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JeffJeff from Nashville wrote on April 6, 2017 on 5:15 pm:
Glad I found this page. I am Jeff. I am 53 years old. I must admit I knew I was a picky eater I just know it was an issue I could possibly deal with. Other than a gear of going to another person's house for dinner, I have adapted fairly well. I have a question I hope someone can help with. I am type 2 diabetes with a rising A1C. I want to change my diet to help my condition. But all I see is eliminating everything I normally eat. I am very anctious about the thought of it. It seems like an unstoppable force meeting an imovable object. I don't know what to do, much less where to start. Should I find a psychiatrist that deals with such issues? Is there even such a thing. I would appreciate some advice. Thank you!
KaitlinKaitlin from Johnston wrote on April 5, 2017 on 8:23 pm:
Im Kaitlin iam 25 years old picky eater. It started when i was about 3 or 4 years old. I was constantly sick with ear problems. I had to get tube put in my ears multiple times. I was at one point 90% deaf. I also had to get my adenoids taken out. When that was all done i could hear again. While I was sick I
could not taste food. As I got older in to being a kid i would eat many things like hot dogs staright out of the fridge. I would eat bologna, cheese burgers, and pasta. Then i started to hate all those foods. I cant eat pasta because of the texture. I hate hate because i use to eat them alot working at a ball park during the summer so now the smell of hotdogs makes me gag. I cant eat deli meats. No ham. I can only eat turkey straight from the bones after its been cooked like on Thanksgiving. I will only have strawberries in margaritas. I can eat apples but rarely do. I hate all tge other fruits. I can eat pickles which i love not cucumbers. I also can eat salad with out tomatoes and eggs with a specific ranch dressing. I can eat broccoli and spinach only in a salad. I love carrots and celery. Thats all the veggies i can eat. I only eat my veggies raw. I love peanut butter but I hate jelly. I like wheat white bread but I will mostly eat wheat bread. When I go to Mexico Mexican restaurants with my friends I always eat off the kids menu. I love shrimp but I hate fish and any other Seafood. A couple months ago I went to a restaurant called Taki i tried the beef soap which was ok. I also tired their beef, shrimp and sauces but didn't like them much especially the sauces. Some of my eating habbits continued because both my parents worked alot so i would eat either fastfood, frozen dinners/ frozen pizza or whatever i knew how to make. I no longer eat cheeseburgers the last time I had a cheeseburger I threw up because my mom's friend kept making me more and more. I can no longer eat cereal because it gets stuck to my teeth and then I puke. I don't drink a whole lot of milk unless I dunk Oreos in it. I'm at the point in my life where my eating habbits are now
a problem. I drink way too much soda and I eat out too much. I want to change my eating habits to make my life easier and to be healthy.
JohnJohn from Hamilton, New Zealand wrote on April 4, 2017 on 9:34 am:
I'm now in my late 70s. I ate almost everything served in my teens at boarding school in UK and at home BECAUSE everything was cooked simply and served separately on the plate so you could leave the leeks or parsnips if you didn't like them.

Now I have to opt for fish and chips or an "all day English breakfast" if I eat out because chefs alter the flavour of everything and mix it all together. Meat is marinated, herbed and spiced, nearly always with garlic or onion. Potatoes have mint or parsley or chives and so on. All the simple foods I enjoyed in the past have a sprinkle of this or a dash of that which renders them unpalatable. Sauces, pickles, chutney, mustard smell too disgusting to even try. Exotic foods like pasta (even spaghetti), noodles, couscous, curry, bean sprouts I don't even try.

My major dislikes are spices, herbs, all the onion family, shellfish and oily fish - I only like white fish. Peppermint, passionfruit, aniseed are also unpleasant.

Curiously I'm very fond of blue cheese, also really tart stewed fruit without sugar, plain unsweetened yoghurt, beetroot in vinegar.

I once read an article about 30 different vegetables and enjoy 17 of those, but not salads. I like my veges cooked.

