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If you had to forever CUT OUT one food/beverage that you feel you currently "can't live without", what would it be ?

Either due to personal choice or for health reasons (ie: allergy, intolerance, hypertension, cholesterol, etc).

For me it would be French fries.

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    1. re: treb

      Modded my title to include your post :-)

          1. re: Gastronomos

            It's often called "liquid bread" but I never hear anyone calling bread "solid beer" -- ever!

          1. Grains. My body can't handle them and reacts to them as an alcoholic does to alcohol.

            I love, love, LOVE them! But I can't handle them.

                  1. Cheese. But someone would have to pry it out of my cold dead hands.

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                    1. re: Veggo

                      I recently learned that cheese contains casomorphine; an opioid that produces intense cravings. Not surprising! Many vegetarians avoid veganism because they struggle with abstaining from cheese.

                      1. re: globocity

                        That's odd to my experience because I think a bit of cheese goes so much further in taming the monster than something carbolicious - whether as a snack or as a part of a meal. And I don't ever think I've had the same experience faced with a pound of cheese that I've faced with a bag of chips.

                      2. re: Veggo

                        100% agree. I am a cheese addict. I'm trying to cut way back due to weight issues and it's been the most difficult thing for me to keep away from. I can easily pass up a donut. But if there's a platter with a big wedge of Stilton and crackers that's my downfall.

                          1. re: mwk

                            Always a pleasure to commiserate with a fellow cheese mouse!

                          1. re: SaraAshley

                            You do know you need water to stay alive.

                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              Recall W.C. Fields' explanation for why he drank alcohol rather than water....
                              "because fish **** in it"

                              1. re: Veggo

                                Actually, fish no not have intercourse.

                              2. re: jrvedivici

                                Haha.....I do realize that and that's why it was a joke. The way the post was worded I thought it would be funny. And if all things were equal, and I didn't literally need water to survive, I would chose to cut it out first.

                                Since I do though, I guess I'll go with wine. I'm keeping my coffee, diet coke, and all liquors, though.

                                1. re: SaraAshley

                                  < The way the post was worded I thought it would be funny.>

                                  Yes. I thought Lotus's question probably means "What is the least favorite of your most favorite list?"

                                  The problem is that my "Can't live without" list is gradual. There really isn't a good clear cutoff line, and as such I can totally start naming different item based on how I define my "Can't live without food".

                                    1. re: LotusRapper

                                      :) I was thinking about that list too now. See, I even have it (in my other tab) here I googled it out:

                                      Chocolate milk
                                      Chinese Dim Sum in general

                                      in addition to

                                      chartreauxx's suggestion of

                                      Char SIu

                                      Of these 6 items, it will be an easy choice:


                                      As much as I like chips and can be addicted to them at times, I can cut them out like I cut my fingernails.

                                    2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      I interpreted it completely differently to mean what is my most favorite of my fav list. Beer is my most fav. Did I say that enough times in this thread to make a horribly low impression of a doddering old lady clutching her icy longneck? LOL.

                                      If I had to name a FOOD that I couldn't live without it would have to be barley. I so love barley.

                                      1. re: Harts52

                                        Well, there's no right or wrong. Whether it's the most fav. of your favorites, or the least fav. of your favorites. And favorites already implies your most-loved foods & drinks.

                                        Danggum semantics.

                                        1. re: Harts52

                                          <I interpreted it completely differently to mean what is my most favorite of my fav list>

                                          Oh. Then, then it is completely. The most favorite of my fav list is probably something simple, but very important. Probably like:


                                          It is not the first thing pop up in my mind, but I bet cutting out the taste of saltiness and fat/oil will have devastating effect on me.

                                        2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          That's how I really interpreted it, as well, but if you take the question literally, then water would be the only answer. I do see how Lotus put the question in quotation marks, though, so that does imply it to not be literal.

                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                  I think it is because I don't have a New Year resolution.


                                          1. re: SaraAshley

                                            Hey Sara, all those bevvies have water in them, you're safe !

                                          2. re: jrvedivici

                                            yes but, if you add yeast, hops and malt water is sooooo much better.

                                          3. Pasta.

                                            I originally put chocolate . . . but I misunderstood the question. I would never, ever cut that out.

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                                            1. re: Rilke

                                              Pasta here too. It's tasty but I can do without it.

                                            2. I had to do that for health reasons starting 15 years ago. It's been many years since I've eaten a slice of pizza with the crust.

                                              Or had an everything bagel. Or any bagel.

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                                                1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                  Not so much. I never actually think about them until someone asks.

                                                  I love my diet and the food I eat now, but it was a slow, gradual acceptance and years to complete transition.

                                                  1. re: mcf

                                                    Great attitude! I cut donuts out of my life years ago and honestly I only miss them in the fall when the leaves are changing. With a cup of coffee after dinner, an apple cider donut was the nearest thing to heaven.

