When I was younger, I had a job at a local fast food chain. Every morning I would make the tea and have someone else taste it to ensure the sweetness was spot-on. As you could probably guess, I didn’t like tea. It was disgusting. Unfortunately the nature of humans can be quite mean and as such, I was ridiculed and jeered on a daily basis, only for not liking tea. One morning, I had finally had enough and decided to drink tea until I began to like it. After all, everyone likes tea and you are weird if you don’t.
I began to go on a tea binge. At first it was all I could do to swallow it, but I suppose you can acquire a taste of anything after a while. On the third day the tea suddenly began to taste good. It was a cup of fresh brewed, sugary goodness that I grew to enjoy. Soon tea became one of my favorite drinks. Oh yes I knew it couldn’t be good for you. I knew how much sugar I put in and also what the caffeine was doing to my body. All I really was pleased about was not having to hear the jeers of my peers any longer.
After a few years, I had a minor health setback and had to give up all caffeine. Thus my tea days are behind me but it did get me to think about what we put in our bodies and why. You see being picky is not something only weird or unusual people experience. Everyone is picky, but to what extent. The real question is if exercising this pickiness could help our obesity problem or not.
Am I here to tell you that leaving off the pickle you didn’t really want will make you skinny? No I am not. However if we look at the facts, we are putting things in our body we don’t really want due to laziness, peer pressure, or disappointment. As a picky eater, I have come in contact with all three situations.
The first reason people put in their mouths things they do not really want is laziness. Some people would rather get the burger with everything than to take the time to ask for what they want or do not want on it. I have actually been eating with people who have said something like “this would be better without the mayonnaise” knowing that person has eaten the same product thousands of times with mayonnaise on it. When asked why they did not ask for no mayo, the reaction is usually that they didn’t want to go through the trouble. That mayo they just ate had approximately 5 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of carbs, and 100 mg of sodium. It doesn’t sound like much but as we from the one of the famous weight loss programs, it adds up
The next reason is peer pressure, or fear of being thought less of. This happens commonly in restaurants. Some people are ashamed or intimidated to ask for something to be prepared in a way that deviates from the menu itself. A few people will not even ask for a different side. Try to remember that you have a server who serves you and not the other way around. Also remember that the asparagus is better for you than the mashed potatoes they had suggested. If you want it just ask.
The last thing that hinders people from being picky is disappointment. This usually stems from a bad run of restaurant events that has left them wanting due to getting an order wrong over and over. These people are picky in the closet. What I mean is rather than getting what they really want prepared like they want it, they just order something straight from the menu that suites their taste buds. Try to remember that if you are picky, this will happen from time to time. Just be patient, but eat what you want.