153 Days ’til 40: How Hot Do You Like It?

21 Sep


Alright, alright, I want to know how many people had their minds in the gutter when they read the title of this post….  did you??????

My oldest daughter LOVES spicy food – she has no problems emptying half of a bottle of tabasco sauce on her eggs, and still thinks they are not hot.  I cannot ask her to taste food for me and tell me if it is hot or I may not be able to breathe.

When I was younger I LOVED spicy foods, but I have come to like them less as I have gotten older (I know, sad and pathetic).  I still like spicy foods, but I do not like that feeling in my mouth after I eat them – the tingling, on fire mouth and throat.  I suppose this is where old age and tolerance no longer like to dance together.

I love Indian and Ethiopian and Thai food- I need to find a new way to tolerate the spices.

Then there are the spicy people in our lives, but perhaps that is a post for another day!



Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Addiction, Diet, Exercise, Health, Inspiration


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28 responses to “153 Days ’til 40: How Hot Do You Like It?

  1. mskatykins

    September 21, 2012 at 00:05

    Love the spice (generally!). LOVE Tabasco, it’s my favourite. I know what you mean, you don’t want it so spicy that you can’t taste or feel anything else other than pain for ages! 😉

    • 400daystil40

      September 21, 2012 at 21:53

      You and my daughter would get along really well!!!

  2. buckwheatsrisk

    September 21, 2012 at 00:24

    who are you calling old?? i love spicy food. no gutter thoughts here!

  3. Lorrin

    September 21, 2012 at 03:32

    I must be a very boring person. The first thing that came to mind was chilis… still have to try a white ghost!

    • 400daystil40

      September 21, 2012 at 21:53

      hehehe – yea, I tend to be boring too! 🙂

  4. The White Pumpkin

    September 21, 2012 at 04:53

    spicy people.. lol.. i just envisioned someone rolling around in a vat of spice mix.. LOL.. there are usually ways to tone down the food.. if you are making it yourself you can control the chili levels.. if you are eating out.. thai food (extra noodles or rice.. more veggies.. indian food ask for plain yogurt ..bread and rice are there for a reason traditionally the spicy things are eaten atop the rice or with the breads (naans, chapatis, rotis, etc) Ethiopian food has injera.. that spongey pancake like bread just ask for an extra one and take smaller bites with a lil more bread. you may also ask to make it less spicy.. a lot of restaurants are happy to adjust a little.. unless its a buffet. I like my food spicy.. people.. i prefer geeky and a little boring with a hint of quirk n spice

    • 400daystil40

      September 21, 2012 at 21:53

      Hehehe – yea, my youngest just might roll around in a vat of spices!!!!! 🙂 great advice to mix it all with yogurt!!!! 🙂 And I already use your injera strategy – regularly!

  5. Lela Bonchjela

    September 21, 2012 at 13:19

    I love Thai and Indian food too! Have you been to Thailand to eat their Tom Yum? It’s nothing like the Tom Yum in SIngapore, Malaysia or Indonesia, Thais do it the best!

    • 400daystil40

      September 21, 2012 at 21:49

      I have not – but I want to go!!!!!

  6. silverbells2012

    September 21, 2012 at 14:03

    Well, when I read your title, hand on heart, I thought immediately of spices…. I do like spicy food and am told that chilli is addictive. I’m not sure about that, or perhaps like with everything else addiction doesn’t affect everyone (i.e. some people put a pound on a horse once a year while others become pathological gamblers). However, I do hope that I can continue to enjoy hot food for the foreseeable future 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      September 21, 2012 at 21:46

      Hehehe – that is so cool! Hmm, chili as addictive, will have to look into that one!

  7. Another Thousand Words

    September 21, 2012 at 19:35

    Love the peppers image, 400…my kind of HOT, even at this old age of 66 (and quite healthy for you, too)! But…my first thought at the headline was: WEATHER! I am so thankful Autumn is here, after dealing with such excessive heat for months!

    • 400daystil40

      September 21, 2012 at 21:46

      My daughter loves them, I can barely tolerate them (am such a wimp!) 🙂 Funny that you thought about the weather! 🙂

  8. kenthinksaloud

    September 21, 2012 at 21:18

    Living in Bangladesh, as my family and I do, we get this kind of spicy food everyday. You soon get used to the spices – or starve!

    • 400daystil40

      September 21, 2012 at 21:45

      Hmmm – maybe we need to consider Bangladesh for our next family adventure!!! 🙂

      • kenthinksaloud

        September 21, 2012 at 21:46

        It certainly became ours! Been here four years and counting!

        • 400daystil40

          September 21, 2012 at 21:55

          Wow – that is great! My family loves the expat experience and is always looking for a new adventure! We will see what opens up! 🙂

  9. The Quiet Borderline (back in hospital)

    September 21, 2012 at 23:49

    Haha. Very good. I can’t tolerate spicy foods. I love chicken korma – that’s my favourite (Indian) dish.

  10. walkwiththerabbi

    September 22, 2012 at 15:02

    It seems like both our dissipating “comfort zones” for spicy foods as we age (ever so gracefully I night add), are in tandem. As to the “gutter thing,” it’s best we don’t go there. Hugs from here.

    • 400daystil40

      September 23, 2012 at 00:36

      Hehehe – yes, we should stay out of the gutter! I am sad that I am losing my tolerance for spicy foods, as I love them!

  11. viveka

    September 23, 2012 at 00:46

    an advice from an old chef … to your daughter – she will damage her taste buds if she carry on like that .. and the more she spice it up the more she will need. It’s like a electric tooth brush or mobile – the longer you charge it .. the more it wants until the batteries goes. I like medium hot food .. once in a while I can go for an Indian – and I like Thai .. but medium hot. What to save my buds – have a lot a fantastic meals to eat.

    • 400daystil40

      September 24, 2012 at 00:07

      I think it is already too late – I think she killed her taste buds at age 2. 🙂

      • viveka

        September 24, 2012 at 01:16

        2???? Are you kidding ????

  12. wartica

    September 23, 2012 at 01:04

    I agree; there are so many great herbs and spices, from all over the world to choose from:)


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