Posted on October 27, 2017
Eating Abroad Part 2
I had no plans to talk repeatedly about food. I thought that I was made of stronger stuff. I have listened to others speak of their struggles finding food for their diet. Others acknowledge that they are picky eaters and don’t like anything. Finally there are the people who will eat everything. I thought I could try and be more like them. If you read the previous post on food, you can see that I have a long way to go to become something other than I am.
I fully expected to have recovered from a momentary difficulty in adjusting. Maybe that will happen in a few weeks. Right now, I am in a full blown revolt against Chinese food. I have lost my appetite for many of the foods that I normally turn to when I lose my appetite. I don’t want plain oatmeal, cashews, peanuts. I don’t want white rice, steamed vegetables or duck. I don’t want chicken, fish or tofu. I am tired of baos, clear soup and cantine food.
Bean doesn’t know this. I am doing my best to model good behavior. At lunch, I dutifully eat what is on my tray. I encourage her to put food in her mouth and chew. She doesn’t realize that we have eated at the western restaurant with the good pasta and sandwiches four times in the last two weeks. For Bean, we are spending time with our new friends. For me, it is survival.
This is a passing phase. I went to one extreme thinking I could eat everything just like I have lived here all my life. Now, I trying not to go to the other extreme and spend hundreds of dollars on processed Western foods. Give me time and I will find the right balance for Bean and I.
Until I do, I will keep trying new things!