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Chicken Nuggetry

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Perhaps you heard the story last year: British Girl Eats Only Chicken Nuggets. The 17-year-old had spent the past 15 years eating almost nothing but nuggets. She was admitted to the hospital for complications stemming from her limited diet. Were you horrified? I was. I still am. But then I stop and think, "How different have I really been from Stacey Irvine?"

I've also been a picky eater. There it is, black-and-white. Due to a combination of factors - kitchen table traumas, grandma force-feeding me vegetables, etc. - I've grown up with a limited range of foods in my diet.

That's going to change.

Today I've tried blackberries, Greek yogurt, Stubb's BBQ sauce, and a tomato basil tortilla wrap. And you know what? I didn't die. In fact (with the exception of the blackberry bits still stuck in my teeth) I rather enjoyed it. I whipped up two tasty meals that both kept me within my goals, and helped me sample new fare.

Words alone can't express how proud I am of myself. This is Big Stuff.

Many people aiming to get healthy are just battling food addictions. I'm also overcoming lifelong food phobias. I won't be the woman who constantly avoids foods from the "Nuh-uh" List ... I will be the woman who at least gives them a try! And even if I come to love them, I will work to vary them in my diet - not focus on them to the point of chicken nuggetry.
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    As you know, your taste changes over the years - the foods you hated as a kid, may become your favorites now. Keep trying new things - who knows what you may find out! I still think tomatoes are icky but only in certain things. But I do still eat them.
    Missourians! Team

    1753 days ago
    I love blackberries, but I can't smile after eating them!

    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    1753 days ago
    Good for you that you realize there are so many more wonderful foods than what you have been eating! Keep up the great work and stay away from the nuggets.
    1753 days ago
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