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Wednesday, June 1, 2011



confession: i'm a high maintenance eater.

if you ask me, i'll tell you i'm a vegetarian. if you want the full run-down, it'd be this:

1. i only eat chicken or turkey.
2. i only eat chicken or turkey from whole foods.*
3. i only eat chicken or turkey from whole foods because i trust that it has been humanely raised with no added growth hormones, etc, etc.
4. i only eat my "safe" whole foods poultries MAYBE once a month.
5. shrimp gross me out. you have to de-terd them.
6. you won't find me eating fish unless we're at a really nice restaurant and i have no other choice.

though i'm pretty sure i could live off of fruit, muffins, and edamame, i love to try new things. props to my sweet husband for putting up with such a picky eater.

what are your weird eating habits?

* i realize whole foods isn't the only "safe place" to buy meat. being 7 blocks from our apartment conveniently makes it MY safe place. 

30 comments:

wallflower said...

I'm trying to gain weight, so I'm always eating a TONNE of food, and I'm not picky with anything and I want to try all the foods I could ever get my hands on!

My latest hobby is strange fruit!

rebecca said...

wallflower-
i tried ugly fruit the other day. i love that it's name is literally UGLY FRUIT. it wasn't bad.

Ana Degenaar said...

We also eat more veggies than meat for basically the same reasons. My daughter eats incredibly healthy but she's not picky. I love that.

Kirstin said...

I am similar with eating meat. No red meat for me. The only dairy I eat is cheese or yogurt. And I try to not eat too much white flour. I also can't eat a ton of vegetables or leafy greens because of weird stomach problems I've had. It took me a while to figure out a diet that works for me and I think I finally have it down :)

rebecca said...

kirstin-
i'm with you. it's taken me 27 years to figure out what works for me, and i think i finally have it down. for whatever reason, i've gotten much pickier as i get older.

Rebeka said...

I'm usually really weird about only eating "safe" meat, but I totally love chicken strips and if you drive me past a dairy queen I will make you stop and get me a chicken strip basket with that gravy. Ohh that gravy is soo good. I just try and not think about the chicken I'm eating b/c it tastes so delicious, especially when it's dipped in gravy (ok I realize that I sound like the fattest kid ever right now). Other than that I'm totally OCD about meat.

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

1. I'm a strict vegetarian (no fish, no chicken [including broth], no gelatin)
2. I eat cheese (except goat cheese) with reckless abandon but feel guilty about it
3. I can't stand fried/poached eggs and can't even stomach them scrambled any more, but if a baked good has eggs in it I don't mind
4. I try not to eat anything with more than five ingredients or words I can't pronounce
5. I ABHOR truffles
6. Despite these quirks I am a more adventurous eater than a lot of people I know, which is sad.

Restaurants have an annoying tendency to put poached eggs, goat cheese, and/or truffle oil in their one vegetarian menu option and it drives me crazy!

Abby said...

I'm a vegetarian. I used to be vegan but it was really inconvenient when my now husband and I moved in together.

I like vegetables, muffins, edamame, and cheese and crackers.

My favorite meal is a veggie burger. Oh boy, I am a sucker for them!

rebecca said...

rebeka-
i'm cracking up at your "safe meat" loophole.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I only eat organic and kosher- I like the idea that the animal I am eating was not killed inhumanely.

superhappyjohi said...

i am vegan, but eat honey and on rare ocasions some egg (in daw)... i am very happy with all the veggies and fresh fruits.

Kristin said...

I'm careful about the meat I buy...but I can't say I don't eat read meat. Sometimes I just need a steak! Haha

brandi said...

I definitely don't have as many weird food rules as I did growing up, but I still cannot eat cottage cheese. The texture totally grosses me out.

Also, I'll regular carrots, but not baby carrots.

thanks so much for the comment on my blog! :)

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

Weird eating habits? Hmm, I can't think of any personal food rules off the top of my head. I am anti certain things though because of texture. Like cantaloupe. :)

la petite coquine said...

I've actually gotten less picky as I've gotten older, but that may also be because I want to impress John and seem worldly. While white meats are in our wheelhouse, we do eat them a lot less often than we used to-but there are days when I insist that we are eating hamburgers and there will be no further discussions!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I might be even worse. Over the years, I've gotten both more picky and less picky. I try and get everything I can from the farmer's market, including chicken so I can see photos of how they're raised and meet the farmer who raises them. Everything else comes from Whole Foods and I do extensive research on the companies I buy from. That said, I still eat fish and occasionally shrimp but only on rare instances.

