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#MicroblogMondays 132: One Food

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It isn’t surprising to read that you can’t exist on one food alone (though potatoes apparently would keep you alive the longest), but did you know that you’re hardwired to eat a varied diet?  The BBC article states:

Humans have built-in mechanisms to avoid just such a situation (probably because it eventually leads to malnutrition) – specifically, a phenomenon called sensory-specific satiety: The more you eat of one thing, the less you can stomach it.

But I love eating the same thing.  Back in graduate school, I ate the same thing for every meal.  It was a roasted vegetable and tofu sandwich on a bagel.  I ate three of them every day for years.  I would still be eating at the sandwich if everyone else in this house would agree to consume it, too.  But the meal varies from night to night because I have to cook dinner for everyone else.  (Though breakfast and lunch are always the same for me.)

There is no possible way I could ever get bored of Special K.  No way that I could ever get sick of cucumbers.

What is the one food you think you could eat over and over again, sensory-specific satiety be damned?

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35 comments

1 Mali { 03.06.17 at 5:53 am }

In this regard, we are so different! I cannot imagine eating the same thing for a week, let alone a year. I’m not sure I could eat any one thing over and over again. I need variety in my life.

But in an attempt to answer your question, I’d say tomatoes.

2 bamberlamb { 03.06.17 at 6:45 am }

ooh… I go through phases and fads with food and at the moment it’s cauliflower – I adore roasted cauliflower (with tumric and paprika and a bit of cumin for seasoning) and cauliflower cheese – but like Mali, I couldn’t imagine eating the same thing.

3 Lori Shandle-Fox { 03.06.17 at 6:48 am }

If I could eat potatoes in different forms, that would be it. I don’t love seasoned fries but anything else, baked, fried, and especially mashed 3 meals a day.

4 April { 03.06.17 at 7:18 am }

For me it’s rice in different formats. I could eat it for every meal.

5 Charlotte { 03.06.17 at 7:48 am }

This is a hard one, because I do tend to get sick of eating the same things after a while. Like, if I eat the same cereal for breakfast for an extended period of time, finally one day I wouldn’t be able to touch it and I would take a long hiatus from it. Sometimes going back to it and no longer liking it at all.
Good to know potatoes would sustain the longest. I knew there was a reason to love those carb-y delights!

6 katherinea12 { 03.06.17 at 7:56 am }

Hmm, I go through food phases where I’ll eat one thing for ages and then go off it, only to replace it with something else. Right now it’s bagels and cream cheese (and I could probably eat one with every meal if it were socially acceptable). A couple of months ago it was string cheese.

7 Middle Girl { 03.06.17 at 8:07 am }

Two basic foods: potatoes. Or eggs. IF prep methods and add-on ingredients may be varied. Otherwise, No.

My breakfasts and lunches are not always the same but certainly variations on a similar theme.

8 Traci York { 03.06.17 at 8:27 am }

I’m another one who goes through cycles of eating one thing for ages, then switching to another. At the moment, it’s peanut butter on toast for breakfast. A few months ago, it was fried egg sandwiches for the same. Hubby & two of our kids hate having the same dinner more than two nights in a row, but the eldest and I could happily eat whatever was in current rotation for days and days.

9 Vaibhav { 03.06.17 at 8:43 am }

There is this packaged snack in India called Bhujia. I’m a huge fan of that and I can have it with nearly everything.

However, I too, am the type of person who enjoys different tastes and textures in my mouth at once. I cook accordingly and I don’t think I could ever subsist on a single meal every time.

10 torthuil { 03.06.17 at 8:56 am }

Cheese. (That took no thought at all).

11 Corinne Rodrigues { 03.06.17 at 8:58 am }

I do like variety. But if there’s one breakfast I could have every day it would be ‘idlis’ – a South Indian rice cake that is eaten with chutney or ‘dhal’ or just plain with ‘ghee’.

12 Parul Thakur { 03.06.17 at 9:00 am }

I think bread and eggs it would be for me. For today, even I had food on mind but chose otherwise 🙂

13 Turia { 03.06.17 at 9:27 am }

I definitely have foods that I like more than others but I’d really struggle to eat the same thing day after day after day, especially with dinner (I’m a bit more of a creature of habit at breakfast and lunch). I agree with other posters about bread and cheese and potatoes. If you’re allowed to mix up how things are made and what is added to them I’d probably add rolled oats to the list. I’ve eaten them for breakfast in one form or another (as oatmeal, as overnight oats, with yoghurt when I could eat dairy, etc.) probably 95% of the time for the last five or six years.

The potato thing made me think of The Martian!

14 Ashley { 03.06.17 at 9:28 am }

Chocolate. I have never, ever declared myself satiated by chocolate, especially dark chocolate. I get stuck on things, as others have mentioned, but it’s not a terribly strong bond and I couldn’t eat the same thing for all three meals in a day. My little guy, on the other hand, does get stuck on things and will eat them for three meals in a day. Around the holidays he was stuck on homemade chicken noodle soup. Before that it was spaghetti and meatballs. Now, he is on waffles and pancakes. I have pictures of him eating chicken noodle soup for breakfast. For me, I cannot stomach soup for breakfast, I’m rather strict on what constitutes “breakfast foods.”

