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What do you eat too much of?

Just for fun....

For me lately, it's been microwave light popcorn. At about 250 calories per large bag, I can get bulk without suffering guilt. But I've been eating a bag almost daily lately, and am starting to wonder whether I'm overdoing it.

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  1. Garlic. It's just not a meal without garlic. In fact I'm not certain what I look forward to more at Korean barbecue: the meat or the whole cloves of garlic they give you to stuff into your ssam.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Mmmm - love garlic. But - my husband once had a garlic burger with probably a whole roasted head of garlic smeared on the bun along w/garlic mayo and probably garlic in the patty too. I literally could not sleep in the same bed with him that night. He reeked out of every pore for at least a day. My sympathies to your family :)

      1. re: sasha1

        Luckily my love of garlic is inherited and as for any prospective members of the family, if they don't love garlic, there's no way they're going to survive an introductory dinner, aka the Garlic Gauntlet.

      2. re: JungMann

        Ever have a haircut by someone who had galic for lunch?

        Makes me more cautious when I eat it.

        1. re: salsailsa

          I concur! A meal would be incomplete without garlic and loads of it, if possible...sautéed, roasted, boiled and sometimes raw...My favourite scent is that of onions and garlic frying in olive oil...In my experience, it's only when you eat it raw that it lingers in your breath like a dead animal and I do try to avoid social interaction when that happens as no amount or mint or chewing gum will do!

      3. Italian pickled vegetables. I recently quit smoking (for hopefully the VERY last time) and have been going through a jar a day. The strong vinegary taste helps me deal with cravings, and with next to no calories, it's the best thing I've got on hand to stuff into my mouth.

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        1. re: MrsCris

          That sounds tasty. Is that the stuff called Giandera (or something like that?)

          1. re: sasha1

            Yes - giardiniera - as spazita says below. I love the stuff, but right now, it's ridiculous how much of it I'm eating.

          2. re: MrsCris

            Congrats to you on quitting smoking....going on 5 years for me and when I quit my taste buds woke up!

            1. Lately, it's been steak.

              Generally, sugarless gum (to use the term "eat" loosely).

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Ok, if gum counts, then I'll put in an answer for my 3 year old. He eats way too much toothpaste :) To him, the whole point of brushing teeth is sucking down that little pea sized droplet.

                1. re: sasha1

                  Mine too!! I'm glad to know my 3 year old is no the only one. I know she loves to eat but toothpaste is a little ridiculous. Same thing goes for medcine.

                  1. re: sasha1

                    I would check this out as there are warnings on every toothpaste tube against eating it. You could Google pica disorder while you're at it.

                    1. re: mickie44

                      I used to look forward to the pink amoxicillin when I was younger, it was so good.

                      1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                        me too!! unfortunately it made me think that all liquid medicine was delicious, which led to some dissapointments when my doctor would give me a choice of liquid or pill and I would be stuck gagging on some vile fluid 3x/day for a week or whatever.

                2. Popcorn for me too, but stovetop. I'm thisclose to totally ruining a pot with burned-to-the-bottom kernels. Lately I've been doing a salt/sugar mix and making it kettlecorn. Also DEFINITELY Orbit gum, alternating between the light blue and pink flavors (I don't know if that counts as eating but someone put it below, so . . .) And also, egg whites. I have two hard boileds every morning for breakfast and then I will often incorporate them into dinner as some sort of fried-ricey thing (my latest favorite quick meal). Yesterday I had five egg whites. Two days ago I had four. Today I had two. That's almost a dozen eggs, by myself, in 3 days.

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                  1. re: Cebca

                    I would eat eggs so much more often, except when I was in my formative years there was that big public thing about not more than 3 or 4 eggs per week. Do you remember? Even if it's "safe" now to eat more, my brain is hard wired that way.

                    1. re: Cebca

                      There is nothing wrong with how many egg whites you are eating a day. They are a great source of meat-less protein and you're not affecting your cholesterol without the yolk.

                      1. re: Cebca

                        I love stovetop popcorn. I definitely have a difficult time using the microwavable bags now!

                        1. re: Erinmck

                          me too. I've become a total snob about it.

                      2. Bread and butter. Well, good bread and good butter. It's a problem.

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                        1. re: Full tummy

                          Your cute little buddy in your avatar and your good bread frenzy reminds me of my predicament with our dog and good bread. He started having "digestive" issues a couple of months back and the only thing that I had around which I thought he could stomach was plain bread. At the time, all that we had was a really good baguette from a local bakery. I chopped it into one-inch cubes, toasted it, and served it to him in his bowl. He gladly chomped down this diet for the next few days and eventually his issues "tailed" off. I normally have some "good" bread with olive oil during the weekdays for breakfast - lightly toasted. The only problem now is whenever I start cutting and toasting, my four-legged son starts to salivate - no, drooling. "No - out" doesn't work - he'll still drool from across the room. Toasting "lesser" bread doesn't help either - no reaction to it. He's gotta have the "good" stuff - lightly toasted of course.

