There is a reason I named my company "The Confident Eater" and run a 6 Week "Confidence Program". It's because most of life's achievements revolve around confidence. Do we believe in ourselves enough to achieve things? And when we're not feeling confident is there someone there to hold our hand and give us that feeling?
Many people lose the desire to try new foods as they feel far more comfortable with the "tried and tested". No surprises and no risk of it not being nice. However, this is very limiting and if one of the safe foods suddenly becomes unacceptable we can end up with a smaller and smaller menu.
On Monday I had one of my cooking students over and decided to challenge his belief that he "hated" broccoli. It had been mentioned several times during other cooks but fortunately I had just created an awesome Broccoli Burger so we were going to cook this. I was confident throughout he was going to love it. He was equally confident that he really, really disliked broccoli. Following the rules of my kitchen we discussed how food often tastes very different if cooked in a new way and that we just can't decide to like or not like a dish without tasting. I told him he was going to love it and we approached eating it with that thought at the front of our minds. He did indeed enjoy it and even helped himself to a second one rather than eating more of the chicken we'd also cooked.
Now this would not have been a success with every child I have worked with but I was confident that he would enjoy it. And, because I was confident he was approaching the taste test with a positive mind-set. I know 100% definitely that should I have been at all hesitant and not confident that he was going to eat it and enjoy it this probably wouldn't have been a happy ending.
As hard as it is to believe as parents that things will change for the better at the table we need to be the ones setting the tone and convincing everyone that new habits are possible and are necessary.
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.