Eating a Neapolitan Pizza Helped Me Break Ordinary Habits

OUTSIDE THE BOX

Did you know bacon-wrapped shrimp etouffee, alfredo pizza, eggplant lasagna, Mahi Mahi soft tacos, Irish potato nachos, sweet chili Asian wings, artichoke-spinach omelette, Italian cream sodas, stromboli and crispy fried alligator tail were all foreign dishes to my food palate? I could run down a longer list but there’s a point to this besides making you hungry. Yes, something simple as tilapia and trout were both new to me until I mastered the inconvenience of stepping out my food comfort zone.

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I grew tired of ordering the same style meals at restaurants. You know, the traditional southern fried chicken, mac ‘n cheese served with a side of green beans and sweet tea. While I still eat those Texas-Southern comfort foods, I opt to eat a bit more diverse when dining out. I made a pact with myself a while ago that whenever I go out to eat, I will always try something different.

Exploring past your boundaries begins a new journey of life.

Sometimes I’ll slip and order the same dish twice…ok maybe three or four times in a row but I can look myself in the mirror and say my food bank is continuously growing. Stepping out my food comfort zone not only makes me an adventurous foodie but it teaches me to take more risks even in the smallest ways.

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My small food adjustments in restaruants prepare me for the bigger risks I need to take in life. Basically, I’m getting myself in the babit of easily taking chances. If I can’t challenge myself by trying red snapper over catfish, how will launch my own fashion magazine and clothing company?

I know you’re thinking, “Natonya, what’s the problem with ordering your favorite entrée, it’s different if you don’t go to the restaurant all the time right?” For me, what’s the point of eating at new restaurants, whether local or national if you order the same thing every time?

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I believe we encounter opportunities to grow into better humans not just through obvious milestones such as graduating University or paying off your final payment to your first car note. You can grow as an individual simply by wearing polka dots and stripes together when you regularly wear monochrome outfits.

Be fearless and adapt your mind to endless possibilities.

Think about it, life is all about exploring through trial and error. Even when something doesn’t work out the way we planned or anticipated, it shouldn’t get us down or leave us feeling unmotivated. We should feel encouraged to take another leap of faith and try something new again.

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Being adventurous calls you to step out your comfort zone and try new things. We cannot live life doing the same things over and over again. Sure we have our favorites but the only way to discover new preferences, we must break away from the ordinary and open our minds to something different.

What’s the most unusual dish you tried? How do you break ordinary habits?

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. sophhearts says:

    I love this and definitely need to make more of an effort to expand the type of foods that I’m ordering! I have to say you’d expect alligator tail not to be on most peoples comfort lists haha!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I know right Soph! Sometimes you just gotta jump out there and try things out because you never know what you’ll end up liking 🙂 Yea alligator tail is pretty tasty, kinda like fried chicken 😂

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  2. Nancy says:

    Mmm I always love trying out new foods, even though there is a risk of me not liking it. You never know until you try! It’s great to hear that you’re stepping out of your boundaries. This is how you grow. Keep it up!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Nancy! Yeah I believe the only way to grow is to get past your comfort level and embrace the unknown. Appreciate you stopping by 😃

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  3. Teri says:

    Ok! I can see that! Trying new foods opened your mind to think out side the box in other areas! The weirdest thing I ever at was……hmm…..I’ve tried caviar, duck poutine french fries, mussels, kimchi, and sushi. I remember trying sushi about 15 years ago and it was so weird to think about it. But now i love love love it! I’ve tried eel and squid too. Now, when I travel out of the country I try my best to have local dishes and be open too! Thai food, Italian, and Japanese food in the native country is yum!!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      O yeah you have a lovely explorative mind, I like how you’ve tried different stuff! What does caviar taste like?🤔😊

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      1. Teri says:

        To me it tasted like fishy salt 😖

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  4. Sophia Patel says:

    Well done you for expanding your horizons! Very difficult step to make after all, especially with food!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Sophia! I like experimenting. I feel like trial and error teaches you so much about yourself. Appreciate you stopping by ❤️

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  5. glowsteady says:

    I love this! It’s great that you’re trying new things! I love trying new things, sometimes you like something you never thought you would. It’s one thing I really miss about there being limited vegan options on most menus, you don’t get that same experience x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. justnatonya says:

      It’s nice to stick yourself out there and give it a go because like you said, you might discover something you never knew you would like, in the end, it helps you to become more well rounded 🙂

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  6. Eniwhere Fashion says:

    Wow!!! So beautiful (and glamourous) place….now I’m hungry!!!!
    I’m Eni, blogger from Italy. If you want take a look on my latest post, now on my blog Eniwhere Fashion ! I would be really happy….
    Have a nice day, kisses,
    Eni

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I know the food was so good! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I’m guilty of always ordering the same things because I’m so fussy so if I know I’m going to like it I’ll stick with that! I wish I could be more adventurous with food though, I totally admire you for this!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Jess. I totally understand, you have your favorites so your gonna stick with what you know. Like that saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.😂

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  8. Aaliyah Hunt says:

    I order the same things on the menue too just because I know I’m going to like it ! But I definetly need to try out some new things and experiment! X

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Nothing wrong with ordering the same stuff 🙂 Personally, I like to step outside my box more often. Thanks for commenting Aaliyah 🙂

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  9. Chloe Chats says:

    You’re right, it’s good to step outside of our comfort zones from time to time, it’s great to try new things. I’m the same though, I’ll go to a restaurant and order the same thing and my boyfriend would try and convince me to get something different but I’m always like ‘what’s wrong with getting my favourite?’ haha.

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Hi Chloe! So true, I’m always ordering 4 meat pizza whenever we eat pizza but last time I went for pizza I ordered sausage, spinach and mushroom, which was really tasty too lol! I was happy because I allowed myself to discover a new flavor combination by stepping outside my box a bit.

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  10. Chanel Medford says:

    I’m the type to order the same thing all the time at restaurants. I’m trying to order healthier options too, but it’s a challenge, lol. That pizza in that pic looks so good! My pizza was fantastic too, we must go back!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Yes Chanel let’s go back! I used to order the same thing every time I eat out but now I’m working on being more adventurous in trying new things and that includes food lol!

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