Odd Food Cravings aren’t just for the Preggers

When I was pregnant, I craved two things: Vegetables and Steak. I thought all chicken smelled rotten for the first 6 months (except for the AMAZING fried chicken one of my friends made) and the only thing that left me truly nauseated was sugar. There was one incident while I was pregnant that illustrated the full madness: I was craving something all day at work, but couldn’t quite figure out what it was. I drove almost all the way home when I realized I was craving eggplant and crossed two lanes of traffic to turn into the supermarket at the last possible second. While I was there, (and I should preface this story by saying I was not showing at the time) I was trying to find a whole grain baguette for dinner. All they had was regular white flour baguettes. Unfortunately, regular white flour baguettes weren’t an option because they produced the same nausea as anything sugar related. So, I was circling the bread display trying to find a reasonable alternative when the smell of the cake frosting on the cakes in the bakery display started wafting toward me. I started gagging with a vengeance. The woman at the bakery counter started glaring at me, HARD! I’m guessing she thought I was saying her cakes smelled terrible, because that’s how hard she was glaring at me. Of course I was gagging so I couldn’t give the “It’s not you, I’m pregnant” speech, which suddenly struck me as funny and just made the gagging worse. Needless to say I just left the bakery area and gave up on the idea of bread for dinner.

Despite all the promises of “you can eat anything you want when you’re pregnant”, the closest I could get to sugary desserts was fruit. At my shower there were all kinds of cookies and cake and chocolate covered Oreos and I passed them all up for huge cupfuls of the fruit salad that the Bestie (my best friend and food companion) made so I could have something for dessert.

So, I didn’t have any crazy food combo cravings like ice cream and pickles that I had to have while I was pregnant or at least I should say none of the combos were new. I think everyone has weird food combo cravings that they may not eat in public (or admit to eating), but still love to eat at home. And I love finding out what everyone’s secret food combos loves are. One of my main combo loves is hot rice on salad. I love lettuce and other veggies barely wilted under the heat of the hot rice and salad dressing on the whole thing. I cannot understand cold rice salad. I tried it and hated it. During good salad season, I keep rice in the fridge so i can heat it up to add to the salads. My other odd one is grain chips crumbled on fried rice. By grain chips, I mean something like corn tortilla or brown rice chips. Potato chips or any of the other root vegetable chips don’t work for this. I still love regular salads and fried rice on it’s own, but somehow my crazy cravings make them taste even better to me.

  • Debra says:

    I don’t eat fast food often but McDonald’s steak and cheese bagel with mayo and jelly has to be one of the best combinations that I have put together. I can’t remember the last time I ate one it probably was not even in the last few years but I remember the good times we had LOL. So many of my fav food combinations make Andre cringe that I don’t even know what is odd anymore. For whatever reason one day I woke up and no longer could tolerate cheese (instant migraine) I think that I may have a dairy allergy (going to take an allergy test when I get time) but I Love spaghetti sandwiches (use’ta be with a slice of provolone) but spaghetti and potato bread ooh wee.

  • Ralonza says:

    funny cause when i was preggs, first two i craved mcds’ strawberry shake and french fries, was a definite must have, and not really a soda person, but craved fanta orange. with the third, i craved thousand island dressing, would order salads, and get the extra dressing on the side, to satisfy the craving, and also craved corned beef thoughout the last preg.

    didn’t do ice cream the first time round as the thought of that, and peanut butter or the smell of peanuts (which i love) sent my stomach churning.

    crazy i know.

  • Debra says:

    I ate some soy cheese from Trader Joes which did not have the same effect but I have been so nervous to try anything else so I have just refrained. No cheese, no milk, no yogurt (even though i sneak in an Activia every now and again) and because i Love ice cream I have been eating lactose free ice cream every now and again.

    • Monique says:

      I completely understand. The migraine is not something to toy with. I used to have them all the time. Have you tried the Coconut milk yogurt? The kid LOVES it. Even the plain one tastes good. I’ve been meaning to try the coconut milk ice cream too. Maybe that would be an option.

  • Debra says:

    WOW I am excited by that. Did not even know they had a coconut milk ice cream or yogurt but I appreciate the recommendation and will be adding it to my grocery list for May. (once a month shopper) As far as these migraines I still take off more days than I would appreciate but I stopped taking prescription meds everyday… this year (by my own recommendation them docs don’t know why but always got a medicine to treat and not cure and after 10 years it was time to try new things) I have really watched my diet and I believe that a food allergy could have contributed to the frequency. I think I am doing pretty good on control but I take it one day at a time. Substitution I know will get me a long way because I am jonesing for a grill cheese LOL.

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