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KendallKendall from Denver wrote on April 23, 2016 on 12:54 am:
My name is Kendall. I am a 22 year old male that has had an extremely picky diet since before I can even remember. The way I describe my diet is a carbotarian, I only eat pasta, French fries, cereal, scrambled eggs, and bland snack foods. The only issues I have had health wise are kidney stones that come from my salt intake. My belief is that my diet began as a control issue, it was the one thing I could actually control on my own. As I have aged, I have realized that my diet is not a healthy one, but cannot break through the barrier to try new foods. It's as if I mentally shut down when faced with new foods to try. Thank you for allowing me to share.
BrennaBrenna from Pittsburgh wrote on April 20, 2016 on 12:52 am:
My name is Brenna, I am 19 years old and have been a picky eater since I can remember. My mom said, at the age of two she began to notice how picky I was. And so ever since I've been picky, of course I constantly have people telling me "just try it" "why don't you like it" "it's good for you" and those are just some of the things said to me on a daily basis. It's hard, I tell people, I did not choose to be like this! I wish I liked what you're eating and that I didn't have to check the menu to decide if we can go eat there, I wish I had to look at a menu and say, hmm what should I get! But I can't! Or I don't! My "safe" foods are pizza, French fries, and mozzarella sticks! Of course everything that's bad for you! The food that makes you gain weight, causes break outs, and diabetes!! I haven't eaten meat since I was force fed by my mother when I was a toddler/ young child, I know crazy! With two exceptions, bacon and pepperoni and those are just recent finds of mine! And I'm glad I like them! I wish I knew how to change. Now, 19 years old I am 5'2 and 145 pounds... I've never been this heavy. I've never had a weight problem until the last year or so, my metabolism is slowing down and the food I eat is not helping me! I need to change my diet, I need help... I can't continue to constantly buy new pants! I just don't even know where to start, I have a gym membership but it doesn't help that I earn all the calories that I worked off right back with one meal!
Mary AnneMary Anne from St Louis wrote on April 19, 2016 on 4:13 pm:
Hi there,I am new to this but could use some help. My name is Mary Anne,I'm 57 and have always been very picky,very small menu. My problem is now I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and in a panic because I need to change my diet. Not sure I can.. Anyone else go thru this? Thx,Mart Anne
EmilyEmily from Skillman wrote on April 16, 2016 on 3:29 pm:
My name is Emily, I am almost 23 years old and I have been a picky eater my entire life. I have always been skinny and in 2011 I had finally reached over 100 lbs. I want to be clear that I never intentionally made myself skinny. Unfortunately in January of 2012 I got very sick, and was once again under 100 lbs.
After trying for a month to gain weight at home, doing nothing but sitting on the couch and eating, I gained back eight pounds. Within a week I had lost those six of those eight pounds.
It was recommended that I meet with a doctor at an eating disorder unit at a local hospital. I was 18 at the time, and I had to make the decision to sign myself into the eating disorders unit at the hospital.
They classified it as an eating disorder not otherwise specified.
I made the decision to sign myself in based on the fact that I was miserable. I was always sick and tired because my body did not have enough food to fuel itself.
My main issue is that I do not feel hunger as hunger, I feel that it is 'oh no I'm going to be sick'. One of the things I learned was that I have to constantly remind myself that its hunger when this happens. Usually I will start off eating a couple crackers and then after confirming to myself that the feeling goes away with food I will eat a meal.
There is so much I want to do in my life, and I worry I will never be able to do these things because of my picky eating.
I'm looking for advice so anyone feel free to comment.
LindaLinda from Charleston wrote on April 12, 2016 on 8:34 pm:
Hi! My name is Linda. I have a daughter who is an extreme picky eater. Her only foods are oatmeal -- she mixes peanut butter and cocoa into that. She eats it twice a day. She only has one peanut butter sandwhich for lunch when she gets home from school. She also may have a Lara Bar.

Recently her dad told her that he is going to take her allowance away if she doesn't start eating better when he found out that she hasn't been taking anything for lunch and won't eat until she gets home. He also said that he would take her out of public school and make her homeschool. She did homeschool during the middle school years.

He blames her eating problems on her looking things up on the computer i.e. diets I guess, and people at school, etc. However, she has always had this way of eating.

