I’m a grown ass adult woman and I love eating dino nuggets; and no not because I have a young kid to make them for, I make them for me. I know you might be scratching your head and/or laughing and/or scratching your head and laughing because yeah, it’s kinda a weird title that needs some context. And yes, I really do love eating dino nuggets or any kinda nuggets or tenders really, but why would I say dino nuggets make me more creative? That’s pretty weird. Weird but true my friend. In my opinion anyway and I’m the one writing so I get to express my opinion and you, you get to scoff at it or take it into consideration. That is the agreement we are embarking on so if you do not agree then read no further.
Now to begin, first let’s start with what dino nuggets are because I seem to get asked that a lot when I say I love them. To me it’s seems straight forward as it’s in the name, but they are chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs. That’s it. Dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets. Nothing complicated and nothing fancy.
When people ask me what my favorite food is, I usually say dino nuggets and nachos. I’m a grown ass adult and I make nuggets or nachos probably 2-3 times every week. Love ‘em. Can’t get enough of ‘em. My nachos aren’t crazy and I make different kinds, but I will say that getting a Costco rotisserie chicken and pulling it apart and spreading the chicken over some scoops Tostitos with black beans and cheddar cheese, pop that in the old oven, then after it’s all melty and gooey add dollops of medium spicy salsa…. Perfection! There are other combos that are good as well but if I start listing them here, I’d just sound like that character in forest gump who lists all the things he could do with shrimp. My nacho habit is kinda like that though. And dino nuggets oh dino nuggets oh how I love thee, let me count the ways. Also, from your local Costco are the big boxes of dino nuggets that last a couple dinners, probably more if you didn’t have a hungry husband and a hungry 18-year-old like I do. So yes, I’m an adult woman and my favorite foods are the foods of children. At least that’s what others seem to tell me.
I like them because they’re fun and creative and sure they taste good too. I mean I enjoy eating them and they’re not terrible for you, though different people have different opinions about that as well. In any case they’re fun to eat and that’s the point. When I eat dino nuggets, besides them tasting good, it feels fun to eat them. How can it not? They’re little nuggets in the shape of dinosaurs! You can bite they’re heads off or bite their tails off. You can make them pretend to fight or be more grown up about it and just dose them with ketchup and eat ‘em one by one with a fork all respectable like. Doesn’t matter really the bottom line is, they’re fun. I can’t help but smile and giggle when I eat dino nuggets and they make me feel younger and reminds me of childhood and imagination and making up stories, movies, hiding in forts etc. This is why I say they make me more creative. It’s the feeling I get when eating them. I let myself feel young again and carefree, and in a world full of dinosaurs. Allowing myself to experience these moments and get into a state of imagination and childlike wonder then carries over and helps me be more imaginative and creative for my abstract paintings. Am I painting dinosaurs, no; but tapping into that imagination and giving myself even snippets of time to feel that wonder and possibility allows the creative part of my brain take over. The more I can do this, the more I can exercise my creative brain, the better. Fun ideas come to me that I can write down for later, color combinations or shapes that I want to try to lay next to each might come to me all because I’m opening myself up to feeling my imaginative mind and allowing it to flow. I also dare to say this is good for overall health and wellbeing. We live in a world that glorifies the brain and the mind and ‘smarts’ and there is nothing wrong with smarts but being too one sided has it’s draw backs because we need balance of the two sides of our brain for wellbeing. If we have too much negative stress and are always stuck in our heads thinking without enough fun and relaxation our health can suffer. Everybody is different with the amount they need but we all need both. So, adding some fun, even in the form of dino nuggets is good for creativity but also overall wellbeing. This feeling of fun helps to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is your rest and digest system, and de-activate your sympathetic nervous system, which is your fight, flight, freeze system. Sounds like a double win am I right?
Then there’s nachos too, I feel creative when I’m making them. They’re simple yet layered, messy, full of colors and lots of fun! It gets me into the creative part of my brain. I mean, it’s not so much a switch or a bank that you can pull from, but I firmly believe that the more we allow ourselves to feel imaginative wherever we can, the more imaginative we will be in general.
So, there you have it. It’s not just the dino nuggets per say but it’s the feelings the dino nuggets let me experience. These feelings of fun, carefree, childlike wonder and silly weirdness are a lovely contrast to responsibility, hard mental work and ‘being on’. I try to experience these whenever possible to keep my life feeling fun and full of imagination. I mean, it just makes life feel better and the added bonus is it inspires my creative imaginative brain and I believe makes me overall healthier. So, in my opinion there is no reason NOT to eat dino nuggets and I’m not going to tell anyone what to do and I’m not a doctor, so this is not advise, but if you’re able to then adding dino nuggets to your food rotation is nothing but a good idea. 🙂
From my heart to yours,