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AbigailAbigail from Paoli wrote on April 11, 2019 on 4:28 pm:
I don't remember a time when I wasn't picky though my Dad tells me there was. I'm 25, married, and still struggle with this. I am a meat girl with a dislike of all veggies and most fruit. Broccoli is my sworn enemy and cheese is my greatest ally. I live off of the three c's: ships, cheese, and chicken. This has really affected my relationship with my husband since he's so worried about my health. I have tried eating new things but they just don't feel right. I have a hard time getting past the texture of a lot of things. I still wish I could change but I am glad I'm not alone.
Admin Reply by: Bob
I wonder if your husband might have a few foods he doesn't like to eat. How would he react if you insisted he needs to eat those foods. You should be eating enough variety that your health is just fine. I'm the worst of the worst and I will soon be 72 and doing really great. In my mind it's only food and others who take exception with what we can't or won't eat have no place in my life.
BarryBarry from Detroit wrote on April 11, 2019 on 6:25 am:
I have been a picky eater since day one. I'm almost 63 years old now, and not really interested in change at this point. My first and pretty much first hated food is tomatoes in any form. Before I could talk, my mother would try to feed me spaghetti with sauce on it, and I would turn my head, spit it out, scream and turn red, yell, "NOOOO!", and knock it off the shelf of my high chair. One day, she had the noodles without the sauce on them sitting on my high chair and was about to put the sauce on when the phone rang. When she came back, I was busy shoving the plain noodles into my mouth. Soon it became clear I wanted nothing to do with most dairy. I don't like eggs as something to eat alone, regardless of how they are cooked. I despise cheese big time, I never really wanted to drink milk, and haven't had a glass in 30 years plus. I have 3 levels of like , meh, and dislike/hate. The stuff I like, I really like! Corn in almost any form, rice, narrow egg noodles(Long story). Most fish, shrimp, crab, but please, leave the lemon off of it. I don't get it.. Beef, Some Chinese food. Plain everything. A sandwich is bread and meat, or peanut butter, I want no lettuce, or god no, mayo on it. Beef is well done or it goes back to cook until it is. Potatoes, fried, boiled, mashed, are all great, unless something other than salt is on them. Meh is a lot of stuff I don't hate, but I have no idea why anyone would want to eat it. Poultry is number one here. I don't understand it's appeal. This attitude runs in my family, as my grandfather and uncle didn't like it either. I have eaten it, but unless it's fried, I have to force it down. I do eat broccoli, but it's like taking a vitamin, I don't like it at all. I like raw carrots, cooked ones are revolting. Peas are fine, unless they are out of a can. No green, wax, pole of other beans. The hated food list is long. Tuna, Trout, and Salmon are "hell no!". Ranch Dressing is the grossest smelling and tasting thing on earth, with mustard right behind it. Obviously, Italian, most French, Middle Eastern, Greek and other foods are not going to work. I don;t like really spicy food even though I can handle very hot food without much distress. I dislike white meat pork too. Hated fruits are anything in the peach family, grapefruit, any melon other than watermelon. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans are not going to be eaten. My friends are constantly amused by my eating over the years, and if we go out to lunch or whatever, they know Olive Garden, Mexican, Greek, Japanese, and a lot more will not happen, but I'm fine with Red Lobster, Wendy's McD's, BK, and most other fast food places, and any place that has fried fish other than the "gross 3" above is more than ok.
PoppyPoppy from Middlesbrough wrote on April 10, 2019 on 6:17 pm:
I may only be 22 but being a picky eater has put so much stress on me over the years. I cant remember a time where i wasn't a picky eater. I find social situations tough especially finding somewhere to eat out with my boyfriend as the only take away option i can eat is fish and chips. I also have OCD so both combined are a nightmare, some days i just dont eat because of the anxiety i suffer with revolving around food. I have given some food a try but only one or two in the past has seem to stuck but nothing in the terms of a proper full meal. My diet consists of only, potato foods, Cod, beans and the odd fruit.
