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Have you ever lost a taste for something?

ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 10:31 AM

I mean going from really enjoying a particular food, beverage, condiment etc, and then suddenly no longer enjoying it at all.

This has happened to me several times here lately. The most recent occurence was going from being addicted to sriracha to no longer liking it at all. One day I loved it, and the next it tasted so bitter on my palate I lost any inclination towards it. (no my bottle didn't go bad, tastes the same to my SO)
Another example I can recall is honey tangerines. I used to love the subtlety of the flavor, but now that same flavor seems overly sweet and flat. I tried them several times from several stores and I really did just stop enjoying them.
One of the most surprising things to me I seem to have stopped liking is green olives. In the past I could easily go through a jar on my own, but recently unles they are in teeny tiny pieces and with lots of other stuff, they nearly make me gag.

How about you? Any similar surprising shifts away from foods?

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    kobetobiko RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 11:01 AM

    Not food but drinks. When I was in high school I had soft drinks like soda or juice with every meal. As I got older, I totally lost my interest in soda (I still like juice, but only fresh squeezed and not with a meal). I prefer to drink (sparkling) water now or drinks that are not sweet

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      4Snisl RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 11:25 AM

      Actually, I realized this (with one particular food) this weekend- corned beef!

      About 2 months ago, it was the last thing I ate before I got a terrible case of stress-related acid reflux. Vomited/had persistent nausea for nearly 1 week. Since the last time I tasted it was in reverse, I've had NO desire for corned beef whatsoever. And it used to be one of my favorite treats....

      1. applehome RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 11:33 AM

        I used to drink Galliano, mainly in the form of Harvey Wallbangers until I got ridiculously sick on them one evening (NOT my fault) - anyway, have never had one since, have never wanted one since.

        While going through an 8-month long course of chemo, the cancer center would give me diet ginger ale - that quickly turned into a negative association - haven't had one of those since, either.

        But other than those kinds of incidental associations, I have rarely stayed away from anything for a significant length of time. That isn't to say that I don't get tired of things and maybe give it a rest for a few months or even longer - but I eventually go back and think, hmmm, I used to like this a lot - I wonder what happened?

        1. Emme RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 12:19 PM

          Blackened dover sole... I went through a period of eating it many times a week to just being nauseated by the thought.

          1. beelzebozo RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 12:27 PM

            most recently hot tea. i drank a few cups one evening, got sick as a dog for three days (unrelated to the tea), but every time i think of consuming it (or chicken salad--my dinner on the eve of my sickness) i just feel queasy.

            1. porker RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 12:42 PM

              When I was a kid, I used to just love cucumbers. I'd even eat 'em outta the garden with dirt still on them.
              Now, I don't care for them at all, though I like pickles...

              1. mrbozo RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 03:25 PM

                I honestly can't say that there's a foodstuff that I once liked but now can't stomach. Sure, I've gone on binges of eating something I really like and eventually tired of it for a while but never have I been put off eating that product at a later date.

                However, fish bladder soup ...

                1. jfood RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 03:26 PM

                  Salmon. Jfood can't eat it any longer. He can cook it but he just has a real hard time eating it. Only carve-out is Novey on a bagel with a schmear.

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                    Morticia RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 03:43 PM

                    On our most recent trip to India, I was hell-bent on going to South India just to eat my favorite food, the Dosa. I swore to Mr. Morticia that I was going to eat Dosas 3 times a day, every day...but after just 3 days, I broke down and couldn't eat another one for the next 6 months! Luckily, my taste for them has come back...

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                      cimui RE: Morticia May 18, 2008 04:43 PM

                      maybe if i were ever able to eat all the dosas i wanted, whenever i wanted, i'd stop obsessing about them. so far i haven't had the chance, tho on a recent trip, i was able to eat as many of them for breakfast as decorum allowed, for a week. my capacity for dosas seems to be bigger than that, though!

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                      DarkRose RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 04:13 PM

                      When I was very young, I took a large bag of Doritos from the kitchen and hid in my room, ate the whole bag on Christmas Eve. I can't remember ever being so sick as I was that night, and after that, it was a good twenty years before I could eve think of eating one. Even now, I only do so very rarely, and in very small quantities.

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                        cimui RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 04:35 PM

                        mine is salmon, as well.

                        for years, between college and my second year of grad school, i was obsessed with it and often ate lbs of it a week in the form of salmon burgers, smoked salmon, lox, grilled salmon steak. the only preparation i disliked was nigiri / sashimi, which made me feel slightly nauseous, possibly because restaurants so often serve overly fatty farm-raised cuts, where the fat isn't marbeled into the meat

                        then one day, salmon in all forms started to taste nauseating to me, for no reason i've been able to identify. maybe i just overdid it? maybe i ate an off piece and some part of my brain generalized it to all salmon? who knows?

