questionsdo you have any strange eating habits?

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A plethora. I'm a bit OCD and it is reflected in my meals. Most food cannot touch other food. I prefer to eat one thing at a time, I also prefer to eat out of bowls. So at holiday meals I have 8 "courses" and wash the bowl out every time, while everyone else is piling it all on one plate. Makes for a lot of walking at buffets. I prefer to eat with plastic ware or chopsticks, I don't like the weight or smell of metal silverware. I prefer to eat salad with my fingers, and dip each piece in dressing, so I can check for spoilage before eating. Foods that go together MUST run out at the same time, there must no no ketchup left on the plate after the french fries are gone, the chips and salsa must be equal. Mayo or mustard on a sandwich must be edge to edge. Fillings must be evenly, and preferably equally, distributed. I reassemble restaurant sandwiches to my exacting requirements. Some of my friends like watching me eat as they think its very entertaining.

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Yes I do.

1. I'm a vegetarian.
2. I'm allergic to gluten (wheat, barley, rye, and a similar protein in oats).
3. My doctor says not to eat rice, pastas, potatoes, and anything like candy.
4. I hate mushrooms and eggplant.

There isn't much left to eat. I hate eating but have to do it to stay alive.

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@cengland0: I guess I would hate eating too since you list eliminated everything I like. If I couldn't eat bread, pasta, and potatoes, I think I would re-think the whole vegetarian thing. I feel sorry for you, although i'm guessing you don't have a weight problem, so in some ways you are better off than many of us.

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@wnyx585am: I'm a vegetarian only because I love animals and I wouldn't want an animal to die for me when I could have eaten a carrot instead.

Regarding the weight problem, I do have to watch my weight. My girlfriend makes sure I eat all day long so I have to work out at the gym for 2 1/2 hours a day to maintain my weight. I didn't have this weight problem prior to having this specific girlfriend so it's her fault.

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Even the smell of pickles literally makes me vomit, so I avoid most delis like the plague. There was one instance at a subway the guy thought I asked for pickles, and I tried to stop him but one had dropped on the sandwich. Even though he quickly removed it, I told him he had to make a completely new sandwich because I couldn't eat that one. They refused so I walked out.

And I'm deathly allergic to olives, so I have to manually inspect every bite of pizza. I've seen too many sloppy pizza kitchens where toppings accidentlaly fall onto the wrong pizza and have accidentally gotten a sliver on my pizza before without noticing, then out comes the epi-pen.

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I don't think I have any strange eating habits. However, I really don't like leftovers much. It's mostly because I have a very strong, sensitive sense of smell, and the smell of cold leftovers in the fridge can turn my stomach instantly. I literally gag from it. Another strange smell for me is peanut butter mixed with dish soap. If I'm doing dishes, and there is peanut butter left on a knife, and I can smell it mixed with the smell of the detergent, it's another instant gagging, stomach turning session. If I eat PB then that knife must be rinsed clean afterward.

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I don't eat meat, but I'm not a vegetarian because I don't eat vegetables either. You can count on two hands the few foods I do eat and have fingers left over. I usually eat the same thing day after day, which does get boring sometimes, but since I don't like anything else, I have no choice. Even as a baby, my mom says I wouldn't eat baby food. I don't eat any condiments except salt, which I love and often crave. Everything has to be plain, plain pasta, plain pizza, etc. Apparently, they have a word for this "condition" now, it's called being a "supertaster". My family still just calls me a picky eater.

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@gadgetgirl88, salt is something that everyone craves. We need salt to live.

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@craigster38. Crave, as in eating a handful? I'm pretty sure that's not normal.

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@gadgetgirl88, if you don't get your salt in any other form, that could happen. I know a couple people only did that, and like you, they had a very limited diet.

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I am a picky eater but if anything I stick to the overly normal items. Basically if it's something on a kids menu it is probably more of my taste then any fancy meal. The only "funny" thing that was pointed out I never knew I did was by a friends girlfriend. When I eat thin french fries (like McDonalds) I usually will eat either a couple at a time if its a long fry break it in half. But apparently when I pick the fries up I aim for ones that are equal lengths and line them up so one does not stick out further then the other. If I break apart a long fry I try to break it perfectly in half. I do this all without realizing it but its apparently a habit.

Besides that I eat M&M's in my own way....but then who doesn't?

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@raider9924: "Besides that I eat M&M's in my own way....but then who doesn't?"

Well, I don't, but that's most likely because I'm colorblind, and constantly asking for help in determining the colors of the individual m&ms would be too time consuming.

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@craigster38: Not as much as we get in an average day's food. I don't crave salt, for the most part I don't like salty foods like deli or pizza meats (although I do love chips and popcorn). Straight soda is too salty for me, I much prefer it over lots of ice.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average person's daily diet includes 3,300 milligrams of sodium, which doesn't even include added salt that you might sprinkle on top of a dish at the table, the report showed. This amount is more than double the recommended sodium intake level for half Americans, including about six in 10 adults; the recommended intake is 2,300 milligrams per day or less of sodium.
http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/Sodium/index.html

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@craigster38 I used to work with a woman who told me a Korean wives tale about a little boy who craved salt, but his mother wouldn't give it to him. One day he died and the doctor said it was because he didn't get enough salt.

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@gadgetgirl88: That's a pretty extreme example of supertaster. I can't stand raw vegetables or melons because they taste too strong for me. I do like certain strong flavors, though.

I can always tell whether there's still traces of dishwasher detergent in my glass at the restaurant.

I'm certainly above normal, but probably not as far down the spectrum as supertaster.

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No, not really. I don't like raw tomatoes, but I like ketchup, pizza sauce and etc. I guess it's the other ingredients that make it palatable.

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Is it strange that my habits don't eat?

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@omnichad I am also hyper sensitive to smell. I smell people I never even see, like at work they could be in an aisle and never come near me, but I smell them. I once smelled a co-worker putting on cherry Chapstick down the hall and around the corner. I can also smell rain before it starts. It's really not a good thing and my mom is exactly the opposite. She can hardly taste anything and smells nothing. I also have great hearing, but am blind as a bat.

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@elforman: Ironically that might count as eating them your own way......I am not sure I have come across anyone that just grabs a handful and eats them. :-)

In high school I actually remember a conversation coming up in a class (no I don't know how) that there were people who actually swore up and down that each color tasted different and their favorite color of course tasted the best. Amazing the tricks your mind can play on you.

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Pretty mild compared to the other answers here, but I always cut a baked potato in half, scoop out the potato and put butter, salt and peper in the skin and eat it.

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@pooflady: I love eating the skin that way as well!