Managing type 2 diabetes since 1999 means I must carefully watch what I eat and how much.
RachelRachel from Dallas wrote on April 2, 2017 on 4:38 pm:

I'm Rachel, a 32 year old picky eater. I've been living with a selective eating disorder since I was about two years old. I have no memories of when I first began eating this way, but my mom told me that I ate all kinds of baby food and had a healthy diet until I walked into the kitchen one night when she was making chicken spaghetti, took one smell of it, and threw up all over the floor. She said that after that, my diet became pretty choosey.

Over the years, my diet has consisted of a pretty limited list of foods, consisting mostly of fried foods like french fries and chicken nuggets. I like a lot of breakfast foods, for some reason, so I'm wondering if I have more happy memories tied to breakfast. My parents divorced when I was five, so I wonder if perhaps negative things happened at the dinner table or in the evenings.

For lunch and dinner, I mainly stick to fries, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, and mac & cheese. I eat breakfast A LOT for dinner, and oftentimes I eat snack foods, like popcorn or peanut butter crackers and chips.

Over the years, I have tried a few things, like mac & cheese (I did not eat this until I was about 28) and chicken alfredo (this has been a savior to me at a lot of restaurants). If I'm out with someone and they have something on their plate that has ingredients I normally eat, but is maybe cooked in a way I've never tried, I have been open to trying it. I would have NEVER eaten baked or grilled chicken growing up, and I have learned to eat it prepared this way.

For me, a lot of the issue with food revolves around smell and texture. I have a very heightened sense of smell, so if it smells offensive, I won't try it, and if the texture looks like something I wouldn't like, I won't try it. Fruits for example. I can consume fruits in a smoothie, but to eat them in their normal state is hard for me. Strawberries have the weird seedy feeling, and bananas are very mushy.

As imagined, this has taken a toll on my social life over the years. I have completely avoided a lot of social situations, or made up lies to get out of being involved in a lot of social situations. Dating has been very hard, as a lot of people are turned off by my eating habits, or think that I am too difficult. Family has generally been accepting in more recent years, but early on, a lot voiced their concerns, naturally.

I stumbled upon this group when I began doing research on adult picky eaters. I recently began my own blog about trying to overcome my eating disorder. I'm making very hard efforts to try to incorporate more healthy foods and more vegetables into my diet. I write about it at

I want to help educate people who think that picky eating is just a phase in children, and think that it is just being rude or bratty in adults. I want to help support adults who are going through their own struggles, whether they have accepted their food issues, or are trying to overcome them like I am.

I would love to interact with all of you on here and read all your stories about picky eating. Being a picky eater has felt so isolating over the years, so it is so nice to come across a group of people who know how I feel.
SteveSteve from Dublin wrote on March 30, 2017 on 4:11 pm:
Hi I'm 37 and have had a very limited diet all the way up to my mid 20s, only relatively recently improving. It started at age 2 (so my mum says) when I rejected pretty much everything. I lived all my childhood only eating bread and butter for lunch and spaghetti hoops on a plate for dinner (every day including xmas day).
It was always a problem with going to friends houses, etc. I remember going over and getting spaghetti hoops (fine) on toast (also fine separately) but together I could not eat them. On school holidays
I used to have a 2nd bag full of biscuits so I would survive. I have never eaten meat, and still don't as I have no inclination.
To be honest my diet only started improving after getting drunk as a teenager and then I discovered ketchup, cheese, and also currys. I would not have tried these foods being my sober self.

