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Privilege of Picky Eating

Coming to Nepal, the food was a big worry of mine. Not wanting to be disrespectful or rude but knowing how I usually don’t like most things, I worried how it would work out. Growing up as a notorious picky eater, I became so quick to say no if the food wasn’t exactly how I wanted. From the beginning of this program, I have eaten almost every meal. Once thinking that I hated mushrooms, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, etc., I have found that I actually do enjoy them. Getting over the privilege of picky eating, makes me realize that I do in fact like so much more food than I thought. After being in Prakashpur for village homestay and seeing how much work goes into having food for each meal, I regret how I eat at home. Being removed from the process it made it easy for me to be picky. Picky eating is a privilege and I never thought of it that way before coming to Nepal. I now see that being able to say no, choosing what I like and don’t like is a privelage.