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.