(Closed) Adventures in being a picky eater….as an adult

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What do you eat? Maybe that would inform how to make veggies, etc so you can get past their texture.

 

For example, I’m’ a texture hater and I cannot. stand. raw tomatoes or onions. I hate them. I started roasting tomatoes until they were soft and sweet and sauteeing onions until they didn’t have that gross crunch anymore, and my world opened a little bit 🙂 I’m’ constantly trying new things and trying to make myself eat things that are healthy because I know I can figure out a way to stomach them!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I’m picky about the quality of my food and where it comes from.  I don’t eat meat.  I’ll eat turkey once in a while, but only fresh turkey, not the processed block stuff that is sold at the deli counter. 

 

What is it about those foods that bothers you?  I can’t imagine you really have a problem with texture since the foods you won’t eat don’t seem related, texture wise.  Do you think you might have a form of OCD (totally uneducated opinion here).  There just isn’t any connection between a fruit like a peach, carbonated beverages, and a shrimp. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I feel for you, I’m not quite as restricted but I still have a huge list of things I don’t eat, and for day to day eating I prefer to eat the same few things over and over again. Some of it is flavors, but most is texture. I try telling people there are textures I just can’t stomach but I’m sure I just come off as fussy or unhealthy (most fruits and vegetables are off-limits, and I eat mostly processed food). 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m no psychologist, but I do work in anxiety and it sounds more like a mental block about food than anything… lol. The textures of the foods you don’t like seem pretty different. Have you tried mushrooms, which have a meaty texture?

I mean I can’t swallow a pill, but I know I’m physically able to swallow pills. I just can’t get past my mental block and it’s something I’m dedicated to working on. Seems like this is similar…

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am also a picky eater, and it is, for me, 90% a texture thing as well.  

I DO eat meat, in fact, I love meat.  But I hate turkey (flavor), pork (texture), and roast beef (texture).  I don’t like the “stringier” meats, if that makes sense.

I wish, I really do wish, that I could eat seafood.  I just can’t do it.  I’ve tried, but I just can’t stomach it.  The thought of it even creeps me out….there’s no real reason.

I love most fruits, hate most vegetables.  Only nuts I can handle are peanuts and cashews, all others are a big no.  

Basically, the majority of my (sad) diet is like a kids dream.  I wish it weren’t true, but it is.  French fries, pasta, pizza, burgers….basically the white and bland foods are my favorite.  I know it’s not good for me, but I can’t overcome it!

My brother is even worse.  The only meat he eats is bacon!  The only carbonated beverage is beer!  his diet is mostly pasta, rice, and chocolate. I’m not even kidding.

I feel your pain……

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

It sounds like you’ve established behaviors/rituals to your eating and you are disturbed when they are broken (the crying).  I don’t think that’s just being a picky eater. If you’re happy and are aware of what you need to eat to be healthy, I don’t think you necessarily need to change.

Some people have habits/practices that help them through the day and they are just fine with them for their entire lives. 

 

If you find yourself avoiding certain situations or if being able to control your food starts eating into time that would normally be spent doing other things, maybe they you have to think about how to change.

 

Are you bothered by how you eat? 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh and mushrooms?!?  Forget it.  Definitely smell weird, and while I HAVE tried them, it was like chewing on a dense sponge.  ((shudder))

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

@MrsWrangler:  I have a really hard time swallowing pills too. Intellectually, I know I can do it, but sometimes I freak out and gag.

OP, in my (totally uneducated) opinion, it sounds like this is mostly in your head and you should just force yourself to eat things until you get used to their textures. Afterall, what’s the worst thing that can happen? You won’t actually choke on the food, and it’s pretty unlikely that it would make you throw up.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You are just like my FI!  He eats carbs and dairy!  Pasta, eggs, cheese, and pizza comprise his main meals.  He’ll occasionally eat steak, but very rarely.

He won’t eat: chocolate, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables, chicken, pork, any seafood, most spices, anything with chunks in it (yogurt has to be plain or vanilla, no fruit-on-the-bottoms!)…  I honestly stopped cooking for him because it became a nightmare and there was so much wasted food.  Ironically, he’s in better shape than I am.  He has all his bloodwork done every year and is in perfect health.. That Flintstone vitamin he takes every day does the trick!

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