                        it's a bit of a shame, really, because salmon's actually a pretty healthy food as far as mercury content and omega fatty acids go.

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                          thebordella RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 05:48 PM

                          I hope this isn't hijacking the subject too much, but I can relate to "losing" the taste for certain foods for temporary periods of time.

                          Two examples that stand out are olives and spinach. These are two foods I can either be hot or cold on. If I'm hot on olives, then they're delicious and addictive. But when I go cold, I can hardly stomach their taste -- all I taste is brine and salt. This can happen even when the olives are from the same source.

                          We make spinach here frequently -- as in several times in a week -- for healthful eating reasons. When I'm "hot" on spinach, yum yum. I just reduce it down with some soy/lemon/sesame oil. When I go cold, it just tastes bitter and off and I just peck at it. As with olives, same source, same preparation.

                          Just a theory, but maybe it's a body chemistry thing. At certain times I "need" what is in olives or spinach and at other times I don't. Still, it's weird because this hot/cold thing happens only with a few certain foods. By and large I'm "hot" for most everything most all of the time ;)

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                            cimui RE: thebordella May 18, 2008 07:23 PM

                            i'm a big believer in your body needs theory, too (and someday hope to find a scientific basis for this belief). sometimes i crave spinach or chopped liver like nothing else. i figure i need the iron and, in the case of chopped liver, the extra calories. other times: yawn. same with meat and nuts.

                            i guess with salmon, i exceeded my lifetime supply of whatever it was in there i needed. ;)

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                              mrbozo RE: cimui May 18, 2008 07:37 PM

                              You must be positively glowing with omega-3 oil. ;)

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                                cimui RE: mrbozo May 18, 2008 10:02 PM

                                like a seal! (except far less cute)

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                                SharaMcG RE: cimui May 19, 2008 07:51 AM

                                I really think it's true that the body craves certain foods at times. I'll go through times when I can't get enough fruit and/or vegetables. I normally eat both at least a few times a day, but sometimes (and my pregnancies where two of those times), I could eat a salad or fresh fruit 10 times a day.

                                I also think it's very possible (and not so hard) to train one's palate. When I was younger (as in my 20s, 30s), I ate a lot of fast and overly processed meals. No way can I do that now. The last time I had a fast food burger (about two years ago), it tasted way too salty, way too greasy and did not do good things for my digestion. A bit off topic, I know, but that's where my thoughts went!

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                                applehome RE: thebordella May 18, 2008 07:52 PM

                                2 things for leafy greens change of pace:

                                1) With spinach, make ohitashi - japanese style. Make dashi (in this case, home made is much, much better than instant), marinate cooked spinach in dashi, dash of sesame oil, and shoyu, in the fridge for 3-6 hours, squeeze out and form into logs and cut into individual servings, topped with sesame seeds and flakes of katsuobushi - serve as tsukemono, in small dishes to accompany the main dish.

                                2) Eat lots of other leafy greens, so you don't get tired of spinach alone. Swiss chard, kale, collards, even beet greens, all can help vary the diet. My favorite - Italian style - with slices of garlic in evoo, reduce greens, then add balsamico or other wine vinegar. (My real favorite involves pig fat - but talk about taking all the health benefits out of it...) And for something really different, try brussel sprouts that way:


                              4. mollyomormon RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 07:38 PM

                                For me, it's sugar and more specifically Nerds. I used to eat at least one of those huge movie-sized boxes of Nerds every day. I don't know how I still have teeth.

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                                  burlgurl RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 08:03 PM

                                  Salmon for me too! It was also a pre-sickness meal! The most severe sickness I've ever had..couldn't leave the bed for 2 full days without being carried! can't think about salmon since...except sashimi/sushi!! Funny, I crave it raw and cringe at the thought of it cooked..

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                                    jlafler RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 09:15 PM

                                    I tend to develop an aversion to anything I use to correct a low blood sugar (I'm an insulin dependent diabetic, so when i say "low blood sugar" I mean sweats and shakes and, in really severe cases, not knowing who I am, and/or becoming convinced that I've discovered the secret to Life, the Universe, and Everything). For a while I used Jelly Bellies, and then I got sick of them and didn't use them for a while; now I'm back to using the sours. I think of orange juice as medicine; apple juice is getting that way, too. And glucose tablets, yuck. Not that I lost a taste for them since I never really liked them -- they're basically just chewable sugar pills -- but I did find a brand that was more palatable for a while and now it's just as bad as the others.

