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?