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my eating habits: what I don't eat at all, what I generally avoid, favorite meals & ingredients

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I told Anika that I'd compile a list of my dietary restrictions, avoidances, and preferences, and figured I might as well share.

Never (things I do not eat ever):
no meat (to reduce my consumption of resources: factory farming takes a LOT)
no artificial sugars (spenda (sucralose) saccharin (sweet'n'low) aspartame (equal) etc) because they're not food and I hate the taste.
no soy sauce (because I HATE IT)

Almost never (eat less than 3x a year, if at all):
no meat juice/broth/lard/etc (except very rarely when it is served to me: I do not purchase anything with it)
no high fructose corn syrup (except very rarely, such as when I'm having alcohol and there are no mixers without it)
no hydrogenated oils (except maybe a candy bar with it once a year when I get a craving)

Avoid (things I try to avoid but will have in very small amounts, maybe once a month):
avoiding refined sugar and corn syrup (I will have it rarely, maybe once a month: it's not nourishing and it makes me feel like crap)
avoiding oily/buttery things (because it makes me feel ill and I hate slimy texture)
avoiding canola and palm oils (because they have trans fats that are worse for the body and because they tend to be GMO)
avoiding things with soy in them, esp. soy oil (I ate soy almost daily for a year and entered a terrible depression, then learned that soy is full of hormones which can affect some bodies negatively)
avoiding MSG or artificial dyes (this is because I share a lot of food w Topaz, who is very allergic to it)
avoiding bleached/processed flour (because it doesn't feel nourishing or give me reasonable energy; it feels dead)
avoiding gelatin (because it grosses me out to eat the goop from boiled bones)
avoiding high levels of sodium (because I'm very sensitive to salt flavor, I think because I rarely eat meat and therefore just don't get a lot of salt in my diet)

Preferences (things I seek out above others):
sweetener: raw sugar, honey, fruit juice <-fruit juice is my fav
oils: safflower, grapeseed, olive
milk: local whole milk or whole goats milk (I prefer raw but that is so hard to come by)
butter: unsalted, local and/or organic, and used in tiny amounts
cheese: prefer soft/creamy cheeses and don't usually like crumbly/stinky cheese
eggs: cage-free and organic
breads: sprouted whole grain, especially with multiple kinds of grain (before I tried these I thought I hated all bread)
fruits: all of them except raspberries/blackberries if raw/fresh/frozen. only blueberry or citrus ones if made into jelly/jam
raw fruits: I want my bananas, apples, and tomatoes to be on the underripe side
raw vegetables: everything but cauliflower and arugula
cooked vegetables: everything but squash, zucchini, and eggplant, and I usually hate cooked cauliflower but I like the way Topaz makes it.
cooked grains: I like quinoa, brown rice, and rye, and occasionally long-grain rice.
mushrooms: I like them all especially portabella
greens: I prefer spinach to almost anything, but I like all I've tried except arugula
beans: I like them all except lima beans, but I have learned to THOROUGHLY wash canned beans because otherwise they do bad bad things to my stomach

Favorite ingredients:
cilantro, dill, basil, mint -- fresh herbs mm.
mild flavorful peppers
citrusy tomatoes
creamy cheeses
spinach, esp. baby spinach
butter lettuce, unusual lettuces
black beans, red beans
red onions, green onions
whole grains
full-fat yogurt (except greek: that tastes too dry to me)
full-fat sour cream
small-curd full-fat cottage cheese
granny smith apples

not favorite, but often eat due to lack of motivation for food prep:
whole grain cereals & local whole milk or unsweetened almond milk (for the sake of cost and longevity, even though it is bad for the environment)
hummus & whole grain crackers/bread
amy's burritos, enchiladas, and soups
various food bars that are low in sugar and don't have my 'avoid' ingredients

favorite meals (all best with NO oil or butter, or as little as possible):
tacos/burritos/salad w salsa and a shitton of raw veggies, plus beans and mushrooms
lasagne (almost never get a good one -- they all have those mushy squash or zucchini UGH)
chili (almost never get a good one -- it's like people don't know how to flavor and thicken without meat)
paninis (warm crunchy sandwiches mmm)
pizza! with fine-cut broccoli, black olives, spinach, roma tomatoes, banana peppers, red onions, portabella mushrooms, & roasted red peppers.
veggie soups, especially fresh, thin ones w lots of fine-chopped veggies
thick chunky tomato soup with brie on rye toast
thin pastas (angel hair or rice noodles) w lots of tomato sauce and added veggies/mushrooms
cheese w lots of raw veggies, herbs, and whole grain crackers or bread.
smoothies w fruits, peanut butter (w no oils, salt or sugar added) or whey protein, whole milk yogurt.

