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    Lenona Guest

    Default Ask Amy: Vegetarian hosts, guest on "white diet"

    I have to say, I've never heard of that diet....

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...all_&#comments
    (lots of comments)

    Dear Amy: My daughter’s fiance is a frequent guest at our home. He
    won’t eat vegetables (except corn and potatoes), no spaghetti with
    tomato sauce (Alfredo only, but pizza is OK), no meat on the bone
    (boneless meat is OK), no salad, no fish except for shrimp (which must
    be fried).

    My husband and I are mostly vegetarian and are very adventurous
    eaters; most of our everyday meals do not include anything he will
    eat. So far, when he visits we make something special for him. He is
    24 and in graduate school (but still living with his mother).

    We like him, but are running out of patience with his eating habits.
    How far do we need to go to feed him? Must we serve meat at every meal
    when he visits, since that is just about all he eats?

    — Frustrated Hostess

    Dear Hostess: According to you, this young man doesn’t only eat meat.
    He seems to eat a version of what we in my family call “the white
    diet” — and much of it is nonmeat.

    It is actually pretty easy to feed someone on the white diet because
    if you have bread, pasta, butter, cheese, corn, potatoes and apples on
    hand — and most people do — then you’ve pretty much covered it.

    If he is invited to dinner at your house, then you should serve some
    foods you know he enjoys. If he pops in and you already are serving
    something else, then you could invite him to fix himself a cheese
    sandwich or sit with you at dinner and eat — or not eat — what you are
    serving.

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    JTEM Guest

    Default Re: Ask Amy: Vegetarian hosts, guest on "white diet"

    Lenona <lenona...@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > I have to say, I've never heard of that diet....


    Google returned many results.

    > Dear Hostess: According to you, this young man doesn’t only eat meat.
    > He seems to eat a version of what we in my family call “the white
    > diet” — and much of it is nonmeat.


    Clearly he's not on the "White Diet" as they are not saying that
    he's avoiding red meat, only meat on the bone.

    He could be self medicating. I know my mother was never a
    big bread eater, and although she always had a powerful
    sweet tooth she was never big on cake and pastries. Well,
    late in life she was tested and discovered that she is
    allergic to glutton -- the very thing she "Didn't like."

    At some subconscious level she must've intentionally avoided
    those foods which she was allergic to, as her dislikes were
    so selective. I imagine that there's a similar situation with this
    man mentioned here, as his "Likes" do resemble (even if they
    don't match) the restrictions of a very specific diet.


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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Ask Amy: Vegetarian hosts, guest on "white diet"

    JTEM wrote:
    > Lenona <lenona...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >> I have to say, I've never heard of that diet....

    >
    > Google returned many results.
    >
    >> Dear Hostess: According to you, this young man doesn’t only eat meat.
    >> He seems to eat a version of what we in my family call “the white
    >> diet” — and much of it is nonmeat.

    >
    > Clearly he's not on the "White Diet" as they are not saying that
    > he's avoiding red meat, only meat on the bone.
    >
    > He could be self medicating. I know my mother was never a
    > big bread eater, and although she always had a powerful
    > sweet tooth she was never big on cake and pastries. Well,
    > late in life she was tested and discovered that she is
    > allergic to glutton -- the very thing she "Didn't like."
    >
    > At some subconscious level she must've intentionally avoided
    > those foods which she was allergic to, as her dislikes were
    > so selective. I imagine that there's a similar situation with this
    > man mentioned here, as his "Likes" do resemble (even if they
    > don't match) the restrictions of a very specific diet.


    That's very true. Often if a person has a strong aversion to a food they
    have an allergy or intolerance to it.



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    Doug Freyburger Guest

    Default Re: Ask Amy: Vegetarian hosts, guest on "white diet"

    JTEM wrote:
    > Lenona <lenona...@yahoo.com> quoted:
    >
    >> Dear Hostess: According to you, this young man doesn’t only eat meat.
    >> He seems to eat a version of what we in my family call “the white
    >> diet” — and much of it is nonmeat.

    >
    > He could be self medicating. I know my mother was never a
    > big bread eater, and although she always had a powerful
    > sweet tooth she was never big on cake and pastries. Well,
    > late in life she was tested and discovered that she is
    > allergic to glutton -- the very thing she "Didn't like."
    >
    > At some subconscious level she must've intentionally avoided
    > those foods which she was allergic to, as her dislikes were
    > so selective. I imagine that there's a similar situation with this
    > man mentioned here, as his "Likes" do resemble (even if they
    > don't match) the restrictions of a very specific diet.


    Or he could be a 24 year old graduate student eating like a 12 year old
    junk food brat. My questions to myself would go like this: "No
    veggies except the junk food ones? That's probably picky eater
    syndrome. No meat except processed meat? That can only be picky eater
    syndrome. Got it. He conclusively has picky eater syndrome. It's not
    my job as a family member to cater to picky eater syndrome. He eats his
    veggies and likes them like grown up over the age of 18 or he goes
    hungry at my place. No way do I want grandchildren who eat like they
    live in a McDonalds."

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