                                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                      It's kind of like my quitting smoking for the final time many years ago. I didn't have strong urges, but it was a full 8 years before I never even thought it would be nice to have a cigarette once in a while.

                                                      1. re: mcf

                                                        Took me longer than that...about 20 years before I'd intentionally walk through someone's smoke to get an "ah" moment. Put me off carrots for life - in the first couple months, I was up to 2# a day - the whites of my eyes turned yellow!

                                                        1. re: Harts52

                                                          I'll be cigarette free 36 years tomorrow. I haven't allowed myself to even pass someone their cigarettes.

                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                            [whispers] Hey Veggo, ciggies isn't a food group ;-)

                                                            1. re: LotusRapper

                                                              Not for me. For many others it's at the top of the food chain, expense-wise.
                                                              I'm jus goin' wid the flo, and my flo is linoleum.

                                                            2. re: Veggo

                                                              You've got me beat by 6 years. Started in '55 and ended in '84.Smoked 1 1/2 packs a day, mainly non filtered. As an asthmatic, I should never have started but ya can't tell that to a teenager. So, now it's COPD

                                                            3. re: Harts52

                                                              My husband still enjoys other people's cigarette smoke, but I'm the type of non smoker who becomes so sensitized to it that I develop a headache from it, and also finds it really offensive. I don't make a big deal of it, but I move away from it as much as I can.

                                                              Thinking of that made brushing away those occasional urges much easier.

                                                              LOL to carrots. My husband has a years long Nicorette gum habit.

                                                    2. re: mcf

                                                      Sorry to hear that.

                                                      I used to loooove bagels. But after going on WW ten years ago and losing 2 stones' of weight, I could never go back to eating whole bagels again. Just too much dense carb all at once.

                                                      1. re: LotusRapper

                                                        I tried cutting off the top third with all the "everything" and then scooping out the doughy soft part, then filling with cream cheese, capers and loading with smoked salmon.

                                                        Bagels are so high carb that they spiked my blood sugar all to hell. Not worth it, not a big loss after all these years.

                                                    3. I'd die without my daily dose of Gravy

                                                      1. Popcorn.

                                                        Not just hypothetical, I really had to do this (health reasons).

                                                        Before this I have to admit, I was kinda addicted. I'd pop a bowl (huge family-serving sized!) almost every night...and eat the whole thing.

                                                        After it was banned by my MDs, I gave it up completely for 2 years. I can now add it back into my diet....slowly and in more moderate quantifies.

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                                                        1. re: pedalfaster

                                                          Not to pry, but what aspect of popcorn did they not like?

                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                            I wanna bet it was the pound of butter drizzled over the top ;-)

                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                              I had most of my small intestine removed. PM me if you need more detail. Not for a cooking forum.

                                                              1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                Aw geez. Now I feel bad. I was just trying to be class clown. Duly reprimanded.

                                                                  1. re: Harts52

                                                                    LOVE butter!!!
                                                                    And my intestine was removed...NOT my sense of humor! :D

                                                            2. My head is in a muddle over-thinking this question. If I can't live without it, why would I have to cut it out? This almost makes me feel like I'm in fourth grade and it's brainteaser time and, at the end of all the posts, you are going to come back at us with some hysterically funny bon mot.

                                                              That being said, I can't/won't/don't have to live without my Yuengling, and excuse me while I trot off to the fridge for a cold one :-)

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                                                              1. re: Harts52

                                                                It wasn't a sardonic question. Perhaps my wording was not the most well thought-out. By "can't live without" I simply meant something that you love eating/drinking and would be totally devastated if you could never have it again.

                                                                  1. re: Harts52

                                                                    Com'on. This is like having a New Year resolution of losing 1 pound.

                                                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                        But did that 1 lb. being on your body or on someone else's ? LOL.

                                                                  2. re: Harts52

                                                                    Perhaps, to help you (and others) this question was an "idiom" or a "figure of speech".
                                                                    (Quotation marks added to help with google searches).

                                                                    Personally loving the global reach of the internets.
                                                                    Enjoy your beers! (is it still snowing in PA???)

                                                                    pps...do you even NEED a fridge? ;P

                                                                    1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                      It is vastly warmer today - 23* and "feels like" 23* vs. yesterday's -4* "feels like" -25*.

                                                                      Seriously did not even dawn on me...even when I was wishing for a really really cold one yesterday...that I could sit it on the back patio and have a super-icy brew. There seems to be an odd correlation between the ambient temperature and my desire for a colder beer. The colder it gets outside, the colder I want the beer to be. The hotter it gets outside, the colder I want the beer to be. Puzzling, but somewhat consistent.

