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I'm 16 and I eat mayonaise everyday religiously

Hello I'm from England and I don't know what's wrong with me i eat mayo with everything apart from some sweets, I can only eat vegetables with mayonaise, I eat it in the morning and if I'm out with friends and get a takeaway if I have no mayonaise I will go shop and buy some just for my takeaway.. I even add it to things with mayonaise in e.g tuna mayo sandwiches I will put a few spoon fulls of mayo on the side to dip my sandwich in.

It's just annoying because I'm trying to diet and ino that my 5 tablespoons of mayonaise ways won't help

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  1. Move to Belgium. You'll fit right in.

    1. It's good on lamb, chicken, pork, and beef, too. I didn't know it was a religion. I thought it was only a cult. Now I feel I will be more accepted.

      1. Welcome to Chowhound.

        There was a story in the papers recently about a 17 year old British girl who fainted and almost died of malnutrition because she ate nothing but Chicken McNuggets.

        McNuggets... that's Scottish, right?

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        1. re: Steve

          I thought Mc' Donalds was Irish?

          1. re: jrvedivici

            Oh Right MacNuggets would be Scottish.

            1. re: jrvedivici

              With that level of food, it would be O'Donald's...

          2. ...religiously, eh? So... is there a proper blessing for the mayonnaise?

            1. Go low carb. With that amount of fat intake and low carb, you will likely lose weight without giving up the mayo.

              Fats plus carbs equal fat. Fats plus protein equal skinny. You choose.

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              1. re: sedimental

                Yup. Be sure there is no sugar in the mayo.

              2. I like mayo, but you are definitely a few level above me. By the way, have you tried the Japanese kewpie. Kewpie mayo is highly praised. Give it a try.



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                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  Noo not tried it but ill be sure to get some :)

                2. Leah, I don't think this is a huge deal but perhaps you might cut back just a wee bit. Instead of 5 tablespoons, perhaps cut down to 4 and see how that goes.

                  If you are generally eating good stuff---veggies and good protein from fish, beef, etc, keep doing what you're doing.

                  As for the tuna mayo sandwiches, a sub I like to use in the sandwich itself is a bit of plain good greek yogurt with salt and pepper as a sub for the mayo. It's really very good!

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                  1. re: pinehurst

                    Never thought about using other sauces as subs, think i try doing that. But thankyou :') really helpful :)

                    1. re: Leahcharelle

                      It might be too much to try switching over to Greek yogurt because it really doesn't taste like mayo but is a great substitute. You might start out 50/50 with half mayo and half Greek yogurt. Then once you like that, back off the mayo until you can do all Greek yogurt. Then just save mayo for special occasions.

                    2. re: pinehurst

                      I have to agree with the substitution of Greek yogurt in tuna salad and the like. I make this substitution often and have sometimes come to prefer it, regardless of if I'm trying to eat healthier or lose weight.

                      In fact, my dinner last night included tuna salad made with Greek yogurt. It was really good.

                      1. re: MonMauler

                        Substitute Toum for the mayo. It can be made with thick yogurt and a lot of garlic. It is what is called garlic sauce in many middle eastern restaurants. Many recipes call for oil, but the recipes that call for part oil and part yogurt are very good.

                        1. re: MonMauler

                          I sub fat free Greek yogurt for half of the mayo since I still want the mayo flavor--the yogurt ups the creaminess. And I'm finding each time I want a little more of the yogurt while cutting down on the mayo. And I love mayo.

                      2. Chow Confessions...........

                        1. I love mayo too but I think you should branch out and try different sauces. Plain yogurt, various mustards, Asian sauces, herb based sauces, etc.

                          Here is one of my favorites and it contains mayo:


                          1. Just out of curiosity have you ever tried Miracle Whip?

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                              1. re: Leahcharelle

                                It's a sandwich spread sold in the mayo aisle here in the US. People either love it or hate it; depends on what you grew up with. (whispering....i hate it!)

                                1. re: pinehurst


                                  Apparently it is somewhat similar to salad cream, which is a UK thing. In America, it's fashionable to denigrate Miracle Whip and its generic cousins, jars confusingly labeled by other manufacturers as "salad dressing", not to be confused with bottled dressings like Italian and Russian. Yet many of the same people who complain about its sweetness rave about Kewpie, which is also sweeter than regular mayo.

                                  1. re: greygarious

                                    Yes, salad cream is a thinned-out version of Miracle Whip.

                                    And about as appetizing.

                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                      no way - big difference in taste betw/ mr whip and heinz salad cream.

                                      miracle whip is - well, my friend brings it to our cottage cuz she thinks that mayo is filled with cream and milk and stuff - so anyway - i always end up with a half attacked jar of M-whip - i hate to waste food but that one is a goner.

                                      on the other hand - i hide my bottle of salad cream in a secret place in our communal fridge.

