Monday, February 3, 2014

Stepping out of one's "Food Comfort Zone"

Chicago Food Photographer Fiesta Table Setting"Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better" ~ Robert Redford

For most of my life, I have been very hesitant to try new foods. I had basically been of the frame of mind that a lifelong diet of pizza, Reese's Cups, Oreos, and ice cream would really be all I'd ever need. Sure, those things are lacking the necessary vitamins, but I justified that to myself by taking a men's multivitamin every day. After all, wouldn't the multivitamin offset the Oreos? I think I read something like that on the label.

Well recently, I have begun trying new and healthier foods and stepping out of my “food comfort zone.”  I must say, it's been an amazing experience thus far. I've been eating a lot of Caesar salads and such for dinner and trying things that I have never tried before. I feel so much better and I feel that I've opened myself up to a completely different world food-wise.

How about you? Do you step out of your "food comfort zone" very often?

155 comments:

  1. Oh Keith stepping out of your comfort zone is the best thing. I love to do that and eating healthy will benefit you down the road and that is a wonderful thing. B

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  2. Good for you! I'm willing to try anything once. Really have a passion for Oriental food, especially Thai. And we eat pretty healthy at our house. It really makes a difference in the way you feel.

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  3. Absolutely! I am all in favour of getting out into new foods. Just think what you might discover? There might be things to tickle your taste buds you never knew existed.

    Not just the healthy stuff which every nutritionist raves about, like lots of vegetables and fruit; that actually goes without saying in my case.

    But world cuisine! You wouldn’t even have to experiment, somebody else has already done all the hard work. And if you don’t like it, drop it. Or spit it out, of course. (If no one’s watching)


    OK, so I do occasionally, very occasionally, reach for a packet of something or other.

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  4. I am happy that you started this diet early on. It is very hard to get some one older on the right track when it comes to eating habits.

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  5. Wait, are you saying Oreos aren't part of a healthy diet?

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  6. I sooooo need to...I had gall bladder removed 4 years ago ... and it literally has been an UPhill battle ever since :(

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  7. Good for you Keith, I hope you will keep trying new foods! I have to say I live for my food and enjoy trying new things within reason.

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  8. All the time! ☺ I love trying different foods, and one of my goals is to have my kids experience new foods as often as possible. Enjoy the adventure!

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  9. Well Keith, as you know, I certainly advocate this! I think you should try guacamole! :)

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  10. Good for you! I know in our house, when we eat healthier, we feel better physically and mentally. I'm not giving up my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups but I also love a big salad. ("Seinfeld" reference but true too!)

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  11. We eat healthy but we're not very experimental..about food I mean...I tend to cook the things my mother cooked and my grandmother cooked.

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  12. Good for you! I love trying new things, especially different types of cuisines. And as for junk food, sure it's tasty, but it has no nutritional value; your body is literally starving. I treat myself to something 'junky' now and then, but try to eat healthy more often than not. I started focusing a lot on this way of eating when I turned 40. I'm glad I did. I have more energy, and I feel so much better. My body's way of saying "Thank you!" :)

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  13. I love this! I hope you can discover a lot of new foods! David is basically the same, he always orders the same stuff and was really hesitant to try something new. But when he did he really like it! I always try to order something new in a restaurant or try new recipes and buy new things...

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  14. I would say that generally my diet is pretty healthy fare, though this is not saying I don't love a good pizza. Smiles. I love to try different foods. Especially foods of different countries. Korean, Thai, Indian are among my favorites. And, of course, the Italian, German, Mexican, etc. Eating is an adventure & a joy. Getting outside of one's comfort zone sometime is a good thing!

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  15. I had to laugh, Keith, when I read this. Your comfort foods are foods out of my comfort zone. I love Oreos but they are not staples in this house and I might have a piece of pizza every couple of months or longer. I love to try new foods tho and I'll try most things at least once. Found a lot of good foods that way.

