3 Foods I Shouldn’t Eat

October 22, 2008 · 12 comments

Now I know what you are thinking. “3 foods he shouldn’t eat? Let me guess - Pizza, Ice Cream and Cookies.” Well, you wouldn’t be wrong there! But, that’s not what I’ll be writing about here. No, these 3 foods are small little things that get included in my diet one way or another and every time I eat them it seems like there is some amount of “payback” where I tell myself I really should be more careful next time.

I love onions. Onions form the base of many recipes of mine, for example Chili. Start by sauteing onions and bacon. Fish soup. Start by sauteing onions and bacon. Caramelized onions for hamburgers, raw onions for salads. Onions, onions, onions. Onions don’t have too many calories, so what is the problem?

They make me burp. And I’m sorry to say, but the burps are “flavorful” if you know what I mean. I know my body well enough by now to have noticed that I like onions but they make be burp and belch and they don’t taste good at that point. But still I eat them. I really shouldn’t eat onions.

Jalapeno Peppers
I’m a spicy food nut. And raw Jalapeno peppers are a big part of that. I’ll buy them fresh and chop them up in chopped salads or add to omelettes. Of course I’ll add them to nachos, or chips and cheese, or even extra jalapenos on my Subway sandwich. Sunday as my wife and I were coming back from Mexico we shared an order of nachos in Memphis (we barely had any nachos in Mexico but then we have them in Memphis?) and I picked off all of the jalapenos, of which there were many, and ate them myself. So what’s the problem with jalapenos (same goes for habaneros and other stronger peppers)?

They give me fire butt. A day or two later, not as fast as with the onions, I’ll get reminded that I had some hot peppers by getting what I can only describe as fire butt. Do I need to say more? I hope not.

Never heard of Sriracha? Let me quote from Wikipedia:

Sriracha (Thai: ศรีราชา, pronounced /siːrətʃə/ or SEE-rah-chah) is the generic name for Thai-style hot sauce named after the seaside city of Si Racha, Thailand, where it was first produced for the local seafood restaurants. Typically made from sun-ripened chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt, it is a common condiment in many Asian restaurants.

I’ve started using this condiment a few months ago and really like it, but I’ve gone too far. Rather than simply dressing up foods that need spice I’ve been using it on foods that are already spicy, like I have been adding it to the Thai Curry Soup that I have at Noodles. This makes the flavor meter go past 10 but it also results in a fate similar to eating hot peppers. Fire butt.

Of all the foods I need to be eliminating from my diet these low-caloric ones probably would not get noticed except that I should be listening to my body and at least be reducing my intake of them when I do imbibe.

What foods do you have trouble with?

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kate October 22, 2008 at 10:02 am

ROTFL… ok, I know this isn’t funny, but… it is.

Especially the jalapeno.

I eat all sorts of hot peppers, but the one that really hurts isn’t the hottest, it’s just plain New Mexico green chile. I got some Hatch ’08 and they are DANGEROUS to my digestive track. And they aren’t even terribly flavorful.

Nah, it’s funny! Always easier to laugh at yourself later….

Andrew is getting fit October 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Boy…hotter going out than going in eh!

I need to avoid refined carbs. They give me lethal wind.

Well I don’t know about hotter, but certainly different. :-)

Ruthie October 22, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Haha!! Yes…we must avoid “fire butt” at all costs! LOL

And also, I couldn’t help but think of Fred Sanford when you were talking about onions, he always used to say “Make me burp!” LOL

Thanks for the giggle… ;)

Used to love watching Sanford & Son, but I forgot about anything to do with onions…

MizFit October 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Im SO GONNA use FIRE BUTT as my rationale when people mock me—-as they always do—-for my picky palate.

I better trademark that before it’s too late. Funny thing is I just Googled it and it’s in the Urban Dictionary: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Fire+Butt

Biz October 22, 2008 at 3:55 pm


I can eat anything, without any problems. Probably the bottle a day of Tabasco that I use!

Can’t do onions though John! I sheltered my daughter from onions until the tender age of 14. She went to a sleep over, they ordered veggie pizza, and not to be rude, ate a piece. It had diced red onions on it.

She came home and said “you’ve been sheltering me from the delicious onion all these years!”

Turns out quite quickly after that, she realized it was me and my husband against the world on onions, and that WE were the only ones that didn’t like them!

So now, sadly, there are onions in my grocery cart.

Oh I agree that onions are delicious, I just have issues later. I probably should do a taste-off to see if I can handle red vs. yellow vs. white, etc. I actually think that red are the worst for me but I have no statistical evidence of that.

Cynthia October 22, 2008 at 9:59 pm

I had to laugh… I too have experienced “fire butt”. Not fun. Fortunately, don’t have issues with onion. And I can eat a little of most hot peppers as long as I don’t go crazy.

Lately, I’ve cut cottage cheese out of my diet. Seems that I may have a slight sensitivity to dairy. I’m still using a little greek yogurt here and there, along with small amounts of hard cheeses, but since cutting out the cottage cheese, I am less congested and sniffly.

No need for me to cut cottage cheese out of my diet as it isn’t in there to begin with. Yuck! :-)

Usman October 22, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Can you tell me…how would NOT using these foods help you get fit??

In the same way that the 8000 calorie burger you recently wrote about helps you burn fat and build muscle. :-)

Joe S. October 23, 2008 at 12:31 am

I feel you on the onions but I use them every day in my cooking. When your trying to eat healthy its one good way to make the food interesting. I’ll deal with the fact that people can smell my breath 100 yards down wind!

I know what you mean, that’s why I use them to and I don’t plan to stop, but I am going to go very light on them. It isn’t the other people smelling my breath that I care about, it’s how they make me feel.

Greg October 23, 2008 at 6:00 am

That’s hilarious!! I’m with you on he “fire butt.” I always pay for eating them, but I’ve got to admit that I love the taste of hot foods. A good mix of peppers, onions, and hot spices. Yum!

Now something that I can’t take — soy products. I had the bright idea a few years ago that I’d try those cardboard-flavored soy chips. Low cal, right? I ate a handful of them and it was bad. I’ve heard people talk about gas pain before, but never experienced it. Made me swear off the things. I avoid soy products like the plague.

I think I wrote this on a comment on your blog but I’ve had good luck with the Newman’s Own soy crisps.

Charlie Hills October 23, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Thanks for the list! It’s now my reminder of, “Three foods I should eat more of.”

Ah, we have a contrarian among us. :-)

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