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KellyKelly from Milwaukee wrote on February 27, 2016 on 6:24 am:
I've struggled for as long as I can remember with being so picky in the food I eat. My family has always thought it was strange that I have a small variety of food choices. I'll eat a perfectly cooked filet. I love white bread and basic cheese: cheddar, American and my favorite nacho cheese. PB & J, simply the best. Certain "junk" foods I eat because I can just tolerate it. I've been forced to eat things such as, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers just because people think it's funny to see what happens.. Ends in me gagging and throwing it up. I can't stand the smell of dressings, seafood related, or any veggies. I get picked on a lot from my in-laws. Luckily my family has backed off with the jokes after seeing what happens when I try to eat "new" foods. I've been diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, and seizures-- with no known triggers. I'm interested to see ANY feed back people have with luck they've had. Multiple doctors have told me it's a phase, but at 27-- it's no longer a "phase".
Brian McDermottBrian McDermott from Scarsdale wrote on February 26, 2016 on 9:43 pm:
Hello everyone. I'm blown away by finding this site! I'm on the verge of tears. I suffered from SED from about the age of 3. My diet consisted of french fries, pancakes, white bread, cheese puffs, cake and bacon. I had no problems with bevereages. But I gagged and froze when exposed to other foods. Like everyone here, it had an enormous impact on my social life. At around the age of 16 I sought help with hypnotherapy. It took several years to find someone I was comfortable with, but I looked on and off and found someone. I started very slowly but gradually introduced new foods like pizza and white fish. I learned to do self hypnosis and eventually didn't need the therapy to continue expanding my diet. I now eat almost anything (except a few things that even gross me out just trying to type their names). By the time I had children (im 50 now) I was a "normal" even adventurous eater. Turns out both of my children have SED to some degree. They never knew me as I was and yet they are like me. I never imagined others could be like me. If my experience can be helpful to any of you please let me know.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Thanks for your message of hope. Many have tried hypnosis with litte to no success. So your story will give many a new determination to change. Or at least try. Thanks
UlrikUlrik from Copenhagen wrote on February 24, 2016 on 9:46 pm:
Nice to find others like me. Since I was 2-3 years I have eaten nothing but bread. I drink mostly anything, as long as it is not too thick. I am 41 and have a good job and keep in shape.
I do eat most candy and crisps, but not cake with cream or other too greasy stuff. I the same amount of candy as any average person.