    I've learned, through through painful experience, to eat a healthy diet. And it does make a difference in how you feel. Majority of what we eat is made from scratch and has been for years. We eat lots of stir-fry and various mediterranean styled dishes. I have it down to a fine art now. :-) I can't eat anything boxed and very few processed foods. They hurt me. I raise a lot of our veggies, fruits, and meats and that helps.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  16. When Rob was diagnosed with diabetes, he had to face the many dietary changes that come with a diagnosis like that. For him, it was a huge adjustment. For me, not so much. I grew up in a home where we ate a lot of different types of foods and tried ethnic cuisines often. Rob and I both love to cook so last week alone we had Pork Curry served over a bed of cauliflower "couscous" and a Broccoli and Three Cheese Soup. There was also a mushroom chicken and salmon. This week he'll be having an Italian sausage casserole made with a low carb pasta while I'll be using spaghetti squash as my base. We'll be making a classic chicken soup (I have a cold) and we plan on having cod on Friday, I believe. We eat very well around here. You should drop by.

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  17. oh most def....i love trying new things and have eaten some pretty bizarre things as well....when i visit other cultures i like to immerse myself in their flavors....king cobra was interesting....i have had kangaroo...african food is very interesting as well when authentic...

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  18. Food and taste is one of the real pleasures in life. I've recently taken to re-visiting all (or many) of those foods that I used to hate as a child and so hadn't touched since. Some of them are wonderful. Only one - so far - that I still detest and cannot even swallow (cheese scones). I am not sure why because I like cheese and I like scones, but together....

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  19. Congratulations Keith, on changing your eating habits and now feeling better.
    I have stepped out of my comfort food zone about a year ago by reading labels and not buying anything with soy or soy byproducts because I'm a breast cancer survivor and my 10 years on estrogen blocker is over and I the medicine is no longer effective in blocking the estrogen that fed my kind of cancer. Did you know that you can find soy in almost all the prepackage food you buy. There is estrogen in soy and soy byproduct and after a while it accumulate even though it's in small amount so I no longer eat out if I don't know what is in my food. I cook and bake from scratch and I've searched high and low for products that have no soy. Soy is also on the list of food allergen. I lost weight and kept it off for the first time in many years.

    JB

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  20. Yea I stepped out of my comfort zone when I was about 20. Never looked back! I LOVE food.

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  21. Well done for stepping out of your comfort zone Keith. Eating sensibly makes you feel so much better, however a little of what you fancy does you good every so often.We have a healthy Mediterranean diet with plenty of virgen olive oil, garlic and tomatões,and freshly made soup every day, made from our own produce, but I do like to try new things, and have always sampled the local dishes when abroad.

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  22. I didn't when I was younger, I do now, but I still don't eat meat (never liked it, even as a kid), so that limits a lot of what I can try in restaurants. The Vegetarian selections are always limited, which is fine, because I love salad and you can get those anywhere. :) Good luck w/your new food journey!

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  23. I do like trying new healthier foods but, sadly, I keep getting intense cravings for my old favourites - that are not as healthy as I'd like! :/

    I agree with you though...those healthier foods do make you feel a whole lot better! :)

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  24. I'm pretty hesitant to try new things, but I think most of that comes from not having disposable income, and not wanting to be wasteful. I don't want to try something, only to not enjoy it. If I do then I've wasted the money it cost to buy the food, and the food itself. I prefer sticking to things I enjoy, while at the same time switching up what I eat so I don't get too bored of eating the same thing.

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  25. Yay Keith... I am glad you are trying out some new foods... I love healthy foods... sure the pizza's and cookies are yummy but healthy foods make you feel so much better... more energy... Still have to enjoy the other foods from time to time though :)

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  26. I started eating chicken last year only... it was my birthday gift!!!
    Being a vegetarian my whole life, this was a huge step for me

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  27. Oh, I could write a book on this topic, Keith. I was very overweight most of my adult life and have been maintaining a 70lb weight loss for 5+ years. So I eat very healthily 99% of the time. But every once in awhile I give myself an "eat whatever the heck you want" day and it is so so liberating.

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  28. Oh, yes! We often try new foods - or new ways of preparation - around here! I am not too intimidated by kitchen chores.:-)

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  29. Nope, no longer step out. I eat perfectly healthy as can be and it stays that way.

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  30. i normally cook so i buy things that are on offer, which makes me try out new things. I recently got some swede....didn't know what that was ...now I do.

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  31. Good for you! I like to try new foods, especially different cultures' cuisines. What would help me is if I started to cook. Then I'd eat healthier.

