Since I am on vacation for a few days coming up, I asked a few of the fans on The Onyx Plate’s Facebook page (click here to go and become a “fan”) what they wanted to see me write about. One wise individual suggested Picky Eaters. I thought and thought about how to write about it. Then suddenly it came to me.
Here is my take on Picky Eaters.
It’s no lie. You can look at my beautifully curvy body and recognize immediately that I know how to eat. I indulge in good Southern items, fusion items, good carbs, bad carbs, and – surprisingly to my form – good home-cooked fresh and healthy meals. On top of that, I’ll try anything at least once. Well, I’m not quite sure about miscellaneous body parts yet, and some of the things Anthony Bourdain partakes in are still questionable to my tongue (no wonder he drinks so much in his shows). One day…maybe I’ll try Blood Sausage. But, regardless, by NO MEANS am I a picky eater….or so I thought.
In this post, I’m not referring to young Picky Eaters. I am simply talking about adult Picky Eaters. Children are a whole different story with picky eating, and you DON’T want me to get started on that. With that being said, I do have a friend that proclaims himself to be a Picky Eater. Let’s think about this folks, what exactly is a Picky Eater?
The WWW describes a Picky Eater as someone that has a lot of food dislikes….
If we look at this simple statement, who is the one judging here? Who says you’re a Picky Eater? Who’s to say that it’s just not someone that knows what they want, and isn’t afraid to tell you? Someone that knows what their palate enjoys, and what it doesn’t? Someone that knows their body and the reactions it has to certain foods? What in the world are we saying to these people that we are labeling as “Picky Eaters”?
Apparently, we are telling them that what they want and desire is WRONG. You shouldn’t dislike tomatoes. You shouldn’t dislike onions. You shouldn’t dislike spaghetti. You shouldn’t dislike fish. You shouldn’t dislike eggs. Who are we to tell these people what they are SUPPOSED to eat?
If being a Picky Eater means knowing what you want and not taking no for an answer, then I’m a Picky Eater. If being a Picky Eater means saying exactly how you feel and sticking by it, then I’m a Picky Eater. If being a Picky Eater is being in tune with your likes and dislikes in flavors, then goodness me, I am definitely a Picky Eater.
In conclusion, I never thought I would say this…I guess I AM a Picky Eater, and I bet some of you are as well. To me, it sounds like being a Picky Eater is the foundation of how we should live life – Don’t be afraid to say what you want. Don’t be afraid to explore your heart and find what really makes you smile. Don’t be afraid to pay attention to your gut feelings. Don’t be afraid to be YOU.
From one newly proclaimed Picky Eater to another
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