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Jan 11, 2013 03:31 PM

Do you ever want to turn the tables on people who ask "how can you eat that?"?

If I eat foods that are unusual/not mainstream I get the "how can you eat that?" reaction from people. However, when someone offers me ranch dressing because it goes well with everything and I politely decline, they are shocked that I don't think it is the nommiest thing ever (ranch dressing is just an example). At this point I want to turn the tables on them and go off on them about "how can you eat THAT!?" Not in a food snobby way, but just use their same eye rolling, ranting behavior they use. Is it just me that would love to do that? Has anyone here ever tried to do that?

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  1. Not sure what you mean.... "how can yout that?"
    "how can you it that?"
    I'm assuming that you mean "How can you eat that?"
    No, I politely decline, unless it is a friend, then I'll say more, like maybe I think it's gross or something.

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    1. When I'm in the spotlight, "You don't know what you're missing," or words to that effect ("Your loss!") work for me. As to turning it around, I dunno. I'm no Pollyanna, but I'd rather save my ammo for something other than food preferences which are, after all, quite personal and pretty much not harmful.

      1. I don't see the point. You are obviously very annoyed by those types of comment. How does turning the table make it better? You are just trying to score points and will turn out looking like as big an *ss as they look to you.

        Why not be a grown up and when someone makes a comment about what you are eating a) ignore it and change the subject b) make a neutral comment about it or c) tell them you don't appreciate their comments and you would prefer they didn't criticize your meal choices.

        Seriously everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten- this time it is that two wrongs don't make it right.

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        1. re: foodieX2

          "tell them you don't appreciate their comments and you would prefer they didn't criticize your meal choices."

          Obviously that's the best answer, but doesn't really feed my inner dragon that really hates people who bitch about my food choices out loud. They can think it all they want as long as 'the looks' stay off their faces (another hot-button issue for me) but I don't want to hear it. It makes me want to blurt out something that will hurt their feelings and teach them a lesson and that's my cross to bear, I know.

        2. "It's easy...I was taught that it's impolite to reject something before I've tried it, and it turns out that I like it. You should try it sometime."

          1. Find other people to hang out with.