This week, Froggie picked the topic: In the Glee episode "Born This Way" the Glee Club is told to put a quality they see in themselves as a flaw on a t-shirt. This is done as a way for them to embrace this particular flaw. What I want to know is what would your t-shirt say?
(Side note: In our previous blog project, Froggie and I had to write about our flaws in a different way. This is what I wrote. However, I chose something completely different than anything in this previous post.)
This really says it all...
However, I will elaborate a bit. My shirt would say "Picky Eater." Around the time the t-shirt episode of "Glee" came on, I had read an article about how picky eating can be bad for one's health. However, they gave pretty extreme examples. I may be picky, but I hate to think that I was as bad as anyone in the article.
I really started out quite open minded. Then I began to develop taste buds. :P I used to like apple juice, cheese (by itself), and scrambled eggs. After a while, I lost my taste for all three. I also found a lot of things to be completely gross. My mom tried to give me fish (she even disguised salmon as burgers, but the taste was "off"). I hated it and haven't been able to eat it since! My rule is that "if it lived in the sea, it won't go in me." I am anti-seafood altogether. The smell alone is enough to put me off of it. Last summer, I was eating chicken nuggets at shul and my husband told me they were actually fish. Aside from the fact that I was pregnant and already sick all the time, this was just the icing on the cake. I got that fish out of my body as fast as it went in. (And if he was lying to me, then some chicken nuggets went to waste...not that they wouldn't have anyway with how sick I was at the time.) I can tell this story but I get upset if my husband tells it for me. Same for if my parents tell about the time they tricked me into eating clam chowder. (They would so get in trouble for that one now, as clams aren't Kosher.) My husband also likes to tease me about my food-hate-trifecta of fish, peaches and raspberries. However, my picky eating habits extend well beyond those three items which I detest!
Other things I will not eat:
*Cheese, unless it is melted on something. Melted cheese, good. Cheese by itself, bad. I'm picky about what cheeses I'll eat. And cottage cheese is at the top of my forbidden list. Along with that, I don't drink milk or eat yogurt. So I get calcium from melted cheese, ice cream and orange juice infused with it.
*Fruits and veggies: Avocado, tomato, coconut, mushrooms, pears, plums, peaches, raspberries, cantaloupe, red grapes (i like 'em green), eggplant (thanks to pregnancy number one), broccoli (unless it's baked into something), peppers, pineapple, cherries (except in pie)
*Meats: Duck, lamb, veal
*Other things: Oatmeal (except in cookie form), sushi (even if not containing fish), Mexican food (except fajitas and those can only have meat and onions), anything spicy, chocolate covered nuts, beer, coffee, mustard (I know what "Will" has to say about this), mayo
My list was a lot longer in the past, but thanks to my job at the Chinese restaurant and my husband's wonderful cooking, I've become more open to trying new foods and eliminated a lot from my previous list of untouchable foods. Being a picky eater did make it easier to keep Kosher though! I never had to give up shellfish and pork products because I never liked them to begin with. Same goes for meat covered pizza (except the chicken pizzas at CPK).
I do worry about how I've passed on the picky gene to my older son and now I am playing sneaky chef so he'll get some veggies in his system. I feel bad that I have to do it at all, but I worry about his pickiness impacting his health. I'm even trying to give incentives for trying new foods and showing him how I try foods too.
Needless to say, if you ever see me ordering at a restaurant, you can just call me Sally, as I order the same way she does!