                                    1. misnatalie RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 09:47 PM

                                      For me it's been spicy chillies or peppers. I used to love to eat the red whole chillies in my Thai food and snack on red pepper crusted beef jerky. Now it is just unpleasant and don't like it at all. I still love wasabi or spicy food but I have not taste for the super hot anymore.

                                      1. ipsedixit RE: ArikaDawn May 18, 2008 09:59 PM

                                        Orange soda

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                                          kobetobiko RE: ipsedixit May 19, 2008 07:10 AM

                                          Ah, funny you said that. I used to LOVE Fanta Grape soda and had to have it at least once everyday. Then one day I just stopped and haven't had it ever since....

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                                            ipsedixit RE: kobetobiko May 19, 2008 09:24 AM

                                            I know what you mean. When we ran out of orange soda, I used to make "it" with Tang and soda water.

                                        2. jnk RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 04:51 AM

                                          Spinach pie. I used to love it and would serve it either as a main course or side dish, but now I can't stand the smell of it. I can eat spinach, feta cheese and things in phyllo dough, but combine them all and something terrible happens withib me.

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                                            Kagey RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 04:53 AM

                                            Interesting topic...

                                            At the moment I'm definitely losing my taste for mushrooms. For some reason, this doesn't apply to shiitakes or other mushrooms in Asian cuisines, only Western-type preparations like mushrooms in risotto, soup, etc. I'm really disappointed about this and hope it turns around.

                                            For some reason, if I start taking any particular food to work, I go off it very quickly. I've stopped taking food to work to snack on, other than fruit.

                                            1. im_nomad RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 06:47 AM

                                              does meat count? i initially gave up meat for many reasons, but have completely lost my taste for it, which i can verify from an accidental bite of a chicken burrito, which tasted like a feather pillow might, to me..lol. Last going off in my pre-veg days, I occassionally would have a mouthful of it, and be physically unable to swallow (suddenly turned)...for no reason. I grew up meat and potatoes, and particularly loved anything smoked or salted as in ham, bacon, or salt beef/riblets in brine.....now the thought of eating pork products grosses me out a little...although the smell of bacon does still get me.

                                              But this aside...i have temporarily temporariliy lost a taste for something, right in the middle of a meal, which i try to be careful of, as this would happen to me with meat, as above. I've had this happen a couple of times with sushi, which i love. I'll be chowing happily along, and suddenly it will gross me out, and i almost can't swallow. This is occassionally however, a hormone or hangover related thing, but many times i can't pinpoint it. Once or twice with eggs.

                                              oddly, it never happens to me with non-animal stuff...and no it's not because i'm thinking of where it came from.

                                              1. Gio RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 06:55 AM

                                                I've been off coffee for a couple of months now. Gone back to tea. Don't know if it's the pot (Krups drip) or what but I'd hate to think I have to buy yet *another* pot. I've had them all, from Chemex (broke 4 by klunking the top rim), to French press, to percolators (Faberware & Pyrex), to Braun. Between coffee pots and stoves I'll end up on the corner with holes in my stockings and a tin cup selling matchsticks.

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                                                  swsidejim RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 06:56 AM

                                                  scallops, loved them as a young child, but then in my teen years I would get headaches when eating them. Thankfully I am not having that issue anymore since I love scallops.

                                                  1. Passadumkeg RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 07:39 AM

                                                    Chinese-American restaurants. Used to love them many, many moons ago. Now, a bunch of glop. Iceberg lettuce. Button mushrooms. Jarred spaghetti sauce. American chicken; it tastes funny. Pepperoni. Red Delicious apples. Seventy's food ?

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                                                      cimui RE: Passadumkeg May 19, 2008 07:48 AM

                                                      intersting about the american chicken comment. i was just reading an old (last week's i think) issue of the new yorker with a review of > by paul roberts. according to the article, chickens are now raised in 40 days, where before they were raised over several months. when they die, lots of lactic acid is released, making the flesh "crumbly". so manufacturers pump potassium, i think it was, and other stuff into the meat to make it juicy like normal chicken. eek. maybe that's why it doesn't taste good to you, anymore. i think the chicken 'innovation' occurred in the past two or three decades. [i'll try to go back and review the facts later... was reading quickly on subway.]

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                                                        cimui RE: cimui May 19, 2008 10:18 AM

                                                        oops, i tried to do the double sideways "v" thing for the title-- y'know, the right- and left-facing chompers --- and it didn't show in the post. the paul roberts book is called "The End of Food".

                                                        the article does mention that chickens started being raised very differently between the 1970s and today. that could very well explain why you no longer like it. have you tried free range organic?