MarkMark from Raleigh wrote on April 5, 2019 on 1:32 pm:
"I am glad that I am not the only one,"..... How many times does that phrase end these heartfelt entries? I certainly felt that way when I first found Bob K's site more than 10 years ago! And in many ways just knowing 'I am not the only one' changed my life! A great weight was lifted. I am 64 now, still a picky eater in the classic sense, but now I TELL people of my condition and if they don't like it.... then tough! I found that most folks really don't care, or even understand once you can articulate the condition! Anyway, thanks Bob. Your efforts have had such a positive effect on so many people.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Thank you to all the people that have helped to get the word out. I could not have done it by myself.
Bob K
JulieJulie from Columbia wrote on April 5, 2019 on 2:59 am:
I finally opened up to a few new friends about how I basically eat like an 8-year-old (except my own 8-year-old eats way better than I ever did...) and one of them pointed me to your website. I spent the last 10 minutes wiping tears from my eyes so that I could keep reading everything here. Its funny, because the last thing I said to my new friend is that I don't know anyone who has the same problem as me. And the first sentence I read was "Bet you thought you were alone in the world, didn't you." Can't wait to spend more time on this website.
Admin Reply by: Bob
This website was started so people would find out they are not alone and what they have is real. So glad you found us. Your note put tears in my eyes. thanks Bob K
MorganMorgan from Whiteland wrote on March 30, 2019 on 12:40 am:
Hey there. Im morgan and im 19. My entire diet consists on French fries and chicken. I have a child and its ruining my relationship with her father. My family thinks I need to just "man up" but whenever i try something new, my body rejects it and forces me to puke.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Hello Morgan you might want to watch some of the videos on our video page of the website. That might help you understand what is going on with you. Find out all you can about ARFID. People around you need to understand it's way more than "man up" . I have had something similar to you my entire life and I'm not a spring chicken. The emotional stress of this eating disorder can be very harmful to your health
AprilApril from Tucson wrote on March 26, 2019 on 3:12 pm:
Hi there my name is April and I have been a very picky eater my entire 36 years of life! I hate cooking because the majority of the time I gag. I eat some meat however, I cannot cook it or watch it being cooked. At times I will prepare chicken for my husband in the crock-pot, but I wear nitrile gloves and also use tongs. I will breathe through my mouth not to smell the raw chicken. If I make any meat, not only will I not eat it, I am too grossed out to eat anything. I enjoy the smell of cooked chicken but the taste is not as enjoyable. I can eat hamburgers, some steak if it is cut so there is no fat. If I take one bite and it has gristle, I will not eat the rest of my meal. I love Mexican food because of all the spices and sauces that cover up the taste of most meat. I will eat vegetables but will not eat asparagus, squash, zucchini and others I can’t think of right now. I do not eat eggs or any seafood. When I was a kid my dad would go hunting and butcher the Elk right in front of me. I do not understand how people can kill an animal, butcher it and also eat it. I enjoyed my dad’s cooking as a kid however, I never knew what I was actually eating. Could be beef but more than likely it was Elk meat. I travel regularly for work with my team, and I am the only one that has issues with food. They always want me to pick restaurants because they can never figure out what it is I like and don’t like. I eat pasta’s without meat, I love fruit almost all. I love sweets as in candy, cake and chocolate to name a few. My husband will try anything once and believes I should to. He thinks I am absolutely ridiculous! My kids are picky also. My son, 4 years old will eat more foods that I will not but is still very selective. My daughter the same but she doesn’t like vegetables at all. I wish I could get myself to try new foods because I hate when people ask “What do you eat?” I am humbled to know there are more people like me.
ThomasThomas from Bridgeport wrote on March 24, 2019 on 6:44 pm:
I'm only a teenager but the struggle against eating new foods has crippled my life. My parents are disappointed in me because they think it's a simple "just eat" matter and no one seems to understand that's not the case. Every time a new food touches my tongue I have the uncontrollable urge throw up and cry, and I honestly can't take it anymore.
