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Woozy Wednesday: For Different Folks

Although I do enjoy a margarita from time to time and even a Ceasar if the day is right, I still like my drinks simple, not mixed.


I’ve never liked my food all mixed together either. Whenever I walked through the door from school to see the pressure cooker hissing on the stove I’d immediately crumple to the ground in a heap of tears and begin begging, “Pleeeeease mom, not stew. Anything but stew. Don’t maaaaaake me eeeeeat stewwwww!” If I had the meat in a pile on my plate, cleanly separated from the potatoes and carrots, I’d probably eat it.

Andrew loves his stew, his margaritas, his Ceasars, he even hates to love his Palm Bays (shhh… don’t tell him I told you). When his dinner shows up colour coded in sections and rows, he mashes it all together, covers it in gravy and drinks it down.

When he started marathon training, I had him on a 5-6 days/week running schedule where I firmly believed (because it works for me) that even just a 3 mile run once a day is better than gaps in the training. But I thrive on mileage and Andrew does not.

Now that I have him running on 3-4 days/week, his fitness has significantly improved. I’m talking like, huge. The last run we did together was a 14 mile run and he was hitting a 7:20 min/pace by the end of it. I know, right?

And that is definitely something to toast to with a glass of wine alongside a nice dish of ketchup chips.

Do you guys like mixed drinks or simple ones?

Do you like stew?

What about when your food is touching each other?

{ 28 comments… add one }
  • Hellyontherun April 5, 2016, 9:40 pm

    No no no. Food needs to be separated. AND I eat in sections. First the corn, then the baked potato, then the meat. None of this take bites of everything business.

    My husband actually noticed I compartmentalized my eating when we were dating and said that’s one of the many idiosyncrasies he loves about me, lol!

    • Hellyontherun April 5, 2016, 9:41 pm

      And yay for Andrew! 🙂

      • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 5, 2016, 10:23 pm

        Yay! Except he’s got a sore back right now. So boooo. But he’s bouncing back, and will be back to yay in no time. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 5, 2016, 10:22 pm

      Yes yes yes!!! Me too me too me too! I don’t take a bite of this and then a bite of that either. It’s an assembly line of food down the hatch.

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine April 6, 2016, 1:50 am

    I used to HATE when my food touched. I have gotten much better about this and now I even like mixing certain foods but for awhile I would keep everything separate and eat it in order from what I liked the least to what I liked the most. (This was a habit from when I was really little and my mom said I couldn’t leave the table until I cleared my plate- I figured I might as well get the bad stuff out of the way first!) I don’t really care for mixed drinks, although I’ll occasionally have a mimosa or something like that, but typically I am happy with wine or beer.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 7:26 am

      I thought of you actually when I was typing out how I only like wine or beer. Okay so your eating pattern makes a lot of sense to me and I bet there are so many people that eat that same way from having to finish their plates when they were younger.

  • Allie April 6, 2016, 2:47 am

    You guys are opposites of my husband and I! I don’t mind a mash-up but my husband needs everything separated and eats one thing at a time. It’s nuts! He’s also not a runner and sometimes that makes me happy but then it makes me sad. A 7:20 pace on a long run is killing it!!! Nice work.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 7:25 am

      Well, yeah I mean I run so much that it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Andrew didn’t run just so we balance each other out a bit but I think we still balance out when he runs because we are such different runners. And I have to say that I LOVE running with him. And I LOVE seeing his face and how happy and strong he feels after a run. It’s the coolest most amazing thing ever to watch people literally do things they never in a million years thought possible.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 6, 2016, 3:32 am

    Growing up, my food couldn’t touch. In fact, I might have been the pickiest eater possible. It once took me 20 minutes to eat a piece of lettuce. My parents timed me and never let me forget, which makes it amazing I have a food blog today. Granted, I haven’t touch much food lately, but that’s to be expected.

    Different strokes for different folks.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 7:23 am

      HA HA! 20 minutes to eat lettuce?! Were you being naughty about it? Defiant Meghan? Tee hee.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe April 6, 2016, 3:58 am

    I don’t mind if my foods touch as long as I can dissect them. Like, I’ll put toppings on my froyo but then I eat them rather matter of fact-ly and bit by bit. That is why I love salads–I can create my bites. I’m not one for sauces. Alex is a masher and bring-together-er.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 7:22 am

      I eat the chunks out of ice cream and then put it back in the freezer. I’m a terrible human being.

