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Eat Outside Your Comfort Zone

eat outside of your comfort zoneWe all probably have a good idea what our favorite foods are. Many of us know what foods we are cool with eating, but All of us know what foods we really dislike. There may come a time where we can’t be choosy, so time time is now to eat outside your comfort zone.

Eat Outside Your Comfort Zone

I’ve undertaken a personal journey, a journey into eating foods that I really don’t like. There are foods that I don’t like and there are foods that I’m just not comfortable with the idea of eating.

I am hoping that the experience of eating new foods will give me some insights:

Discover new foods that I may find delicious

You never know what might be tasty until you try it.

Prepare me to eat foods that I’d normally not eat because I don’t like them

If I’m willing to eat things that I’m sure I don’t like, I’ll be prepared to try new things, even if they look or smell bad. Beggars can’t be choosers, so I want to be ready to eat whatever it takes to maintain my health and energy, as well as set a good example for my children.

Prepare me to eat foods that I’m not comfortable with (because they are weird or gross)

Hopefully this will allow my digestive system to be more forgiving to new and unusual foods in the future too. That way if I end up eating something edible but really strange, my body won’t go into turbo purge mode (you know what I mean).

Reveal any allergies, irritations or intolerance that I am unaware of.

I think discovering food related allergies, irritations or intolerances now is vital. It’s better to find out that I’m allergic to certain foods now, while things are still pretty normal, than later on in a camping or survival situation.

Eating outside my comfort zone

This week I really stepped up my game. I ate fish, which I normally despise. My wife whipped up some Tilapia, which is really good, and doesn’t have a strong fishy taste.

I also had some big, fat frog legs for my main course a couple nights ago. I was surprised that the texture and taste is very chicken-ish, with a slightly fishy taste (but not in every bite). I’m betting if prepared properly, you could pass it off as chicken with no one being the wiser.

The food that really surprised me this week, was crawfish (crawdads, to those of you from my neck of the woods). Crawfish were really good. I’m really disappointed to think how many times I used them as bait instead of as food for me.

Eat Outside Your Comfort Zone wild game meat edibles plantsI think if I invested in a couple of wild game cookbooks, and a wild edibles cookbook they would really expand my options and give me some exciting choices.

I know some of you are vegans, so yes, they do have Vegan wild edible cookbooks.

This is the time to change up your diet and start experiencing with new foods. This will expand your tastes and give you heads up to foods that may not be the best thing for you to eat. Its time to eat outside your comfort zone.


  1. Hey John, ever tried organ meat? Liver, heart, and even tongue :) Great post! A good way to mix up and keep you body off balance. Makes your diet more robust.

  2. I don’t really consider tilapia unusual. Now, the frog legs are not something I eat, but would not hesitate if I had to. Organ meat is good. I love love liver! I thought you were going to talk about Rocky Mountain Oysters, or grasshoppers. If I ever can only get those two things, I might choose another way to get my protein, found in many things other than meat.

  3. Frog legs would be an everyday event for me I love them. Crawdads don’t if you have a shellfish alergy (I do and it acts the same) Organ meat is a natural I grew up on a farm and this was a staple. Now how about something that is not normal in the country?

    • I was thinking “this is pretty standard food for some people” the entire time I was writing the post (and while eating the crawfish and frog legs). Always glad to have direct input from my country brethren. I guess I’ve gotten soft since moving to the big city ;-)

  4. Eating outside your comfort zone is a great idea. It’s very important to know not only what foods you like (or can tolerate, in some cases), but also what foods your may have an allergic reaction to.

  5. don’t agree with your sentiment, there is an old prepper saying:”store what you eat, eat what you store”….buy something you don’t normally eat and it will get pushed to the back of your cupboard and left there, by the time you get to it,the tin could have gone rusted, blown or otherwise damaged,eating the contents then could give you food poisoning or worse, its a false economy, better to stick to your normal foods, safer that way and no hidden surprises.

  6. I have found over the years that things I have not liked since childhood are things I am allergic to. As an infant I did not know anything except the food made me feel wrong. So, pushing it out of my mouth or refusing to open my mouth was my only way of communicating. As a child I learned to say, “I don’t like that” or leave it untouched.

    I recently found out my grown daughter will not eat English peas (green peas) because she has an allergic reaction. So, obviously my great dislike of English peas is rooted in a health issue. I will not “learn to like” things people try to get me to try. I have few food dislikes, but they all have one reaction in common, a reaction that I did not realize was indicative of an allergy and potential for anaphylaxis. Would you suspect that an earache was indicative of your throat beginning to swell shut? Me neither until the ENT told me why I had earaches with no other symptoms except a slightly elevated temp.

  7. Great article, and something most people really don’t think about. If you’re really curious about your allergies, I’m pretty sure there are full tests that will check you for everything upfront. But I think your last point is the best anyway. You can’t be very picky in survival situations or in some SHTF situations. It’s better to get used to eating outside your comfort zone sooner rather than later, so that you’re more open to just getting the calories you need from anything available. Also, the more you eat something you dislike, usually it starts tasting at least a bit better (and you may even start to like it!).

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