Sunday, January 15, 2012

Confessions of a picky eater

As I was digging through the fridge for something to make for breakfast today it dawned on me just how much I have spread my wings in the way of eating in the last decade or so of my life. Let me give you a background before I delve into the specifics.

I grew up, mostly in a single parent household with my mother as that parent. It's true, we are Filipino or in the case of my sister she is Filipino/Chinese. My mother is anything but a "typical" Filipina. The woman barely cooked and while everyone else's houses were spotless, we got by with clean enough (apparently my day to day "clean enough" is pretty slob like, lol!). Anyways, we probably ate out 5 days of the week easily. It was Burger King, Carl's Juniors', McDonald's, KFC, the Chinese place downtown, the Mexican place on the corner, Smorga Bob's, the fish 'n chips place, Straw Hat Pizza, Long John Silver's, etc. Needless to say I have never had a really strong sense of nutrition due to those eating habits...nor do I have a huge love for vegetables.

Up until the last several years the staples in my diet were beef, pork chops, dark chicken pieces, rice and potatoes. My veggies were a basic tossed salad, corn & green beans. Nothing was cooked any fancy way just pretty much straight forward everyday fare. Until the last year or so we (the husband and I) ate out probably 3-4 times a week. Can you believe that I didn't start eating broccoli until about 5 years ago? Biscuits and gravy and beef chili only about 3 years ago? I've used tofu and TVP (texturized vegetable protein) off on on in the last decade but have really just accepted tofu into the diet regularly in the last year! I've just never been very adventurous when it comes to food. Heck, even when I go to dim sum in San Francisco's Chinatown I tend to stick with food that I've eaten for a long time! And for a Filipina, I will eat very little Filipino food...oh, and do not even try to get me to eat dinuguan (Filipino pork blood stew...parents call it "chocolate meat" in hopes that kids will eat it). Been there done that will die before I eat it again!

I'm glad to be making more new choices about food, but sorry that it's taken nearly 48 years to get brave enough to do so. I can't be the only one like this. Are you a picky eater? What do you prefer and why?

100 Days Challenge:

  • 7.89 mile leisurely bicycle ride...fighting the wind about half the time!

What I Ate Today:

  • 1 buttermilk Grand biscuit
  • 1 cup homemade sausage gravy
  • 1 orange
  • 8 oz glass of non-fat, lactose free milk
  • 3 oz Nacho Cheese Doritos (nachos for lunch)
  • ½ cup Fiesta blend shredded cheese
  • 3 tsp green onion
  • 3 Tbsp diced tomato
  • 1 cup taco flavored ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 40 oz G2
  • 1 3/4 cup beef stew
  • 1 orange

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