                          1. re: bulavinaka

                            Is your 4 legged friend named Pavlov? (or whatever Pavlov's dog name was..). Our dog-ter is trained on many "sound-cues"; it's spooky. If we're taking an afternoon nap and she hears the night-stand drawer open to take out the "sleepy-masks", she pops out of her crate and wants to jump on the bed to snuggle. Cat instinctively knows when we're having tuna from the can opener, but will not come if we're opening a can of tomatoes!

                            1. re: adamshoe

                              The sound of the bread knife cutting the bread definitely makes his head pop up from a sound sleep. But the discerning taste he's developed for Euro-style bread makes me wonder if this Australian Shepherd might have been a poodle in his past life...

                            2. re: bulavinaka

                              I guess its addictive properties work on other creatures too!!!

                              1. re: Full tummy

                                I made my usual trip to the local farmers market for some good bread again, and as I came home and left the baguette toward the back of the counter, he sat in the general area adjacent to the bread. He then directed his eyes toward it, then turned and looked at me, repeating this several times, drooling the whole time. I've unintentionally created a carb fiend.

                          2. I have a 9 year old so predictably it is pizza and what we Canadians call Kraft Dinner -- Kraft mac and cheese from the blue box.

                            I will be very happy when I can go a month without takeout pizza or KD. But I will be lonely too, as it means he has gone away to university.

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                            1. re: pengcast

                              I blue boxed it all the way until about a year ago, when I learned to make mac & cheese. And my little boy, who will not for the life of him eat any kid food, now will tolerate the mac & cheese. As long as I put in blue cheese and then burn the top.

                            2. potatoes, in all shapes and forms.

                              1. soup! I eat a can of amy's soup almost every day for lunch, usually split pea or vegetable barley. Then, if i'm feeling lazy at dinner time I eat another can. I can't help it, they're so good and easy, too!! I'll usually through in a little cholula chili garlic hot sauce, or some adobo powder and chili powder to spice them up. So addictive and delicious!

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                                1. re: kubasd

                                  Be careful of all that salt! It adds up when you realize how much other salt you consume on a daily basis. Remember, there is usually two servings per soup can.

                                2. cheese! a meal isn't complete for me without some type of cheese! i buy low-fat/fat-free cheeses to make my addiction somewhat less worse for me...

                                  1. Boxed Cereal.

                                    One bowl in the morning, then another after dinner for dessert pretty much every day.

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                                    1. re: Humbucker

                                      I don't keep cereal in the house because I know I would just munch on it all day long and probably finish a box every two days just by myself. Plus it doesn't fill me up so it would be on top of all the calories I eat already!

                                      1. re: Cebca

                                        Haha. That's like me with cinnamon toast crunch cereal. No nutritional value WHATSOEVER but I can't stop!

                                      1. re: jbyoga

                                        MMmm. I can't keep it in the house (double meaning intended!) My current favorite is from Trader Joes, the South American varietals in the silver paper with a yellow or orange rectangle on the front. I'm assuming you are a dark choc guy. Milk choc isn't really choc in my book. Just brown sweet similar textured stuff.

                                        1. re: jbyoga

                                          Chocolate for me too! If there's nothing chocolate-flavored in the house, I go into a slight panic.

                                        2. Pretzels. My friends make fun of me and buy me giant bags as gifts.

                                          1. Nut butter, WAY too much nut butter.

                                            1. Planter's cocktail peanuts. I must ration them into a small ramekin or else the 16 oz. can becomes my "serving."

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                                              1. re: Chefpaulo

                                                Me too. I LOVE peanuts and diet coke. Better N'Peanut butter, also. I have to stop the madness.....

                                              2. Ice cream; OMG I love ice cream.
                                                Bread; I can't stop baking it and, once it's baked, ya gotta eat it dontcha?

                                                1. Thai food and concurrently, limes.

                                                  But I like it.

                                                  1. For me it is eggs..poached, soft boiled, egg salad...any which way...but not too loose...

                                                    what is the rub now on eggs???

                                                    Are they good for you, bad for you, just OK for you...what palace of higher education has just published its findings on eggs recently???

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                                                    1. re: Buffalogal

                                                      Seriously. I'm hoping someone chimes in on this.

                                                      1. re: Buffalogal

                                                        As far as I have read, eggs are fine. Yes, there's cholesterol in them, but it doesn't compare in quantity to the amount your body produces in response to eating fat. So, unless your doctor has told you to cut them out, eating eggs, even every day, is fine. Too much of anything isn't good, though...