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  32. i was raised on meat and potatoes, homemade bread, lots of garden vegetables, apple desserts, etc. so my comfort zone of food is fairly balanced from a midwestern farmer standpoint. i don't venture too far out into ethnic foods (thai or chinese are not my favorites) but i do love me some tex mex - i think that's a 'must' in relocating to texas. :)

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  33. As I've aged I have learned to try new foods and I like food I thought I wouldn't care for. Eating at the hospital cafeteria often who has a chef has helped. I've even traded Oreos for chocolate animal cookies with milk.

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  34. At my age eating healthy is essential so I've already transitioned into this mode. You will feel better and that's a good thing. You'll also look better.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  35. I do try a new food if it is offered to me. I love Caesar salad and I order that when I eat out.

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  36. I love trying new foods. I eat a fairly healthy diet but for health reasons have been doing foods related to a "Mediterranean" diet and eating many more veggies. Love my internet, many delicious and simple recipes to try out to keep this going.

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  37. I think it's a wonderful (and healthy) thing to step out of your comfort zone and sample a wide variety of culinary delights. As I get older (not that I'm old....) I find myself eating many more new things than I ever would have long ago.

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  38. Sad to say, I do not venture out of that zone very often. I am comfortable with my comfort foods!

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  39. Good for you Keith! I stepped out of anything comfortable on my menu shortly after high school during my world travels. It's been a great experience and I hope it will liberate you to a whole new enjoyable world.

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  40. I love new things, that I can't afford, but my favourite of unknown food back then was sushi, or I should say sashimi, taco salad I never thought it could taste so good...oh and shark soup that was awesome lol

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  41. I have been, but my cholesterol is still up. :( We eat spinach leaves at breakfast time for heavens sake! During spring break we're going on a fasting diet. No worries. This diet it's only a week thing. I can eat any veggies I want, and low fat protein like beans, chicken and tofu. You drink tons of water! Exercise in the morning. I'm saving it for spring break because I have a feeling I'll be having to go potty a lot with all that water I have to drink.

    I guess after the week thing your body craves sugar products less. Milk actually tastes bad, which is good in my case because I'm allergic to it.

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  42. As an adult I've always been an adventurous eater--my husband, not so much. But since moving to Louisiana he is trying more things and liking them!

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  43. Oh yes, I have my favorites but I love trying new foods. : )

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  44. I love home cooked meals. Always try to eat veggies & fruit every day. A healthy breakfast. Remember protein. Fiber. Portion control. And don't forget your vitamins :)

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  45. Yes, I like trying new foods too. My O/H suffers from diabetes so we eat a lot of vegetables. I cook meals to cater for him. I've actually found that I prefer them and the good news is .... that I'm 10 lbs lighter this winter than I have been for ages and I feel so fit.

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  46. Good for you! We too have made some changes...organic, lean protein, fruits, vegs, nuts, seeds...and it feels great!

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  47. That is fabulous! Sending good Wishes to you that you enjoy it and continue...But I honestly think that the first step is the hardest.

    I actually have recently been experimenting with two things: cutting down on gluten and sugar as much as possible. And I switched from coffee to tea, something I would never have thought possible. Somehow, it just works better for me. I wake up without feeling buzzed or nervous. And I have been enjoying Rooiboos tea in the afternoons (caffeine-free). Especially with bread (I live in France, so this one is challenging), I am realizing that I haven't been thinking about what I was eating at all, just eating on automatic pilot.

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  48. Nope - my comfort zone has been defined over 67 years - it used to be a very large zone with hardly any boundaries , if it didn't move to fast, I ate it - nowadays a much smaller zone - much.

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  49. An interesting post, Keith. I love eating. I love food! One thing we don't do though is buy processed bread, cakes etc. We make them ourselves. Once we leave Germany we will have our own garden and then we can start growing our own food too. I grew up in a family where this was natural and so for me, stepping out of my food comfort zone, is eating things like a Big Mac or French Fries!

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  50. Well, I'm vegetarian so I'm not willing to move outside that comfort zone. BUT, if it's vegetarian, I'm willing to try anything once! Glad to hear you're trying new foods and liking them. I'm sure it does make you feel better! And I always loved the saying, "Life begins outside your comfort zone!". Bon Appetit!

