"There's Nothing to Eat in the House"!

Midland, Michigan
December 5, 2015 11:31pm CST
Have you ever heard that before? I've heard of many people that shop where I work say their family will say this even after they've come home from a big grocery shop. My family will say it too from time to time. This fall I did my best to stock up the pantry, but I think after I did my family decided they didn't want to eat the same things anymore for much of it is getting near the expiration date. So, we have two scenarios. Either there's not a lot of food, or the right kind of food, or the food you do buy for them doesn't get eaten very quickly and may need to be thrown away. Anyone else every run into this problem?
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@cacay1 (32915)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Dec 15
It is not easy to be hungry.Our body feels weak cannot function well.In our case at home, we always stock foods that lasts for few days.Those easily rot are cooked first. But, we did experience at home nothing to eat because of storm.We weren't able to stock some foods.
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Dec 15
Even if the home is well-stocked, storms will eliminate many of those foods. We've lost power before, I know it's not as bad as having a hurricane go through the city and wipe out homes, but we've been without power for a week at a time, several times in the winter months. And once in the summer. In the winter, the frozen and fridge foods can go into a cooler into the garage to keep cold enough, usually, but in the summer most of those foods don't last very long. It's awful when you've just purchased enough to last a long time and a storm comes in ruining your plans in that regard. My family though, has no reason to feel hungry or to be hungry, there is always something to eat even if only bread and butter, but we've never been that bad off even when years were lean.
@paigea (22199)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman we did buy a generator so we can keep the fridge and freezer going when the power is out. But I try not to have too much in them in the summer.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Dec 15
@paigea We've been told that they run better when well stocked rather than keeping them half empty. You may want to check into that yourself to see if it would lower the electricity if they were fuller. Even then, it doesn't mean we always have enough money to keep them full all the time.
@Traceyjayne (1114)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 15
we are lucky that we have a freezer full of food .... however sometimes it seems all we crave is the one thing that we do not have.
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• United States
6 Dec 15
@traceyjayne same thing in my house. I always seem to crave the one thing I don't have
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
6 Dec 15
Yah hear this all the time from kids. Once a few of their all time favorite food is gone there is nothing to eat. Why because it might take a little effort to make something.
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
Yes, I think it is about the effort
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@GardenGerty (99351)
• United States
6 Dec 15
Hubby invariably craves something else, no matter what I have that is ready and needs to be eaten.
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Dec 15
I rarely cook meals, so my husband will eat what I prepare, unless it's thin crust pizza, which he abhors. I bought that recently and by mistake and didn't realize it until the oven was hot and it was going in. He did eat it, but with much reserve. I work most supper meals and in the warm months I work lunches too, so he makes his own meals. But, he'll eat what he buys more than one day in a row, but when he's tired of what's around and I make suggestions he'll tell me that he just had that the day before and such. My daughter is not as picky with what's available, just so long as there is tuna, apples and yogurt.
@kaka135 (14087)
• Malaysia
9 Dec 15
I do not usually say that, but in these two months when I am pregnant (first trimester), I just hardly find anything in the house that can satisfy my stomach or my appetite. We usually have toast and biscuits at home, so whenever I feel hungry, I can just have some of them. But, now that I am pregnant, I just can't feel the contentment after eating bread or biscuits, sometimes noodles can't make me feel full too. Moreover, I don't feel like cooking sometimes. Hope this situation will change soon perhaps after a few more months.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Dec 15
I'm sure it will. If I remember correctly you already have at least one child at home, how was your pregnancy with that one? Was your appetite lower then too? i was never bothered with not wanting to eat or wanting to eat the wrong foods.
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@kaka135 (14087)
• Malaysia
10 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman Yes, I have two children now, this is my third pregnancy. I don't really remember was I this choosy during the previous two pregnancies, though my husband said I was. But I found that this time was more uncomfortable, perhaps because I am getting older and not as healthy as before.
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• Midland, Michigan
10 Dec 15
@kaka135 Maybe, or maybe it would always be that way with you. I was older when I had both my children, being thirty-six and thirty-nine and I wouldn't say I was overly healthy, yet I didn't have problems with my appetite and I never had morning sickness either, which was a big blessing.
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
We try very hard not to throw it away. I eat food that is past it;s sell by date. I think we often feel like there is nothing to just grab and eat; but there are plenty of ingredients on hand to prepare something. That's how it is in out house.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Dec 15
I have no problem eating foods that are past their sell date either. But, my daughter is a stickler on that and if she finds things, she'll throw them away whether I agree or not. I'm trying to eat more coriander which is supposed to help get rid of bad bacteria in the stomach and eliminate the possibility of getting any food poisoning. Plus I have a strong stomach, or at least I've had one for several years. I don't know whether it will continue my whole life or not.
• Midland, Michigan
10 Dec 15
@paigea I don't know what all cilantro is good for, but what I'm talking about is one of the ingredients in Curry. Come to find out, all the ingredients in curry are good for something.
@Shellyann36 (9616)
• United States
10 Dec 15
Oh yes I have this problem frequently! The same problems you have to a T. Hubby is one of the worst to complain!
