Friday, February 25, 2011

Heads Full of No

So, it is decided that people who "don't like" a particular food and make a big show of not liking it are losers.  Can we all agree?
The reason I say this is because I have heard conversation around the office two times in the last two days about how certain people "don't like" a food and "won't eat" a food.  Onions were the big offender in both conversations--as if a stupid onion ever hurt anyone....
People will find any way possible to suck the joy out of their lives, won't they?  "I don't eat onions--I'm a grown up and I don't have to eat onions!"  Really?  Do you have any idea how much onion flavoring goes into every savory food you buy?  You might as well be saying that you don't like salt!  Your parents failed.  Next!
And they say it so proudly, like it's some badge of honor to not like food. 
My gawd you're boring!
And ungrateful. 
I'm not impressed!
Maybe you could "not like" racists or liars, or homophobes, or something else that actually matters, and put your whiny energy into that, instead?   
Please understand that I say these things as someone who does not like raspberries.  I don't like 'em.  Do I run around announcing that I don't like them (other than this blog, I mean...)?  No, not really.  And my kids like them, so I buy them and keep them in the house--I haven't started any anti-raspberry campaigns or marched in the streets.  And I still try them once in a while, just to see if I like them yet.  I still don't.  But I also don't judge people who do.  I don't make not liking raspberries an integral part of my personality.  9 and three-quarters days out of ten, I don't even think about them.  I don't place limits on what I can eat.  I'm still waiting for someone to make me a raspberry dish that I like.
I would also like to point out that today, the person with the longest list of "forbidden" or hated foods in conversation was a person who has got to weigh at least 300lbs.
Hows that Food Hate thing going for ya?
Hate...makes you ugly.  Limiting thoughts about food are a glaring symptom--likely your head is filled with a million other limiting thoughts.  Maybe you can only date a certain type, or you can only drive a certain car, or you can only live in a certain neighborhood because you so strongly dislike the other options that you can't move beyond those feelings.
And so, you'll never go anywhere, never do anything...and it all starts with something as simple as an onion.'re going to let a plant dictate your life? 
Think about that, Mom's and Dad's, when you say your kid only eats chicken nuggets and nothing else.  You know damn well that's not true.  They'd eat plenty of things if you didn't indulge their bullshit.  Just like any other living creature--they'd eat just about anything if they got hungry enough.  I watched Bear Grylls bite the head off a raw fish yesterday--pretty sure you'd do the same if you were starving.
So please, don't ever tell me that you don't "like" a food or that refuse to eat it.  It's just a sign that you've got a head full of "no"...


  1. so we probably shouldn't talk about how I feel about fish....but it's more a texture thing than a hate thing...

    Anyway I couldn't agree more! Drives me batty when people choose to "HATE" something that is trivial in the grand scheme of life.

  2. Maybe I should make a list of things I love to make up for the fish thing...

    Red Wine
    Chips (almost all)
    Dips (almost all)
    Mixed berries
    Ice Cream
    Egg Rolls from my favorite joint...

    I could go on :)

  3. CM, I know that if Bobby Flay or Emeril, or Wolfgang Puck showed up at your house and said, "I'd like to try to make a dish with fish in it that you would enjoy," you'd let them. You'd let them try, right? That's the difference between you and any of the whiny, "I refuse to eat ________" people. Those people wouldn't even let them in the door.

    (I, on the other hand, would not let them in the door because my house is a disaster...but that's different.)


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