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  51. I've been forced out of my comfort zone by the doc. Heading toward diabetes, she said....so I must live without bread, cookies, cake, pie, pasta, couscous, and whatever else has a lot of carbohydrates...like French Fries, potatoes in general. It's a real sense of loss in many ways but the lifestyle change is the only way to go. Vegetables and meat, easy on the fruit, she said.

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  52. Yeah, I'm usually happy with the results of stepping out of my food comfort zone. I cook for myself only, though, so I don't tend to push the envelope beyond pasta and things that take little effort.

    xoRobyn

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  53. And here I was thinking "out of your comfort zone" meant eating bugs or something gross. I love salads, fruits and veggies. Ice cream is my downfall and I love pizza! I try to eat healthy. Have a great day and week ahead.

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  54. I have to say, I am thrilled to hear this! I love that you are eating more salads and branching out a bit. I love to try new foods and get out of my food comfort zone. Once I stopped eating meat, I found there are so many vegetables out there! And I actually do like them! Haha :)

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  55. Right now, I can't eat too much sugar, and it amazes me how many foods have sugar in them. I have to watch what I eat at the time, but every now and then I gotta have my chocolate. And Oreos.......don't get me started.

    I laughed when you said "I think I read something like that on the label" haha.

    ~Sheri

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  56. Well I'm already very adventurous where food is concerned. And that's a good thing. Taste is one of the thrilling things we have as humans.
    Oreos, WHY Keith did you mention Oreos - I don't partake very often but gosh I do worship them! I don't remember when they first hit the shelves in Australia but it was when I was an adult and I was hooked forever more after the first bite! Subject change! I'm dieting!

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  57. Every now and again I like to try new foods. Though those Oreo's always come calling me back to them lol.

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  58. Congratulations on trying some new and healthier choices. Good for you!

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  59. "After all, wouldn't the multivitamin offset the Oreos?" No! Oreos are available here, but I think you have to grow up with them. They aren't popular. A question people should ask themselves when they are about to eat something, is this good food or bad? Is it full of sugar or fat? If the answer is yes, then don't have much of it.

    While I like the traditional food I grew up with, I also like trying new things. Thai Tom Yum soup is something I can't go for too long without having.

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  60. i love trying new foods and new recipes. While i still love my oreos, it is fun to discover a new recipe that is healthy and delicious

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  61. Congratulations! I love trying new things. Husband and I both enjoying cooking and trying new recipes. Sometimes we don't like the new things we try, but most of the time we do. It's fun and creative.

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  62. I don't like to step out of my food comfort zone. I am a very picky eater to begin with. I get grossed out real quick!
    I do go through cravings. I guess my body is lacking in that vitamin area. Like OJ!! I will drink gallons a week. Then nothing for months. Same with food!

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  63. Keith, you and I think alike...I never stepped out of my food comfort zone, either, and the same one - pizza, Oreos - you know, the staples.

    But my neurologist took my favorite things away from me (said my diet could be causing my migraines), and so I'm trying to figure out new things to eat.

    Frozen cheese pizza and diet Pepsi for supper every night. I haven't added anything new, just subtracted. So I'm still working on the healthy part...

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  64. what an incredible coincidence...I have just started doing that as of a few days ago and I have to admit that I find it challenging...missing those carbs big time : ) You are my role model now.

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  65. What a coincidence, just the other day I was writing about my potato chips binge and here you are discussing food!

    I think I'd be willing and curious to try foods outside of my comfort zone, with the exception of meats (because I'm mostly vegetarian although I do eat soup with meat based broth sometimes).

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  66. As my food tolerance ring closes in, I remember those foods fondly.

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  67. I really haven't been eating much for a while, Keith.

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  68. I won't say I always like it, but indeed I do. I guess it doesn't hurt to try everything once. If you like it, score! If you don't, no harm done.;)

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  69. yes, during a fit of emotional upheaval relief ... I ate a bowl of Cheerios instead of maple pecan fudge! yay, me! yay, you!

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  70. Keep fit and eat right and you'll go far

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  71. I'd like to think that I do. Although I tend to stick to a diet of avocados and ice cream (an odd combination, that's for sure).

