to sticking with your ‘safe’ choices, so even at a restaurant, your eye will naturally gravitate to your usual picks. Before you head out to lunch or dinner the next time, tell yourself that you’re going to try something new.
Don’t go jumping into a cuisine head first (if you’re ok with this and are sure it won’t freak your taste buds out, then by all means!). Chances are you might not enjoy the unfamiliar flavour, so begin with a little at a time. For example, with Japanese cuisine, try the cooked fish sushi rolls first. Not bad right? Now dip one into a lil’ soy sauce. You’re doing great. How about adding a tiny bit of wasabi with the sushi roll and soy sauce? See, that wasn’t so bad! It’s all about taking baby steps. No rush.
Now that you’ve started experimenting, steadily develop your sense of taste. Try something different each time you head to a restaurant and watch your repertoire grow. You’ll eventually be on the lookout for new dishes to try without any apprehension.
Dine With A Buddy.
Eating alone is certainly no fun and food is meant to be an enjoyable experience. So sample various dishes with a friend (ideally, a foodie, so you’ll be in good hands!). You’ll be motivated to test out new fare, plus you’ll have the opportunity to bond with the BFF.
These steps might not be fool proof and you’ll probably undergo a fair amount of trial and error to see what works best for you, but you’ll be headed in the right direction. You’ll open up your mind by venturing into uncharted waters, from learning about food to eating it, and who knows, maybe you’ll even start cooking!
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