As a child, she would never finish a whole jar of baby food. She wouldn't eat dinner. I would have my husband to get her a Happy Meal from McDonald's which was chicken nuggets and french fries. But now she won't eat any "processed foods". She won't eat dairy either.

She has recently been seeing a therapist about anxiety. It was suppose to be for her food aversions too; however, that hasn't panned out as well. The therapist even said she isn't trained in that area but would do research to help. At her next appt., I am going to bring it up again with the therapist.

I have tried over the years to encourage her to try different foods. My husband then tells me that I am going to make her grow up to hate me. I guess he couldn't stand to hear her whining.

So, here I am... just venting a little. I hope I can learn more and more to help her; however, in the car she told me that she isn't going to try any foods until she is away from me and her dad...

I have bribed, chased in a kidding sort of way, made smoothies, bought special types of food i.e. non-dairy cheese, etc., but all to no avail. I really worry about her health and really wonder about what a CBC (complete blood count) would look like although she takes vitamins.

If anyone wants to comment, feel free.
AmandaAmanda from Edmonton wrote on April 12, 2016 on 6:16 pm:
It's great to know that your not alone in this world when it comes to picky eating. I think mine started when I was in early elementary.. the flavors and textures is what got to me, I couldn't have sour or spiced.

I don't have a lot of safe foods in my opinion, but it seems after reading about some people's diets on here and other SED websites I seem to have a larger selection.

I will eat about 3% of the vegetables and fruits out there. I won't each pork or hamburger but I can eat bacon and ham.. Chicken has to be full cooked and dry.. any juicy meats and I'm done..

My family thinks I'm crazy and I need to try more things, but they just don't get it and they think I'm a quitter for not even trying new foods.. They just don't understand the overwhelming anxiety there is in doing it.

Now being overweight and eating my safe foods, which have slimmed down somewhat from a few years ago.. It seems I may be a super taster. trying to find a healthy diet to allow me to lose weight is making all the anxiety come back of growing up like this..

Any suggestions?
JazziJazzi from Hull wrote on April 12, 2016 on 10:22 am:
I'm 20 and at university at the moment. It's nice to finally find others who are like me! I only really eat beige foods. I eat most fruits but will avoid veg like the plague. I only eat processed meats like sausages and chicken nuggets. I really want to get some help with my eating but I have been unable to find anywhere that offers such help. For now, just knowing that i'm not alone is going to be helpful!
JennaJenna wrote on April 10, 2016 on 11:27 pm:
I've felt like a freak all my life because of being a picky eater. I hate it. It's embarrassing. I really only eat french fries, pancakes, waffles, toasted bread with peanut butter, plain chips, goldfish crackera, pretzels, and bananas. I have only tried two new foods in my life that stuck: chicken tenders and cinnamon rolls. I so wish I could be a normal eater. I hate trying to make up excuses at social gatherings or try to explain to friends. I'm glad to know I'm not alone.
HeatherHeather from Pittsburgh, PA wrote on April 10, 2016 on 7:18 pm:
I'm writing a guestbook entry to give people on this website hope.

I was always a really picky eater, even as a baby. My diet growing up consisted mainly of buttered noodles, french fries, peanut butter crackers and bread. Occasionally, I'd have some canned pineapple, a glass of milk, or mashed potatoes (only a particular brand out of a box).

When I moved out of my parents' house after college, I made an effort to learn to eat a greater variety of healthier foods. No one else in my family was picky, but almost all of them were obese and diabetic. Since I'd gained 15 pounds in college, I was no longer stick thin and became concerned about following in my parents' footsteps.

Every week, I'd buy one or two new things at the grocery store to try. I'd take them home and try them different ways: boiled/steamed/fried/roasted green beans for example. I discovered I truly could enjoy a great variety of foods if they were cooked in the particular way I liked (and served at the temperature I liked).

I used to hate green beans because my mother would dump them straight out of a can, microwave them too long, and then let them sit in the microwave until they got cold again before serving. But fresh green beans cooked for just a few minutes with a smidge of butter and plenty of salt are delicious to me!

It has only been about 5 years since I moved out and have been trying to learn to eat better. And already, I can eat most common varieties of fish (although either naked or breaded with no spices). I regularly eat salads now, with a variety of vegetables. I enjoy eggs, whereas I hated them before. I also like almost every fruit under the sun (except mangos).