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                                                          Passadumkeg RE: cimui May 19, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                          Yes, free range does taste like real chicken, but as teachers w/ 4 kids in college, I long for $.19/lb chicken legs. I hunt turkey, duck and grouse, though.

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                                                            cimui RE: Passadumkeg May 19, 2008 10:36 AM

                                                            i hear you. prices for free range are fairly ridiculous. but heck, if you have access to fresh, wild turkey, duck and grouse, you don't need to bother with chicken at all, free range or not.

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                                                        Catskillgirl RE: Passadumkeg May 19, 2008 09:57 AM

                                                        Poor you with the pepperoni aversion! I do love it so.

                                                        My gradually growing aversion is to garlic. I used to love it, then not so much, and it's getting to where I don't cook with it at all. I caught a whiff of a garlic bagel an hour ago and I'm still smelling it. Yuck. I hope it will go away, but doubt it.

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                                                          Passadumkeg RE: Catskillgirl May 19, 2008 10:23 AM

                                                          I don't have an aversion to pepperoni, I eat it, but I'm not crazy about it. Garlic, I love.

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                                                        Kelli2006 RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 11:04 AM

                                                        Ive lost my taste for sweet things. I used to work as a pastry chef but I became burnt out on sweets. I still love to bake, but if I do it for myself I occasionally increase the spices and remove 1/2 to 2/3 of the sugars.

                                                        I used to like the taste of a occasional beer or glass of wine with dinner, but since I started HRT after ovarian cancer, the estrogen has changed my tastes. I still cook w/ wine and beer, but I cannot tolerate the taste to drink it.

                                                        1. Ed Dibble RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 11:10 AM

                                                          For me, losing a taste goes with burn out.

                                                          Had a lady friend years ago who was fixated on pizza. We had pizza every night for dinner. After a week or two I began to dislike it. After a month or two I hated it. It took me over 20 years to slowly regain a taste for pizza. But I still eat pizza less than most folks.

                                                          Another was California chardonnay. Used to love it, with all the buttery rich smoothness. But 10-15 years ago, I became so tired of that taste that I quit liking it at all. In the last year or so I have found some chardonnays that are OK, I guess, but I still haven't bought a bottle of California chardonnay in the last 10 years.


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                                                            jlafler RE: Ed Dibble May 19, 2008 02:11 PM

                                                            Oh, I so agree with you about California Chardonnay. I think it's partly a matter of getting tired of it, and partly that winemaking fashions changed, with the Chardonnays in particular getting oakier and oakier until you feel like you're being hit in the head with an oak 2 by 4. There's been a bit of a backlash in recent years, and many of the better winemakers never went with the trend, but the market is still dominated by that style of Chardonnay and you have to look hard to find anything else.

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                                                            pasuga RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 11:13 AM

                                                            Coffee. I used to be one of those can't-start-the-day-without-it people.

                                                            About ten years ago I came back from vacation with a bad case of TexMex restaurant-induced food poisoning. It was about a week before I could eat anything spicier than grits and mashed potatoes. For some reason even the smell of coffee made me feel sick, it was about five years before I could drink it again. I have the occasional cup nowadays, but the addiction is definitely broken.

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                                                              maestra RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 11:25 AM

                                                              Cilantro. When I first "discovered" it on a study-abroad trip to Mexico, I loved it. I ate it happily for years. Then my taste for it changed, seemingly overnight. Now I even request it be left out of dishes at restaurants, and I pick away all but a couple stray leaves if it is there anyway. This was not an issue of burn-out, and I'm quite annoyed by the change.

                                                              1. Bat Guano RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 01:10 PM

                                                                Another case of aversion-by-sickness: scallops for me. I tried to learn to surf in LA once, swallowed a couple gallons of sea water (yes, right off the coast of Southern Cal - where the water is, to put it mildly, not very clean) and then went off to dinner where I had some delicious lightly grilled, very flavorful diver scallops. Just barely made it back to the hotel before the worst night of my life began. Haven't been able to eat scallops since, and they used to be one of my favorites.

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                                                                  beelzebozo RE: Bat Guano May 19, 2008 02:33 PM

                                                                  heartbreaking! i just seared some huge u-10s last night and the family loved them. i think i could have eaten them raw, though.

                                                                2. viperlush RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 02:39 PM

                                                                  Cooked fish. I use to love it. I loved fish and chips as a kid. As a teenager I ate only swordfish for a couple months straight. Now I can't stand canned tuna, but love it raw. Salmon is okay smoked/salt cured/raw, but can't stand it cooked. I guess it's a good thing because I can't cook fish in my apartment, but I can get sushi delivered.