                                      1. re: Georgia Strait

                                        interesting -- I've tried both, and find them to both have the same sweet, oily mouth-coating flavour.

                                        We use to have a mixed marriage -- I'm a mayo girl, he's a Miracle Whip guy. The answer for many years was to keep a small jar of each in the fridge, but we've both completely fallen off the wagon, and I only buy mayo when I'm making potato salad (even he prefers mayo in potato salad) -- which is just once or twice a year.

                              2. re: jrvedivici

                                Miracle whip is great to make tuna salad sandwiches with, has a lemony flavor that goes great with tuna.

                                1. re: malibumike

                                  It is much sweeter than Mayo not tarter.

                                  1. re: malibumike

                                    Ill see if we have it over here iv never heard of it but If its sold I will definitely try it :)

                                    1. re: malibumike

                                      That's funny. I like Hellmann's or Duke's for tuna or egg salad and MW for sandwiches.

                                  2. No problem. You could easily live to be twice your age....:)

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                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      i think most miracle whip spread products outlive most species - wasn't it in natl geo?

                                      tho there was that great cake recipe of our youth - the old auntie neighbour ladies would make it and it was good - Miracle Whip Chocolate Cake.

                                    2. In America, Hellmann's makes a reduced fat mayo that has passed many a taste test with people who think it's the full-fat version. So in addition to cutting back, try some of the lower fat brands. Another thing you might like is ranch dressing. Personally, I would sub that for mayo rather than using Greek yogurt. I agree that Kewpie is great. It's in a squeeze container, which makes it easier to just put a few thin stripes of it onto your food, rather than spooning a dollop.

                                      1. Hello future Gallbladder problems. Look up what it is so when you have your first gallbladder attack at least you will know what it is. Things like this is one of the reasons why its becoming more and more common among young people.

                                        1. 5 tablespoons of mayo every day is quite a lot! You really should try to cut back on it as you will quickly end up with clogged arteries and high cholesterol. I don't think I even eat 5 tablespoons of mayo in a month, let alone in a week.

                                          There's no reason to eat so much mayo every day. Try switching to lowfat mayo, and then cutting it with plain yogurt. Or just stop eating it as a side dish -- use healthier options like ketchup (healthier fat wise, not necessarily sugar wise), chimichurri, pesto, etc. Instead of saying "I can't eat vegetables without mayo", you should try to find new vegetable recipes to try that have their own sauce and/or seasoning, such as Cajun spices or lemon and pepper. If you must dip your raw veggies in something, try reduced fat salad dressing, and use less than you would normally use.

                                          You have to break your habit by replacing it with a different, healthier habit. If you feel you have some strange addiction to mayonnaise, then you should speak to a health professional to find ways to break yourself of this addiction.

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                                          1. re: boogiebaby

                                            That's a carb problem, not fats. Of course, the OP isn't low carbing, so the problem is real.

                                          2. If you want live more days, cut back on that shit

                                            1. Have you tried eating dishes where mayo would absolutely not go? I'm thinking maybe sauce based dishes, things with tomato sauce, different stews, different ethnic dishes (stir fries, Indian, etc.), soups, etc? If you replace some of your sandwiches and take away that might help.

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                                              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                Lots of things with tomato sauce do quite well with mayo added. I know it sounds unappealing (until you have tried it,) but mayonnaise on chili is quite tasty, and having spaghetti and mac salad touch on your plate isn't a bad thing at all. But when would you ever have spaghetti and mac salad on the same plate? When you order a spaghetti plate lunch at zippy's in Honolulu.

                                                I'm guessing the OP would quite like a dollop of mayo on her beef stew or curry. I'm not saying she shouldn't broaden her palate, but there aren't many things that mayo really doesn't go with once you've tried it.

                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                  I love mayo and ketchup and that's the thing when you get down to it mayonaise tastes good with everything and its not that I don't try and eat things without mayonaise and give up I can't because Half the things i eat are only because mayonaise makes me like it.
                                                  I'm happy to say I'm on my third day of eating no mayonaise

                                                  1. re: Leahcharelle

                                                    Good for you! If you find you relapse, try gradually reducing the amount you put on various foods. You should be able to wean yourself down to a fraction of your sutomary usage, if not eliminate it completely. Keep up the good work!

                                                    1. re: Leahcharelle

                                                      Glad to hear you are cutting back, and even cutting out. I'm guessing that after a while you will find that there are more and more things that you like just fine without mayonnaise as you wont expect the flavor or texture to be there with everything. It's not easy. About 5 years ago I realized I was drinking too much CocaCola (8-12 cans a day) I went cold turkey for a year, and after the caffeine headaches went away it was rough but bearable. I now allow myself 2 or 3 cokes a week, but only when I specifically want a coke, not just because I'm thirsty.

                                                      You can do this, when you slip up, just start again. But remember it will still be 45 days out of 48, not day one all over again.