Admin Reply by: Bob
You should take a look at some of the videos on this webpage. Not all of them work but those that do could help you understand what you appear to have is. You never asked to have problems with food and you would change if only you could. But you have a real disorder that thousands of people all over the world have. Try to educate yourself and your parents. Someone is probably giving them bad advice.
DuffyDuffy wrote on March 23, 2019 on 1:00 am:
I struggled with eating most of my life. Originally, I was like most toddlers who had weird eating habits. I was hospitalized as a baby and that’s when my parents started spoiling me. Because my main problem stemmed from food, they let me eat what I wanted. Now I’m 15 and just stopping. March was the first month I decided to count and make my own goals for normalizing my relationship with food. In March, I’ve only made my own dinner 3 times. Once was only because my parents were at a dinner party I didn’t want to attend for multiple reasons(including food) so I don’t count that. The other two times were when my mom made enchiladas and ham and beans. I’ve never been a fan of any Mexican food. Quesadillas are the only reason I don’t feel weird going to Mexican restaurants with my friends. I discovered I liked them in September of 2018. In March of 2019, I finally tried a quesadilla with more than chicken and cheese. It had onions and green chilies(along with the classic cheese and chicken). Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Still, I struggle the most with Mexican. We go out to a Mexican restaurant about twice a month. Tacos are the worst for me. I don’t like anything about them. Beef and cheese makes me gag at even the thought. Hamburgers are also a struggle. I only like the patty. Most other picky eaters will at least have a condiment and a bun. Not me. I’m trying to stop, though. Next time we go to this restaurant, I’m going to order the BBQ Bacon burger without lettuce and tomato. Weird, but I’m gonna do it anyway. Vegetables have always been a struggle, as with most. Fruit was a problem, but isn’t anymore. Used to be apples exclusively. Now I’m trying new fruits every week. I snacked on some blueberries earlier. Goals are to be able to go into any restaurant and have one order off the regular menu and not ask for anything off unless it’s normal to ask for. I consider myself progressing but still struggling. I don’t have to worry about feeling weird with other people about eating. But I still get nervous going to parties because I’m unsure of what they will feed me, sometimes don’t touch the side dishes on my plate, and go to restaurants and will get chicken tenders.
Admin Reply by: Bob
You are way ahead of most of us. Keep working and I think you will be fine. Most people have some types of food they don't like. You have a great life ahead of you. Way to go.
Steven P HammersmithSteven P Hammersmith from Carol Stream wrote on March 20, 2019 on 1:53 pm:
I have been picky eater all my life, many of my friends think of me as weird or something wrong with me. My health is excellent for the age of 69. I am glad to find this site this morning. Will share with my family.
AprilApril from Decatur wrote on March 20, 2019 on 5:32 am:
Hi! I’m River and I’m 19! I have been a picky eater ever since I could remember. My mom recently told me that I wouldn’t even eat the vegetable puréed baby food. I hate all vegetables, fruits (bananas are only fruit I like) certain cultural foods (asian specifically), or seafood. My daily meals consist of meats, dairy, and carbs. Thankfully, I have a fast metabolism, so I’m able to stay at a healthy weight. I’ve always avoided going to social events with food, and I get so nervous about eating in public, and I never knew why, until I started researching about picky eaters and I realized why! People think it’s weird that I’m a picky eater, especially since I’ve never actually tried most fruits or vegetables, it’s kind of a thing that I just automatically know I don’t like it. But I have been actually wanting to try new fruits, because I know I like the flavor. It’s just going to be hard to get through the texture. I really am glad I found this site and I know I’m not alone! Thank you :)
SolachSolach from Austin wrote on March 14, 2019 on 4:42 pm:
I’m 33 and I am just finding out that my picky eating has a name and could be classified as an “eating disorder.” My picky eating has cause me to be over weight and I have a lot of health issues. I was planning on doing a weight surgery and as the dates get closer I started doing research about my eating habits and started talking to my therapist about it. I want to be able to fix this and I guess I am just afraid of vomiting after trying new food that it has stopped me from trying and I stuck to what I knew I could eat. Anyways, I look forward to finding out more about this and how I am able to work with it.