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• Midland, Michigan
11 Dec 15
Yes, them there guys aren't always too happy with our choices, although he buys some of his own food too. Sometimes he'll do that even when he knows I'm planning a bigger shop. I'll come home and he'll have some of the same choices that I purchased just for him.
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• United States
16 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman Men! My hubby's taste change day to day. One day he will want candy, the next day chips etc. He loves his snacks and if I buy him something that I know he likes he will say, "Well why didn't you buy such and such?".
@softbabe44 (5902)
• Vancouver, Washington
7 Dec 15
Even after you shop they say why didn't you get any of this I say I forgot sorry.
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• Midland, Michigan
7 Dec 15
Yet, often they don't tell you what they want ahead of time, am I right?
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• Vancouver, Washington
7 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman Yep they sure don't tell you that.
• St. Cloud, Florida
6 Dec 15
I can literally cook good food for my boyfriend and he will take a few bites, and in the fridge it goes until i throw it out in the garbage. He is usually not interested if its not sweets or junk food. No wonder he is so skinny. He wont eat hardly.
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• Midland, Michigan
7 Dec 15
Actually, for most people, sweets and junk foods will make them gain too much weight. At least he remains skinny, but it will harm him eventually if he never makes any changes. It will affect his whole body down to the cellular level. It may not do anything until he gets much older,, and then he won't pinpoint it to his eating habits when younger.
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• St. Cloud, Florida
8 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman I have been with him almost a year and have added 15 pounds to his frame. He is 6 years older than me and Ive had to explain to him that he can die of such behaviors. He says he really just got used to not eating much. Too lazy to cook anything but bacon or boiled eggs really.
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@Allamanda (157)
• Vietnam
6 Dec 15
If it's a family it should be "there's nothing I want to eat in the house". My family's fridges (plural everyone!) are stocked all the time by my mom who has a habit to buy things that last long (cos she only shops once in a while) and her choices are all about potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and squashes; same goes with meats, she makes habit purchase of some types of protein only: fishes (it goes around 3 type of fishes only), pork (ribs or shoulders part) and chicken. She also buy with big amount to get better deal so we have to eat the same thing over and over again. I am always craved for green vegetables (so much!) when I'm at home to the point that I go shopping every time. Her shopping habits boost my creativity I think lol, it's like a challenge every day to create different dishes with same old ingredients. And when I live alone in the city, there are times that I literally have nothing to eat haha, just... single life :P.
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Dec 15
Alamanda, thanks for visiting, and welcome to mylot. And you're right, what they should say is there's nothing they want to eat in the house. For some families that might mean more goodies are desired, for many would rather eat them then the foods needed for health. It's great that your desire is for more green vegetables, but remember that your berries and other fruits and also other colored vegetables are also needed for different functions in keeping our bodies healthy and working correctly. I understand the single life, but if you can supplement your mom's shopping by buying the produce you desire, then I'd think you could manage getting the minimal amount of food needed for yourself.
• Vietnam
6 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman Thank you for your concern and reminding me. I do have an unbalance diet and I have just got my lesson. I got sick last week cos my immune system went down. I have been eating healthier since then. I live in a tropical country. It's a heaven of fruits here so I am not worried about that part but berries are ridiculously expensive (they can't grow well here). I love berries though :(. The least expensive one is strawberries and they are only as big as my thumb and don't have much juice which s sour if they have any. And I'm the type that can't care any less for myself. When I'm at home, I shop for every family member as well (they are sick of the foods my mom bought as much as me lol). I am not motivated enough to buy stuff just for me alone. However, I will take good care of myself from now on. I lost 2 weeks doing nothing because of my sickness.
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@sofssu (14462)
7 Dec 15
I guess you don't always have the right food.. though you have loads of food. Happens from time to time LOL
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• Midland, Michigan
7 Dec 15
The hard part is that our appetite changes and we don't know when we'll tire of something we usually enjoy let alone anyone else in our family. It doesn't bother me too much when I need a break from a certain type of food, but I'll know not to buy it for a while when that happens. For everyone else, they tend to wait until you stock the pantry or fridge back up before letting you know. Then you have to hope it doesn't expire before they're interested in it again.
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
6 Dec 15
I go shopping for grocery once a week and I always buy enough to cover the full week. I also have dry or canned food in the pantry, pasta, rice, canned tomatoes... I always have enough to invent something to eat.
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Dec 15
I can invent different foods to eat, but I'm not the one preparing the foods most of the time.
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• United States
6 Dec 15
Sometimes I feel that way myself after I've done a big shopping. We might have food but probably not what I feel like eating at the moment
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@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
10 Dec 15
Its just the two of us at home now so we don't have that problem. My kids knew better than to stick up their noses at the food in the pantry or fridge. If they did and wanted something else they bought it themselves. When they were younger I always bought what I liked so nothing went out of date.
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
10 Dec 15
I think it happens to all of us, wanting something that we don't have in the house at a particular moment. But throwing out food is not an option.