                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                        A friend of mine kicked his Coca-Cola habit by switching to plain club soda served with lots of ice. But, it was still quite a difficult process. Took months and months.

                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                          this is good advice for just about any sort of diet modification...to get on the right track and stay there *most* of the time.

                                                  2. oh no - i hope it's a good brand of mayo - not sure what you guys get there in england - our favorites here are Hellmans / Best Foods (depends which side of the MIssissippi one lives - and in which country here in North Am, or something like that, from what I understand of the company's labelling methods)

                                                    personally, we prefer Salad Cream - and they make a "light" version - which i think is pretty good. the only downside is how expensive it is here in western canada - so we are sad salad cream people. Bring back woodwards - for those who know what i mean - and all the brit food.

                                                    just don't combine the marmite and the mayo/salad cream - then i'd be really concerned -

                                                    yes - we like marmite too

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                                                    1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                      Yeah it's hellmins my mum gets aha, and I don't really like salad cream it has a soury taste to it :(

                                                    2. For me the key is not to substitute for mayo with a mayo-like substance, but to try new things. You are way too young to be stuck in a rut.

                                                      Experiment. You don't always have to like the results, but delight in the audition.

                                                      I am not sure what you have access to, but there are all kinds of possibilites regarding toppings or dips or dressings. Look upon almost any spreadable food substance as a potential ingredient. Tapenade, ajvar, mustards, oil and vinegar, curry, the list is endless. You can always 'cut' your mayo with anything else.

                                                      Personally, we serve all our vegetable plainly steamed, maybe that's an 'adult' thing? Though my kids (now 14 and 18) eat them that way too. They don't always prefer them that way, but it's just one meal, y'know? You can always go back tomorrow.

                                                      Just remember, it takes time to develop tastes. Everyone does it or you'd still be watching Teletubbies on TV (did they have that in England?)

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                                                      1. re: Steve

                                                        "Experiment. You don't always have to like the results, but delight in the audition."

                                                        that should be on everyone's list of quotes Steve.

                                                      2. Well, Leahcharelle, you ask what's wrong with you. Folk don't like to be judgemental so don't answer that question. Me, I'm not arsed about being judgemental so I'll answer.

                                                        I suspect that you've come to enjoy the taste of mayo more than you enjoy the taste of the food you have it with. It wasnt always like that. In the past, you ate food without mayo and can do again. it's all about you making choices - nothing more, nothing less. I also suspect that your diet, including the mayo, has made you overweight - or is there another reason you're trying to diet?

                                                        Get real - you're not going to lose weight unless you cut down on calories. One tablespoon of Hellman's is 90 calories - so your "five a day" that you mention tots up to 450 calories. The NHS website indicates that, for a girl your age, you should be eating around 2400 calories a day to maintain weight. Obviously, you need to eat less than this to lose weight. Think of it that, at present, roughly 20% of your recommended intake is coming just from mayo.

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                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                          I'm not obese or anything I'm a size 12 and everything I just don't like my size. I'm currently on my forth day without having any mayonnaise. And obviously if I'm wanting to diet mayonnaise can't be part of it

                                                          1. re: Leahcharelle

                                                            Size 12 sounds about perfect. You don't want to end up a stick insect. :-)

                                                            When I first met my wife, she was 15 and a size 12. Now she's much older and somewhat bigger - but such is life. I'm now double the weight I was then.

                                                            Good for you being on the 4th day. It's hard giving up things you enjoy (which is why I'm double the size I was when I was 18).

                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                              Haha thank you :)! Guess I just need to cool it with the mayonnaise ahahah

                                                              1. re: Leahcharelle

                                                                this thread will start to taper off, but be sure and come back sometime in August/September and let us know how it's going. I've found people here really do want to help and to know. In between you can always come back for a 'booster shot'

                                                                1. re: Leahcharelle

                                                                  Yeah - keep doing well by not eating it. You'll get used to the taste of food without mayo quite quickly. I had to give up salt many years back for health reasons. Food tasted horrible for a couple of weeks but then I adjusted - now when someone cooks for me and uses the "normal" amount of salt, I just find it too salty.

                                                                  If you did find you need a "mayo fix" try a low fat version. Pop in the local supermarket and read the labels to see which has the lowest calories. We always buy Sainsbury's own label low fat. Tastes fine to me when I need mayo on something (like the tuna mayo sandwich you mention in your first post).

                                                                  And, as others have said, take the opportunity to try some new flavours. You might not like all of them but it'll be fun trying them out.

                                                              2. re: Leahcharelle

                                                                Dieting is all about moderation, not elimination. You have to look at portions - 5 tbsp of mayo is not a portion. It's more like 7-8 portions. You can still have the things you like, but you need to be cognizant of portion size. Use 1 teaspoon of mayo on your sandwich, don't use 3 tablespoons to dip your sandwich in. It doesn't mean you can't have it, it means that you need to eat a proper portion of it.