Admin Reply by: Bob
It's more than just being afraid of vomiting. ARFID is the condition and many of us are born with it. Very hard to overcome.
AshleyAshley from Enon wrote on March 14, 2019 on 4:41 pm:
Hi! I am 28 years old and have been picky all my life! I don't eat fruits and only potatoes, corn and, peas as vegetables if cooked a certain way. I would say that I eat same foods as kids. I don't eat any seafood or chinese. One time I was going to try shimp and I already made up in my mind that it was nasty so when i actually took a bite I didn't really tase it and it got stuck under my teeth. I thought I was going to die! I am now overweight and am trying to eat healthier although i feel like I would only be consuming eggs, baked potatoe and, grilled chicken breast! Any ideas on how to help me change my mind about textures of food and try new things without already thinking they are awful?
DaxcenaDaxcena wrote on March 14, 2019 on 8:58 am:
Hi I'm Dax, I've always been picky and it's honestly a insecure spot for me. I'm only 20, and still living with my parents and younger siblings, all of whom are not picky. My mom is constantly saying "try this" but I can just never do it and if I do, I just don't like it. Which seemed to always bother my dad, me being so picky. I hear it all the time "You are so picky," which makes me feel bad. I don't wanna be like this. Adding on the fact I always avoid going over friends or out to eat, and not just cause of my social anxiety but that too. I hate looking picky to strangers or friends. And! When going out my parents still have to tell the waiter to put everythung to the side on a hamburger cause I can't do it. Its embarrassing! Holidays is me avoiding family and being the last person to make my plate so no one is around to see me. To aviod having to eat something I don't want.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Dax I have felt your pain for the 71 years I have been alive. Many others are in the same boat.
CoryCory wrote on March 13, 2019 on 1:30 am:
Hi, my name is Cory. I’m 27 and struggle with trying new foods. I have just been diagnosed with high blood pressure and I’m terrified about dying since my diet only consists of processed foods. But it is good to know there are other people out there that struggle with food like me. I’m starting to try new things but mostly bring myself to get sick while trying them. I stress out constantly about my health as I’m a big guy, but I want to change. Therapy didn’t help me as no one really understand this eating disorder. I just want to be happy & live a full life.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Cory try to relax some. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in my late 20s and I will be 72 in june. I have about as bad a diet as a person can have. Lots of people live long lives with high blood pressure by taking the proper medications. You could drive yourself crazy putting way too much stress on your life by trying to learn to eat new foods that you really don't like. Do the best you can but don't let your eating stress you out. There is no reason why you can't have a great life no matter what you can or can't eat. You never asked to be the way you are and there are so many things a person could have that are way worse than ARFID. Just be the best you can and you probably are gifted in other ways.
RyanRyan from Rome wrote on March 8, 2019 on 2:31 am:
From the time my mother started feeding me solid food my body rejected most of it. The doctors told her that I would eat what my family was when I was hungry enough. My mother soon stopped listening to them because she tired of cleaning up vomit. My elementary school kept spare clothes in the nurses office for me to change into after I invariably puked at the first whiff of the cafeteria. I was 8 or 9 when I could finally sit at the table with my parents and siblings without gagging at the sight of them eating meat.
Now at 36, I eat pizza every day for lunch. The few other things I'll eat are PB, potatoes, breakfast (pancakes, waffles, bagels, french toast and 2 kinds of cereal dry). Apples and bananas are the only fruit I eat.
I wish I learned about this site much sooner. I didn't realize how many people were experiencing similar things. It was instant validation, so many people always told me I should try this or that and could never grasp what I meant when I said I don't eat meat. It's not a choice, I can't eat meat.
