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KelseyKelsey wrote on December 17, 2019 on 3:15 pm:
Hi! New reader here and glad to have found this place! I’m a 28 year old woman. As a baby and toddler, my mom always told me I had absolutely no trouble with food. I’d eat almost anything and spit out what I didn’t like (very few things, just like all babies do). Then around the age of 3, I went to a babysitter while my parents worked. She ran a daycare through her home that I assume was under government guidelines, so she had to feed us certain foods to follow along a balanced diet. Which meant vegetables, among other foods. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, turnip greens, just to name a few. If it was green, it was served. I was forced to eat it, and I can vividly remember being repulsed by the smell of steamed/sautéed vegetables. So I refused to eat them. One night, I was there late because my mom worked until 8pm or so. My mom said she walked in the house to pick me up, and I was sitting at the table in the kitchen, ALONE, and in the DARK. The rest of the family and few kids were in the living room, watching tv. I was told I wasn’t allowed to leave the table until I finished my dinner. I’m sure I had eaten everything but whatever vegetable was served that night. My mom was furious, picked me up, threw the plate in the sink, and told the babysitter I wouldn’t be coming back anymore. I truly believe because of this babysitter, I’m the picky eater I am today. I’ve branched our much more over the years. But there’s still lots of foods I won’t eat or am afraid to even try. My go to foods are: pizza, spaghetti (plain noodles with marinara sauce and cheese, no tomato chunks), grilled cheese, tomato soup (smooth only, no chunks), almost all sweets, chicken tenders, potatoes in any way (but not sweet potatoes), tacos (only soft shells, and meat and cheese), burgers (cheese only unless it’s a McDonald’s burger), hotdogs (only ketchup on it), macaroni and cheese, fish sticks, chili (but only when I make it because I use certain kinds of beans and no tomatoes, just sauce), pancakes, waffles, breads (sourdough or wheat only), cereals (only the sugar ones though. No Raisin Bran for me), some fruits (apples, pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, oranges, grapes), corn, meatballs, peanut butter, and jelly. It seems like a large list, but really isn’t. It’s all foods that are usually only on children’s menus at restaurants. My any restaurant “safe food” is a burger. Because most places have that, and it’s not only on the kids menu. You can forget Chinese or Mexican restaurants, or any other cuisine, except American and Italian. I have horrible anxiety whenever I’m invited out to a meal with someone other than my mom, or my husband. I find ways to casually ask what restaurant it is, so I can look at their menu online ahead of time and find something I will eat. As a child I never wanted to sleep over at a friends house, for fear of what their parents would make for dinner or breakfast. Dating was hard as a teenager. Thankfully my husband understands my “quirk” with eating and is very patient with me. I’m willing to cook different things for him, I just have to hold my nose while cooking it and not have any. As I said, I’ve branched out quite a bit in my life. There was a time where I’d only eat pizza huts pizza. No other pizza. Or only McDonald’s fries. Now I’ll eat any pizza as long as it’s plain cheese. Same with fries. There were other “certain brand” foods I’d eat too. I’m proud that I’ve come out a little with my eating. I want to be better. I want to be able to eat a salad, or eat anything put in front of me. I’m tired of turning into a ball of anxiety whenever someone invites me over for dinner. I’ve literally cried on the way to a restaurant or someone’s house in fear of what’s going to be served for dinner. It’s awful. People think that I’m just being stubborn, or that I was spoiled as a child, and it’s carried into my adulthood. Quite the opposite. My parents were forever trying to get me to try new things. Once a kid, my dad told me he’d give me $5 to try a bite of the pizza at a new restaurant we were in. I said no. He and my mom turned it into a game to see how far I’d go. Finally they said $100. I ate one bite. A few days later, my dad gave me that money. I’m embarrassed by that story. It was a plain piece of cheese pizza, which I LOVED and still do! I’m currently in therapy, and I’m discussing this issue with my therapist, and am hoping to get some guidance on how to break through this. It’s put so many boundaries on my life, and I’m ready to be free of it!
Admin Reply by: Bob
Thanks for placing your story in our guest book. There are many here who if they could eat the number of things you do would think they were cured. But you like the rest of us get stressed out over formal dinners. going to a private home for a meal. Holiday dinners at relatives house etc. So you belong with our group and we are happy you found us. One thing you can do is learn to cope with friends and relatives by matter a factly telling them you have ARFID and it is a real disorder and your working hard to improve what you can and can't eat. In my case all of the above stresses me out even the sounds of clanking dishes in a restaurant or banquet hall. Just gives me the creeps. Welcome. Bob K
TaylorTaylor from South Carolina wrote on December 13, 2019 on 1:28 pm:
Hey everyone my name is Taylor! I am 31yrs old! And i am a VERY PICKY EATER!!! First I would like to start off by saying how extremely happy and excited I am to have found this website for picky eaters like myself! I use to love eating all types of foods until I hit the age of 4 or 5 and then my eating went from eating things like salads and fish and all kinds of vegetables to not eating even half of what I use to eat! It’s so frustrating because I would love to be able to go out to dinner with my husband and be able to eat a salad or fish or anything other than a select few things! And it’s also even more frustrating when the people you thought would understand and be supported are the exact opposite, like my father is always telling me “It’s in your head you can eat it you are just being stubborn and difficult!” My mother is understanding and doesn’t really give me to much hassle. Now my In-Laws are always giving me crap and honestly a lot of what they say is VERY VERY HURTFUL. And if I shed even a teardrop they give me EVEN MORE CRAP. So needless to say that is why I am so extremely HAPPY that I found this website and see that I am NOT ALONE! So I just want to say THANK YOU for making this site!
AmyAmy from Palmer Rapids wrote on December 10, 2019 on 6:28 pm:
Hello! My name is Amy and I'm 21 years old. I found this website from reading about Selective Eating Disorder. I've been an extreme picky eater since I was about 2 years old, my parents say it was almost like an overnight switch in my brain went off and stopped letting me eat normally. My diet is so severely restricted that I only have 4 main foods that I eat daily and then a small group of other sorts of snacks. I haven't eaten any fruits or vegetables since I was a toddler. The foods that I can handle eating are unfortunately quite unhealthy and I am substantially overweight because of it. Not only has my eating deteriorated me physically, causing me to be so overweight and causing me to have severe acne, but it is killing me mentally. I find it so embarrassing and I find myself so physically unpleasant to look at that I have rarely left me house in the 3 1/2 years since I graduated high school. I struggle to find work, and I have never had a social life outside of 1-2 close friends who will visit me occasionally.
My entire life I was just labelled as the stubborn picky eater that wanted attention, or whose parents spoiled her, but I would give anything to be able to eat normally. I do everything I can to hide my eating habits, and whenever I see someone online come out and say they have eating problems similar to mine (for example, in youtube videos) the comments and replies are always filled with such mean, cruel things... it makes me feel so bad about myself. My best friend is the only person who is supportive and understanding, and she is the only person to ever be able to get me to try new foods. My family, on the other hand, has no understanding whatsoever. They say such harsh things to me, calling me an embarrassment and telling me I just want a pity party. I have no access to doctors and psychiatric help (due to not being able to find a job) so I've resorted to online communities to find comfort. I love reading other people's stories and feeling like I'm not some sort of freak, completely alone in the world. Thank you so much for providing this platform for us to vent and share our experiences, I hope everyone here can get the proper help we all need and be able to grow and heal.
Admin Reply by: Bob
We only have just one life to live and the genes we are dealt at conception will never change. Yes you have lots of food issues and I have had them my entire life. Having limited choices in food can cause lots of social embarrassment that can be very troubling at times. But
You never asked to have ARFID and you would love to be able to eat lots of other foods if only you could. Many food choices probably don't even look like food to your brain. It is possible to eat the way you do without changing and achieve a significant weight loss. It's a daily struggle between the calories and the exercise. You are probably gifted in other ways and that is what you need to concentrate on the most. You only have this one life and it can still be really great and meaningful if you do the things you need to do. Sitting at home isolated from friends and family will always make your weight issues worse. Go back to school, start a small business, Join the military, get something going and be the best you can be at whatever that is. I would give your relatives some reference material about ARFID and get them off your back. Take control of your life and be the best you can be. Food should never get in our way of success. Bob K
CallieCallie from Cookeville wrote on December 9, 2019 on 2:52 am:
Hi my name is Callie and I am a 22 year old college senior. I have been a picky eater my entire life, and am just realized that it has a name. I have really enjoyed reading several peoples entry’s on here and realizing I’m not so alone in this. I would love to hear from some of you that have tried to seek help for this. Do you ask a doctor, therapist, nutritionist?
This has been an issue all of this time but I really would like to feel like I was doing something to help myself in this area.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Just sent you an invitation to join our Yahoo support group that we just moved to groups.io. We have some people there that can answer some of your questions or our message archive is just full of information.