Nowadays I eat some veg (leaves/spuds/onions/beans) but not stuff like a tomato on its own, but I only eat cheese/tomato pizza. Vege Curry/Thai/pasta/spuds/beans are my favourites.
I also have always taken vitamin tables for the minerals I more than likely would have missed.
My uncle had a very similar trend with his eating so I'm pretty certain this has been passed down through my mum to me (thanks!).
ScottScott from Calgary wrote on March 27, 2017 on 7:12 pm:
Hi I'm Scott, I'm 25 years old. Have had a limited diet for all my life (started off extremely limited and slowly getting wider variety), my picky eating caused me great anxiety at sleepovers/get togethers/boys outs and school lunches etc as a kid/young teen. Only new foods that I have tried and enjoyed regularly in roughly 5-6 years are plain small cheeseburgers w/ ketchup, basic salads, and recently scrambled eggs. I remember distinctively being grossed out by eggs only a few years ago, and recently after trying well made scrambled eggs with ketchup did I begin actually liking them, and built it up to a regular food (still not 100% percent of times it's made though). So I know that I can in fact discover new foods and slowly help my lifelong condition, I only hope others can get a "win" like I have and hopefully more in the near future. I was lucky enough to date a girl for 5 years who ate everything (western and all ethnic) and all our friends ate everything but they were great and accommodating. Probably one of the worst things people can do to me is ask me a second time if I want something after I say no/keep pushing me. That really gets me uncomfortable and anxious and a bit angry. In the last couple years I have gotten so bored of the few foods I did eat at home that I have honestly eaten fast food every days for multiple years. Very rarely would it be 6 out of 7 days a week. I am roughly 50-60 lbs overweight and wanting to change/learn how to cook/exercise/increase my rate of trying new foods. Texture is my worst problem I believe (thought of mixing many ingredients always gets to me like a burger/subway with all toppings or the dreaded Xmas/thanksgiving dinners (PUKE!) I have no clue how people put 8 different dishes on one plate and it's all floating around together, wet, mixing, all smells etc lol. - I eat all the wrong foods and basically no "real" food or cooked food. YES LIST: sugary snacks, candy, most breads, most cheeses, most yogurt, lots of milk, peanut butter/jam/honey, chips, all pop, juices, all coffee and liquor coincidentally lol... Ice cream, fries/chicken nuggets, tenders, pepperoni or cheese pizza with dips, crackers, dry cereal. I also try to avoid having new people find out I'm a picky eater so lol avoid new social food gatherings etc but will tell people if it comes to it. Things I do eat generally have to be made to my liking/certain way. I want to change for my health and the part of life I am missing out on, and also want to date again. All the best to everyone else!
DominiquaDominiqua from Bridgend wrote on March 27, 2017 on 11:35 am:
Hi there, I'm 23 yo and found I have been a "picky eater" since around the age of three when my mum had me try a vindaloo (very hot curry) it coincidentally burnt my mouth and my appetite for new foods, I go through phases with food, ill be out somewhere and ill try something I haven't had in a really long time (at the moment it's premium beef burgers from the supermarket with cheese in an English muffin and tomato sauce on the side, cant have my food touching) at the moment it's all I eat, if I don't have one I go through a sort of withdrawal, it's horrible, but once it passes (can range anywhere from a week to around 5 months) The thought of eating it makes me physically sick, the smell too, I dread walking past any burger vans in the future!
I wish I wasn't so fussy because I hardly ever eat out because restaurants don't have anything I like, finding this page has made me smile, all the times people are like "your so picky!" "have you even tried it"" you might like it try it now"
ShawnShawn from Cynthiana wrote on March 25, 2017 on 6:38 am:
I've been a "picky eater" my entire life . My wife has recently brought it to my attention I'm a texture water. I like crunchy stuff for the most part which includes a lot of junk foods. I'm obese at 280 pounds and can't seem to stop . I've tried to eat salads but it almost Gags me I take a drink of water and just swallow it whole. I've found myself putting veggies on my plate just to make it look like I'm going to eat them and then just scrape them in the garbage . There are tons of "normal foods" that I've never even tried because of smell or they look "squishy" or I'll find another reason. Why am I like this? Is there help out there. I never knew there where more adults with these issues . Oh yea I'm 37 .
KylieKylie from Bluffton wrote on March 22, 2017 on 4:48 pm:
I am beginning a weight loss journey and my eating habits scare the crap out of me. I'm not sure if I will be able to change my eating in order to become healthier because there is so much I can't tolerate. Most of which are healthy options.