When I was around 32, I taught myself to eat French fries. I only eat that rarely, since it is unhealthy :)
I would love to solve it, but really do not know how.
I have a young daughter of 16 months and another child coming this August and do not want to pass my habits.
Great to find this place :)
Admin Reply by: Bob
Glad you found us. We are here for you. Join our Yahoo group or Facebook group. Did you know Warren Buffet lives on Candy and Coke a Cola.
BrittanyBrittany wrote on February 18, 2016 on 8:36 pm:
How does this happen? I've been feeling really down about this lately. I'm 23 and feel like this will never end! I literally eat french fries, bacon, eggs, and Parmesan cheese pasta. Anything else is junk food (chips, chocolates) I don't eat any vegetables. I like apples and grapes but have to force myself to eat them. I've recently been gaining a lot of weight due to this problem. I want to be healthy again and can't get back to that place because of my diet. I want to be happy in my life again. Work is difficult being they all love food and look at like I'm crazy. My fiancé excepts me but it affects our relationship. I can't seem to figure out how to cope with this. Is there help out there?
Admin Reply by: Bob
No miracle cures are known. We can help you cope with consequences of being a picky eater in our support groups.
JodiJodi from King, NC wrote on February 17, 2016 on 7:46 pm:
Thank God I found others like me....I am what you all have feared. My eating habits now have me with high cholesterol and pre diabetic....I don't know how to change, don't know what could help...I also have premature peripheral artery disease at age 40....if I don't change I will look the possibility of having my legs amputated down the road due to my circulation problems I already have, with impending diabetes, causing more circulation problems. I am so glad I am not alone in this battle.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Just curious does Diabetes run in your family? I suppose your picky eating could make things worse. Try to get some help from a dietitian who can work with what you do eat. They can help you understand what are the bad things in your diet. For example popcorn is rich in fiber and has many benefits. Getting on daily insulin shots could also help make a difference. The condition can be managed with proper care and medical knowledge.
JoshJosh from London wrote on February 17, 2016 on 11:22 am:
As a 19 year old, it's so reassuring that there are other and even elder adults with similar stories as mine; I never thought I'd be able to live past 20. For as long as I can remember, family and friends just say that it is a phase I will grow out of, yet here I am still only eating a plate of chips and maybe some slices of bread for "dinner". It's horrible to be left out of conversations about how good something tastes when I have no clue what anyone is going on about. I have tried more foods later in life as I've learnt to be more strict with myself after dealing with a bout of Depression because of a relationship ending, but they've been things like Fried Chicken and Pizza, fast food etc. And now that is becoming a problem because when I eat these foods, I feel normal and feel like I finally fit in so I continuously eat them and I'm putting on a bit of weight - I do go to the gym to counter-act this, but now that my diet only really consists of fatty or plain "why-is-he-only-eating-that?" foods, it makes everyday a real struggle. It's definitely the texture of foods that make me feel anxious, I remember going through a stage of trying various things like a banana and it just made me gag and wretch. I hate it and I hate when someone asks me "How can I NOT like *insert blank*?!" ...I just don't know.
Carole AnneCarole Anne from UK wrote on February 15, 2016 on 7:58 am:
How marvellous to find this site. How strange to feel so much better knowing so many are like me and that in some ways I am more fortunate with the variety of food I can eat. Here's hoping in time more medical experts will acknowledge it and seek to help. My whole life(I'm 51) I have cringed with embarrassment and to be fair annoyance at others intense interest in me around the dinner table, the keenness for my colleagues to revel in telling new team members "Oh she's very strange she only eats...." instead of quietly letting me use coping techniques to get through the meal time without being a spectacle, Carole Anne the freak. I think I now have the confidence to refer to myself as having a selective eating disorder and perhaps even mention it to doctors if they were to mention a diet related issue. Thank you
VianneVianne from Hansville wrote on February 9, 2016 on 7:06 pm:
Hello! I'm a Picky-Eating Adult! I've been picky since I was two years old. I have expanded my repertoire from the PB&J of that time, but I still cut out several things most adults consider staples of flavor. Right now, I eat milk, cheese, and ice cream but not yogurt; broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, black olives, lettuce, and artichoke leaves but not other veggies; rice, potatoes, pasta, and white bread but only with butter; beef, bacon, and chicken but not chicken I can see (must be shredded and breaded); and finally apples and bananas (no berries or plum/peach/apricot/nectarine).

I have struggled socially with this all my life. I just relayed to my loving boyfriend what parties used to mean to me: parents and kids all wondering why I wouldn't eat, thinking I was insulting their cooking, shaming me for being afraid. Food is very, very close to my emotional core.