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns April 6, 2016, 5:26 am

    Dang Andrew! That’s so impressive. I love how you made one small tweak and now he’s busting out those paces. Now you have to fix me and get me fast haha!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 7:22 am

      Ya right! Your paces are getting faster and faster each week and you’re setting PRs all over the place! But yeah, when I looked down at my Garmin and saw 7:20 I was like WHAT!?!?! Amazing.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run April 6, 2016, 7:44 am

    I like it all mashed together! The perfect Thanksgiving bite: turkey, stuffing, green beans, and cran sauce!!!! 🙂

    I am definitely like Andrew- recovery days with no running work for me, although sometimes I do NOT like it. Today I really wanted to run but I made myself lift. With all the running I was doing preparing for the race, I have been getting addicted to that endorphin high again, and then when I looked at my class schedule today I was like uggggh how am I going to get through today without running????? Also, it’s the day after report cards go home which means I knew I was going to be getting emails and phone calls!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 11:41 am

      Well, balance is key, I guess. But lots of running keeps me balanced so, there’s that balance and then there’s the balance of not having running take over my life. Geez. It all sounds so sensible, I feel like just getting drunk.

  • Ange // Cowgirl Runs April 6, 2016, 8:34 am

    I not longer outwardly lose my shit when my food touches on my plate, but I much prefer everything to be separate, and I eat it that way too. Veggies. Protein. Carbs. In that order.
    I LURVE me a good margarita, but it had best be made with good tequila, shaken, lime, and salt. None of this blended sugary shit. Ew.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 11:40 am

      Okay so what kind of lime flavour do you use? Do you buy the premade stuff? Or are you literally talking like just tequila, ice, lime juice and salt? I don’t have a clue about this stuff. I don’t like drinking the blended drinks because I get so full and I hate that bursting feeling.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes April 6, 2016, 9:15 am

    Nice job Andrew! I’m a purist on drinks: beer, wine, neat Scotch, gin with just a splash of soda water. Ryan’s the same way. But food? Everything in a bowl all together! I never was weird about foods touching, unless it’s fruit touching anything salty like at breakfast.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 11:38 am

      If you read my response, which Scotch do you like to drink? Andrew is the Scotch drinker around here and he’s into… umm.. I forget what it’s called but it’s Irish. And I can’t go downstairs to check because Callum is in the bathtub. He’s peeing into the bath right now actually, as I type this. Sigh…

  • Allison Fiorini April 6, 2016, 11:06 am

    We are freaking twins. I like everything separate, too! Last night I had a meal from Blue Apron called Chicken Provencal and it was everything all mixed up. I made it and I ate it but I would have preferred the chicken, potatoes, and swiss chard all separate. My husband mowed it right down.

    7:20?!?!!?!?!?!? ANDREW! Aahhhmazing. Like you.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 11:37 am

      Yeah, I was so impressed especially since he lay that pace down at the end of the workout!

  • Heather@hungryforbalance April 6, 2016, 11:29 am

    Neither John or I mind if our food co- mingles. In fact, I prefer to eat out of bowls- that way I can get little bites of things together more easily.
    That’s awesome about Andrew!! It’s so cool that you were able to figure that out!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 6, 2016, 11:36 am

      Well, you are just much more sensible than I. You’re also way healthier. Maybe I should take notes here…

  • Cathy Empey April 7, 2016, 9:32 am

    I don’t drink a lot, but if I do. Usually a glass of on the sweeter side white wine. Caesar’s (spicy are yummy too!)

    I dislike stew!! I would be the one in my family to just pick out the carrots and eat that only lol.

    I don’t care if my foods touch. I usually mix everything up lol.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 7, 2016, 2:27 pm

      I abhor cooked carrots. Actually, I think I only hate them because they’re in stew. I hate stew. Lol can you tell?

  • Lauren @ i had a big lunch April 7, 2016, 11:46 am

    I don’t NEED my food to be separated but I definitely am not one of those people who mashes stuff together, pours some kind of sauce on it, and then gets it down. I mean are you enjoying your food or what?? I don’t think I’ve ever had stew….

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 7, 2016, 2:22 pm

      You’ve never had stew?!?! Luckyyyyyy

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