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7 Weeks of Weird: Food Weirdness

Not a Punk Rocker clued me in to Mental Mama’s new challenge. I’m a day behind, but I didn’t see this until Wednesday afternoon, and Thursdays work better here anyway.

This week we’re talking about weird foods/food combinations that we like but other people think are strange. I thought about this for a while, and I couldn’t come up with anything specific. I’m mostly known for weirdness about things I don’t like. There’s a running joke among my friends that I only eat six foods.

I’m really visceral about foods I don’t like, and I usually can’t stand to look at them or smell them. It’s gotten worse as I’ve aged, so I can only assume that part of it is related to the fact that I live alone and I don’t have to cope with the smell of foods I can’t stand anymore.

The worst offender is eggs. I will eat eggs as part of a recipe where I don’t have to see or taste an egg, but I literally gag if there is a cooked egg in my presence, and the smell has induced vomiting on more than one occasion.

Right behind eggs are pork products of any kind. I’ve had people ask if I was Jewish before because I just say I “can’t eat pork.” That’s not actually true, and I will eat a small piece of roast pork or a baked pork chop if it’s lean and cooked in something that makes the smell and texture less overpowerinig. I can’t eat more than a few bites without gagging unless it’s cut up as part of a pork chop casserole or something, so it’s just easier to say I don’t eat pork. The odd part of this is that I actually like pork chop casserole. I have the same sort of thing going on when it comes to bacon. I can eat one or two pieces if it’s lean and cooked to the point of being almost burnt, but I can’t really stay in the room while it’s cooking, and I’ll gag on it if it’s all floppy and greasy, so it’s always a game of Russian roulette trying to get anyone to cook bacon the way I like it. I don’t actually enjoy getting up in the morning to find the smell of bacon permeating the house and will gag on the smell. So, again, it’s just easier to say I don’t like it, even though sort of do. If it’s cooked a certain way. I make Italian sausage quite often in my spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna, but I can’t eat breakfast sausages at all, so most of the time the easiest thing is to say “I don’t like pork products” or “I don’t like sausage.”‘

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Even the sight of this meal makes me want to gag.

Not a big fan of seafood either. Most seafood has an overpoweringly strong taste/smell, and if it doesn’t, it’s usually got a weird texture, so there are a few seafood dishes that I will eat if they are prepared to my specifications, but there are so few of them that again, it’s easier just say I don’t like seafood. Seafood can be a migraine trigger anyway, so I don’t mess with it much anymore.

I also don’t like the texture of most beans, and I can’t eat nuts or seeds of any kind, so you might notice that my protien choices are somewhat limited. I’ve made a concerted effort to find new foods that I can eat in the last several years because I’ve become aware of dietary migraine triggers, and some of the things I did eat were probably contributing to my out of control headaches. So I do eat more than “six foods,” but I could still probably count the things I use regularly.

Random possibly useful tidbit, these folks sent me a link to what they describe as an interactive guide to migraine triggers.  I’ve checked it out and it may be useful.  Not sure how they’re using the word interactive.

4 thoughts on “7 Weeks of Weird: Food Weirdness

  1. I’m really weird about texture, so I like the taste of mushrooms but can’t stand the texture. Any time I tell a friend I don’t like a food they ask if it’s the texture, because 98% of the time it is.
    Also, if you don’t like eggs or pork, I suggest you never ever try to eat in Spain or Portugal. They put eggs and bacon-like ham on EVERYTHING.

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