As most of you know I have issues with perfectionism. I don’t really THINK I have these issues but my behavior tells me different; actions speak louder than words so to speak. The problem with wanting everything to be perfect is that it keeps me from trying new things. I make up my mind I cannot do something because I don’t know how and if I try it won’t be right so, why bother. The problem with that attitude is that it stunts personal growth. It is a convenient excuse to not bother; it allows me to be lazy and that is not acceptable to me. Once I decided that being lazy was worse than not doing things perfect I have been able to let go.
I have huge food issues. I am a really picky eater and trying new foods is really difficult for me. Trying new foods is hard enough but cooking them is even worse. With all the lifestyle changes I have made in the past year, not eating starches has been one of the biggest challenges of all. Every once in a while I have a huge craving and I like to figure out how to satisfy the craving without eating the starch. This time, I have been craving lasagna. I decided to ask my mom to teach me how to make zucchini lasagna. Whenever I made traditional lasagna I always ended up with soup so the transition from traditional to zucchini wasn’t a no brainer for me. I quit trying to make it years ago. (if you can’t do it right don’t do it at all…) Asking mom for help was smart because she has always been a good cook but she doesn’t necessarily use recipes and I cannot “wing it”!
I was amazed at how little the amounts of ingredients used. No wonder I had soup; my measurements were way off, a result of my winging it by the way! When we were done, I was sure this was going to be horrible. I do not like zucchini at all and I knew if I could taste it I wouldn’t eat it. Mom showed me how to slice the zucchini very thin and then she blanched it, something I would have never known to do. Apparently that takes the bitterness away? When the sauce was put on I thought mom had lost her mind. There was hardly any sauce at all, she used a spoon, I used a ladle! I didn’t think there was enough sauce or cheese to cover up that horrible taste.
I brought home the casserole and cooked it for dinner. I decided to have it as a side dish so that if it was awful we didn’t have to go out to dinner. John wouldn’t touch it at first. I was surprised that it wasn’t horrible. I might say it was even good. John finally took a taste and we both agreed that it would not kill us. I can eat this, on occasion, to satisfy the cravings of the higher calorie and carb original. A smaller serving is actually much better for me.
Learning to live a new lifestyle isn’t easy. It is full of compromises. Letting go of perfect is one of those compromises. Learning to try new things is another. It doesn’t matter whether it is with food or other things, opening my mind and allowing that gray area of life in is a very good thing. It makes me grow and sometimes I even learn to like it.
Your challenge for the week is easy, try something new. It doesn’t have to be food related, just do something different, open your mind and give it a go. Let me know what you did and how you liked it. I promise it won’t be as bad as you think!