My sister and her husband are coming to visit and will be staying with us for a few days. I was asking her what kind of foods they like so I can have some things to prepare. As I kept going down the list of vegetables and other foods, she stopped me and said, “I eat a lot more variety than I used to.” This got me thinking about how much I have changed over the years in regards to what I used to eat.
As a child and then into my teens and early twenties, the number of different fruits and veggies were not that many. I remember going to Ruby Tuesday’s and getting the salad bar with my meal. I would eat shredded carrots, croutons, sunflower seeds, and Chinese noodles. Of course I would go back a few times. When I worked at a deli in my high school years, we offered grilled chicken Caesar salads. That became my new salad. Of course the salad only included romaine lettuce with grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese and croutons. No dressing of course, but that was only because I didn’t like dressing, not for any health reasons. I would order this everywhere with extra croutons and cheese.
I remember the first time my wife (then girlfriend) wanted to cook me dinner. She was making soy chicken nuggets with zucchini and red pepper. This was the first time I was trying each of these foods. They were delicious. I eventually started eating raw red peppers as a snack and other “exotic” fruits and veggies over the years. I remember my mom would make Banana bread when I was younger, and I refused to eat any of it. Now I make my own on a weekly basis.
How does your eating now compare to the past?