Veggies I like are pickles and potatoes. Can't tolerate the taste or texture of any others really. I like the flavor of some but when I try to eat them, my throat gags on its own. I love the taste of most fruits, but can't swallow them or chew them because of the texture. I wish I could try and enjoy so many foods but I physically can't. No eggs, no veggies, little to no fruit.
SallySally wrote on March 18, 2017 on 3:13 am:
I have a extreme problem with the texture of a lot of foods:
Celery (cooked)
Onions (cooked)
Steak with fat
Ham and most forms of pig
Chicken skin
Citrus fruit
I can't even list them all but idk what to do about it
WendyWendy from Normal wrote on March 9, 2017 on 3:17 pm:
I have always been a picky eater but of course it has gotten better. It is not to be stubborn; I just do Not like certain foods and want nothing to do with them. I have been reading the science behind it and glad there is research on it. Some eating situations can be very stressful and I will try to avoid or hide it, if possible. Many times I would rather not eat, than eat something that is unappealing. If I could change this issue, I would in a minute, it is embarrassing. I am 58 now and I know it is not going to change. I am glad there are others that understand! I know my mother does not. I never " made" my own children eat things they did not like- it doesn't work. Encourage tasting - yes, force it no.
SandraSandra from Mccomb wrote on March 7, 2017 on 8:02 pm:
8 year old grandson shows terrible fear if he has to eat anything other than French fries or ch nugget
SandraSandra from Mccomb wrote on March 7, 2017 on 8:00 pm:
8 year old grandson has fear of eating almost everything.
JasonJason from Beeville wrote on March 4, 2017 on 6:27 am:
I never realize there was so many of us around here. It's such a huge problem for me with friends and family since I literally eat only a few select item: pepperoni pizza, Mac n cheese, plain hamburgers (meat&bun only), chicken fingers, steaks and so forth. None of them can have any sort of toppings
RebeccaRebecca from Buena Park wrote on February 27, 2017 on 12:56 pm:
I cant eat any meat that isn't ground up completely. So, "no I cant eat shredded" or "no really soft steak/pulled pork/Chicken/etc. is not the same as ground." Its all texture too. I dont mind eating meat at all and am not a vegetarian so it's difficult to distinguish the two. Ground goat meat? Thats a go. Slow roasted shredded pork? No thank you, but please know it smells deliciois and Im sure it has a great flavor I just can physically make myself chew it.
I've found sushi to be wonderful so it only adds to the explainations. I also cannot eat eggs. I just think they're creepy.
I stick to mostly vegetables and carbs as I am allergic to quite a few fruits. This makes the low-carb diets terrible to follow.
RinRin wrote on February 27, 2017 on 6:19 am:
I thought I was picky eater. But reading posts on this site I realize i'm not as bad as I thought.
I will not eat canned vegetables or cooked vegetables.
I'll eat potatoes and corn on cobb cooked that's about it.
I eat raw vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, salads, ect
Its mainly raw veggies for me. It does make hard to keep raw veggies around when all the people you live with want cooked veggies. Green beans are the worst of all.
I'll eat pretty much eat any type of meat expect liver.
CaitlynCaitlyn from Asheville wrote on February 26, 2017 on 2:27 am:
I have always known that I had an issue with eating certain foods when I was a kid. And I knew I was different when my little sister grew out of her pickiness and I didn't. I only ate pasta (Kraft parmesan only, no tomato sauce), chicken, read meat and pork. I love rice and potatoes and very certain veggies cooked a certain way. I only eat corn off the cob and not frozen or from a can. When I met my boyfriend 9 years ago, is when I really became embarrassed. I hated going to his parents’ house because his mom could only make the same thing every time we were over. The pressure that I got from my dad to try to eat new food was unbearable. He would sneak onions into my food and I had to pick through my food to find them before I could eat anything. Once I moved to such a foodie town that is Asheville, I had to break out of my bubble. I was so embarrassed to go to restaurants; I would order the same thing every time. Or, if it was fancy I had to study the menu before we went out. Around 22-24, I decided to try new foods but only on my terms. If I am pressured, I back out and become embarrassed. Plus, my boyfriend is amazing and will try questionable food before me, he would give me the thumbs up, thumbs down or I might like it, but probably not. The good news, I like a lot of food. I hate texture anything that hits the ‘yuck’ point I make note. I can go out to restaurants and feel normal. The thing that sucks, I have to explain myself to everyone.