Now you never have to be alone with your food issues. Glad you found us

Bob K
DebbieDebbie from Brisbane wrote on December 7, 2019 on 10:15 pm:
Hi I’m from Australia. I’m 61 and have experienced this disorder since I was about 5. I had very infected tonsils and all food tasted absolutely awful and I would vomit. My tonsils weren’t removed for another year. I have since then always had difficulty eating food. I’m just not interested in even trying. It has taken me years to learn to eat a few vegetables and fruit. I don’t eat cheese, anything spicy, pasta, pizza and definitely not onion. I’m a fish and chips girl but not salmon or sushi. I’m so glad I have found this group.
Admin Reply by: Bob
We are so glad you found us.
Welcome
Bob K
EmmaEmma from UK wrote on December 2, 2019 on 2:30 pm:
Hi, I have just found this group as I am now 30 years old and dont want to be controlled by my eating anymore. My job has me travelling the world to some truly amazing places and the embarrassment of me not eating is getting me so upset. Has anyone tried things to cope? I am thinking of hypnosis? Be great to hear some feedback
Admin Reply by: Bob
There is a man named Felix in the UK that claims to fix people like us in a day or less. Caution he is very expensive and we can not say if his claims are true. Please be careful. Other members of our support group have reported that hypnosis can put them in relaxed mood prior to trying new foods but the long term results are generally poor. Hope you find what your looking for and actual total cure for our disorder can be very hard to achieve. However you can certainly increase the number of things you can eat.
KatieKatie from Illinois wrote on November 26, 2019 on 1:46 am:
Hi! I posted here a while back, but I’ve been a picky eater all my life. I’ve kind of started to accept who I am and deal with it, but this upcoming spring i’ll be going out of the country for a week on vacation. Do you know of anyone who’s gone out of the country as a picky eater and how they handled eating? I’ll be in Morocco, Spain, and Italy (which I’m the least worried about because of the pizza.) Some of my safe foods are pastas (but not with red sauce), breads, some fruits, eggs, cheeses, most breakfast foods, and sweets, of course. I also prefer not to eat meat for moral reasons. I’m going with a group, so the places we eat are predetermined, and I’m not old enough to go out alone. Any and all advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Admin Reply by: Bob
You will probably be OK in Spain and Italy. Morocco could be a problem. Who ever is in charge of your group should be told about your problems with food. If not you will be playing a game of cat and mouse and spend most of your time trying not to be hungry and still hide your secret. I wish you the best. Try to have a good time.
KatieKatie from Council Bluffs wrote on November 25, 2019 on 3:52 am:
Hi. I’m 52 and I have been an extremely picky eater all my life. I remember as a child sitting alone at the table for hours because my mom wouldn’t let me up until I ate everything on my plate. I never would and after several hours she would finally let me leave the table. When I had colon cancer and was prepping for the surgery. My doctor gave me a list of about 20 items I could eat the week prior. On that list there were only three items I would eat. As an adult I have learned growing up just to avoid eating with others or simply stating I’m not hungry. I hear all the mean remarks and it seems like no one understands. The line I hear the most is “if she’s hungry enough, she’ll eat it.” Now I’m at a point in my life where I need to eat healthier. Is there any hope?
Admin Reply by: Bob
Thanks for your post to our message board. Your experience is pretty common for many of us. I make it a point to let all my doctors know that I have ARFID a recognized medical condition that they need to understand so they can better deal with my needs. Come and join our support groups. We just moved to PickyEatingAdults@groups.io
DavidDavid from Spring Hill wrote on November 19, 2019 on 2:34 pm:
Hi. I'm David, 44, and this is a problem I've had my entire life. I'm lucky enough that if caught in the right frame of mind, with the right support and opportunity I can add something new to my diet. First time always tastes like fear and death, but when I don't die I can evaluate and perhaps try again later. I try to get a dozen attempts a year, but I've never managed more than 4 or 5. The precise contours of what is acceptable and what is not are still mysterious after all this time, and I often don't know in advance if I'll be able to eat something when the time comes even if the food is familiar if the preparer is not. The holidays have always been the worst, with the most unusual dishes appearing and the massive social pressure to 'just have a bite'. But has I have gotten older, I found that being open and honest with loved ones, friends, co-workers about the condition has helped me to remove a lot of the social fear and given me the necessary support to handle the anxiety.
EstherEsther from San Antonio wrote on November 15, 2019 on 6:32 pm:
Hi my name is Esther, I don't have a problem with foods but my 13 yr old son does, he ate great as a baby and a toddler up until the age of 3 is when i noticed he stopped eating certain food. At first i thought he was just being a picky eater n he will grow out of it, but he never did. I thought maybe once he started school and saw other kids eating that he will too (he was the only child at the time). I tried different pediatricians to see if anyone would give me answers as to why he wasn't eating but he was growing and gaining weight like any other normal kid so they will always just say it was a faze and he will grow out of it. He is now in 8th grade going to be 14 in May and he only eats nuggets and fries from Macdonalds, egg as an omelet and has to be made by me, pancakes made only by me as well, and snacks like cookies, toast, crackers and some fruit. He is getting help by a therapist who comes to my house twice a week and brings him different foods to try, but i really don't see a huge difference, he has been having this help for about 2 yrs now and he has only started eating pizza since, and at that he has a hard time eating more than one slice. He also takes for ever to eat, he cannot do any activities or go for long walks without starting to feel weak and getting so pale. Im glad he is not alone in this and i want to do anything to help him and make this eating problem easier for him. As a mom my fear is that he will get bully for this at school since he is starting high school next year i know how cruel some kids can be. Please help me with tips or different ways how i can help him. Thank u so much.
Admin Reply by: Bob
I'm sending you an invitation to join our support group hope to see you there. We can give you some advice but we have found their is no miracle cure.
CameronCameron from Boston wrote on November 14, 2019 on 12:41 am:
I am a 19 year old college student and I struggle with food. I've simply lost interest in eating. It feels like a chore. My meals consist of pasta, chicken, french fries, cereal, and a sandwich. I'm just so tired of eating the same foods over and over but for some reason when given the opportunity to try something new I refuse over and over. I feel very lucky after reading other people's posts , in that i dont have it as bad as others. I like some meats, and most fruits and some vegetables. Being a college student though i wish i could know a better way to combine the foods I like so I dont look so weird when I go out to eat and order the same thing every time- chicken tenders and fries. Going out to eat with friends is so embarassing for me, I eat the same thing every time. I'm so glad I found this page as I know I'm not alone.
SamanthaSamantha wrote on November 13, 2019 on 9:00 pm:
I just came across this website today and now i feel so much better! I am a 21 year old college student and dealing with this stuff alone has been rough. Ive been like this since i was little and now i'm at the point in my life where i want to explore and try new things but i just can't. I eat the same foods on a daily basis. Plain pasta (which has to be soft because i don't like hard textures), chicken fingers, french fries, eggs and Cheese pizza. There is this unexplainable fear where if someone puts a new meal in front of me to try i panic. I just say no until they give up and then i always look like a crazy person but i can't help it. Idk if its the texture or the smell but there is always an excuse for me for to try it. I have a sweet tooth as well. I don't have issues with trying new sweets or fruits but real food is horrible. I want to expand but im running out of options.
ElizabethElizabeth wrote on November 13, 2019 on 3:59 am:
So happy I found this site! I'm 20 years old and I've been like this since I was a little kid. My family always gets angry and yes, I understand, they do it because they worry about me, but they just can't see how hard I'm actually trying.
Yesterday I went to my best friend's house for dinner. We were supposed to eat french fries but they ended up buying a pizza. I couldn't pretend I wasn't hungry so I forced myself to eat a little, but I felt so sick that I ended up going home early. And anxiety has not left me since then.
Lately I have no appetite at all. Maybe my body is tired of eating the same things everyday. I only eat red meat, rice, potatoes, bread, chocolate cookies and milk. I always force myself to eat bananas, apples and carrots to get a little bit of healthy food but everytime I do it I just feel so so dirty. Need to spend 10 minutes washing my teeth afterwards.
I wish I could enjoy going out to eat with my friends like they always seem to do... Oh well... Things could always be worst. I guess I shouldn't be complaining so much.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Yes some of us are way worse. But if your limited diet causes you to have social embarrassment then you belong here with us. I can remember every time during my life that I had an experience like you just described. On a few occasions the event would make me almost suicidal. Or at least it was the start of a few days of deep depression. Cheer up you have all your legs, arms, hands, eyes, ears and you don't need help to go to the John. I have found as an adult life is better if all your good friends are told about your eating disorder ARFID. Come join our one of our support groups. Glad you found us.
HannahHannah from Provo wrote on November 6, 2019 on 11:07 pm:
I have been a SEVERELY picky eater my whole life, similar to many of you. My parents thought it would resolve itself, but I turn 20 this weekend and I still find myself ordering the plain hamburgers with nothing on them, buying the sugar cereal and all those childhood comfort foods, and avoiding meals where "fancy food" or salads are served. It's so nice to read through your posts and identify a lot of the same foods that I struggle with: vegetables, most fruits, seafood, any type of salad (including, yes, jello salad), anything spicy, etc. I'm in college trying to do 12 hours of school every day of the week and I'm gaining weight and losing energy fast. On the hunt for a diagnosis and/or a way to get over this picky eating so that I can eat better, feel better, and be more confident. I'm one of you. Thanks all for contributing your stories!
GageGage wrote on November 6, 2019 on 6:39 pm:
Hi. I am someone who was once an extremely picky eater but has now personally overcome this condition and has now added quite a few new foods to my palate. My goal in this post is to help others be able to do the same for themselves.

