Stepping out from the Comfort Zone

18 Feb

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so glad weekend is finally here. As I’m typing this post, it’s raining hard right now! The weather channel mentioned that it’ll be raining throughout weekend.

Anyway, I realized lately I haven’t been posting any recipes etc, although I’ve been cooking as usual – sorry about that. Lately, I am just not as inspired to make new dishes so I haven’t really made anything that’s worthy to share on the blog. Being primal/paleo does take some meal planning in advance, especially now that I don’t rely to those quick fix breakfast/snacks (cookies, crackers, oatmeal, cereal, bread, etc) anymore.

In the beginning it was quite hassle to step out from my comfort zone and being more creative in my dishes. Substituting soy sauce with coconut aminos, fruits as sweetener instead of sugar, using coconut oil or avocado oil as opposed to any vegetable oil.
After a while, I started to get a hang on it and all sudden, I don’t even have to think too hard on how to prepare the food anymore. Additionally, I also don’t get that hunger crash as I used to have.

Of course there were hit and miss in my dish creation, which didn’t quite make it to the blog.
Last weekend I bought some fishes that I didn’t use to buy. I used to buy tilapia and striped bass because I know they taste good, but the downside is they are farm raised, which are not quite good nutritionally as wild fishes. So I selected two type of wild fishes: yellow croaks and mullet fish.

Both failed.

Baked mullet fish in coconut milk and curry powder. Looks good but the fishes weren’t that fresh so tasted kinda bland. Yellow croak fishes didn’t turn out good either. I baked them after seasoned with salt pepper and some butter pats and lemon. They taste bland as well, probably because they weren’t fresh either. I spare you from the pictures.

Stepping out from the comfort zone does have a risk. After the incident of the fish, now I am concerned of getting some other fishes to experiment, especially fishes are not cheap! Same deal with buying organic produce and meat. Just by looking at the price tag enough to bust my monthly grocery budget limit. I’m comfortable buying conventional produce and meat and not looking to change that as yet.

In addition to prior, my current life is actually my comfort zone as well. Or I should say my job. Today we were having an office potluck for one of my colleague. She found a new job at another place and today was her last day.

el pollo loco chicken and veggies - the only primal food that I could have from the potluck

Her resignation got me thinking. Do I have the courage to venture to another place? But why would I do that? Currently, I enjoy the place, the work, the drive etc. At least I know I won’t fail to their standard. But does it do any good to my career growth? If I change place, I’ll have to start over again and there’ll be a chance that if I fail, then I’ll lose the job, and then what? Why change when nothing’s broken, right? I know it’s bad, but this is another comfort zone that I don’t want to give up as yet.

Sorry if this post sounds lame, but once a while it’s a nice change to have a post that’s not too food/diet centric, right?

Are you a risk taker? Do you like your current comfort zone? I’d love to hear what you think!

Have a good weekend!

I’ll try to post something yummy next time 🙂


Posted by on February 18, 2011 in food, life


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4 responses to “Stepping out from the Comfort Zone

  1. leashieloo

    February 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    It’s really difficult for me to take risks, I’ve been burned in the past but I’ve also had some success with putting myself out there.

    • Jos

      February 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience. In fact, I don’t think I am ready to burned as yet.

  2. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    February 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I can totally relate to what you wrote about Paleo eating – that it felt strange at first, and how it became a comfort zone. I also feel I don’t get those awful hunger pangs anymore, and that pleases me a lot!

    Regarding the recipes, there are times I’mnot creative at all. For those times, I picture a lot of foods in my creative time so I always have something to post. (Hehehe. ;))

    I’m sorry the fish didn’t turn out that nicely – I hate when that happens, especially when I’ve spent a lot of money (because I also have a rather tight budget). I must admit that I don’t buy free-range meat / wild fish most of the times, mostly because it’s so expensive. (Organic chicken costing 20 times as much as regular?!?!?!?! I can’t believe it!!!) I buy organic and free range wherever I can afford it (eggs, some frozen meats), but otherwise I go with the regular … I hope that some day, I’ll earn enough to afford merely organic produce.

    The job is a tricky question. What exactly are you doing? And what are you striving for? If you’re fine with how things are, I don’t know whether there’s a need to chnge anything, but if you’re subliminally uncomfortable, it might be worth to think about it.

    However, it’s a complex decision, and I think it would be the best to go with your intuitive belly feeling.


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