Sunday, January 9, 2011

Food Challenge - Learning to love it

I ate oatmeal this morning.


I know, this doesn't sound monumental, but in fact it is.

I hate oatmeal. Always have. The consistency is no bueno.

But, in my quest to become a healthier, shinier, thinner version of me...I ate it.

I may have gagged a bit. I may have thrown in some brown sugar and blackberries to help me out. But I ate it.

It goes along the same lines as the pineapple and soon-to-be eggplant. I don't care for either, but they are good for me and I need to learn to like it. It's the mature thing to do. It's the smart thing to do. And I like to think I am both mature and smart. Thus - oatmeal.

I know you are thinking "that's not so hard!", but I beg to differ.

Have you ever tried to deliberately eat things you don't like "just because"? It's not easy. But I know it's what's best.

I don't enjoy being a person who doesn't like things. Granted, I like a lot and I don't consider myself picky...but there are things I could like more and should like.

So as part of my new year’s diet, I will learn to like things. I will continue making and remaking those foods I dislike until I either grow accustomed to them or find a way to prepare them in a way I can enjoy.

So far, I have mostly grown to like or at least appreciate pineapple. I like how juicy it is and that it is sweet. I will have to continue eating it to feel confident in saying that I now enjoy it. I’ll let you know when the transformation happens.

Next on my list of foods to learn to love is: oatmeal (in progress), eggplant, soft tofu, raw sushi, mango, papaya and kiwi. If you happen to know of more things I am leaving off (that are healthy), let me know.

As for the rest of my diet, it’s going well. I've been eating lots of veggies, have limited my carbs and have cut out most all excess sugar. If the progress seems too slow in the coming weeks, I will tighten up my portions and maybe count my daily calories. This is not something I like doing, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. This extra flab needs a firm hand!

 What's on tonight's menu you ask? Salmon, couscous, and broccoli. Sounds delish right?

I think so too.

5 comments:

  1. Well I happen to like oatmeal myself. The texture/consistency can be overcome if you make it thicker and dryer, especially with the instant kind. Adding fruit is a must, and healthier anyway.
    Your best bet is to buy the bag of Snoqualmie Falls Lodge Oatmeal, it's the best!! But not instant, so it takes 7-8 min to make. After tasting it, you may never eat instant again...ha ha.

    As far as mango, papaya and kiwi....try them sliced and with lots of lime squeezed on them. You'll like it that way.

    Eggplant and tofu, they don't really have much of a flavor of their own so just mix them in with something else.
    Tonight's dinner does sound yummy!

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  2. You know that I'm not an oatmeal person but since being married to Philip I've had a few bowls of oatmeal here and there. Have you tried the Maple & Brown Sugar? It's not that bad actually.
    Wish I had the discipline to go on a diet. I really want to, but I'm just so addicted to carbs and salt.

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  3. Hey! thank you for the comment on my blog. :) I pretty much think we could be twins from what you said. Ha.

    And from just looking at your first post...I can say that I HATE oatmeal too - but am trying to train myself to like it. :p

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  4. I pretty much love oatmeal! I eat it almost every morning with a big glass of OJ. Come to think of it, I really like everything on the list of foods that you don't like. Eggplant is probably my least favorite, but I like it when it is prepared right.

    At one point I really hated peas, but then I just forced myself to eat them and now I like them. It can be done!

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  5. Good for you Liss! I confess, I eat oatmeal. But not the instant kind, I don't like it! I do some weird 5 grain thing mixed with blueberries, honey and almonds. It's amazing! Eating healthy is HARD, if I could I would eat nachos for three meals a day...

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