ShannonShannon from Essex wrote on March 6, 2019 on 9:52 pm:
Hi my name is Shannon! I’m 23 and have been fussy ever since I was little. I have a limited diet, for breakfasts I like toast (with butter or just jam) cereal or a plain croissant. For lunch I struggle, I like a crisp sandwich, bacon noodles that’s about it! Then for dinner I like curry (just the sauce and rice), spaghetti bolognese, I don’t eat the meat on it’s own due to the texture... so I eat some of the meat with the garlic bread. I like pizza, chips, my “roast” is potatoes, sweet corn and yorkshire pudding. I also like some fruits and I like yogurt without bits. I’m very awkward but I see i’m not alone! I so desperately wanted to like some new meals just so I had more choice. It took me a year to manage to eat a cheeseburger from mcdonald’s, each time I’d get one and feel sick after a quarter, then feel sick once I had half. Now I love them! It takes time but I did it! I just wish i could magically be better. I’m obviously not alone in searching about being a fussy eater!
DmitriyevDmitriyev from Ruther Glen wrote on March 3, 2019 on 9:11 pm:
I am Dmitryev from Virginia. I have been a picky eater since i can remember. I am 46, I do not like going functions at work such potluck, eat at people homes, or people I do not know get me food from a restaurant. I hate anything with vinager in it such as ketchup, mayonasse, barbecue sauce, mustard, salad dressing, or any other type of sauce. I eat all of my meals dry. I love all vegetables, meats, fish and etc. I hate soggy bread. I am glade to see I am not the only one.
DmitriyevDmitriyev from Ruther Glen wrote on March 3, 2019 on 8:50 pm:
I have been a very pocket eater since I was a child and now 46 I am still very picky eater.
KatieKatie from Dayton wrote on February 24, 2019 on 5:20 am:
It's so nice to read everyone's posts and realize I'm not alone with my picky eating! I have been picky as long as I can remember, although I have expanded my diet in the past 5 years or so...but it has taken a lot of work and I am still very particular about the way foods are prepared. I am 27 years old now. The biggest issues I have are that I don't like any raw veggies or fruit other than bananas. The texture is really what gets me. I do best when foods are soft and not crunchy. I think this is why banans are okay, but I don't like apples, raw carrots, celery, etc. I will eat some cooked veggies now, but they have to be cooked and seasoned in the "right" way. I can now eat zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, corn, potatoes, peppers (only green ones and only if they are grilled well), and green beans (mostly through canned kind). I can eat almost any veggie if it is finely cut and cooked until soft in a soup form. I still really can't handle raw veggies and other fruits although I have tried to get myself to. It takes a lot of mental and emotional energy though...and I have to be alone because I hate for anyone to see my reactions to food I don't like. I've gotten myself to eat raw carrots before but it's such a labor that I don't stick with it. My picky eating has caused me a lot of social anxiety over the years. It was fine when I was younger because a lot of kids are picky, but as an adult it has gotten much harder... especially because eating fruits and veggies is healthy and so many people around me are trying to live these super healthy lifestyles with really strict diets. I think it's doubly hard for me because I have been overweight most of my adolsescence/adulthood and I know when people realize I never eat fruits or vegetables they judge me for it. Obesity runs in my family though and many of my relatives eat very fruit/veggie rich diets so I'm not sure how much of a difference it would make. I get so anxious going to dinner at other peoples houses because I don't want them to notice how picky I am! There have been so many times where someone will notice I'm not eating something and say "you don't like (insert food here)?!! That's so weird!" And then they start asking me a million questions about what else I do and don't like...and I start wishing that I could just disappear :( My husband is thankfully very understanding of my eating habits and doesn't judge me at all, but his family is all very thin and extremely obsessed with eating "healthy" and "pure foods" and it feels like they are always pushing fruits and veggies on me and making comments about how weird it is that I don't like so many foods. It's very hard. I also have had some trauma in my childhood and I wonder if I might have a sensory processing disorder and that could be linked to my picky eating...I don't know!