I am currently suffering from (and have been ignoring for years) IBS, and unfortunately that means I need to find out which of my precious few foods is the trigger I need to avoid now. It is torturing me to think that I will need to eliminate more, or worse, be forced to scrap my OK list completely and eat foods I don't like just to survive.
JacobJacob wrote on February 9, 2016 on 3:15 am:
I feel so needy when I go over to dinner at my friends' houses. I'm still in high school (I'm 18) but SED has been dominating my life for as long as I can remember. Combined with my ADHD and bipolar I can't keep up. I often spend lunch alone and I go days without eating. Texture and smell are huge issues for me. I love plain carbs and sushi and sweets.
NicoleNicole wrote on February 8, 2016 on 9:25 pm:
Hi, I am a 16 year old girl. I have been a picky eater as long as I can remember. For me, I can eat 'a lot of things' as long as they are completely plain and not touching anything. However, a lot of things I literally can't eat. For example, a few years ago my parents forced me to eat baked beans, and I had like a panic attack. They almost called 911. I did swallow one though. After that though, they actually realized something was probably wrong and have made me stuff I will eat that is different than what the others are eating. None of my siblings have this problem. But I think it is probably hurting my health. I have not had milk for like ten years. That was something I really hated and used to pour down the drain when I was little. I play varsity sports though, and think this is really affecting my performance. I never have breakfast except maybe once a week I have a spoon of peanut butter. Also, I never eat lunch because I don't want people to see what I actually would eat. Everyday I just go to the library at lunch, where eating is not allowed, and do work. I guess that is good, but I don't eat. I wish I was normal though. That's all.
Admin Reply by: Bob
You probably need some vitamins and or supplements to make sure your body is getting what it needs. Probably should get tested by a doctor to see what you are deficient in. In case you did not know it you probably have a recently discovered eating disorder called ARFID Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. It was just added to the DSM-5 in may of 2013. You can use that information when you see your doctor. This is a real disorder and you never chose to have it. No reason you can't live a long happy life. You just need to make sure your not lacking in something your body needs. The food not touching just might be a sign of OCD. But I'm not a doctor. Get check ed and then go out and have a great life. People with ARFID are often gifted in other ways.
SherrySherry from Garvestone wrote on February 7, 2016 on 2:10 pm:
I'm 19, almost 20 and I have been a fussy eater since I was about 5/6. I also feel alone because my fiancé and her family are so welcome to trying new foods and I won't. It causes huge anxiety to me to try something new so I just give up. Texture is a big thing for me as most textures just make me gag or make me feel sick. I eat more now because my fiancé has helped me a great deal but I still have a limited diet. For example I hate cheese so Its so embarrassing constantly have to ask for a burger without cheese, pizza without cheese ect. Ive learned that I love to cook which has made me try more but I have to use passatta instead of chopped tomatoes because I hate the lumps. And if I do spaghetti bolognese I have to blitz the vegetables and sauce before I add it to the mince. I won't touch seafood. Ive gutted a fish in college and stuff but I won't eat it at all. I've gained so much weight because of what I eat. I won't eat any fruit and the only veg I eat is potatoes. It's nice to know it's not just me
NancyNancy wrote on February 4, 2016 on 1:24 am:
My 20 year old son just came across SED. It seems to be such a relief to him to know that he is not alone. He eats about 5 things. I constantly worry about him. I would like to hear from anyone that has tried hypnosis.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Dear Nancy
I Have heard from many with our disorder and Hypnosis can help relax a person and put them in a positive frame of mind to try and eat new things. But after that once the new food is in the mouth the real problem is still there and in my opinion Hypnosis is of little long term use in most cases. Yes it would be wonderful if a hypnotic suggestion could get us to try new foods and learn to like it. I believe we can add new things to what we can eat. I have heard from some people who at the start of each year they decide they are going to try a new food as many times as it takes to learn to tolerate it. Does not mean they will actually like it. Just one thing a year.
Greg DragnaGreg Dragna from Arlington wrote on February 3, 2016 on 7:43 am:
so i just found this site from my friend that sent me a video they did on the news and he labeled it "you"

im 30 years old married and we just had our first child.

I didn't think there was anyone out there worse than me but after reading a few peoples stories i see i am not the only one.

my meals consist of cheese nachos chicken nuggets chips certain candy cheese pizza scrambled eggs fries and more cheese nachos. i always have to order off of the kids menu.

it affects every part of my life it seems and it sometimes affects my marriage because i don't know about foods and i can't take my wife to that nice restaurant that she wants to go to and if i do i know i won't eat so ill just drink beer while she eats and its embarrassing. all my friends and family always try to get me to try things because they think its just in my head and I'm just "picky" but they just don't understand what its like. eating like this my whole like has taken a toll on my health also. i grew up playing basketball and was actually pretty good but i never had stamina and being a guard i should've been able to run for days instead of up and down the court 3 times hard.
about a year and a half ago i was playing at a local gym in the morning and i felt like i was dying, i got light headed my body was going numb on one half of my body and had no energy to move. by the time i made it to the emergency room the first ekg said it looked like a heart attack and the second one they said they couldn't tell anything was wrong. a hour or two went by and i kind of went back to normal. hasn't happened since that day but i always feel like the way i eat causes these things to happen to my body.