                                                                    1. I don't think I would have had this answer when I was younger but it HAS to be the POTATO

                                                                      1. Those that have actually come up with an answer have made me really think - I have three:

                                                                        1. Eggs
                                                                        2. Cheese
                                                                        3. Rice

                                                                        1. Coffee, love it but gives me bad heartburn.

                                                                            1. One thing I would never cut out no matter what is fish.
                                                                              Cheese would be the one thing other than that I would have a really hard time giving up.

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                                                                              1. re: magiesmom

                                                                                I wonder how long until we have depleted the ocean and freshwater bodies of fish. Farmed fish will someday be the only option.

                                                                              2. There seems to be an awful lot of confusion about what the question is really asking judging by the responses. However, broadly speaking if I had to give up meat, I'd miss that most. More specifically, red meat, and to narrow it down, steak.

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                                                                                1. re: Eatyummyfood

                                                                                  My apologies. I can't edit the title anymore, but it may have been better worded as:

                                                                                  "If you had to *forever* CUT OUT one favorite food/beverage, what would it be ?"

                                                                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                    Well that certainly changes my response!

                                                                                    I WOULD NEVER CUT OUT BEER :-)

                                                                                    I would cut out chocolate. The risk/reward is just too dynamic. Once you've taken the bite, you're pretty committed and the price of that bit calorie-wise is steep, but so often the quality just isn't there and the enjoyment factor is fleeting.

                                                                                    1. re: Harts52

                                                                                      Potato chips are just as, if not worse, than chocolate:


                                                                                      At least with chocolate you might feel more "amorous" afterward ;-)

                                                                                2. Silent Acid Reflux is causing me to cut out tomatoes and tomato products of all kinds - waaaah!

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                                                                                  1. re: Linda VH

                                                                                    I just started taking ranitidine and it works well (I drink a lot of coffee). Rite-Aid's work well for me:

                                                                                  2. Maybe potatoes. Fried yucca or plaintains would replace French fries, sweet potatoes/ yams could replace baked, there are other tasty chips out there and other root veggies could replace roasted. Could fufu replace mashed? Maybe.

                                                                                    I use to think I couldn't live without coffee, but I've recently lost the taste for it and stopped drinking it. I enjoy wine, but found it to be preferable to cut it out than to suffer the migraines that some wines bring. Same with scotch.

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                                                                                    1. re: viperlush

                                                                                      Cauliflower does an amazing job at replacing mashed, the key being to make sure the water from boiling or steaming is gone before mashing, otherwise the mash will be soupy. Google "south beach mashed potatoes" for a simple recipe.

                                                                                      1. re: Harts52

                                                                                        Since being diagnosed with diabetes my mother has started doing this, sometimes a 50/50 mix of cauliflower and potatoe. But I'm not a fan. Though I do love cauliflower when its roasted, steamed or raw.

                                                                                        1. re: Harts52

                                                                                          Or google up the original fauxtatoes (all SB does is rip off other people and add ersatz foods/flavorings to lower the fat for no reason). Debbie Cusick was a contributor and Atkins dieter back in the 90s who popularized the ripped off fauxtatoes, and is cited by most: http://www.cookingcache.com/fauxtatoe...

                                                                                          I don't use the cream cheese just plenty of butter, s and p.

                                                                                      2. i'm not sure in what order, but my top five would be:

                                                                                        1) dairy (especially cheese and butter)
                                                                                        2) meat
                                                                                        3) gluten/wheat
                                                                                        4) fish/shellfish
                                                                                        5) fried foods

                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                              I guess you were not a GW Bush supporter, who HATES broccoli. I recall driving through endless verdant fields in Guanajuato, MX, where broccoli was growing in every direction, as far as the eye could see. A perfect setting for a Hitchcock movie with a frightened GWB.

                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                  I have broccoli probably at least 5 times a week, if I am home and not traveling. Just lightly steamed and with some deli-style brown mustard. So good.

                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                        Sorry, didn't know.

                                                                                                        I like to stirfry 'em with chopped garlic and tiny bit of light soy sauce.

                                                                                                        1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                          No need to apologize.

                                                                                                          Butter just isn't my thing. I use it in baking applications, sparingly and grudgingly, and if I can get away without doing so by using lard, oil or shortening, then all the better.

                                                                                                          But aside from baked goods, I generally avoid butter in savory and other sweet applications. Esp. things like seafood and vegetables.

                                                                                                      2. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                        Ipse doesn't do butter, quite unlike Marlon Brando.

                                                                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                          an emulsion of olive oil and lemon juice with a pinch of salt, crushed garlic optional.

                                                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                            I wonder if Marlon's favorite beer was Stella Artois?

                                                                                                    1. It would have to be meat. But which?


                                                                                                      Definitely beef. Whenever I have had a reason to celebrate, it has been beef.