Food envy[food en-vee]:a feeling of discontent with regard to the advantages of another’s nourishing substance.
This is for everyone who has suffered in silence, caught in the wraps of food envy. Plate pickers and sausage stealers need not apply. Stealing from other’s plates is wrong and strangers don’t like it. I don’t do it and I don’t like it if it’s done to me.
I make an exception for my girlfriend. This is an expected part of a relationship. What ever I do surprised me was when she made an exception for me. This was rather more than an act of goodwill or respect. It was an act of power. I took that upon myself. I became the Cheese Lady. I would present my plate, he would place his in front of me and we would then have this little encounter.
I suppose you don’t want to hear stories like this and you probably don’t want to believe them either. So here’s a real story. This has happened to me more than once.
It was a typical encounter like many of them. A few of us sitting around a table dined on a somewhat average meal. The meal was not particularly bad, but neither was it our favorite. About 15 minutes into the meal, I proudly revealed what I had been working on. At that point, I don’t remember if I said anything or not. But if I did, I don’t remember what I said.
What I did say was that I worked really hard andesteakfishpreferablybrandy. And if they ordered salmon, well, I couldn’t refuse. I’d potentially be drinking from the cups of someone else’s conjured Bardi.
I’ll even go as far as to say that if they gave me a Diet Coke instead of a Pepsi, I would feel bad for a day or two afterward. But that is about all the spree I have when it comes to sodas.
If stories like these happened to you, who would you call? Fatty or Stevie Ray? I would even say that if you said you worked for the Food and Drug Administration, I would say you must be a real prick.
stories like this must be genre junkies’ way of life. Every time there is aptin darein’ story, or some other scalp splitting event, there is always a story behind it. genre movies are made like this. And underneath all the melodramaticity of the characters, there is always a deep web of onionception to catch you unawares.
Weirdly, beneath the believable (but within the boundaries of separation anxiety) is the fundamental anxiety of not being able to possess the things we want. It is something created from the very core of who we are. And for this there is no adequate explanation. Just as with language, we have made the choice to live in this way and it is up to us to recognize it and take responsibility for it.
There is no good answer to the question should one be concerned about gluten free products. As every decision we make, we cannot avoid the presence of gluten in products we eat, but we can and we do try to limit our exposure to it. As an example, the companies and suppliers who made clear gluten-free claims on their products did so with the knowledge and understanding that many of their customers would be allergic to gluten and therefore the potential for compulsory compliance was low. As a result, this knowledge was kept on the down-low.
Today, however, the situation is different. No longer is it possible to assume that everyone who buys a gluten free food product will be able to tolerate it. This has increased the demand for gluten free foods, but equally, it has also increased the supply of all foods for which people are allergic. The understanding of agrarian development and the great need for animal protein, particularly for building the body and blood and providing all the other elements of nourishment, have led to the finding of a new protein which is made from micro-organism by converting the amino acid within them to the healthy substance referred to as casein.