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Food Pairings

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I noticed when I concentrate on weight and track food, my attention seems *focused* on food. It can be good and it can sort of obsessive. In the good category, I find myself looking around and becoming more aware of habits. One habit is pairing foods together.

The classic P&C:

Or P, B & J:

Or just N which seems to go with just about everything:

We had pizza the other day and that's what brought it up. My husband always has to have potato chips with his pizza. To the point of going to the store and getting some before we eat (it was a homemade deal). He also eats potato chips with his ice cream--that I can understand, the salt and sweet thing. But pizza is just salt and more salt?

I'll own up to a few food pairings, too. Eggs and toast and chocolate milk, not together, side by side. I blame it on my night shifts from the '80's and the hospital cafeteria who made the best omelets for us 'getting-off-thirds' people. I realize now it wasn't such a boon. My kudos to shift workers who make regular eating a habit! Another one is bran muffins and a diet coke--I have no clue about that one.

So as my trip (and sometimes it is a trip) through weight loss continues, I wonder if these things are deeply imbedded cravings of some sort or just habits that to be broken? Maybe a little of both? Excuse me while I go spread some peanut butter on my banana.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IFDEEVARUNS2 1/27/2014 10:02AM

    My pairings are more conventional: wine and cheese, wine and chocolate, wine and..... Oops.

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SPARKCHANTAL 1/25/2014 7:50AM

    i know someone who always put marmelade on spaghetti, and honey on salami!

and by accident i discovered nutella-flavored cream cheese at our supermarket. hey, it's good! makes you look like your crack-guy.

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BLITZEN44 1/23/2014 11:07PM

    I used to like pizza and salad together. Now I just feel like salad is like pizza's annoying friend. I look at it and think, "I just wanna be alone with pizza now."

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KARENE10 1/22/2014 12:24PM

    Peanut butter and banana YES! My hubby has to have soda with his pizza. I like to have peanuts mixed in with my m&m's. Nutella pic is funny:)

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GEMLADYONE 1/21/2014 9:44PM

    Potato chips and pizza? That's just plain weird, LOL! My hubby puts catsup in his chile, go figure.

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DOGLADY13 1/21/2014 9:33PM

    I have a good friend who likes potato chips and cottage cheese.

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MOBYCARP 1/21/2014 7:55PM

    Whole wheat toast and Greek yogurt. Originally this was bagels and cream cheese. After a race I ran, there were bagels but no cream cheese; I had to substitute yogurt. That was pretty good, but I don't keep bagels on hand at home; so it was whole wheat toast to go with the Greek yogurt.

I'm pretty sure whole wheat toast and Greek yogurt is better for me that bagels and cream cheese.

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CHANGE4FIT 1/21/2014 7:48PM

    Love the nutella picture. My oldest daughter, who is a runner and hiker, was addicted to nutella. She is also a field biologist very much into environmental issues and kicked her nutella habit once she discovered it contained palm oil. Not because it is unhealthy, but because of the way the rain forest is destroyed to provide for palm oil production.
Pizza and chips...pass the water please.
I worked shifts for years as a nurse and I have to say I did not do well at maintaining good eating habits-in fact, I think I might have used eating as a measure to stay awake....go figure.

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ROXYZMOM 1/21/2014 6:10PM

    I think they are definitely habits. When I first subbed steamed broccoli for fries with my sandwich, I would get the funniest looks from friends who dine with me. Now everyone does it! I guess after you start looking at something a different way, it grows on you!

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BUBBALOOGA123 1/21/2014 5:38PM

    I have never tried Nutella before -- this guy makes me want to hit the grocery store this minute, lol!! Thanks for the laugh. :)

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2BDYNAMIC 1/21/2014 4:46PM

    I love peanut butter on my nanners!! ........ And this guy who spread the Nutella is a real turn on, No? ........... emoticon Totally cwacked me up!! emoticon ..... now back to the pizza and chips .......... Hope he flushes w/ a ton of water after ............. Just saying ............ emoticon

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MARUKI52 1/21/2014 3:45PM

    Oh don't! It reminds me of all the things I try not to eat any more. emoticon

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LARTOON 1/21/2014 3:24PM

    ya i like the nutella pic as well... SO FUNNY! I can tell you that I love ice cream and pizza. Or chocolate covered cookies and chips... mmm.... Just gotta work it off though... I'm so bad, hehehe emoticon

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SEATTLE58 1/21/2014 2:37PM

    I know just what you mean. Bacon and eggs, banana and PB, PB & Jelly! Mmmm! Popcorn & butter and salt......I'm really trying to cut back on that one. We really have to make wise choices. I've never heard of pizza and chips. I know a good friend of mine that had to have ketchup with her potato chips. Dipping regular ones into a pile of ketchup. Not for me I'd have to say and I do know that our tastes can change after 7 years of craving certain foods!! Thanks for your good blog!!

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RACEWELLWON 1/21/2014 2:27PM

    That smokeless crack , too funny ! I do read of many runners who are addicted to that Nutella - I have never tried- wow Pizza and chips - I like Pizza and milk ?? Comfort foods from the past perhaps - I PB & J on toast has to be Italian bread -
Yeah shift work is difficult to over come habits - DH did a swingy shift for 38 years - wow - it was rough on the entire family - Hugs K

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