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McKenzieMcKenzie from Roanoke wrote on May 11, 2016 on 8:18 pm:
Hi, I'm Kenzi
I've been a picky eater my whole life. I've been shamed by my family in the past and even have some traumatizing events resulting from chicken noodle soup and pineapple (for which I've acquired a deathly allergic reaction to). The gagging thing is comforting to know it's not just me. For years from my toddler phase to young to college years, I would eat pizza (no veggies) and cheeseburgers. I couldn't do any vegetables except for corn and potatoes. As for fruit, I could only tolerate apples. Today, I still have issues, but having cirrhosis of the liver has changed my outlook and made me willing to move past the gagging phase of trying new things. I'll try anything once, it's just a matter of finding out how I can eat it. I'm fortunate to have a supportive partner who realizes that I can't help it, and works tirelessly to find inventive ways for me to actually eat certain foods. I look forward to posting about my progress with this endeavor.
AnthonyAnthony from Pico Rivera wrote on May 7, 2016 on 5:40 pm:
Hi I'm Anthony, I've also been a picky eater my whole life, it is so difficult to try new foods, I'm feel completely satisfied how I was till my career came in. I am a model and I struggle so much eating healthy since my diets has been mostly fries, nuggets,cheese pizza and pastas, I'm trying really hard to change but when I try new foods i gag slot. So one thing I've learning to do is eat a piece of vegetables little by little just to get my pallet use to it, it's not easy and very diffcult, but I will not give up, I've got into many arguments with family and friends and I want to change it so badly, I am happy to know I am not alone and that we can do this, I believe in us
Admin Reply by: Bob
I hope you are successful with your struggle. It can be very hard to get by your gag reflex.
DouglasDouglas from Woodbridge wrote on April 29, 2016 on 3:02 am:
Wow. I haven't been here in years and the progress makes me very happy. To realize there are others who have dealt with what I have is amazing. I'm not alone.

Few will ever understand the stress and frustration of having to consider eery single bite of food you ever take. It effects our lives. It adds new and unknown challenges. But I am so happy to know we aren't alone.
Bethany BrantleyBethany Brantley from Riverton wrote on April 27, 2016 on 1:25 am:
My name is Bethany I'm 22 and have been a picky eater my entire life. I've read many of these posts and I eat very much the same as all of you. I really wish I could "Just try it" but I can't. I've moved in with my amazing boyfriend and I don't know what to do. He is so excited about eating healthy and cooking together. It's the only thing we argue about. I know he just wants what's best for me and for me to live a healthy life. I'm so embarrassed about this and I don't know how to explain this to him. I'm so happy to know I'm not the only one who suffers with this. I've felt so lonley and socially awkward. I'm glad to have found this site with so much support. If anyone has suggestions on being able to try new foods I'm so ready to try.
paulpaul from syracuse wrote on April 25, 2016 on 6:39 pm:
I dont eat fruits and vegetables and every time I try i gag. I want to eat them but i do not know what to do. I am 19 and i havent eaten any fruits or vegetables since i was 6. Recently i have been wanting to try new things and eat healthier but every time I try to eat something my body gags and i feel like i am about to puke right when i put it in my mouth. I do not know why this happens. I really want to eat healthier but everytime i try it feels like my body is not letting me. How can i change or trick myself into eating fruits and vegetables? How can i fix this problem. I dont even eat sauces or any food that i think has any fruits and vegetables. Just thinking about it grosses me out sometime and i do not even know why. Is there some medicine or way that can help me eat like a normal person.
JamieJamie from Portland wrote on April 25, 2016 on 12:25 am:
I literally want to cry tears of joy. My eating problems make me so mad and I don't understand why I can't just eat things. I get physically get sick from my lack nutrients and I realize but can't do anything about. People always think I'm being stubborn and it feels good to know I'm not just stubborn
LauraLaura wrote on April 23, 2016 on 9:18 pm:
Hello, I'm 27 years old and used to think I just had weird eating habits. After reading into SED, it seems I have this. I have about 15 foods that I will actually eat. Mostly pizza (plain margarita only) and toast (brown bread only and only certain brand). I used to eat steak (which was the only meat I ate) but after smelling my mum cooking it one day I almost vomited and haven't eaten it since, that was about 5 years ago. I have no meat in my diet although I don't consider myself a vegetarian. I find it is mostly texture and smells that put me off food, although the look of some vegetables bothers me too. I am seriously scared to try any other foods that I don't like and was shaking when my sister tried to get me to try a bit of carrot with my roast (I have roast potatos and Yorkshire pudding on my roast, that is all). I find it hard to eat in front of people I don't know and in public places. I literally only eat in front of my family or people I have known for a while. People have told me to get hypnotised to help me get over this, but I dont think anything can help me. I am just happy I'm not the only person who suffers with this.
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.