A friend and I were recently talking about some issues we have had with food. She was telling me about a phase in her life when she put sour cream on literally everything she ate. She ate so much sour cream during this period that even now, many years later, she cannot even look at sour cream without gagging. To be honest, she kind of started gagging just talking about the sour cream.
This reminded me of a particular grade – 11 or 12 I think – in which I ate nothing but tuna fish sandwiches for lunch. My Mom, the sweetie, still made my lunch for me back then, and every so often she would suggest that maybe I’d like to take something different. But no, I demanded tuna fish.
Anyway, toward the end of the school year, the day eventually came when I suddenly went off tuna fish. I remember unwrapping the sandwich and my throat sort of shrivelled up and said, "Oh no, I don’t think so. Ummm…yeah…NO."
"But Throat," said I, "This is all I have for lunch!" and Throat said, "IT SHALL NOT PASS." And let me just say, Throat is very stubborn. Throat did not allow tuna fish to pass for approximately another ten years.
That behaviour has perplexed me ever since. What causes someone to eat the same thing for lunch every day for a year anyway? And, I mean, tuna fish? I really can’t say I loved tuna fish that much, as I’m sure my friend would say about sour cream. I was fascinated and very happy to hear of another who had experienced this bizarre food malady.
Apparently there’s a word for this. My friend could not remember it and I can’t figure it out. Probably because my Google searches go something like, "What’s it called when you eat something over and over and over until you can’t stand it?" Poor Google, I’m not giving it much to work with. If anyone out there knows, please help us out!