What I learned in my personal experience with picky eating was that what I deep down hated the most was not actually the food itself, but rather the whole "dinner table" experience that was thrust upon me as a child by my parents. They are good parents overall, but they unforunately failed when it came to providing me with a stress-free and fun dinner table experience while growing up. They didn't understand how scared I felt in those moments at the dinner table when there was "unsafe" food served to me, and it was always a lose-lose situation. If I wasn't completely opposed to the new food, they forced me to eat more of it than I was comfortable eating (to the point where I then formed a bad relationship with that particular food that I could've eventually liked eating had I been given the chance to slowly become accustomed to it on my own terms and comfort level). If I was completely opposed to the new food, they'd make negative comments about how small of a bite I took and made me feel like it was my fault that I didn't like the food. I then began giving an "it's alright" response to new foods in an attempt to avoid the two extreme before-mentioned responses, but then after a few times of that, they'd complain "you ALWAYS say that" and then I hated hearing that too, but it was the lesser of the "evils", so I kept going with that response, which eventually affected my ability to stand up for myself, voice my opinions, and etc. because that's how I began to deal with other life issues as well. I also had very little social life for twenty some years because of this condition. It's a cruel thing to go through, and like anything else, people who haven't gone through it for themselves simply don't understand how it feels and the effects that their "just eat it" (and similar) comments have on those people who are going through that.