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  72. I usually eat healthy but I don't deny myself the stuff I love. Life is too short, and I can't give up my three way's with me, Ben and Jerry.

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  73. Umm...FOOD is my comfort zone. Any type!

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  74. I love trying new foods. There are very few foods that I am hesitant to try. :) Food is delicious. I don't want to miss out on the possibility of stumbling upon a new favourite dish!

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  75. That is really great that you changed your eating habits to a healthier way! I wish there were less temptations in the world to make it easier for those who are trying! I gave up all processed foods long time ago but my weakness is chocolate! Oh and Ben and Jerry forever!

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  76. I don't really step out of my food comfort zone too often, just because I'm not an incredibly picky eater. If there's something that I haven't tried I'll give it a shot to see if I like it. But I love healthy food (as well as unhealthy food, of course :)) and I love eating food from all different cultures. The foods that I tend to stay away from are meats. I eat meat, but there are some kinds of meat that I won't eat (rabbit, deer) and I don't feel the need to eat liver and things like that. The funny thing is that one healthy food that I don't like is a Caesar salad, although I think for me it depends on the dressing because I had one at a work luncheon and the dressing was delicious! :)

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  77. 2 books by Mireille Guiliano changed my life a few years ago: French Women Don't Get Fat and French Women For All Seasons. Fun to read, too.

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  78. Sometimes I love eating healthy, most of the times though I go for what my heart desires :-P

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  79. I'm vegetarian, so sometimes long for more food outside my zone, but still veggie, that is...

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  80. Not every often but I am getting better...I tried the trendy greek yogurt but it tastes like sour cream to me!

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  81. That pic is so colorful and the quote so hilarious!! I am on a quest for eating healthy, and leave unhealthy behind. It is a challenge to get the family to go along :(

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  82. I totally think taking a multivitamin makes it okay to eat whatever you want! Nah, not really. I just started buying fruits and raw veggies to snack on rather than junk food. I love to try new food.

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  83. Hooray for you! Taste is everything and whole, nourishing foods provide the best taste, texture and variety. Of course, the occasional deviation to something not so good for you is okay, but why settle when there are so many extraordinary foods out there. I do get stuck in ruts of just veggie meals, but spring is always a great time to shake things up and out. One of my favorite spring foods is made of mixed greens with spinach arugula, red lettuces, dandelion and oak leaf, plus kalamata olives, cucumbers, cranberries, seeds, goat cheese, a drizzle of olive oil - oh yum! Time to enjoy a happy, healthful life!

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  84. My hubby makes me step out of my food comfort zone ALL THE TIME, but what he makes is always delicious. When we lived in NYC I definitely expanded my palate, and now that we can afford it, I try to have greens and fruits with every meal. Some days it works better than others--especially with picky little eaters in the house.

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  85. You are too funny. I am diabetic so we really do try to eat healthy. That doesn't mean we don't splurge. Ice cream does not last long in this house! I would say we are pretty adventuresome eaters. We travel a lot and always at least try the local food. And we are trying to teach little C that as well. For a 3 year old she is a pretty good eater as well.

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  86. I too hesitate to taste new foods… I can’t even think how I will manage if I happen to land somewhere out of that comfort food zone. I’m taking multivitamin tablet everyday to support my immune.

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  87. I once even ate a gopher...he was so cute in the cage

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  88. Your question is interesting as always, Keith. Must say that many kinds of food as Oreos etc. are not known here. The people eat a lot of natural food, as fish, veggies but there are many sausages, smoked meat, smoked fish, very sweet cakes ---this food is unhealthy, sure. I agree with you, we all have to eat more healthy food.

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  89. I am pretty willing to try new foods - with some exceptions. When I was a child, I totally had about five or six things I would eat...now I eat mostly everything. I think maturation brings a willingness to try new foods and experiences.

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  90. we all have come in this world to try something exotic. i am kinda person who like exploring new things. I am a foodie and always endeavour new cuisines.

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  91. I'm moer or less a vegetarian and avoid fatty foods and sugary foods, but otherwise I love trying new foods. When I lived in Malawi, I loved trying the weird looking fruits that would sometimes turn up literally on my doorstep with the house to house vendors

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  92. I added kale to the soup pot - does that count?