                                                        1. re: Buffalogal

                                                          As far as I know, the link between your blood cholesterol levels and consuming dietary cholesterol is iffy at best. An egg or two a day is no problem, and egg whites are a great source of protein without the cholesterol of the yolk. Bear in mind though, this does eliminate lots of other valuable nutrients found in the yolk -- certainly a leaner choice though.

                                                        2. I have a confession....Chicken wings, I can not get enough of chicken wings, mild, spicy, super hot, honey garlic, cilantro and honey, you get the picture.

                                                          No matter where we go out to eat if wings are on the menu, I am all over it!

                                                          Had some for lunch today! yummy!

                                                          1. This may sound weird but cottage cheese! I eat at least a cup a day with some mix-ins. It is a great source of calcium and non-meat protein that's low-fat, but even that natural brands sometimes have some funky ingredients listed.

                                                            1. Every weekend....10 pounds of steamed snow crab legs and 5 pounds of shrimp during the week. I usually eat 2 pounds steamed and use the rest in various dishes.

                                                              In the summer, I usually rotate the snow crabs with blue crabs. I try make a run to Maryland at least once a month during the summer. Last fall, I discovered that the Super H-mart sells them live so I've been steaming them at home.

                                                              Can anyone tell me the harm in eating that much seafood weekly?

                                                              1. french feta-i could live on the stuff!

                                                                1. CHEESE! I always have 4-5 different kinds in my fridge...And I really should lose a few pounds, but how can I with all the fat in cheese (and don't tell me that the light version tastes as good because it doesn't!)

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                                                                  1. re: polish_girl

                                                                    Cheese junkies here too. Four or five types of soft stinky cheeses in the fridge. Cheese and fresh fruit ever night. Sardines, bread, poached eggs and brie and blue cheeses for breakfast this morning.
                                                                    Also kolbasi & kapusta, pierogies and golumpkies and kishka. Herring in oil and onions too.
                                                                    Zhen dobri

                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                      That breakfast sounds amazing!! I was just eating blue cheese with honey the other night...yum.

                                                                  2. Pasta, pasta and more pasta. Any shape, any sauce, hot from the stove-top or oven or cold out of the fridge. I've got a serious jones for pasta.

                                                                    1. Parmesan cheese is my best friend. I'd say 2/3 of what we buy is eaten straight by me. My other daily fav is molasses sugar. I basically eat a tablespoon or 2 a day from the spoon. Often I'll have some parmasan and then some molasses sugar, repeat.

                                                                      1. my latest....dry roasted peas...sounds gross but they are so great!!!!

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                                                                        1. re: six dower

                                                                          Totally agree. Wasabi? I can't buy those or cashews as I have zero self control with them

                                                                          1. re: jaykayen

                                                                            No such thing...turn that frown upside down ;-)

                                                                          2. The fake flavoured cream in my coffee. I know it's bad for you, but it's also soooo good.
                                                                            Drink chai tea almost daily.

                                                                              1. I love popcorn..made the old way..in a pan. Cheese..love the cheese...and WHY do I love kidney beans???

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                                                                                1. re: rHairing

                                                                                  I've already mentioned my popcorn thing above, but also the other day while posting on CH there was a link on the side for Chow's "easy kettle corn" . . . so as if I wasn't bad enough already (which I was), now I'm obsessed with creating the perfect kettle corn, which often involves making several potfuls of popcorn to test various methods of sugar application

                                                                                  (if anyone has tips on this please let me know - it sticks to the popcorn best if I put it on post-popping but still in the pot, but then a bunch burns to the bottom of the pot as well . . . and if I try to sprinkle it on as I put the popcorn in the bowl I save the pot but it doesn't stick to the kernels as well)

                                                                                2. Peanut butter. I cannot go a day without the stuff, hardly. I gave it up for Lent one year and it was tough.

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                                                                                  1. Fish! Herring or sardines or fish cakes for breakfast, tuna or sardines for lunch, all kinds for supper. Tout season started last month. I trout fish on the way home from work and right now go smelting at night and net a couple of gallons. Fried clams and steamed clams and mussels too.

                                                                                    1. fried rice lately i could eat it everyday as long as it has egg and veggies in it and is extra spicy.

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                                                                                      1. re: pie22

                                                                                        That's a good one I forgot!! I have been making fried rice ALL THE TIME, sometimes even without the rice, which I realize just makes it stir fry, but I add the egg which is really what I love the most about fried rice anyway.

                                                                                      2. I've been eating a ton of pasta lately because I had my wisdom teeth removed and it's the only thing that's easy to eat and filling.