i got lucky since i work for a vitamin and supplement manufacturer so i get my vitamins very cheap. although i don't take them like i should.

has anyone else found that eating this way has caused their body to shut down?

well thanks for letting me join.
RyanRyan from Dunkirk md wrote on February 2, 2016 on 8:40 pm:
My parents tell me all the time that when I was a baby and a toddler I ate anything and everything, until one day at around 3 years old I started hating foods. Idk why, or what happened. I am 23 and only eat chicken and turkey, and very few vegetables and fruits. Texture is the biggest reason I don't like most foods. Tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, beans, etc. and my gag reflex is like a hair trigger when I try these things. Flavor is a not that important, though. I don't eat red meat just because the look of it turns me off, just the blood of the raw meat. I don't eat any seafood what so ever, and I'm not sure if it's because of the smell or if the few times I've tried crab or certain fish that I didn't like the taste. I hope to start trying different types of fish in the future.
I came across this site while looking for a diet plan for picky eaters, and now I'm focused on researching the psychology behind picky eating. I don't have OCD, which I've read is common in picky eaters, however I have rather severe anxiety. Which I feel prevents me from trying new foods. I can say that being a picky eater and losing weight is extremely difficult because nearly every meal plan out there has a ton of meals that I don't like. I also hate that I only like chicken and turkey because I end up repeating meals multiple days a week and it gets very boring.
I'm glad that I'm not the only one out there, because I have never met anyone as picky as me or even close to as picky as I am.
My dad is somewhat picky, he doesn't eat red meat (but did in the past), and I suppose that is a choice he made. He does eat seafood but not everything.
Hopefully in the future I can expand on the things I eat, but that probably won't come until I get my anxiety under control.
AubreyAubrey from Allentown, PA wrote on February 1, 2016 on 4:36 am:
I had no idea there so many others going through the same thing. I feel so much better about myself I could cry right now.

I am 22 years old and am a very picky eater. My thing is mainly texture. My mom and husband will eat anything. My dad was picky with some things like salads but just like a normal level. My brother used to be as bad as me but with his relationship with his girlfriend getting more serious she is getting him to try more stuff and now he rags on me to try stuff. I feel isolated, especially since I just started a new job as an auditor. With this job we are out at clients alot so about 70% of the time we go out to eat and I dread it especially when I work with a new person and have to explain it all over again.

I mainly eat bugers but just cheese and ketchup, hot dogs the same but will add chilli sauce if it is from one of two locations. I love french fries, pasta with alfredo sauce (if the recipe is good) and tomato sauce but I have chucks of tomatoes. Mac and cheese is a big meal, pb&j is huge along with chicken as long as it is breaded and baked or fried. I only drink water apple juice chocolate and plain milk, and hot chocolate. Ill eat broccoli if it is mixed with mac and cheese (parents trick) but I can eat green beans without anythiny with it. And I love really buttery corn. Oh and bread is my best friend, white only I do not like wheat or anything else but white. Butter is amazing and I do like a lot of things you can make with bread.

I am sure there are pickier eaters but I still feel so isolated because I basically need to make sure I check menus for places we are going for food when at a client or just request we go somewhere with normal childrens food items. I am an outcast in that sense because everyone else in my office loves all kinds of food...

It feels good to vent somehwere I dont have to worry about being judged, thank you for this site!!!
CurtCurt wrote on January 31, 2016 on 4:22 pm:
I'm an adult picky eater (25), nobody understand me...
I tried different food, but sometimes there's food I'm sure I won't like it. For example, fishes, the smell is already too bad for me. I wanna throw up when I smell fish. I already taste fish, but it's too disgusting for me.

I eat meals, not every meals, a lot of vegetables and fruits, and my favorite food are the candies/biscuits.

I can easily recognize ingredients.

Well that's a good summary.
My favorite foods are the fast food... Burger Kings, pizzas, etc.
I'd like to change, to fit the "social norms", but I can't.

