3 Major Reasons Why You Should Try New Foods

3 Major Reasons Why You Should Try New Foods

The picky eater challenge begins!
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Anyone who’s ever traveled around the world can tell you that being a picky eater is not easy. No matter where it is you may go, there’s probably going to be some food that you aren’t familiar with. This leaves you with two options: try the food (and possibly like it) or starve. I’m not saying all food is going to be strange and new, but it certainly can be. This is why I think no matter where it is you are that trying new foods should be a regular event because there are so many benefits to it.

A new favorite food.

Think about your current favorite food. Now, do you think there is anything better than that out there? Of course not! But how can you be sure without trying new foods? My favorite food at one point in my life was pizza. Like not even a specific type of pizza, just any run of the mill pizza -- until I had sushi. Now I absolutely love sushi, and I make at least one trip a week down to Kroger just to get some. I never would have found this unique, yet amazing food, if I decided to stick to my boring pizza. As much as I still love a good late night pizza, it will never surpass how great sushi is.

Traveling will be better.

Going to different locations comes with the blessing of a different cuisine. There is always a dish that one spot in the world makes better than anywhere else, and it would be a shame to not even try it. I know for me that whenever I travel I make it a point to try something local because that might be the only time that meal is available to me, or it really might be just another way to explore that culture.

Also when traveling, you never really know what kind of dining facilities you’ll be able to find, so having an open mind to eating new foods will really help. You might show up late to your destination town with only one strange restaurant open and your options are going to be eat the local food or not eat. So what would you do? Having an open mind to new foods would make that situation so much easier. You can just go and eat the food and see how that region puts there only signature on that meal, because that really sounds so much better than not eating.

You won’t be rude.

There are plenty of times where you will be invited over to someone’s house for dinner and that usually means eating the food they make. If it is something you are unfamiliar with, it would be really rude to not eat it. Some cultures even interpret not eating the whole plate as a major insult. Now if you are open to trying new foods and will eat a variety of meals, then you will never need to worry about this.

As much as trying new foods doesn’t seem like it is a big deal, it should be. Just by mixing up what you eat, even a little bit, you’ll be able to introduce something new into your life that might just be amazing.

Cover Image Credit: Tourist Attractions in Malaysia

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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14 Things Not To Forget On Your Next Vacay

Every time I go on a trip I always forget at least 1 things.

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There are all sorts of things that we forget to pack when we go on vacation. How can you remember all the little details when a fun-filled trip awaits you? Not to worry! Here is a short list of items that can be easily forgotten. Pull this list up when packing for your next trip and be relieved when you haven't forgotten a thing.

1. A Phone Charger


2. Toothpaste/Toothbrush



3. Your Favorite Pillow



4. Socks/Underwear



5. Glasses/Contacts



6. Sunscreen



7. A Bathing Suit



8. Lip Balm



9. An Umbrella



10. Sunglasses



11. Money



12. Snacks



13. A Jacket



14. Extra Shampoo/Conditioner



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