Post # 1
I will try almost anything food-wise: ethnic cuisine, uncommon fruits/vegetables, pretty much any types of meats/fish, etc. So the idea of what makes a picky eater is something I haven’t had experience with.
For those that are picky eaters, is there any reason? Have you just always been picky? Were you forced to eat things you didn’t like as a kid? Were your parents picky eaters? Have you tried or succeeded to overcome “picky eating”, or even have a desire to?
Basically I’m curious if there is a cause/reason behind someone being a picky eater, or if they are just born that way.
Post # 3
I have a texture problem. I’m slowly, but surely getting over it. There was a time in my life where lettuce made me gag. Now I am starting to eat iceberg lettuce a bit more. More of the leafy greens lettuce makes me gag still.
There were times growing up that I was forced to eat every single bite of food on my plate no matter what it was. This was forced by my mother’s boyfriend at the time. They were together for a few years and he didn’t give a shit.
Post # 4
I don’t eat most seafood, particularly shellfish. I’m not allergic, it’s a purely psychological problem. The smell makes me gag. Even the thought of eating it turns my stomach. I’m a little better with fish, particularly meaty fish. I don’t really enjoy eating it, but I can without wanting to vomit.
I do make a point to try something every couple years…shrimp, or mussels, prepared in different ways, because I know from experience that tastes can change as you get older, but this one has stubbornly stuck around most of my life.
For a long I wouldn’t eat mustard, or spinach. The latter I eat on an almost daily basis now. I also wouldn’t touch a hot dog for almost a decade (stemming from an incident when I was child where I didn’t feel like eating a hot dog for dinner, and was not allowed to leave the table until I did. I finally did, 4 hours later. 4 hours-old hot dogs are not very good). Then when I was in college, I got really drunk one night and scarfed down several chili cheese pups from Krystal burger, and couldn’t understand why I’d avoided them for so long.
I’ll eat pretty much anything once, though, within reason (I’m not sure I could get over the mental hurdle to eat bugs, for example). My mother calls it a “no thank you bite”.
ETA: Also, avocado. I don’t know why, I just can’t stand the taste/texture of it. And grapefruit, because of the sourness of it. Hmm, maybe I’m a pickier eater than I thought…
Post # 5
I’m not really picky, I’m just cautious.
I’m allergic to shellfish and so sometimes I will be wary of trying something if I don’t know what is in it.
But otherwise, I’ll eat almost everything.
FI on the other hand doesn’t eat fruit (too sweet), doesn’t eat tomatoes (he says the look like alien brains), and doesn’t eat any veggies with internal seeds (says they are fruit).
He’s an odd duck.
Post # 6
I’ve always been pretty picky. It was way worse as a kid, wouldn’t touch celery or a lot of other veggies, i like most now. I still don’t eat fish or seafood with the exception of shrimp and canned tuna. I will try different cuisines and types of food but I still tend to stick with ingredients i know (chicken, for example). I think it’s more of a mental thing for me, because just thinking about tasting/eating certain things turns my stomach, even if i haven’t had it before.
Post # 7
My preschool teacher forced a Tuna Sandwich down my throat and I still to this day will not eat ANY kind of seafood!! lol
I would never eat sour cream as a kid either…. one day about 3 years ago (and I’m 27) someone made me try a taco with sour cream on it….OMG, LOVE at first bite!!!!
I can not believe I deprived myself of sour cream for 24 years!! : )
Post # 8
@jenroh1984: That’s how I felt about milder hot sauce.
I always said I didn’t like spicy food and could NEVER do hot sauce.
About 3-4 months ago my FI brings home this green hot sauce and it smells SO good that finally I just try it.
OMG divine!!! How have I been shunning this all along?
Post # 9
Apparently when I was little I ate everything from ribs to fish to steak and more, however now and for as long as I remember, I am the pickiest eater ever! I like pasta and potatoes and candy and yay – basically carbs. The only fruits I will eat are bananas, grapes, apples, oranges, and watermelon. The only veggie is pretty much brocoli. I will eat chicken if I have to but besides that I refuse to eat meat because the smell and I have issues with the whole moral aspect. The main issue for me is texture too tho and smell.
Post # 10
I am a picky eater, have been since I was a baby. I can’t explain it but the older I get I do try more foods but still do not like almost all vegetables. For example only way I will eat carrots is if they are cooked say in soup or a pot roast and are very small.
Post # 11
@KatNYC2011: Omg, my stomach growled when I read your comment! I LOVE LOVE LOVE spicy foods!! I have the BEST mexican restaurant in my town with the greatest hot sauce ever! If I ever move from here, this will be the only thing I miss about living here, that’s how good their spice is! Yum.
Post # 12
I’m ridiculously picky. I’m not sure why, or how it happened. I know my dad’s pretty picky as well, maybe even worse than I am, so maybe I learned/inherited it from him. Having something that tastes bad in my mouth is really like a fear for me.
I’m definitely a texture person, as well as being weird certain food touching eachother. Like, you know those mixed veggies with peas, corn and carrots? I’ll eat each of them individually, but will not put them in my mouth at the same time. If I’m served them at a place that I can’t get away, I’ll separate them into three piles and eat them separately. But really, I don’t like cooked veggies at all. “Mushy” is my most disgusting texture. If I even am washing dishes that have bits of mashed potatoes on them, I WILL throw up just thinking about it.
That said, I’m trying to get better and try to try everything three times, and if I still don’t like it, I don’t have to eat it again. My friend took me for Indian food lately, and I was a trooper and only gagged once (that’s progress!) on some yogurty thing.
I think part of it is it’s just embarrassing to try something and gag, or be served a bunch of food in front of people and then not like it and waste it. So I’m more inclined to stick with “safe” foods, especially in front of others.
Post # 13
I had an ex that wouldn’t eat any white sauce. White gravy, sour cream, cream cheese, tartar sauce and ranch dressing all counted, but most especially mayo. As a joke, one year for his birthday one of our friends gave him one of those huge tubs of mayo you can buy at Costco. He didn’t appreciate the joke..
Post # 14
@jenroh1984: It turns out the only spice I don’t like is straight up seed spice from really hot peppers. If there is good vinegar and other flavors I freaking LOVE it.
Post # 14
@Sassygrn: Ick, veggies. I am the same as you. Carrots are only good when they’re cooked in gravy for a long time or roasted with garlic and olive oil. Other than that, it’s a no go with me.
Post # 15
I don’t like my food to touch either. (Certain foods are okay, I love Ethiopian food and it usually “touches”, but I don’t like savory & sweet stuff to touch; such as dessert touching my entree.)
FI’s sister’s boyfriend has a strange hatered of cream cheese. Even if he really likes something, if he finds out it has cream cheese, he won’t eat it any more.