Well I think it's a good summary.
JamesJames wrote on January 30, 2016 on 6:43 am:
I came across a random ABC news video while watching YouTube. I started looking into things and wound up here and on a Facebook page. I am beyond thrilled to know that I'm not alone. I cannot express how relieved I feel finding others in the same boat. My picky eating started when I was 2 or 3. I don't think I need to highlight every detail of what I experienced growing up and into my adult years (almost 30 now) as I'm sure we've all had a similar experience. Life has been lonely, relationships have been hard to maintain, and I've grown used to eating alone. There is so much I want to express... sigh... for now I'm going to sleep knowing that I've finally found others. I could cry right now.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Go ahead and Cry. We all know just how you feel. Then when you get up in the morning start a new chapter in your life. Armed with the knowledge you are not alone and you can have a great life in spite of your eating issues. Your a great and wonderful person.
AndrewAndrew wrote on January 29, 2016 on 7:50 pm:
I am so glad to have found this site. I was researching picky eating and came across an ABC News article from 2010 and in the article was a link to this website. I have been a picky eater since I was about 3 or 4. From ages 1-4 I suffered epilepsy, which I attribute to my picky eating. I know that may sound crazy but I was on very strong medications for anyone, let alone a young child, that I think altered my brain enough to make me such a picky eater (my hypothesis on why I think I'm a picky eater). I only eat peanut butter sandwiches (Skippy is the only brand I'll eat) and cheese sandwiches (only american cheese) on white bread or kaiser rolls. I also sometimes eat grilled cheeses (again, white bread and american cheese) or chicken nuggets and fries (from only a few places). This diet has taken it's toll on me in the few short months I have been away at school, and has built up my anxiety. I am glad to see that I am not alone and hope everyone finds comfort in knowing they too are not alone.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Hang in there. Their is no reason you can't have a great life. Just in case you didn't know you probably have ARFID short for AvoidantRestrictive Food Intake Disorder. Added to the DSM in May of 2013. Many of us who are in our support group participated with Duke University Medical Center who did the study. I think you may be onto something about your brain being altered and you now have a skewed perception mechanizum. I lived with ARFID until I was in my 50s before I found out there are others with it. Lots of others all over the world rich and poor countries. At least you now know you are not crazy and there are many others who view different foods just as you do.
AlejandraAlejandra wrote on January 18, 2016 on 3:58 am:
I have been a picky eater since I was 4. My parents can pinpoint the moment I stopped eating most foods. I can't remember ever being anything other than picky. When I was growing up, most people thought I was anorexic because of how skinny I was, but I was too young to avoid foods for the sake of being skinny. I remember one time my dad tried to get me to eat broccoli. I sat with it in my mouth for over an hour, unable to swallow it down. My challenges with food only got worse with age. I only eat chicken breast, I cannot stand any vegetable, I like strawberries but dislike strawberry flavored foods... The list just goes on and on. My family has always teased me about my eating habits, which I hated. Most of my parents friends still believe I only eat chicken nuggets (white meat only) and fries. When people say they are picky eaters, my first reaction is to say "not as picky as me." Most of the time I'm right. I avoid any food related gathering. I remember a Christmas when everyone was enjoying the feast while I ate buttered toast. I would give anything to be able to enjoy food as much as other people do.
Admin Reply by: Bob
We have many people in our support groups that are just as picky and in some cases even picker. But I would say you seem to be on the extreme side of the disorder. By the way this is not your fault and as you know you never chose to be the way you are. This is a real disorder that has been recognized by the medical community.
JennyJenny from Fincastle wrote on January 17, 2016 on 11:08 pm:
I have felt alone in this food battle my entire life. It's still hard to believe I'm not alone. The anxiety and stress related to this problem is never ending. I wish I could not worry about what food is going to be served at social occasions. Why can't I try new foods? It is so extremely embarrassing to live like this constantly making up excuses as to why I won't eat. Knowing I'm not alone gives me hope that there will be help for us someday. I would love to just be able to understand the why?