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jhopp217 Jul 13, 2010 11:20 AM

It dawned on me the other night that I haven't had sushi in way too long. Then I sat down and made a list of things I normally used to eat quite a bit, but for some reason or another haven't had in a while. Here's my list, but wondering what others have been depriving themselves of. Keep in mind, aside from pasta, I still really like all these things.

Pasta - about nine months...just doesn't do it for me anymore, regardless of sauces
Sushi/Sashimi - six months
McDonald's Big Mac (OK don't love this, but just saying) - at least a year
General Tso's Chicken - two months
My favorite chorizo burrito - about a month (used to get once a week, minimum)
Lettuce - two months (for health reasons)
Lamb Gyro - almost a year
Pizza - almost two months

I'm sure there are more, but there are things I used to eat on a pretty regular basis (aside from the Big Mac).

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    Shaw Oliver Jul 13, 2010 11:46 AM

    Big Mac, pizza, sausage burrito makes the list but can't have lettuce for health reasons. Amazing.

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    1. re: Shaw Oliver
      jhopp217 Jul 13, 2010 01:25 PM

      HAHAHA! I have gall stones and every time I eat lettuce I have a gall bladder attack. If you've ever had one, you'd understand that the lettuce for health reasons isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. I also have to be careful with raw onions and I can't eat pepperoni. For some reason other spicy sausages don't do it to me. And even on a normal basis a Big Mac was a once/6-months lazy splurge.

      1. re: jhopp217
        tracylee Jul 13, 2010 02:27 PM

        Thanks for the info on gall stones and lettuce! I can't eat it for other health reasons, but that adds one to my list. I was just diagnosed with gallstones, although I have no symptoms yet, thank goodness.

        I do miss salads, though.

        1. re: tracylee
          jhopp217 Jul 14, 2010 10:46 AM

          Get your gall bladder taken out ASAP. I would if I had insurance. The pain is like no other you can imagine. I have a friend who has three kids and she said she would rather give birth again than have to go through gall bladder attacks again.

          Also, it doesn't affect me at all, but some people can't handle any spicy foods.

          1. re: jhopp217
            motomom Jul 14, 2010 11:47 AM

            OT: I had an attack last Dec with no warning, nothing. I thought I was having a heart attack, my DH swore it was heartburn. I only got heartburn while pregnant and that was not the cause. After being in the ER for 9 hours on morphine and all other goodies, they did an scan and found a 1" gallstone stuck in my bile duct. Had that bad boy burst, I would have been in dire shape. The recovery from surgery was a little longer than I expected but I'm in great working order again. Get some insurance and take care of yourself. It's a horrible pain, and I've had kids!

            Get better soon.

            1. re: jhopp217
              tracylee Jul 14, 2010 03:45 PM

              Thanks for the advice - it was just the ultrasound tech saying that I had gallstones - I couldn't tell how big they were on the screen. I'll see what my gastroenterologist and primary care doctor say. I'm very lucky to have COBRA, since I haven't been working for over a year.

              And motomom, when I was in the hospital last year, I had a heartburn attack so bad that I thought I was having a heart attack, including the numb left arm. Scary!

              1. re: tracylee
                The Chowhound Team Jul 14, 2010 05:26 PM

                Just a friendly reminder to keep things focused on the "chow." Thanks!

      2. boyzoma Jul 13, 2010 01:57 PM

        This just made me realize I have not made what we called "pigs in a blanket" lately. It was 1/2 strip of bacon rolled up in some pounded round steak, then braised and simmered till tender. Serve up with some rich gravy. Umm Umm Good. I know it is summer, but I need to do this soon.

        1. onceadaylily Jul 13, 2010 02:49 PM

          Ditto on the sushi, usually at least once a month in our house, but it's been about four.
          Hardee's curly fries and jamocha shake. Is there a Hardee's near me? I don't know.
          Ribs from the local barbeque joint, a place that served us well for years (the last two orders we had were awful). We went from once a month to an informal boycot lasting almost a year.
          Thai food, almost a year. We lived around the corner from one of the best places in my town, and but when we moved and had to *drive* to get it, it usually gets bumped off the list in favor of something else.
          Rice milk and soy milk. I love them both, but one day I ran out and didn't replace them. A year for each, I think.