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  93. I'm pretty health conscious and have always loved vegetables, fruits and grains, but trying different meats and fishes has always made me cringe. I do like chicken and white fish, but keep the strange stuff away from me. I mean, who can really like Octopus if they see one alive? Eeeeeew! Don't pass the calamari, please! xo

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  94. I'll try anything, Im talking weird innards stuff. My go-to food is very spicy and hot food. Bizarrely, Italian food is out of my zone, it is never my go-to.

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  95. Once you get used to eating healthy food you don't need to get out of your comfort zone. Good for you. You will feel better.

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  96. No, no, no. Oreos win over salad every. Single. Time.

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  97. Well I am happy for you ~ Have you tried fresh all green veggies shake or smoothie? Its very refreshing with avocado mixed into it ~ We also try different fruit shakes but somehow exotic fruits need to be taken slowly ~ Smiles ~ Have a good week ~

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  98. I am all for trying something new-your former diet sounds exactly like what my Larry would prefer to eat-what he grew up on for years-there is allot of exciting healthy dishes out there to try-so have fun with it

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  99. I am definitely what you would call a "picky eater." My fiancee has often said that the one thing she would change about me, if she were that type of woman, is my inability to try new things. If it were not for her, I would never have discovered my current all-time favorite: super hot Buffalo wings. She learned to cook them just for me; it isn't why I'm marrying her, but it certainly helps!

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  100. This post made me chuckle - I can't believe you exist on pizza and ice cream - I think you would be seriously deficient by now. Me, I eat anything and everything - after all variety is the spice of life.

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  101. I'll try anything.... Just no meat. I've been vegetarian for over 20 years. I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food. Spice of life, right? Good for you, Keith, for stepping outside of your comfort zone ;-)

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  102. Hey Keith,

    One moment, please. Um, just finished off my imported Twinkie. Yes, I'm so kidding. Good to step out of the food comfort zone. Try newer, healthier alternatives. There was a documentary on BBC radio about healthy food can, if eaten to excess, be somewhat unhealthy. Go figure that one.

    Gary :)

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  103. I am trying Keith - but I have a terrible sweet tooth!

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  104. Now that I am severely limited by my food allergies and really can't try new foods, I treasure the memories of the fun, exotic foods I tried when I had the chance. Cultural foods never cease to intrigue me, and I would recommend trying a new culture's cuisine just once, at least for the experience, even if you hate it! I regret not trying more Vietnamese food, but I am so happy that I got to try Ethiopian at least once. Mediterranean will always be a favorite, as well as Thai and Indian, but they all include at least one basic ingredient in their dishes that I'm highly allergic to. *sigh*

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  105. Australia has one of the most divers ranges of food available anywhere - its been a long time since it was dominated by dull food, sourced from ideas born in the UK (thankfully!)

    When I travelled in Laos I did not really know what was on the plate most of the time!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: Visit Australia in your Christmas break - you can try Christmas without snow (which you may not like!) and snorkelling (which you will!)

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  106. Until the age of 18 I was the pickiest eater you would have ever met (seriously pissed off my mom), My diet consisted of hot dogs, pasta, Burger King, Doritos, frozen pizza and Little Debbies (Swiss Rolls - hollaaaa!). Not sure what changed but as I entered into young adulthood I was open to trying just about anything (still no tongue - no blood pudding... Just no). Food is art for your senses, the possibilities are endless!

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  107. Hi Keith .. you probably realised I'm a foodie lover - always happy to try new things ... and there's so much good food around - glad you're venturing out into new pastures .. enjoy all your tastings .. caesar salads always good!

    Cheers Hilary

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  108. All the time. I keep my diet healthy, so this allows me the opportunity to splurge once in a while so no worries. Oreos are too awesome not to eat.

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  109. Haha!!! You crack me up. I'm weak for Reece's too. But, lately I've been making 'my own.' A even healthier version. Raw almond butter and semisweet chocolate chips, on a spoon! Just stand there in your kitchen and have a couple bites! Mm. Satisfying, seriously!
    And guess what? I cannot live without Ceasar salads! Fresh grated parm and croutons and Newman's own Ceasar creamy dressing. Lip smacking goodness! I'd say you're on the right track, my friend!

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  110. Superb foods, yes, they are tasty, and good for you as well.