I grew up thinking that this was my own fault, and was told that it was my own fault, so I could never overcome it because I felt like I was constantly failing at every turn. I had very low self esteem. The moment that I started overcoming my aversion to new foods was the moment that I realized that this condition was not my fault in any way, and realized that it manifested in me due to my parents' causing me to have a terrifying experience at the dinner table every time that I had no "safe" foods served to me and wasn't allowed to become accustomed to new foods at my own pace and comfort level. Since realizing this, I have now slowly added quite a bit of new foods to my palate. Still hardly any vegetables, but that's okay since I want to eat mainly a meat based diet anyway.

So, I then on my own (so there was no external pressures being placed upon me) started trying very very small amounts of new foods along with my "safe" foods. If I was completely opposed to them, I wouldn't try them again. If I was not completely opposed to them, but didn't enjoy them, I ate the small bit that I took and left it at that. Then, nice time, I'd take the same small bit of that same food again and eat it again. I'd repeat that process until I became more comfortable with the texture and taste of the food to where I would slowly take a slightly larger portion of it (again, at my own pace and comfort level) until I eventually began eating it like anyone else who liked it would eat it. Then once I'd "master" one food, I'd do that with the next food and so on. It is easiest to do this when sticking to very similar foods, such as changing from French fries to hashbrowns, or from fries to mashed potatoes. This allows for particular textures to become more palatable, then one can move on to other foods with similar textures, such as from mashed potatoes to applesauce, or from hamburger to pulled pork.

It really comes down to being an intense fear that needs to be identified and alleviated in a slow and safe way, as I have explained.

Hope this helps people who are going through this "hell on Earth". I'll check back here occasionally if anyone wants any sort of assistance or support from me, or has any questions.
MaureenMaureen from Cranbrook wrote on October 30, 2019 on 7:04 pm:
I am so happy to have read what other picky eaters have to say. I don't eat vegetables or fish or a multitude of other things. Why?? They may look gross or smell bad or, if I have had something in my mouth, it may be the texture or the sound it makes when I bite into it. Or, maybe I am with someone who is eating a rare steak & there is blood on his plate - then I can't eat my food either. Going out for dinner is not a treat. Because of how I eat, my weight is out of control. Might be easier to eat nothing because everything I like is bad for me. I know I need help but I don't know how that would manifest.
MelanieMelanie wrote on October 23, 2019 on 4:20 am:
I am so happy to finally find a welcoming community. I have struggled with this my entire life. My diet consists of yogurt, fruit, and junk food. I am "vegetarian," but don't eat vegetables. I would love to be able to eat salad one day, so I could sit down at restaurant and order a meal.
ProcrastinateherProcrastinateher from Australia wrote on October 21, 2019 on 2:47 am:
I found this website whilst looking for information on anxiety and food sensory issues, trying to figure out if it's my anxiety that is the reason behind my food issues or something else.

I do eat a variety of foods, but the ones I struggle with the most are vegetables. Corn, potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, I can usually eat by themselves whether roasted or boiled (not a big fan of mash).
Anything beyond that, it has to be in something for me to eat it. A couple of peas in a mouthful of pasta. Small pieces of carrot in a salad, stir fry or meatloaf.

Some foods I can't do at all, and will pick them out especially if there's big chunks of them, like mushrooms, brussel sprouts and anything from the pickled cabbage range of foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, artichokes, antipasto).

Even foods I regularly eat, I can't tolerate and won't eat if it's in a texture or smell that doesn't agree with me at that moment. E.g. right now, microwaved chunks of sweet potato from a ready meal are sitting there uneaten.

