Day 75: Life Is Too Short To Eat Quinoa

It really is.

I mean I’m not judging anyone who likes the taste of quinoa. It’s not you, it’s me. Lord knows the amount of food that people swear by that I just can’t get around the taste of. I’m fussy. But hey, it’s the Year of Something New and that means I am willing to try any kind of food that you throw at me, although of course I’d prefer it if you didn’t actually throw the food.

So I tried some quinoa salad yesterday. And I just…really? Blergh. Granted it’s not like I’m really a fan of anything that has the word “salad” in it, so I’m willing to give it another go in some form other than a salad, but nevertheless…blergh. Oh well. I tried.

My thing is though, that I’ve seen people express this opinion…and then continue to eat quinoa. It seems like one of those “healthy” foods that people don’t really like the taste of, but force down anyway because it’s good for them. Cottage cheese is another. It’s pretty feral, but it contains a lot of protein for not a lot of calories, so bodybuilders wolf it down and people come up with a million different ways to try to make it palatable. They eat it because they’re “supposed” to.

I don’t know. I just think…why? Why torture yourself trying to choke down unpleasant food? We live in Western Civilisation in 2015, food-wise we are in the most privileged position any human beings have ever been in, ever. The most abundant, diverse and affordable food supply in recorded history. Surely, no matter what the reason is for you to be tossing food in your mouth, you can find something that fulfils that need that also tastes good. I mean look around the supermarket, around the market. Look at all that food. You can pick and choose whatever you want to eat from the whole joint…I don’t understand making the choice to buy and eat blergh food, with so much possibility in front of us.

We’re adults. Unless you have dietary requirements, or can’t afford the foods you really want…life is too short to eat food you don’t actually like. And that’s not even me saying you should eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner (although hey, feel free). There are enough real foods out there that are good for you, enough meals you can make that are good for you, and enough ways to make them taste good that you shouldn’t be miserable just because you’re trying to lose weight or eat healthier. I mean, that’s why diets fail. People commit to eating things they don’t want to eat, and soon enough realise that it isn’t sustainable. It will never work.

I mean, I can’t stand salad. Cannot stomach lettuce of any kind, don’t like raw tomato, raw carrot, cucumber…anything that goes in a salad, even down to anything you could cover a salad with like Balsamic vinegar, mayonnaise or dressing. It’s all gross to me. So I don’t try to choke it down. I just don’t eat it. I get my veggies in other ways. I love them cooked, so I cook them. Life is too damn short. I guess I kind of go through life like that. Eat and drink what you want, do what you want, go where you want. While I’m young and I can, why wouldn’t I?

Ironically after all this, it is one of my goals for this year to try to eat a salad. Not just take a bite but try to eat a whole thing. The key will be in either finding or making one that will taste nice enough. That will definitely be Something New. And I will give quinoa another go, but if I can’t find a way to make it taste good, I am tossing it (Again, only metaphorically. No food was thrown in the making of this post.). Life is too short.

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