03 Feb Try Something New
I recently went to the grocery store. Paced up, down, and around the produce section. Knowing that a salad was on the menu. I did not want to experience the turmoil of vegetables going bad because I had not eaten them fast enough. I had a brilliant idea. Buy a bag of spinach and a bag of stir fry mix. Everything I needed. Spinach. Bell peppers. Red onions. Broccoli. Carrots. Snapped peas. Snapped peas? I had never eaten snapped peas before.
As I sat at my desk the next day and assembled the delicious salad, I was happy I was trying something new. Within minutes, I had eaten the entire salad, savoring every bite but frowning like the babies in this video. I had convinced myself that my face was swollen and someone would find me stretched out on the floor unconscious. Reminded of the time I saw someone eat a similar vegetable.
Snapped peas versus edamame. You see, you cannot eat the edamame pod without getting sick. At that time, I did not know the difference between the two.
A Google search was imperative. Can I eat the pod of snapped peas? I was excited that I had tried something new but my sensitive palate wasn’t ready. More like I was not mentally ready because the snapped peas did not taste bad at all. The Google search revealed that I could consume the pod of the snapped peas and my urgent dash to the restroom to check my “swollen” face was not necessary.
Being a picky eater has robbed me of some experiences I could have enjoyed. That moment of discovery placed me on a road of trying something new as often as I can. After that fateful day, my eyes were opened to new opportunities.
I have expanded my food selection. I eventually tried edamame. Liked it! Sushi. Liked it! Black beans (in a salad). Liked it! Oysters. Liked it with some exceptions. Guacamole. Still exploring.
I plan to continue to try something new. Won’t you join me? What new food, activity, hobby, and/or adventure will you try? Do not limit yourself anymore. The sky is the only limit.