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  111. I became a vegetarian when I married my husband. (I didn't want to be cooking meat only for myself), and a whole new world opened up. I had always liked salads, but had no idea what wonderful dishes were awaiting me. We cook all kinds of cuisine, minus the meat: Indian, Mexican, Italian, you name it. It does help that we eat fish and seafood. But it's a rich eating world out there, I'm glad you are starting to discover it.

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  112. I love trying new food. I tried sushi for the first time a few years ago and that was not a hit. I just don't get the hype. eww.

    But I also tried Star Fruit and that was surprisingly good.

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  113. Way to go Keith!!! I love food adventures and trying new, new, new. I feel really good during and after eating delicious healthy food. I still have the occasional gummy bear or cookie binge and it is amazing while I am eating them then usually after I feel sluggish. It's all good!!!

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  114. I do it all the time. I love trying out new food and always up to a new experiment in the kitchen :-).

    Also, thank you for liking my post. Please feel free to share :-)

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  115. i'm a really picky eater, but the older i get the more i try new things:-) x

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  116. Yes, I am pretty sure there is something like that on the Oreos' label. :) I do like to try new foods, but often get stuck in a cooking rut. Need to break out the cookbooks once in a while to change it up.

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  117. Hey Keith! I'm pretty adventurous, especially when I'm traveling ~ although I approach most vegetables with trepidation! I hope all is well in your corner of the world.

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  118. Hi Keith. This is a good talking point. I don't try enough new food-you've challenged me. Will try something new soon :)

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  119. I cannot cope with chilli and spices at all. I guess I'm up for a try at anything else. Häagen-Dazs Pralines and Cream ice cream would be a zone I'd never want out of!

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  120. Good for you for trying new foods and adopting healthier eating habits. Once Summer comes when there will be lots of delicious fruits in season, I bet it will be easier to forgo the peanut butter cup. I always eat the worst in Winter.

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  121. I'm so incredibly proud of you that you stepped out of your comfort zone - and not only liked it but started changing your habits and started enjoying it. Keep going, you'll be amazed the more foods you'll figure out, the more you change, the better you'll feel.
    This is a huge accomplishment....and you should definitely treat yourself with an Oreo every now and then (or one every day even ;)

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  122. I usually eat healthy...but I notice at night when studying I mindlessly eat to stay awake. Yikes...that can catch up with you quick! I need to exercise some self control.

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  123. I do now. Well, as long as it makes for a good story I'll eat it.

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  124. My hubby once forced me to eat haggis. I told him I wouldn't like it, and he didn't think I could make that claim without trying it. So, I pretty much stick with what I like now :-)

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  125. im trying to eat healthier and get my kids to do the same, starting young is good, but once on our own, convenience & yummy bad stuff is overwhelming... no one tries until they have to... except a couple of health obsessed friends! i better go hav a carrot!

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  126. I exited my comfort zone when I married into a Swedish/German family. I tried Lutfisk (a fish fillet soaked in lye which becomes gelatinous) and homemade Wurst (pronounced woost), also known as Brats (pronounced broughts ) or Bratwurst. I love the Wurst, I try the Lutfisk about every 5 years, just to confirm that I can't stand it! You should try some Kale salad, it can be delicious!

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  127. I will definitely be stepping out of my food comfort zone with a move out of the country, and I'm looking forward to it. So glad I found this very interesting and eclectic blog!

    Cheers!
    Karen

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  128. I've been stepping out of my comfort zone, too, and have been eating a lot of international cuisine. It has been a fun experience!

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  129. I grew up in a family that never tried new food, so when I got out on my own it was a whole new world! I was 20 before I had bellpeppers or fresh tomatoes and 22 before I ever ate a blueberry. I love discovering new foods now :)

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  130. I love trying new foods. In a safe environment, though. I "discovered" Indian food in the UK and ever since I have loved it. I have even incorporated some of its ingredients into Cuban cuisine.

    Greetings from London.

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  131. As long as it can't eat me, I'll eat it.

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  132. I was picky until I married Jilda. They my food world changed. Now I'll eat almost anything except tripe and those little fuzzy fish they put on pizza :)

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  133. I guess I don't step out too often. I still refuse to eat natto (fermented soy beans) that are supposed to be super healthy for you. I'm not a fan of refried beans, but I'll eat it if it's there. I'm really trying to be healthy... because I have to.

