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Jun 11, 2007 10:36 PM

After food poisoning, how to get over aversion?

Since I got sick within a reasonable time frame of eating tuna tartare, I been reflexively averse to anything raw, especially since I cannot take time off for my job. I miss sushi, but I just can't stomach it (and I'll be damned if I join my friends for sushi and order chicken teryaki or such nonsense!). Am I doomed to a life in its absence? Anyone with any advice that might help me become more reasonable?

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  1. Although I like sushi, I have had a bad case of food poisoning from it. Needless to say, I tend to eat other types of food more often.

    If a specific restaurant is where I got the food poisoning, I will not go back.

    1. Doesn't sound to me like you're being unreasonable. You've got an aversion for a totally understandable reason. I'd say start with something cooked and something not tuna. Shrimp, eel, etc. Maybe some vegetable sushi. See if you start actually craving fish. And go from there.

      1. Yikes. I still can't eat Waldorf Salad after an incident in college in '91 or so. I'm just sorry you were 'flicted by such a damn tasty item.

        1. Tuna is actually one of the fish LEAST likely to cause any illness, which is why it is often served raw or rare. I would do some research. I know that sounds placating, but the fact is that the more you know the easier it will be for you to eat what you like. Most illness is not due to the most recent meal or even what was eaten that day. It is more likely something ingested days beforehand, or not foodborne at all.

          1. Oh do I sympathize with this. When I was in 5th grade or so I went on a trip with my family and got violently ill at a Greek restaurant. I never even got to eat the food because I had to go run to the bathroom almost the second my roast lamb was set before me. It took me about 10 years before i would eat Greek again. Even though it wasn't the food that made me sick, I still associated the aroma of roast lamb (and the restaurant in general) with puking my guts out.

            All I can say is give it time. I have to admit that I haven't actually ever ordered roast lamb since that incident, but I've eaten many OTHER lamb dishes and dined at many Greek restaurants. I'm so thankful that incident didn't scare me off all varieties of lamb - that would be a very sad existence, indeed! :D