Food. Love it. Pizza and sushi are up there as my favourite meals. Those are closely followed by nachos, burritos, falafal wraps, pasta, chips!, anything that requires a chipotle dip, chicken fingers, anything my mom cooks, potato skins… you get the point. As a kid you pretty much eat whatever is put in front of you. Unless you really don’t like it and get sent to your room (sorry Pops. I’m sure if I tried your pineapple turkey [or was it chicken?] I would enjoy it but my 7-year-old self just wasn’t feeling it). I wasn’t a particularly picky eater and there wasn’t anything that I can remember that upset my stomach.
Then I moved out. Game-changer right there. First of all, good luck trying to cook like mom and pop. Those guys can whip a meal out of anything. Now you’re stuck making grocery lists (wha?), calling mom to ask if you should boil a potato or stick it in the oven… calling pops to see how to cook fish. I have had my fair share of meals that did not make the cut.
Also as you grow your dietary preferences change. As a kid I drank milk like crazy. 4L jugs wouldn’t last long between my brother and I. One thing I noticed after moving out and after a couple of years was that my body was not a fan of milk. Nope. I won’t describe the side effects but they were less than pleasant. Did I change my habits? No not so much. Sour cream, yogurt and cheese were still part of my diet even though I knew they were not doing me any favours.
When I started to cut down on how much dairy I consumed it made a difference. No more sour cream for me amongst other things.
Recently I replaced my milk with soy milk and I have found myself to be much happier because of it. It takes a little getting used to but I am quite content to drink a glass of vanilla soy milk, use it on my oatmeal, make a soy chai latte. I really don’t miss milk. And I’m still getting my calcium plus a bunch of other vitamins and nutrients.
Cheese is a little trickier but the last time I ate nachos I just included guacamole and salsa and I was good. I can’t avoid cheese on pizza but then again I rarely eat pizza and usually when I have a meal I follow it with a mug of green tea. Love Genmaicha from David’s tea. It helps digestion.
Just thought I would share that little tidbit about how listening to myself helped. It was worth it to make some changes.