favorite desserts:
super-gingery ginger cookies and hot spicy tea
spearmint (NOT peppermint) gelato or ice cream w as little sugar and few bits of chocolate as possible
chopped fruits and Topaz' fruit goop (a mix of cream, soft cheese, and sugar)
dark dark chocolate bar w ginger bits (I savor this in small bits -- usually have 1/8th to 1/6th of a bar at a time)
lime sherbert (or it would be, if I could find some that didn't have too much sugar)
sheer bliss pomegranate ice cream w dark chocolate bits (not sure if it still exists, haven't found it in stores in years. but most pomegranate ice cream has WAYYYYYYYY too much sugar because people try to overwhelm the tartness)

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kiwi ══╣╠══
Shout out to a fellow under-ripe banana eater! B does NOT understand why I buy bananas green and why, once they're bright yellow, it's too late for me to eat them. Hooray!
lilywolfsolomon ══╣╠══
Maybe I will try making you a good chili one day.
wanderipity ══╣╠══
Love your list!
ravensong ══╣╠══
I have started working towards having a totally vegetarian diet myself :) I used to be veg for about 3 years, then (for a number of reasons) went back to being an omni but...I feel like I should be veg so am working back towards that.
call_me_katya ══╣Sushi╠══
Oooh, this is so interesting to read! As you've asked me for my preferences I think I'll follow your basic template.

Tomatoes. I don't know why, there's just... something about them. They would be at the top of my dislike list.
I also don't really like cucumber, mayonnaise or lettuce, so salads are usually out!
I'm allergic to bananas. Not hugely allergic. A house doesn't have to be banana-free for me to enter it, and I'm happy if people eat them around me, but I can't eat them. I get this reaction [itchy, sore throat] to some extent with quite a lot of fruits, oddly.
Custard, but that's not something I see very often so it rarely comes up!
Yoghurt, margarine, cream cheese.

Things I have no real interest in, but will have at someone's house, or if there is no other option
Black/traditional Tea
Fizzy drinks

Difficult things
My IBS dictates that I can't eat potatoes too often. I'm starting to introduce them back into my diet. Perhaps once a week. Sweet potatoes seem to be a good substitute as they don't bother my stomach at all.
I love cow's milk, but I've been told that oat milk helps my digestion more. If I'm somewhere where I can't find oat milk, I would leave in a bottle of prune juice.

Pasta. Usually with mushrooms, basil, pesto, olives, garlic. I also quite like filled ravioli.
I'm not vegetarian so I like most meats but I can happily do without them.
Sunday roast type of dinner. Can be with chicken or but roast, with gravy, parsnips, carrots, broccoli...
Pizza with tomato passata/paste. No tomato seeds or skin. On a pizza... mushrooms, olives, sweetcorn, artichokes. You mention broccoli up there. I've never had it on a pizza but that sounds nice!
Cheeses usually only as a topping, like mozzarella, parmesan or cheddar. I wouldn't really eat cheese on its own!
Bread! Any kind. Usually with seeds. Toasted, with unsalted butter. Untoasted with tapenade, or a little cheese. I tend to use soup as something to dip my bread in so don't have it often, but I like carrot, sweet potato, parsnip, noodle soup.
Cereal of most kinds in the mornings. Oat, bran, wheat with cold oat milk if possible.
Eggs, all kinds of beans, pulses, lentils, etc. Hummous, usually with pitta or crackers.
Sauces like korma, curry, coconut curry, dansak. Nothing too spicy, just interesting flavours.
Sushi, mainly salmon, eel, spicy tuna, crab roe nigiri or sushi rolls.

Herbal teas.
Fruit juices. I find smoothies very thick [and they often contain banana] so I like single fruit juices, like orange, apple, cranberry.

I don't usually eat ice cream here but I do when on holiday, when it's warm and when there's a much wider selection than you can get here!
Cake. Maybe chocolate if there was a bit of cream or ice-cream to balance it out. Lemon drizzle cake.
Traybakes like rocky roads, fifteens, Rice Krispie buns, the occasional cupcake. I usually can't eat dessert in the same sitting as dinner so would have these things as a separate treat, maybe mid-afternoon if hungry enough. Thesewould all be rare treats though. If I eat a full dinner I can't eat any of this.
I sound so unhealthy...

That's all I can think of!
raidingparty ══╣╠══
I've been at a really weird one with processed wheat. My partner's been collaborating with the "folic acid fortification champion" who... by all measures, seriously reduced spina bifida and related significant threats to life in the United States.

But his mindset fixates on the fortification process, and it doesn't work the same way with rice (which is the standard grain where most people live), and doesn't reach people who eat whole wheat.
eristic_writer ══╣╠══
So much of the stuff you've listed sounds incredibly delicious, and I say this as a picky eater who's always looking for new vegetarian recipes. So I'll give you a recommendation, since you like smoothies:

Option one (if you like sour stuff and lemonade) Blend one whole lemon, one whole banana, and one whole avocado with some ice. Be happy.

Option two: Mix a tablespoon of honey with a handful of frozen strawberries and blueberries. Add a whole avocado and whole banana. Think to yourself, "Why didn't Zawn tell me about this sooner?"
meri_sielu ══╣Nom!╠══
Very interesting list, you eat incredibly healthily!
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