christachrista wrote on February 25, 2017 on 1:42 am:
I think I am both an emotional eater and a picky eater. From when I was a child, I hated veggies and some fruits or fish. The only veggies I would be ok with eating were pumpkin and potatoes, but I'd only eat potatoes with tomato sauce on top. If I was made to eat veggies, I would only eat a mouthful and wash it down with a glass of water. If i didn't do that and ate it without washing it down with water, I would vomit., And it's still like this today. I've gotten many snide comments over this and my parents think I am being melodramatic. Because of this I pretty much live on junk food with some healthy things thrown in, and I got a lecture again from a loved one over my eating junk food last night. Every time I try to stop, it doesn't give me much choice, because I am a fussy eater, and also eat because of personal problems, and I only last two or three days before I reach for the junk food again.
NickNick from San Diego wrote on February 13, 2017 on 6:51 pm:
Hi my name is nick ever since I could remember I've had a problem with eating "normal"! I'm currently 28 and only eat pizza, Mac and cheese (kraft only), spaghetti/lasagna (only the one I make), certain chips, steak, hamber (plain or w/ bacon always add fries), chicken is one of the biggest meals I eat, pork chop, and very few other things, I do not eat veggies. This has been a big set back for me and my girlfriend it's always the center of our problems we have been togather for 7 years I would like to Marry her but she said she won't until I change my eating habits. I've tried for so many years, but every thing I try I automatically start to throw up some times I'm able to chew it for maybe a second then it comes up. I have even tried to pair what I'm eating with something I like for example a simple salad with pizza sauce ( I know that sounds odd but good with bad should been fine, so I thought) that didn't work. Every time I try something and I end up vomiting then I can't eat any more and I get really discouraged about trying to change. My parents have kinda wrote it off as me just being picky, but they always kinda suported me by always making sure I had food or stopped to get me it. I feel like this disorder is holding me back and is going to destroy a already on the rocks relationship I'm in. It has gotten to the point that we basically fight every week over it cause there has been no progress from the last time we talked or since we got back togather. I looked into somethings a while back and thought maybe hypnosis would work! Has anyone tried this? I just want to eat heathy and everything everyone else does!
Admin Reply by: Bob
Most people who have reported trying Hypnosis said that the treatment can put them in a better frame of mind to try new things. But it resulted in little or know progress. You should probably look for a new girlfriend. She will probably never accept the way you eat no matter how much progress you make. There are probably plenty of women that would love to have someone as nice as you no matter how many different things you can eat. It is a real crummy life when you are living with someone who makes you continually stressed out in the sanctuary of your home.
AlanAlan from Leominster wrote on February 13, 2017 on 5:24 am:
Hello, My name is Alan Kennedy and I'm a very picky eater. I'm 53 years old and the foods that I don't like I've never tried. I know by sight or smell that I won't like it. I have lived this way all of my life. I mostly eat plain hamburgers and plain chicken fingers and French fries. There can be no seasonings at all and I can tell right away if there is and I will not eat it. I eat most of the basic meat groups steak, chicken, pork. I also eat fries, mashed potato's and white rice. I'm at the stage in my life where I'm sick of the foods that I do eat. I don't cook a lot so I eat mostly hamburgers, chicken fingers and fries. I know it's probably psychological with me. I never knew so many people have this illness until I found your web site. Thank you so much. Its nice to know that I'm not alone. I do feel bad that so many people are dealing with this. Thanks again, Alan