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Laurel AckermanLaurel Ackerman from Arlington, MA wrote on October 21, 2015 on 7:26 pm:
I am so glad to have found this site. I have my own picky eating issues, which have abated a bit over the years but still are there to some measure. But my 12 year old son definitely falls into the SED category and it is incredibly frustrating. I worry about his health (although his doctor says he's fine/will be fine), and his growth (he is small). But mostly I worry about the social implications. It's hard for him to be at parties, and people (mostly relatives) do not understand the situation and put a lot of pressure on him to "just try it", not understanding that it's beyond that. I'm hoping to find coping support here more than any fixes.
BrittanyBrittany from Tauranga, New Zealand wrote on October 8, 2015 on 5:38 am:
I'm so glad that I am not the only one out there who is classed as a picky eater! I am only 19 years old and have always struggled when people comment about how fussy I am. I do not like the word 'fussy' or 'picky' I prefer selective. The only fruit I eat is green apples and the only veges I eat are potatoes and corn on the cob. I will eat most meats but only if it is cooked in certain ways. I cannot drink hot drinks but I love fizzy. I eat lot's of junk food, however not a wide variety of it. For example, I do not like pizza! I can't explain why I am like this. At first I thought it was different textures of food that put me off but then I realized that most foods somehow do not look like food to me and I won't even try different food as I am quite happy with what I eat. Social events are the worst. Going to sleepovers as a kid I had to make sure to pack 2 minute noodles or a packet of pasta in case I didn't like what they were having for dinner which was the majority of the time. Also when going out for an event at a fancy restaurant is annoying and I always check the menu before going to make sure they have something I like which is usually fries. I also do not like the taste of alcohol so whenever I get invited to drinks I will come up with a reason I can't go because I feel left out otherwise. I am healthy but do worry that my selective eating will cause my health to diminish in the future. I loved reading other guests comments on their experiences and I feel better about finding other people like me :)
JackieJackie from United Kingdom wrote on October 6, 2015 on 1:32 pm:
So glad I came across your website, so hard to find help in the UK, I am the mum of an 11 year old Selective Eater who has been this way since 4 years of age, he struggles daily and it breaks my heart, he desperately wants to try new foods but says he cant, I have to prepare his food and he has a fear of eating in public, recently went on a scout trip for two days and ate nothing. He eats chips, cheese, lentil soup and mash potato and hot dogs, but they all have to come from a certain maker, about to seek help from the medical profession and hope they can point me in some direction to help my son overcome his fear of food.
NicoleNicole from Toronto, Canada wrote on September 28, 2015 on 10:03 pm:
I have struggled with my extreme picky eating for basically my whole life. I'm 23 now and have been growing progressively more and more frustrated with my very limited diet and how negatively it has affected my life, especially now as a young adult. Like so many of you I have been tormented my whole life about it; “How are you still alive?” “You know nothing bad is going to happen if you just try it, what’s the big deal?” “Don’t you want to change?” “You don’t even know what you’re missing” and so many other comments/questions that can often times be very embarrassing and even hurtful. Carrying around this shameful secret which causes me so much anxiety on an almost daily basis has become exhausting. I’ve been desperate to change for a long time, but after so many failed attempts and setbacks I was starting to think it was hopeless. Certain events in my life over the past two years have lead me to embark on a journey to take back control and put my all into improving myself so I can live my life to the fullest. Today I decided to do some research online in an attempt to better educate myself and seek possible treatment options. It never crossed my mind that I would find an online community of people who are picky eaters supporting one another and sharing information. I am overcome with emotion. I cried reading some of the stories posted in this guestbook because I felt such an intense sense of relief knowing that there are other people out there who have been through the same struggle that I have. To know that I’m not the only one, that others have felt the embarrassment, guilt and pain that can come along with being a picky eater has changed my perspective for the better. Thank you so much for sharing your stories, I’m so grateful. I look forward to using this site and all of its resources to help me along my journey.
MaddieMaddie wrote on September 27, 2015 on 8:59 pm:
I'm frequently considered to be a picky eater. At the moment, I can't even try most fruits and vegetables without triggering a gag reflex, and I don't eat meat very often. I also don't like marinara sauce on pasta. I'm healthy, but it is upsetting struggling to order at restaurants. It also doesn't help that family members keep bringing it up at dinners, saying things like, "won't you get scurvy if you don't eat fruits?" I wish they realized how rude that is.
TraceyTracey from Maryland wrote on September 24, 2015 on 4:42 pm:
What a relief to know that I am not the only one. I only recently heard about ARFID and SED so all this time I thought I was just plain weird. Maybe I am, but now I feel a little better about it. I am 55 yrs old and in great health, always have been, had 2 healthy kids and I have a lousy diet. It consists of french fries, hot dogs, peanut butter, buttered noodles, milk and pepsi. I cannot eat any seasonings other than salt, I cannot drink anything hot or even warm. I do like nuts. I never eat any vegetables whatsoever, anything with sauce or gravy is out of the question. Everyone always asks me how I am alive. I don't know, but I am and I'm happy and healthy but have always dreaded all the events surrounding food, which obviously most things include. Anyway, thank you for having this website, I feel so much better.
