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    Going off the rails with comfort food

    My DH had a routine procedure today--since he was anesthetized, I had to drive him and wait with him. So I brought along a business book that talked about the beginnings of the McDonald's franchise.

    I brought him home and then the dog and I went to the pharmacy to pick up his medication. It was going to be a bit of a wait, and all of a sudden, that passage in the book about McDonald's popped into my head. I was really hungry--I haven't eaten well in the past couple of days, and when I have, it's been weird things like a bowl of baby potatoes and carrots.

    Memories of high school came to me--walking home every afternoon my friends and I would stop at McDonalds and get the plain hamburgers, which were .19 each at the time. I'm sure the Big Mac hadn't even been thought of yet.

    I had to have a McDonald's hamburger. Keep in mind that I have not been to a McDonald's in 10 years. I abhor them from a health perspective and an environmental perspective. Plus I hardly ever eat meat and when I do, it's locally raised chicken or grassfed beef from a local cattle farmer.

    But I had a "what the hell" moment and I drove to McDonald's and got two of those little burgers (no longer .19), a small fries AND a vanilla shake--that alone was 700 calories, but even that didn't deter me from my quest of fat and carbs. I thought of Thich Nhat Hanh who has said "Even eating less meat is a miracle," so I figured over 10 years of barely any beef gave me a pass for this guilty pleasure. Plus, the bits I gave my dog pleased her and me.

    I enjoyed it. Mea culpa.

    So, when you go completely off the rails for comfort food, what do you eat?
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    It really depends on the time of year. Summers are ice cream; winters are carby comfort food. Tonight is 1/2 price Halloween candy

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    Esting at McDonald more than 1x weekly makes DH sick. Eating ANYTHiNG at White Castle makes him sick. He will live a very long time, his body takes care of him.

    Me, with my cast iron stomach, can eat most anything and therefore I indulge at White Castlel about once a month. There is little to nothing nutritive there.

    Catherine, I am surprised that you enjoyed it. In years when Ive followed Weight watchers I stay away from the grey meat of McDomalds because after being off the stuff, it taste like crap. Burger King is better.
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    A tuna melt, maybe even with fries.

    Sometimes sweets are also going off the rails.
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    Ice cream from a local dairy is my absolute favourite indulgence or comfort food. Sometimes, I reward myself for completing a yucky job with a pizza, freezing 3/4 for 3 quick meals another time. Comfort food in winter usually means homemade soup of all different kinds.
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    I think noodles would be my comfort gazingus pin--anything from pho to pasta salad. I try to keep my indulgences to once a month or so.

    I have beef frequently, and though it's a meat I really enjoy, it's not comfort food for me.

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    The last time we went for comfort food we went to split a hamburger and milkshake at Culvers.
    My husband was bitten by a tick a couple of years ago, and now has a mammalian protein allergy.
    Usually, he could eat half a hamburger and take a benadryl and be fine.
    This time, he went into anaphylactic shock.
    Needless to say, hamburgers and milkshakes no longer have the "comfort food" ring to them.
    I do get cravings for macaroni and cheese, and the local health food store makes theirs with gruyere and bacon--incredibly good, and I dont have to share because of the bacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    My husband was bitten by a tick a couple of years ago, and now has a mammalian protein allergy.
    Usually, he could eat half a hamburger and take a benadryl and be fine.
    This time, he went into anaphylactic shock.
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    OMG, I never heard of such a thing, scary!

    my comfort food would be homemade mac-n-cheese

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    We went on vacation last month for my last shot of sun for a couple of months. It was going to be food centric and I knew I had to watch myself. I came home a couple of pounds heavier. I also came home to dark and rain and a huge dollop of SAD. I started munching at midnight. I have even gotten up in the middle of the night for a little sumpin sumpin. I was coming home from a meeting the other night and was suddenly struck with a craving for a gut bomb from Burger King. I haven't had one for years but I had them for years when I was working and it was across the street and we were starving late at night. I drove thru and grabbed a double cheese along with a Coke which I also haven't had for a long time. The angels sang..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Catherine, I am surprised that you enjoyed it. In years when Ive followed Weight watchers I stay away from the grey meat of McDomalds because after being off the stuff, it taste like crap. Burger King is better.
    Honestly, it's not the burger part that I like. For some reason, the combination of mustard, ketchup and pickles really appeals to me. The meat (if you can call it that) is just something to hold up the condiments, IMHO.

    As a kid I hated hamburgers. I never ate them. I had never heard of McDonald's. The McDonald's we stopped at on my way from school hadn't been built yet. But when I was in 8th grade, our class stopped at one in CT on a field trip and I still remember walking up to the counter and asking if they had hot dogs...and I remember the high school kid laughing as he said, "No!" So I was stuck with a hamburger and I was hooked after that. Funny. I remember where I was when JFK was shot, I remember the first time I laid eyes on my husband, and I remember my first McDonald's hamburger...
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