I encourage everyone here who wants to expand their food range to do what I did. Choose one new thing a week at the grocery store. Try it several different ways. If you don't like it, spit it out. Don't be afraid to throw it away if you don't like it. Even just smelling a new food is progress. Even if you hate 90% of the foods you try, that means that the 10% you like give you new options on what to eat.

What helped me was being in control of the process. When I was a child, my parents bought the groceries and refused to let me try new things without forcing me to finish them. They discouraged me from cooking because they didn't want me to make a mess.

Being able to control what I ate, when I ate it, and how I chose to prepare it was key for me.

So, there is hope. I eat a varied and healthy diet, now. I can even find a real dinner I can order and eat on most restaurant menus! I am still very picky, but I've made a lot of progress. You can, too! Don't give up!
NickyNicky from Naples wrote on April 8, 2016 on 12:26 pm:
I've been extremely picky since I was about a year old. No one gets it, nor do they care to. If someone tries to make me eat something that's not on my small list, I will gag and vomit. I'm tired of people misunderstanding why I eat the at I do and thinking I do this "just to be skinny".
CheriseCherise from Mililani wrote on April 6, 2016 on 7:55 am:
Nice to not feel alone or judge for my eating habits which I've had for 40 years. I only care for pepperoni pizza, rice, potatos, and filet steak. I'd like to try more, but I physically can't bring myself to do it and I'm tired of people including family and therapist treating it like it was a choice.
MarylandGalMarylandGal wrote on April 3, 2016 on 3:33 pm:
I am 24 years old, and i feel my picky eating has gotten so much worse. I know this is not what parents of picky eaters want to hear (hah) but here goes.
When I was younger, in K-12, I would have my mom pack me a pb&j every single day for lunch, and I'd eat one for breakfast. It would have to be cut into 9 pieces. I wouldn't go out to open-lunch in high school with my friends because I did not want to eat anything different. I have also always had to drink fruit juice with every meal. To this day, I refuse to eat if I don't have a juice to drink with it. Drinking water with food disgusts me.
I tried to eat more normal in college, but ended up gaining a lot of weight and I felt I wasnt taking enough time to savor my food and was eating stuff I didnt really enjoy. I did decide in college though that I wanted to quit eating meat and I decided to start liking vegetables (so that's good news - my tastes did change to like "healthier" foods!) After college, I lost all the weight I had put on, but my habits got weird again...
But here's my current issue. I used to eat breakfast lunch and dinner, but now, since I am sitting at work all day and not as hungry, I eat only ONCE A DAY- dinner after work. I've become obsessed with eating one single thing again, but instead of pb&j, it is now a vegan burrito bowl every single day. I feel that it is healthy because it is beans and vegetables. And I eat multiple servings of guacamole with it, so I am getting plenty of calories So my first problem is eating once a day. Second is eating ONLY this burrito bowl every day. But the third and worst problem is, I don't ever want to eat it around other people.
Why? Because I like each thing in the bowl separated. So like, I mush all the guacamole to one corner, and separate out the corn, and I quite literally pick at my food, like eating each pepper one by one. I also like to sprinkle oregano and salt on it. And I eat SO SLOWLY. I want to make sure I enjoy each bite so I take upwards of 2 HOURS for me to finish. It's embarrassing, and it controls my life, but I don't WANT to eat anything else. Sometimes once a week I force myself to try to eat something different, but I actually feel upset when I don't eat this same thing.
It's an addiction, really it seems. Is this just picky eating? Is this worse? I honestly think this is some form of OCD or "disordered eating" since I have to have the same thing all the time and eat it so particularly. I think about food all the time and worry about my future. I think about trying to "get help" but then I just think, if I wanted to change, I could change. I enjoy eating this. I don't enjoy the embarrassment that I feel about how I eat. I feel like it prevents me from hanging out with my friends, and certainly from dating! I just think, who would ever want to date someone with these eating hangups?! They want to go get pizza or ice cream with their girlfriends. How could I ever have kids when I eat this way? "Mommy's taking two and a half hours to eat dinner again..." Most people enjoy food. Normal peoples' lives revolve around food in a GOOD way. And then there's me.
JamesJames from Edmonton wrote on April 3, 2016 on 12:26 am:
Wow. This is incredible. I am not the only person who can not eat entire food groups. I am 54 years old and I do NOT eat any vegetables except for fried or mashed potatoes. I eat no fruit at all but I am ok with most fruit flavours [except peach] and juices [again, except peach]. I was like this since I was a baby. When my parents started me on solid food, the only baby food I would eat was squash. [I hate squash]. They took me to the doctor who suggested starving me for a while, figuring that if I starved long enough that I would eat anything. 2 days of no food, for a baby, is huge. but it didn't work and it must have been pure hell for my parents. Keep in mind that this was back in 1962 when it was more acceptable to use "extreme measures" to control children. Nothing worked. I grew up on french fries, peanut butter sandwiches, milk and Liptons chicken noodle soup. I was ok with candies, without any kind of nuts or fruit fillings. I got a little better as an adult. I added eggs, but only scrambled and omelettes. I am great with most cheeses. I am good with fried chicken and hamburgers. I am ok with some deli meats. Steak is interesting, because the first bite is great but by the time I get half way through I can't stand it. English style fried fish is good. I have made peace with my eating disorder but the social aspects are still a nightmare.
MarissaMarissa from Berwyn wrote on April 1, 2016 on 10:39 pm:
I'm 22 years old and have always been an incredibly picky eater. My diet has always consisted of sweets, pizza, pasta and other assorted carbs. I have just started eating chicken but still get a minor gag reflex when I eat it or other healthier "normal" foods. When I was younger, my mom used to make me stay at the dinner table until I finished a predetermined amount of the food I didn't like, or until it got too late at night. I always came up with creative waus to get rid of the food without actually eating or tasting it.
It's so nice to know and see so many other adults understand the struggle and that I'm not alone. I recently have become very determined to change my diet, but know it will take a lot of work mentally, physically, and all with the help of others.
SabrinaSabrina from Virginia Beach wrote on April 1, 2016 on 4:49 am:
I can't believe I haven't looked before now to see if there were groups of people out there who suffer with picky eating! I think I probably qualify as moderately severe pickyness. There are actually quite a few foods I eat, so I'm usually ok going out to restaurants to eat. But if someone cooks for me, it always makes me nervous. Are they going to put mushrooms or crab or something else I don't like, and I'll have to figure out how to get it down? The worst is when people cook specifically FOR you. Like, once, a friend got me a black forrest cake for my birthday. I love cake, but I don't like fruits mixed with anything! But I had to choke some down :( I've been a picky eater since I was little, both to taste and texture (weird texture is what really makes me want to retch), but my parents forced me to eat everything I didn't like - not just a "taste" but a plate full of gross squash and chicken legs. It was a very negative experience. Of course, the things I did like were sweets and breads and pastas, and I wasn't allowed to have those. Surprisingly enough, this has completely affected my eating habits today! I'm overweight and was diagnosed a few years ago with insulin-resistant PCOS, which means that carbs are practically poison for me; but eating "healthy" is miserable!!! Anyway, I look forward to reading everyone's stories on here...
HannahHannah from Greenville wrote on March 19, 2016 on 1:19 am:
I have had this problem since I was a young child I'm 19 years old and my food choice is even more limited now I eat a select few things which are all unhealthy like pizza, chicken tenders, fries,etc. I will eat fruit and salad but not a lot of vegetables and have struggled with weight my whole life. I'm very anti social/introverted. I'm not sure if it just goes along with it or not. But my family always gave me so much hell for it as a child trying to force me to try things and they didn't understand it literally would make me gag/throw up getting near the food. At any restaurant I always get chicken tenders which is why I avoid going out to eat with people because it seems childish to order it. I'm just glad I'm not the only one!
JulieJulie wrote on March 15, 2016 on 4:00 am:
I have joined the group on Yahoo & Facebook at various times. I'm in my mid 50's and have been a picky eater since childhood. Thanks to this group and the support I've overcome the shame. My family supports me more. Sometimes it's still a problem, such as offhand comments but for the most part I feel accepted now. I don't have Yahoo anymore, but sent a request for the Facebook group. Thank you PEAS!
Admin Reply by: Bob
You are welcome and you should enjoy the Facebook group. Glad we have helped you. No reason why a person with our disorder can't have a great life. Just ask Warren Buffet how his life has been.
AnnaAnna wrote on March 11, 2016 on 5:34 am:
Just wanted to say thank you! I have lived my entire life eating the same handful of select foods. I struggled for years with anxiety and depression ( brought by anti social tendencies because of how I eat ) and dealing with Anorexia behaviors because I felt overweight but just excersizing wasn't keeping the weight I gained from my limited food choice down so I figured it was best to live off of nothing until I gained control of weight and then eat again and repeat the process.
I remember praying to God that my kids would eat well, that they wouldn't cringe at the invitation to dinner, that they wouldn't get physically sick in front of a group of people because of the food smells and trying so hard to swallow something just to be polite and not seem rude. I always felt alone with my problem. I would try so hard to eat things by forcing myself to eat them only to puke before sitting down at the dinner table.
I hope research can help those of us with this for it truly is not a choice. I would not choose this for myself, I would not choose this for my family to deal with.
Thank you for the work those involved in the website and groups who have strived to make this known and heard of. Make people aware that it is not a case of just picky eating but something more and that no one is alone in this.
CharlotteCharlotte wrote on March 8, 2016 on 11:51 pm:
Hi, I have always been a picky eater. It's probably best to say what I do eat. I eat most sweets, cakes, crisps, cookies etc.. I do not struggle with snacks at all. I like and try most fruit. The only sandwiches I eat are plain cheese. When it comes to meals- I am a burden. I eat fries on their own, breaded boneless chicken, fish fingers, baked beans, jacket potato with cheese and beans, garlic bread, spaghetti with only parmesan and olive oil, beans on toast. I usually decline going out to eat with people unless I know for absolutely sure there is something I would eat. When I was younger, my parents would force food on me and I would have such a problem with the texture and taste of things. I would hide food in my pockets and cry at almost every meal time. My mother was not a very good cook so my theory is that at a young age it was programmed into my head that everything tasted bad except from the things that I was already accustomed to. My Dad finds it especially frustrating, even now. How many arguments we have gotten into because I don't like curry! I believe that I am becoming a little better, especially when under pressure from friends for example, I ate pizza for the first time at a friends house and ate parma ham with asparagus at a dinner party. I really want to start eating more foods before I start university as I know it will become a big problem there, for my social life. I am really trying to push myself.
EmilyEmily wrote on March 6, 2016 on 8:41 pm:
I'm 23 years old and I've been struggling with food my whole life. I don't know what it is, but I'm extremely picky and probably have a variety of 5 food items that I eat.. pizza (cheese), chicken (boneless only), potatoes (french fries, mashed), and dairy products. My appetite has never changed since I was able to eat. It's affected my life in so many ways, and I'm beginning to think it's more than just being a "picky eater" because I cannot bring myself to try anything new. I get anxiety thinking about the look of it, taste, texture of it in my mouth.. and when it's in my mouth, I just gag because my mind is telling me it's disgusting and I can't digest it. I know I need to eat more, because I've been feeling extremely tired lately and I have a huge loss of energy - I can sleep for 12 hours, wake up for half an hour and go back to sleep for another couple hours. No one around me really understands and thinks it's me being "lazy" when I'm just having a major issue eating the foods that I need to give me energy. The last thing I want is to have kids one day and follow my footsteps in the way I eat because it has prevented me from going to a lot of social outings. It's not a matter of availability of food in the house either, because I can go grocery shopping with an unlimited budget and in the end I only pick out 2 things for myself because NOTHING else appeals to me. It's never been a weight thing either, because I actually eat a good amount of candy/baked goods. I feel at this point like I'm stuck and I don't know what the first step I would have to take is to become a healthier eater because I've been on this same path for so long and I'm hoping someone here can give me some advice on - either vitamins you can take, programs to attend or even meals that you had to cook for your kids to hide healthy stuff in it. I'm willing to at least start with anything after going through this for as long as I can remember.
Admin Reply by: Bob
You are just like the people in our support groups. One on Yahoo and the other on Facebook. It would help you a lot to come and join one or both groups. I hang out mostly on Yahoo. We have lots of advice that should help you cope with your condition that you never asked to have. While it can create many social problems there is no reason why you can't live a happy healthy long life. Hope to see your email address pop up as wanting to join. Or see you on Facebook. We really can help you.
Bob K