The Lewicutt's est 2006 said...

Oh man, this strikes a cord with me. For the past year or so we're all organic at home, but indulge on the weekend... We want to fill our baby's body with all the good stuff, and not all the hormones that will make her develop far earlier than she should (above and beyond the mis-treatment)!

I'm not sure what you'd call that? Somewhere in between all the extremes...

Ana said...

Though I'm not a vegetarian, I'm quite a picky eater myself...but I don't think that caring about how the animals were raised (and our own health for that matter) counts as being picky.
With the first hot days of summer this week, I've been eating lots of fruits and I can't seem to stop :P sometimes there's nothing more refreshing!
Thank you for stopping by my blog!

rebecca said...

ana-
i agree with you. knowing what i put in my body is common sense, not pickiness.

Jennifer Rod said...

actually, i can eat anything. which can be a bad thing I guess..

Krystal said...

i think my weird habit is that i'll eat anything, haha!

Laura *You Stir Me* said...

hmm...I won't order chicken at restaurants simply because I feel like I eat chicken 5 nights/week at home so I like to get something fancier. I definitely don't eat shrimp either...the texture creeps me out. Otherwise, I eat everything!

colleen said...

i don't eat cheese. i hate it with a passion. but growing up with an italian mother, i do eat pizza, lasagna, caprese salad, etc. so the mild italian cheeses - mozz and forms of parm, i'll eat. ham and cheese sandwich? disgusting. cheese dip? foul. a cheese plate for dessert? barf. one time i accidentally ate a bite of cheesecake and immediately vomited on the ground next to me.

i have a problem.

rebecca said...

colleen-
i get it. you only like quality cheeses! that's the way to go. i'll go a whole month without eating meat, and then the next month i'll eat chicken maybe twice a month. i can't seem to make up my mind.

kitchu said...

i wrote the longest response to this than google decided the server could not be found and i wanted to scream. ugh.

i eat too much of everything! indian, japanese, mexican... top 3 probably in cuisines. love shrimp, though not huge on fish (have one or 2 i love). i am marrying a vegetarian and have never been a big meat eater and like you, we are organic as much as possible here- all the way down to our cage free eggs. i just joined our local co-op and hopefully within the next year we'll have our local market up and running with locally grown produce and local meats, etc. daughter is not vegetarian at all and needs lots of protein for a growing, young body!

strangely i was the pickiest eater as a child. i hadn't even had spaghetti, ketchup or even butter until i was in my early 20s... i know, right?

Victoria said...

I don't like ground beef. Mostly because I've read enough about safe farming practices to be grossed out but also because I worked on a cattle farm in high school where I learned how cattle are supposed to be raised.

Thus, I only really eat beef when I'm eating at friends houses whose parents are safe, careful farmers. Also at restaurants fancy enough to buy ethically.

I also don't like ham really but mostly because its slimy looking. However, I will eat it when cooked in an oven and covered in brown sugar.

I would use this time to talk about how I try to only put good food in my body and the like but while I eat rather healthily 90% of the time, I also love fried food, hamburgers (ground beef exception because they are made of magic), and I eat Mexican about twice a week.

Finally, you I love your blog! Also, thank you so much for stopping by mine! I appreciate anyone who loves animals and writes about food.

The Remarkable (Rambunctious) Redhead said...

I'm with you on this one! I only eat chicken or turkey as well, although I do eat fish and seafood, too. I try to buy organic, free range, vegetarian fed products when I can find/afford them, but the nearest Whole Foods is about an hour away.

Dayna Hutchieson said...

I have just become vegetarian (no meat of any kind including fish & chicken) about three weeks now and I fell soo much better for it. I have never really liked meat, eating veins and gristle grosses me out. Now that I moved out of home I can do it without upsetting anyone.

Stephanie Niko said...

I stopped eating seafood of any kind when I was two years old, and stopped eating meat (beef, lamb, pork, poultry) and, well, anything where the animal had to die for me to get it (animal stock, gelatin) when I was twenty-seven. I hid this from my family in the beginning. I’m Greek and you may remember that scene in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” where the mom says, “You don’t eat meat? Okay, I make lamb,” so it was a big deal even when it was just seafood that I didn’t eat.

Amanda Blair said...

I've been a veg for 3 years and I was a strict vegan for a 1 year but now I eat fish occasionally. I missed it so much, especially sushi, so I eat it on occasion. I still feel insanely guilty but it's so damn good! I only get a piece of salmon sashimi and then veggie rolls though, which makes me feel less guilty somehow? Who knows why...

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