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  134. Sure, I'll try just about anything once. Life's too short to always color inside the lines.

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  135. Just in the past few years....and am glad I did.

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  136. In my 20's breakfast was a Dr. Pepper and a candy bar. It took many years for me to appreciate a nutritious diet and not feel too guilty over frequent lapses in food judgement.

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  137. I like trying new foods. I have been making healthier eating choices as of late, and while I sure do miss the soda and junk food, I have noticed an increase in my energy level, so it's a fair trade off. My taste buds get bored easily, so it's imperative that I expand my healthy food horizons lest I fall back into the Doritos and Dr. Pepper trap.

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  138. A lot of trying new things is also what you drink. My favorite is just plain water. I also like a cup of coffee in the AM though!

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  139. Actually I would like to try everything on that table, your kitten is adorable by the way

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  140. Well you already know that I have stepped out of most peoples comfort zone by being vegan. ;)

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  141. hot n spicy is my taste and being an Indian that suits me fine ... :-) loved your blog.

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  142. So glad for you; my comfort zone includes everything! Try it all, Keith...Ethiopian, Syrian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Polish, Indian, Korean, Greek, Tunisian...there's always something delicious to be discovered! If you ever want specific suggestions, just give a holler.

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  143. Brain fade and not sure if I've commented. A friend would say the iceberg in Caesar salad is just water, try some arugula or baby spinach with. As with celestial dreams above I love hot and spicy, with Indian being my top choice.

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  144. Hey! nice blog! im now following you with gfc, can you follow me back please? :)

    http://catsandties.blogspot.com/

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  145. I've been doing this too lately. I've found that I usually have a lot more energy when I'm eating healthy. Plus, I've found that junk food doesn't hold nearly the same appeal. I guess that's a good thing...

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  146. lately i do. usually i don't. ha

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  147. Hee hee.. caesar salad is out of your comfort zone? I'm usually willing to try new foods, but I can't honestly say I'm easily converted lol. Mushroom soup, mashed potatoes, tofu, and the like (umami foods? lol) continue to be my favourites.

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  148. Every time we travel I step out of my food comfort zone! Half the time I'm trying things that I don't even fully understand what they are until I can get home and google it! Sometimes it's probably better than I not know what I'm eating until later... ;o)

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  149. That's fantastic, Keith! I think anytime we step out of a comfort zone, we grow and evolve...
    I do find that I crave fresh foods whenever I overindulge in something "naughty"...I certainly have more energy when I eat "cleaner". Perhaps one day you may even try a green smoothie!! ;))
    Of course if I am presented with a choice between pizza and salad...well, I'd rather not have to make that choice...ha...
    Have fun on your culinary adventures!

    And thanks so much for visiting me....
    Now the photo above is making ME hungry!
    Take care,
    - Irina

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  150. I think my comfort zone is not about foods, I am prone to try new things and have no problems with different diets, traditional dishes or regional specialities... of course, there are things I don´t like or I don´t want to eat but I am quite open minded. My comfort zone is about my eating habits. I can skip a meal easily if I am working or anxious and I feel like I don´t want to cook quite often... however, I am stepping outside these routines lately.

    I try to respect eating times and to prepare a meal each time. I have realized that if I keep it simplen and don´t try to follow all the rules regarding healthy eating (an issue that is concerning me more every passing day) in a rigid way, I can do it quite well

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  151. Sounds like your make some positive changes, Keith. That's great! I LOVE food and enjoy experiencing new foods and food experiences. I've been wanting to eat Indian food more than usual lately . It's one of my favorites. And Japanese too. I think one of my most memorable food outings was to a Morrocon restaurant where we sat on cushions and ate the delicious food with our fingers. I felt like I was in a royal tent the way that it was set up. It was very transporting and I love that about food--that it can take you somewhere.

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  152. in my twenties I never gave food a thought- now that I am decades older my eating habits have changed considerably- starting in my 30's. We just watched "Forks vs Knives" and we will now once more adjust our eating paractices to a lot less meat and more veggies and fruit. If you get a chance take a gander. Cheers and bon appetit!

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