15 Obsessivemom { 03.06.17 at 9:45 am }

I would’t really mind – maybe a simple Indian meal dal, rice, vegetables would be good for me. I don’t see myself getting bored.

16 Working mom of 2 { 03.06.17 at 9:52 am }

Chocolate. First thing that popped into my mind when I saw the title of your post.

I am/was a creature of habit re food too. Grad school:bagel (from coop, 25 cents) and yogurt with banana slices.

17 Isabelle { 03.06.17 at 10:05 am }

Back in college, I ate grilled chicken sandwich with grilled onions and mushroom at our student center every single day for a long time. And these days, I order the same dish at our regular Thai restaurant on a weekly basis. I also cook some of the same dishes for several weeks in a row. But I do get bored with certain food and after eating it many times in a row, I develop an aversion and haven’t touched it in ages. I used to make this chickpea soup all the time. All of a sudden I felt so sick and tired of it I stopped making it. The last time I had it was probably 5 years ago.

18 Different Shores { 03.06.17 at 10:11 am }

I could eat pasta five days out of seven, I never get sick of it (as long as I vary the shapes). At college I lived on buttered toast, day in day out – another thing we English never tire of.

19 nonsequiturchica { 03.06.17 at 10:36 am }

Corn! Corn is my favorite food and I could eat it with every meal. However, it is not a full meal so I would have to vary what I ate with it. There is no way I could eat the same thing all the time. I need variety.

20 Pom { 03.06.17 at 11:07 am }

My sensory specific-satiety is definitely not broken. Every week I struggle with this. I cook a big meal or two on the weekend to last me for the busy work week. However, by Wednesday I will get bored and need to come up with something new. There is nothing that I wont tire of. That is why I try to keep my favorites on rotation so that I don’t ever tire of them!

21 em { 03.06.17 at 11:24 am }

Cheese fondue with french bread.

22 Journeywoman { 03.06.17 at 11:31 am }

I used to think it was kraft mac and cheese. I know different, but it is still one of my comfort foods.

23 Ana { 03.06.17 at 1:19 pm }

I definitely eat the same thing over and over. I eat the same lunch for months/years and then suddenly get sick of it and switch to something else that I will eat for a few years (we ate the same exact salad 4-5/week from 2005-2009, I think). But those foods have various components. I don’t know if there is one singular food I could eat every day (like only potatoes or eggs or whatever). Actually, if I had to choose, it’d be cheese. Specifically the NZ grass fed sharp cheddar from trader joe’s. I like fancy cheese but this is a fail-safe delicious option.

24 Shilpa { 03.06.17 at 1:20 pm }

I remember my childhood days when I used to eat Indian flat bread daily for breakfast . I m still not bored of it .

25 Modern Gypsy { 03.06.17 at 1:24 pm }

This is difficult – I tend to get bored with the same food every day. I need some variety. Does coffee & Marie buiscuits count?

26 Sharon { 03.06.17 at 6:12 pm }

There are quite a few. I like variety, but I also have foods I love. The ones that come first to mind are chocolate cake, good sourdough bread, cheese and green chile. (Not together, of course. . . although the last three might make an OK meal with the first item for dessert. 🙂 )

27 Jenn P { 03.06.17 at 6:41 pm }

I ate whole milk plain yogurt with frozen raspberries and mini chocolate chips for multiple years and would still eat it daily if I could. I’m on the Autoimmune Protocol now and get sick of things really easily.

28 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.06.17 at 6:55 pm }

A really good chocolate mousse.

I often wonder how it is that Dexter can eat the same food day in, day out.

29 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 03.06.17 at 6:58 pm }

I’m wondering if you didn’t get sick of your daily sandwich in part because it had some variety and balance in itself – more than one kind of vegetable, plus protein and carbs.

I could probably eat granola twice a day.

30 Nicoleandmaggie { 03.06.17 at 7:48 pm }

I need variety. If they were different kinds of pasta dishes, I could do that, but I can even get tired of New York super fudge chink if my well meaning family buys me three pints in a row with no other ice cream between.

31 Jess { 03.06.17 at 9:29 pm }

Interesting. I am a creature of habit, so I have favorite meals at different restaurants and order the same thing every time I go. So, it’s varied, but at the same time at each place the food is the same. But always different things on the plate. I love guacamole and could probably eat that every day forever. Same with really good cheddar. And lately I have been paying a Sumo bill for the boxes of completely delicious giant mandarin oranges that I’ve been buying in multiples since they became available. I could eat Sumos forever. I’m sad they are leaving…seasonal jerks. I guess I could eat a rotation of the same things and be fine, but just Sumos or just guacamole might drive me batty after a while.

32 Chandra { 03.06.17 at 10:11 pm }

Avocado!!! Close second, its child, guacomole!

33 Mary { 03.07.17 at 9:12 am }

Co-operative Society Rhubarb And Stem Ginger Ice Cream!

34 Foxy { 03.07.17 at 2:37 pm }

Cheese. So much cheese. I could eat cheese all day everyday. All the cheese. Cheese please!

35 JustHeather { 03.08.17 at 4:15 pm }

I think I could eat pizza for ages, because the toppings can change, slightly, but I know eventually I’d get sick of that too. I made myself sick of cherry jolly ranchers back when I was 12 or so, and still to this day the thought of cherry flavored things (especially ones that taste like jolly ranchers) make me ill. I like different foods! But can go on binges if allowed.

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