Picky Eater for Life

by Beth
(Memphis, TN)

OK. So I'm sure none of you want to here this but I am 29 years old and believe I have this--I am a picky eater and have been my entire life.

It's the TEXTURE of things that I can't handle, in general. I love the flavor of strawberries, bananas, oranges, etc but I CANNOT eat one! This also happens in the vegetable category--onions, peppers, etc. I have learned to try different varieties as I may like one and not the other. I do NOT eat iceberg lettuce. I can find a single shredded piece in a Taco Bell taco! It tastes very bitter to me. I LOVE fresh spring mix and other "dark green" varieties of lettuce.

Do NOT give up on your loved one! Encourage them to try it all once! And let them know it is OK to throw it up (I hate when that happens! Still does sometimes to this day--esp seafood!) or spit it out. Who knows what they will like?

Good luck and God bless!

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Mar 07, 2012
I am so with you!
by: Lysbeth

I am 31 and today went to a Speech Therapist for a childhood FEEDING disorder. She gave me a ton of research and steps to take that make a TON of sense. Including: Why I will go for 10 months eating the same thing for lunch (my only meal if that) made the same way and they get sick of it and never eat it again. OR why I only eat bland in color and bland in texture foods. OR Why I can eat beans/chips and cheese/chips but not beans/cheese/chips. It was my first session but for the first time I have HOPE that I will be able to move past the <20 foods that I eat and the one day I will be able to mix food.
Advice for in the meantime: While I hate V8 and even the thought of vegetable juice, there is the new V8 Fusions and the Strawberry Banana one tastes similar to a Gatorage Fruit punch. AND in one 8 oz glass there is a whole serving of veggies AND a serving of fruit. There are also pills called Juice Plus (my ob referred me when I was prego and she knew my eating habits) where they take all sorts of fruits and dry them out and put them in a pill. Complete and all. Apparently, just a good (sort of). Good luck!

Jan 03, 2012
by: Amber

Beth, I am the exact same way! Especially with the whole lettuce thing. It's something with the crunch of it that I cannot stand and I will pick it out of the Taco Bell taco the exact same way. I cannot stand anything mushy like yogurt, pudding, bananas.....I want to like these things and have tried to eat them many times over the years, but I just gag and spit them out. None of my foods can touch and I never mix them. I eat all of one before going to another and once I move on to the next one do not go back to the previous. I have been judged and criticized by family and friends for this my entire life. Now I have children of my own and my oldest is an extremely picky eater. Everyone blames it on me. I am so thankful for this website and finding out that I am not alone in this and that it is not my fault.

Thank you so much! It's nice to find that there are others like me out there.

Jan 17, 2011
So understand
by: Anonymous

I am 35 and still can't eat most things no fruit veg most meats, extremely specific on the foods i do eat funny thing over the years i have asked doctors and only just found out others have it too

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