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Was thinking about my mother’s rice pudding yesterday & realised I’d never eat it again. She used to make it, bread pudding or Queen’s pudding on the weekends I went home in winter. All those carbs & sugar. So delicious. There aren’t any alternatives that taste as good.

What family favourite foods did you use to enjoy but can’t/won’t eat now?

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I've eaten rice pudding. But not while I was in weight loss phase - only once I hit maintenance. But I don't eat it often and I just eat a small amount when I do eat it. I haven't had bread pudding in years, but I could have a small amount of this as well. There's not much I can't eat - except really fatty meals. But again, I'm in maintenance. During my 18-20 months of weight loss, I wouldn't have eaten any of that. But you don't necessarily have to say good-bye to all of that forever.

EDITED TO ADD: I had to google Queen's pudding. I wouldn't eat that because I'm not crazy about meringue, but if that weren't the case, I could eat a small portion of it on an occasional basis.

Edited by catwoman7

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Any type of Pasta or rice dish is off the menu for me. I just don't like them enough to incorporate again vs something i actually want to eat

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For me it's pizza--one of my absolute favorites before surgery but not really an option since. I have had a few bites here and there, but never again will I eat even a full slice.

As Catwoman said, you can have a little bit of just about anything from time to time once you are in maintenance, as long as you exercise restraint. I swore I would never eat processed sugar nor drink alcohol again after surgery, but I've done both on a couple of occasions over the last few months, with no ill effects.

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food memories are powerful. There are so many beloved childhood foods I will never eat again: mashed potatoes with heavy cream and butter, buttermilk biscuits, scones with clotted cream and homemade preserves, beef bourguignon and beef stroganoff, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and gravy, stuffing, quiche with ham and cheese, freshly made pies with butter pastry or pate sucree crusts, cinnamon Buns and hot cross buns drizzled with icing, fudge, lemon curd, all sorts of Cookies and cakes... especially pound cake and jam roly-poly. Rice and bread puddings, too.

Within the first year after going plant-based, I occasionally tried an old favourite, but they just didn't do it for me anymore. As happens for many post-ops, everything was just too sweet or too heavy or too chemically or too uncomfortable sitting in my stomach. My palate changed completely. My food memories were better than the actual foods themselves.

Occasionally, during moments of nostalgia or longing tied to fond memories of people and places, I still miss the memory or anticipation of eating certain foods, even though I love not eating them anymore and instead truly enjoy eating more nutritious, tastier, and health sustaining foods.

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Sometimes I miss sushi and maki rolls.

But I just eat a ton more of sashimi instead, so it’s all good.

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Anything with dairy in it I used to like and doesn't have a non-dairy substitute I like. The non-dairy substitutes of cheese e. g. are just awful tasting to me with the exception of cream cheese spreads.

Sometimes I crave my grandmother's "Frikadellen" - though even if they would be available now I most likely wouldn't eat them because meat.

I wish there was a decent vegan substitute for tuna to eat once in a while. (Unfortunately chickpeas don't do it for me.)

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Oh jam rolly polly. I forgot that one. I used to make it a lot.

Sushi used to be my go to for lunch on the rare occasions I had lunch. Easy to pick up on the run though I haven’t really missed it and I loved rice.

I had a mushroom mini quiche for lunch last weekend when I was out - had little to choose from at a small cafe. Ate the insides leaving the crust. Wasn’t as oily as quiches sometimes are from all the cheese which made it edible without any side effects.

Oh yeah, changed tastebuds have had an impact on lots of things. Last week I picked up an individual wagyu beef cottage pie from my butcher. It was in a cup sized ramekin & topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. Scraped off the potato but ended up having a spoonful & it was terrible. Sat like a lump in my stomach for ages afterwards. Blah!

Think it may be better to just keep the memories.

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I guess I'm different because I don't have any "never again" foods. Both during my weight loss phase and now in maintenance I practice moderation and logging. For me personally, if have a forbidden food, and I succumb to it, then I fail. If nothing is off limits, I can only fail if I don't lose/regain.

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Apple fritters and Garlic bread. Dam they sound good right now!

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7 minutes ago, MsMocie said:

Hamburger, yes. I go with the stereotype. A juicy, junky burger was one of my favorites. All the taste in the greasy burger, and the bun mmmm.

So, after WLS, go into a junk food place, discover that the junk food fry smell is one of the worst things in the world. It makes me regurgitate.

Same with baguettes. The simplicity of just walking into a subway or big bite and just buying a sandwich with fresh breads and filling. Mmmm. Now: Take a bite, and stomach just: NOW I AM ANGRY YOU WILL PAY FOR THIS.

Plus side, is, I save a ton of money on food. I calculated at least 30 euros a day less. That sums up to a lot of money at the end of the year.

You were spending €30 a day prior to WLS?

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3 minutes ago, MsMocie said:

Yup, 15-18Euros for lunch, then the purchases from gas stations and convenient stores.

I worked with a bunch of guys and our lunches were always take away thai, or something from the fresh food counter. That meal alone racked up to at least 150NOK. Then maybe there were a soda from the gas station across the road at around 1-2 in the day, then a stop at the gas station on the way home. Then a baguette after training (a baguette in Norway cost 8-9 Euros) etc etc.

I'm not surprised - Norway is supposed to be the most expensive country to live in, I think - even more than Japan!

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34 minutes ago, MsMocie said:

Njeeee. In percentage compared of what our incomes are, food is actually pretty cheap. But yes, people are surprised coming here and discover that a pint of beer cost 12-15 euros at the pubs for example 🤣

I'm totally not surprised 😂 every time I land in Europe my $US depreciates 10 % further without reason

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5 minutes ago, MsMocie said:

What is actually a huge difference from Norway to many many countries is that we have no tradition of eating out. The reason why many of us has become so fat over the last 20 years is that food has become more available everywhere, and the USA fastfood foods and the asian fastfood foods has become highly requested, takeway and convenience food has changed that up a bit for the young people that are to old for their mums to pack lunch, but still to young to understand that buying lunch every day racks up money fast, so that is often why one is dead broke 1 week before pay day.

We do not go the pubs in the afternoon, like for example in the UK, we do not go the clubs until 1-2 at night but only on weekends - going to the pub in the afternoon, on a weeknight is quite unheard of. Alcohol servings closes at 3 on the weekends, and 1 on the weekdays, and you are not allowed to serve alcohol before noon either. There is an extra restriction now due to the corona now, so all alcohol serving is forbidden from midnight, meaning we do not go out and drink at all.

Until a few years ago, buying lunch/cafeteria/food courts was a strange thing, and still is a pretty strange thing for many many people, especially people over 30. We pack lunch. Usually bread with spread. We make dinner at home. Going out to eat is a rare thing that you might do 1 pr month or less. Etc etc. If we look to Europe, food is often eaten in restaurants, one goes out to lunch or have a food court at work etc.

it was like that in the US when I was a kid (I'm 60 years old). We never went out to eat unless we were traveling (and that was true of A LOT of people). About once a month, my father would bring home something like McDonald's or a bucket of chicken from KFC - it was a huge treat. I don't know when things changed and people started going out to eat a lot - maybe 30 or so years ago?

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