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Changing My Taste Along With My Diet

Monday, July 27, 2015

If you had asked me ten years ago if I wanted grilled fish, I would have given you an emphatic, NO! I loved seafood but not fish. (Still to this day I can't stand the scent of fish cooking.) Tonight, when I took hubby out for his birthday dinner, he had a large salad, green beans and a steak topped with portobello mushrooms. I had a large salad, a baked potato and a succulent piece of grilled salmon. So what happened? What precipitated this huge change?

When I first started with Spark people, I read everything I could get my hands on, about nutrition. My mother had studied home economics in college, so there were many things that I already knew. This did by no means mean that I knew everything. In fact, my own personal knowledge base was wide and very scattered. The saying, "A Jack of all trades, but master of none" comes to mind here. Still, I read up on the different foods that I should incorporate into my diet. I tried to just keep track of the veggies and fruits initially. As I became comfortable with that, I began to track how often I had beef, chicken and seafood or fish. Now at this point I considered tuna fish my only fish other than baked fish sticks.

One day, a group of people from our water aerobics class went to a little hole in the wall place for lunch. The purpose of choosing this place was so we could have fried, baked or grilled catfish. I started to turn my nose up at the idea of catfish but one of my friends suggested that I keep an open mind and try something new. No pressure there! LOL. She told me that she would order a different entrée and we would trade if I didn't like the broiled catfish. I agreed to her offer. It was delicious! Who knew? This was the beginning of a new diet plan for me!

It isn't like my family never had fish when I was growing up either. We had fish every Friday for dinner, tuna fish salad sandwiches for lunch, canned salmon salad or fish sticks for dinner once a week. My mother went to great lengths to disguise the fish in Friday's supper. In retrospect, her attempts at hiding the fish were what turned me off to the taste. I learned to associate Friday dinners with a noxious fishy smell and gagged at the smell and in anticipation of the "taste" of the evil fish dinner. Once I was on my own, I ate seafood, tuna fish salad and fish sticks. The rest of the time I ate eggs, chicken or occasionally browned ground chuck....until that fateful day when I went to lunch with my water aerobics friends.

So, how did this affect me in the long term? I now eat mainly fish when I go out for lunch or dinner. (I still hate the smell of fish cooking so eating out provides ample opportunity for fish consumption.). I have tried all kinds of fish and have even ventured into Calamari and gator bites. Do I actually enjoy it? Surprisingly enough, yes I do. This surprised the heck out of me. Who would have thought that I would so drastically change my diet that I would actively seek out a food that I used to despise?
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  • ROSEWCI
    Nice that you were able to learn to love fish! I'm a fish lover too!
    1765 days ago
  • GABY1948
    This was written just for me, Cyndi. emoticon I am keeping this...I have never been one to want or like fish but this has inspired me! emoticon
    1766 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Great! Keeping an open mind really paid off for you. Now you enjoy healthy choices.

    You know, I used to dislike the smell of fish cooking, but I overcame that. I love to cook fish now. Wish I could tell you how I did it, but I really don't know. Just did. When we first married Gary wouldn't eat fish; then he'd only eat it out. Now he enjoys it when I fix it or out. He like the slaw and the hush puppies, though, too, and I don't need those at all.

    Thanks for sharing. Being open minded is a good thing, especially when it comes to food! -Marsha
    1766 days ago
  • PARASELENIC
    It's crazy how much past experiences color our expectations for the future; good for you for taking the risk to challenge those experiences!

    Seafood is one of those power foods-- according to many-- that are significant in a healthy diet. I'm so glad you found a whole world of good healthy food!
    1766 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    am not a seafood or fish person............
    glad you were able to enjoy the changes...........


    1766 days ago
  • PURPLEGIRL22
    I love fish and seafood. It's amazing that we can try new things and love them. I recently tried raw oysters on vacation. I loved it! I decided to try a new dish from time to time in order for me to branch out a bit.
    1766 days ago
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