          1. Chemicalkinetics Jul 13, 2010 04:16 PM

            I haven't had Jamaican foods for almost 4 years, In-N-Out Burger for 6 years, Cinnabon for 6 years. Ok... this is getting depressing. I am going to stop here.

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              Whats_For_Dinner Jul 13, 2010 08:56 PM

              S'mores, and I'm DYING for one.

              Fresh corn on the cob. Haven't had it since last August. It's just coming into season. I am more excited than anyone should ever be for a vegetable.

              Been years since I've had a Big Mac, too. I might have to throw common sense to the wind and get one one of these days. Everyone needs a grease fix now and then!

              1. buttertart Jul 14, 2010 07:57 AM

                Cambodian food...why oh why can't I find a Cambodian restaurant in New York City or suburbs!!!

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                  mymomisthebestcook Jul 14, 2010 09:49 AM

                  peanut butter sandwich since Feb 2007

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                  1. re: mymomisthebestcook
                    jhopp217 Jul 14, 2010 10:48 AM

                    Staring at the screen with my mouth open, haha! Peanut Butter is one of those things I almost never buy because it usually lasts 2-3 days, tops!

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                    Blush Jul 14, 2010 01:34 PM

                    Things I have not had lately:

                    Oatmeal; I used to eat it all the time and just haven't for a few months
                    Apples: I tend to eat them in the winter when other fruit is less plentiful/tasty
                    Ice cream sandwich/ice cream bars
                    Doughnuts: not worth the calories; would rather have another sweet treat
                    My grandma's cinnamon buns: she can't bake anymore. This is very sad for me; nobody can make them like she can, even with her instructions.

                    I haven't had "greasy" fast food in years. I have eaten at sandwich/pita type places but none of the big burger type chains. I have never had Taco Bell.

                    1. EWSflash Jul 14, 2010 07:36 PM

                      Sushi- 3 months or so
                      Good mac & cheese- half a year probably
                      A Burger King cheeseburger- 2-3 years
                      Jack in the Box tacos- decades!
                      A perfect fresh peach- it's been a year or so

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                      1. re: EWSflash
                        jeanmarieok Jul 14, 2010 07:55 PM

                        I made excellant mac and cheese for dinner tonight, and had a perfect peach for dessert - really delicious dinner.

                        I haven't had a Whopper in at least 3 years, and anything from Taco Bell longer than that.
                        I haven't had regular french fries in a year (although I will confess to sweet potato fries and an occasional tater tot). I like the ketchup more than the fry.
                        I haven't had a baked potato in 3 years or more - when I realized I only used the potato to eat the butter/sour cream or cheddar cheese I put on the potato, I gave up the potato (not the rest of the stuff, though).
                        I haven't had a hamburger in at least 3 months because they have all been disappointing in one way or another.

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                        mymomisthebestcook Jul 15, 2010 09:40 AM

                        soda: since Jan 2008
                        coffee: since jan 2009
                        burger/fries: too long to remember

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                        1. re: mymomisthebestcook
                          Chemicalkinetics Jul 15, 2010 10:19 AM

                          You this sound just like
                          soda: $1
                          coffee: $3
                          buger/fries: priceless

                        2. cuccubear Jul 15, 2010 11:09 AM

                          It’s been years since I had:
                          Really good fried chicken
                          Grilled Cheese sandwich and Tomato Soup
                          Stuffed Peppers
                          Single Malt Scotch
                          Crazy Horse Malt Liquor (many years way back)

                          And one thing I wish I could have again – the Roast Pork Chop Suey from the now defunct Yee’s Place in Harrisonburg. It was a staple dinner of mine for many years.

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