Sometimes my mouth sensory issues can be bad enough that regular toothpaste is too "spicy" and I can't tolerate it long enough to properly brush my teeth. Sometimes brushing my teeth activates my gag reflex, even if my toothbrush is nowhere near the back of my mouth.

As I've gotten older, I've been able to tolerate more tastes and smells. E.g. I now kinda like avocado, but make sure it's mashed into guacamole/spread and not in slimy slices.

It's become a problem again because I live alone and am trying to eat healthy. But it can be difficult to ensure my tastebuds will be okay with that flavour, smell and texture before the fresh food goes to waste.

Maybe lowering the medication I take for anxiety and depression has made things worse. Maybe I just have too much time to over-think and worry about my feelings toward food, and my sensitivities are actually in the "normal" range? Or I've just got to work hard to getting away from those junk "comfort" foods I used to emotionally eat.
CraigCraig from Cincinnati wrote on October 17, 2019 on 3:49 am:
When I was a kid, age 3 and up, I ate nothing but potatoes, grilled cheese, peanut butter, milk, soda, crackers, all very bland, plain food. That continued through adulthood. I didn't have a piece of pizza until 17, a hamburger until 37, eggs at 41, I could go on and on. I felt so ashamed and embarrassed because I did 't eat like everyone else. My siblings teased me about it constantly. My parents used to make me sit at the dinner table until I ate everything on my plate. I would sit there for an hour after everyone else was finished and gone doing their thing. My parents gave me chewable vitamins that I liked. I liked carnation instant breakfast chocolate drink so every morning through high school I drank one of those. Things started to change for me when I went into the service. You can't request food there and I either ate the food they had or starve. In basic I learned to eat meats. Chicken, fried fish, turkey and ham, hot dogs. I still don't eat a lot of different foods but a lot more than I used to. Starving in a situation made me eat and try different things also. I didn't have a burger until 37 like i stated before. The only reason i tried a burger is because we landed in Saudi Arabia back in 97 late at night and the only thing open on base was a Burger King trailer. They only had burgers and fries. I hadn't eaten that day for about 14 hours and was starved. I got two plain cheeseburgers and ate them both in about 3 minutes. They were good so I started eating more burgers. Same thing with other foods. I am now 60 and I am pretty healthy. Is still to this day have never had lobster, most seafood, the only veggies I eat are cooked carrots, baled beans, corn and potatoes. I have never had peas, green beans, or any other green veggie. I can only eat food that smells good and looks good. I am to the point now, being older, that I order what I want to eat. If someone is with me and they say anything, I look at them and say, are you buying my food? Then you need to be quiet. It wasn't easy trying different foods. I do eat all kinds of pastas now but I still only go with plain sauce, nothing fancy with a lot of flavor or spices. I do not eat mexican or any foreign foods. I do eat chinese every once in awhile too. So I am with each and every one of you on here and I know the struggles and embarressment we all have gone through in life. Hold your head up high, there is nothing wrong with us.
JanetJanet from Florida wrote on October 17, 2019 on 1:06 am:
I am 58 years old and today is the first time I have heard of this. I heard it on the radio and was stunned . All this time I thought it was just me, it has brought me to tears. It started as a child, I wouldn’t eat anything but bacon for meat. I would eat sweets, potato and bread but no fruit or vegetables. It continued through teens where I did add in a few more foods. Early 20’s I became binge eating and bulimic and still regress to that today when under stress/anxious. From what I have started reading online it all started in childhood which makes sense, all I remember is being physically forced to eat food several times, I black out the details and constantly being anxious and afraid. I still get that way in social situations where there is food. I have to check the menu online prior to going to make sure there is something there I can eat. Or usually just try to avoid going out to eat all together.
I am not sure what I am going to do now going forward, except research this more. I don’t think I could ever talk about it with anyone too ashamed. But knowing this is a real illness makes me feel alittle better today. Thank you.