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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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    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
    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
    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
    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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