Thursday, April 1, 2010

Picky, Picky

Yesterday I was waaay tired. I got in on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning) at 1:45 a.m., got into bed at 2 a.m. and was up at 7 a.m. to go to work. Last night was an early night.

Right now, I just want to talk about something I've noticed in myself--something I really like--that came out very strongly during my trip:

I've become a picky eater. If it doesn't taste fantastic, it's not worth eating.

I was staying at a 4-star hotel in the Dominican Republic. There was food everywhere, really everywhere: by the 11 (yes, 11!) pools, down the long hallways, by the beach. Everywhere. And without exception, it was tasteless, mediocre, or just fair. It looked great: lots of colour, lots of vegetables, salads, fish. Everything looked really fresh, but honestly, it was mostly quite tasteless. Even the desserts lacked finesse. They were either overly sweet or grainy or...just not worth eating.

So I walked a lot, ate moderately and had a total of one glass of wine (2 half glasses) and 1 2/3 sweet alcoholic drinks by the pool. I swam a bit, read a lot, enjoyed the sound of the waves as I lay on a deck chair by the ocean, did a smidgen of yoga and of course, worked.

Yesterday, I worked at a fairly swanky hotel downtown. The client provided a buffet lunch...and it wasn't all that good. I didn't eat much. It just wasn't worth it.

Me, a picky eater? I'm shocked. And yes, pleased too.

On the other hand, if you give me really good tasting food, yes, I do have to impose moderation on myself! I will never stop loving food--but it has to be good food, well prepared!

So there!


  1. Good for you!! I must admit i'm getting pickier too :)

  2. I can't abide cheap bread anymore. It has to be fresh cooked crusty bread. And that has the advantage it is probably lower in salt too that the processed stuff.

    I think when you take time to savour your food you are far more aware of the taste and texture of everything you eat. And you do become a LOT more fussy.

    Its nice to love yourself enough to only want to put the nicest food into yourself.

    I have noticed I take much more time noe to prepare food - even my breakfast whihc I always have on my own. I think every time I take trouble over preparing my food, I am re-affiriming that I matter. And if I matter then its worth trying to lose weight.

    As the meerkats would say 'Shimples'

  3. It seems reasonable. Why eat stuff that tastes like crap, especially if it's not particularly healthy? I'll eat my shoelaces if I get hungry enough, so I'll make myself eat anyway, eventually.

    I really hate that, when things look so good, taste so bad. I'll bet that as soon as you leave the tourist hotels and go where the locals eat, the food is much tastier.

  4. Me too - why waste a perfectly good calorie eating pure junk?

  5. Picky eater? Seems to me that's an admirable trait to have. I prefer to describe it as "discriminating." I agree with Anne - why waste perfectly good calories on junk!