Valerie BValerie B from Roanoke wrote on September 15, 2015 on 3:42 am:
Finally! People like me! I have been picky my whole life and always made to feel something was wrong with me. If I hear "you just need to try it" one more time I will scream. I am 40 years old, I know what I like. I will not eat fruit of any kind or drink the juice. I can tolerate orange juice if it has 0 pulp. I like how fruit smells but the texture is too much for me. Also raw vegetation is an absolute no and anything with seeds in it. I like a few cooked vegetables but that is all. And I absolutely cannot stand pickles anywhere on my plate or near my food and mustard is included. I have always been like this. My parents would force me to try things and it makes me gag causes me anxiety. My mother would even tell you that I refused apple sauce as a baby. I have worked hard to find something to eat at most restaurants. Business functions are awful as food usually comes pre ordered. My husband will eat anything and my pickiness drives him nuts. I wish I could eat different things. It can look good and sometimes smells good but I cannot get past how it feels in my mouth and in my mind. It is even hard for me to cook or touch these foods. I just don't want to be bullied by it. I survive on a limited variety and what I refer to as nursery food. It is nice to know I am not alone anymore.
DeannaDeanna from Rockwall wrote on September 1, 2015 on 11:10 pm:
Hello. Today is my first day to visit this website and I am so glad I did. Reading everyone's stories is like readying my own. I too always felt like I was alone in this unfortunate life style of picky eating. I always thought there was something wrong with me. I wished my eating habits were normal. I feel like I am different and that my family wished I didn't have the issues that I have. I want to eat normal for me of course but also for them. I want my family to be proud of me and not have to be embarrassed for me at social events where food is involved. I want to feel normal and be able to walk into any restaurant and be that person who says hey that sounds good - I'll try that. I can promise you that has NEVER happened. I wished there was a magic switch that could be turned on or off that would make this all go away but looks like I am stuck with this crazy eating disorder.
My diet is very unusual and it is noticed everywhere I go. Most everyone who I work with knows I am picky and telling my friends or family etc is not hard for me. I don't like it when I am made to feel like an outcast because I don't eat like an adult should. I don't mind people knowing I am picky I just want people to accept it the way I have and know that there is nothing they can say to help or change the way I am. I look forward to continue to read and follow people's stories as this helps me feel like I am not alone. Thank you to everyone who has shared their story on this website.
Tracy HoganTracy Hogan from Dallas wrote on August 29, 2015 on 2:29 am:
I had dinner with my husband tonight, and because I can't stand spicy food, our dinner went badly. Imagine the titanic if you will. We went to a new restaurant that served steak (we both love steak), but this restaurant covered every single steak in pepper! I can't eat spicy. My husband knows this. Black pepper is spicy to me. He doesn't understand that I cannot eat any amount of it. I ordered fried dill pickle chips, and they came with ranch that had cayenne pepper on it. Not only was the ranch spicy, but the breading of the pickle chips was covered in black pepper. NOTHING AT THIS RESTAURANT CAME WITHOUT BLACK PEPPER. My husband doesnt understand that I would rather starve than subject my body to spicy food. (Also I hate seafood)
GeorgiaGeorgia from Liverpool wrote on August 27, 2015 on 10:40 pm:
Hi, I'm georgia I'm 19 years of age and I have restrictive food intake disorder/selective eating disorder and have had for as long as I can remember, I only eat diary products, chips and pizza, nothing else.
Renee Lopez-GaudreauRenee Lopez-Gaudreau from Hermitage wrote on August 25, 2015 on 2:37 pm:
My name is Renee and I am Rosemary's mom (She's 9) Since birth Rosie displayed strong emotions and stress regarding meals, food, smells, taste, and of course texture. I knew this was not the norm and had her evaluated at 17 month- only to be sent home with "she's healthy- just picky-and maybe has some sensory issues." Rosemary was a healthy weight because she lived off baby rice cereal and baby foods till 3 years of age. Functioning in every other way, being smart and funny and out going, makes it hard for people to understand her real struggle. Even her primary Dr. She currently has about 6-8 foods she can and will eat- we have had OT and feeding therapy in the past from age 18 months - 4 years old. (taking a break for 4 years) to reduce stress. She is set for new food evaluation this Friday at a place that came highly recommended. I am so glad I found this site. I understand this is who she is- I love her just the way she is......but I am glad she will have a place (here) at some point for support. Rosie primarily eats, Vanilla yogurt, Pankcakes, waffles, popcorn, fries, processed Chx fingers, and cookies. Thank you for helping others have a place to not feel alone in this struggle and for teaching the outside world this is "real". Warm Regards (Rosie's mom)
Renee Lopez-GaudreauRenee Lopez-Gaudreau from Hermitage wrote on August 25, 2015 on 2:33 pm:
My name is Renee and I am mother to now 9 year old Rosemary G. Rosie since birth displayed strong emotions and stress regarding meals, food, smells, taste, and of course texture. I knew this was not the norm and had her evaluated at 17 month only to be sent home with "she's healthy- just picky-and maybe has some sensory issues." Rosemary was a healthy weight because she lived off baby rice cereal and baby foods till 3 years of age. Functioning in every other way makes it hard to people to understand her real struggle. She currently has about 6-8 foods she can and will eat- we have had OT and feeding therapy in the past (taking a break for 4 years) to reduce stress. She is set to for new food evaluation this Friday at a place that came highly recommended. I am so glad I found this site. I understand this is who she is- am am glad she will have a place to (here) at some point for support. As a mother- this site life changing. Rosie primarily eats, Vanilla yogurt, Pankcakes, popcorn, fries, processed Chx fingers, and cookies. Thank you for helping others have a place to not feel alone in this struggle and for teaching the outside world this is "real". Warm Regards (Rosie's mom)
Emily LEmily L from Chesapeake, VA wrote on August 19, 2015 on 5:35 pm:
Hello to Picky Eating Adults Support from a mom of a Picky Eating Teen!