                                                                  1. killedwithkarate RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 03:25 PM

                                                                    I don't know what happened, but the thought of the tofu banh-mi that I would once actively seek out and inhale whenever needing something on the go now makes me nauseous simply by typing it out. Nothing changed, nothing was amiss, there are no illnesses for me to associate with it... Something about the texture and flavour profile just went from delicious to disgusting.

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                                                                      Panini Guy RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 06:33 PM

                                                                      Macadamia nuts.

                                                                      Use to love 'em. Then spent a little time in Hawai'i in 2002 and haven't had one since. They were everywhere, seemingly on everything. It even took me four years to get around to liking mahi mahi again.

                                                                      1. Sam Fujisaka RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 07:21 PM

                                                                        Coffee, once, long ago.

                                                                        I ended up drinking about 30 cups of (good) coffee a day throughout grad school and especially when I was studying for my comprehensive exams. I would go to bed briefly when the sun was coming up and would be much like Linda Blair in the "Exorcist" (head turning 360 degrees making horrible sounds, levitating). Something that my first wife laughed about, but was not all that funny for her. The day I finished the comps, Kathie, our friend Marilynn, and I went from Eugene to the Pacific coast--it was a beautiful, brilliant day. We picniked on the clilffs with good food and wine. I didn't drink coffee for 15 years after. Now that part of my work is on specialty, fair trade, organic coffee, I drink about a cup per day--but only very, very high quality.

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                                                                          Bat Guano RE: Sam Fujisaka May 20, 2008 12:27 PM

                                                                          Wow, when I tried to go cold turkey with coffee after the grad school 15-cup a day habit, the headache incapacitated me until I had a cup to get rid of it.

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                                                                            Catskillgirl RE: Bat Guano May 20, 2008 12:36 PM

                                                                            Going cold turkey off of soda will do the same thing. That caffeine is quite the addiction. And with soda, you have the sugar addiction as well. When my hubby was first diagnosed with diabetes he went off sugar and caffeine overnight. He was not much fun for a long while afterwards. In fact, I wound up
                                                                            giving him half a cup of coffee or coke in the late afternoons to combat the worst of the symptoms, and it was much easier for him to get over these addictions.

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                                                                              Sam Fujisaka RE: Bat Guano May 20, 2008 02:29 PM

                                                                              Getting out from under the burden of comps was also the end of years and years of heavy, never-ending scholastic and academic lifting. At that point all that was left were some years in Bolivia for fieldwork and writing the dissertation--the fun bits. The relief was so great that I didn't miss the coffee at all.

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                                                                            hamstrman RE: ArikaDawn May 19, 2008 07:47 PM

                                                                            Haagen Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding ice cream... I kept buying it, being sure I must still like it, and regretting it afterwards...

                                                                            Froot Loops - it leaves a film on my mouth that bothers me now. I'm not sure if they changed the formula, but it's inedible to me now.

                                                                            Diet Pepsi - Used to drink it to save calories and it grew on me. Then one day I didn't want to drink it ever again.

                                                                            1. Catskillgirl RE: ArikaDawn May 20, 2008 12:27 PM

                                                                              Just thought of a good one. Maybe I just (finally) grew up, but I had french fries from MacDonald's a couple of months ago. I used to love them. I never had them often (I do try to stay away from fast food for the most part), but they were a guilty pleasure. Anyway, they were awful. I felt for DAYS as if I had a greasy film inside my mouth. Where did the magic go? I can't even imagine eating one ever again.

                                                                              1. Scargod RE: ArikaDawn May 20, 2008 01:09 PM

                                                                                Sugar. Very sweet dessert just don't turn my crank. Any fried foods, if it is greasy. I love onion rings but can't take them if they are soggy in oil. I used to eat this stuff.
                                                                                Whe I was young I ate a bag of bad potato chips, which made me sick to my stomach. It took me around fifteen years before I could stand the smell of potato chips enough to eat any. Now I am like a fiend for sea salt and vinegar potato chips. I can eat them till my tongue becomes tender!

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                                                                                  im_nomad RE: Scargod May 20, 2008 05:33 PM

                                                                                  it's funny you mention that...s&v or dill pickle chips were always something that i despised....but once i stocked the cupboards with both when I was having visitors (for that very reason, i wouldn't be tempted..but they loved them)...and i noshed a little on the leftovers.....i , in particular, love dill pickle chips now....sour cream and onion still being my fave though.

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                                                                                    mrbozo RE: im_nomad May 20, 2008 05:49 PM

                                                                                    Miss Vickie's sea salt and malt vinegar. Also the jalapeno. And the lime and black pepper.

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