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KarolaKarola from Yogyakarta, Indonesia wrote on October 29, 2017 on 1:44 pm:
Hey! I am very glad I found this website and I've been talking to Marla and I am very happy that it all happens. For years, I thought I was the only one like so and it was such an amazing feeling when I found out that I was not the only one.

Since I was two (I am not 22), I only eat french fries as my main meal. I eat other foods too but not too many. I eat bread but not all kinds of bread. I don't eat meat and veggies. I eat fruit but very limited amount of fruit. I always eat grilled cheese for breakfast, for lunch, I can go with french fries (preferably with cheese sauce) or crepe. I rarely have dinner but when I do, i usually just eat french fries again. My favourite snacks are chips, peanuts, and chocolate bars.

It's been really hard growing up as an adult who is picky eater in Indonesia because there are so many foods that I cannot eat here. I tend to go to the same restaurants and order the same meal.
Getting a weird look from people I just met is not a rare thing for me. And I actually kind hate it when they keep asking me about my situation. I even got forced by my teacher when I was in my first grade to eat normal. Of course I refused.
I keep saying that I'm still full or that I already ate whenever I am offered a food that I don't eat and sometimes it feels rude to me but I have to do that. Otherwise, I probably will puke.

And I've been having a hard time to fit in with new people due to this condition. Few days ago I even cried because I will be in a strange new place for a month this December with people I barely know. I cannot bail on that since it is a required activity from my campus.

I currently need someone that is like me to talk to. I've been talking to people around me but they just don't get it because they don't share the same experience as I do.
MelanieMelanie from Raleigh wrote on October 20, 2017 on 7:18 pm:
I cried when I first discovered it wasn't just me! I'm almost 50, and it started as soon as I was introduced to solid foods, according to my mother. My parents tried everything; reason, threats, begging, punishment, bribery, shame, peer pressure, and for 999 times out of 1,000 kids, at least one of those methods will work. But nobody knew at the time that all of those methods are wrong for us. The doctor told them as long as I was healthy not to worry about it, that I would grow out of it, and 999 out of 1,000 kids do grow out of it. But not us.

I tried cognitive behavioral therapy a couple of times with therapists who treated it like any other phobia. Psychologists just didn't know much about it. The first time I just wasn't ready. The second time was more successful, but there were other significant stresses in my life and I had to stop. However, I have been treating at the Duke Center for Eating Disorders for almost a year, and this time I'm seeing some real results. You can appreciate how I felt when I was able to order a Chick-Fil-A sandwich (no pickles!) just like anybody else. I felt so NORMAL! I finally had something else besides fries to eat. It took 6 months of therapy, but there it is. I still have to push myself, but it's getting easier, and I go to Chick-Fil-A about twice a week now. Only someone for whom a restaurant is a lifelong source of anxiety, embarrassment and shame knows what a big deal this is.

So far, treatment has consisted of a couple of visits to a dietician familiar with eating disorders, and weekly sessions with a therapist who is very familiar with the thoughts and feelings of those of us with ARFID/Selective Eating Disorder. She understands that, for me at least, freedom and feeling in control is very important.

I could go on about what my therapy is like, but it would take up way too much time. However, I can tell you that I went into this hoping to cure this "problem", fix my "defect", blend in with the herd, and I am actually able to try some new foods and actually integrate them into my life. But, more importantly, and unexpectedly, I'm also learning to be OK with myself, accept that I have this issue and it is part of my life, and when the waitress singles me out by asking, "ARE YOU SURE YOU ONLY WANT FRIES?" (Thanks for shining a spotlight on my problem!) I can say out loud, "Yes! Yes, that's all I want!" (You got a problem with that, sweetheart?) I'm trying to improve my diet, but at the same time, learning to be OK with myself whatever I'm eating, or not eating. It's OK to be different, and for me, at least when it came to food, I never wanted to be different.

For those of you out there who are interested in treatment options, I think the best advice I can give is to find a therapist who specializes in eating disorders, and is knowledgeable about ARFID. Also, be patient--there is no timetable for progress.

Wow. I really thought I was the only one, and that something had gone terribly wrong with me, so I am SO GLAD to know there are a bunch more of you out there!!
Admin Reply by: Bob
Thanks for your post to our guest book. It will be very helpful for others who are seeking treatments and also show how hard it can be expand what we can eat. Bob K
LaurenLauren wrote on October 20, 2017 on 1:05 am:
Hi everyone!
It's nice knowing I'm not the only picky eater out there! I'm 22 and I've been a picky eater for as long as I can remember. I hate most flavors and most textures, which makes eating pretty difficult and I'm also terrified of trying new things.

Right now I'm really struggling with trying to maintain a healthy diet. I want to get back into shape and be fit, but I know what I eat is holding me back. I can't stand eggs, bananas (most fruit in general), or seafood & usually that's what people recommend if you're trying to lose weight/eat healthier.
If anyone has any ideas as to what I could eat/any advice, that would be awesome! Thanks :)
Danielle KDanielle K from Pennsylvania wrote on October 15, 2017 on 2:15 pm:
Thanks for reading. So happy to know I am not alone. I feel desperate at this point which is why I am reaching out here. I am 20 years old and a student in community college.
I have selective eating issues and sensory issues with food. The problem is now that years ago I realized I had lactose intolerance so we got the lactaid pills so I could continue to enjoy any kids dream diet: Kraft mac and cheese (only kraft), grilled cheese (only American cheese), pb&J, ice cream, snacks, soup, yogurt, pudding and u know that's about it. Maybe a few other things like apples with pb.. French fries... other than apples, no fruits or veggies and no meat...
The lactaid pills should be used occasionally for cheating... But I used the pills daily because most meals of mine surrounded dairy. Fast forward to now and all the dairy products I have ate over the years have literally caused me to feel ill almost every day and giving me horrible side effects.

After a trip to the doctor one time, she said, first thing you need to do is eliminate dairy from your diet. My thoughts: perfect plan, I'll just eat the air!" Because I'm afraid to try anything new, so I've been now only eating cheerios with lactaid milk, soup, crackers, and I did have pb & J over the past couple days but I think the PB isn't sitting well with me either now. My foods have dropped from any kids dream diet to: I need to find help asap to change my almost daily feeling of illness because I've ate the foods I was allergic to for years and I am afraid to try anything new. I've contacted numerous dieticians for them all to say that my problems are too complex to treat: my diet is extremely limited, fear of trying new foods and having sensory issues with food but need to get more healthy
I reached out to the only eating disorder support place in my area but they are out of network!!:( I have been in therapy since age 13 for my mental health issues; not for my eating issues. My recent therapist was not working for me so I am now seeing a therapist and a new type of therapy: CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)

I also tried seeing an occupational therapist over the summer for help with feeding issues ... But things have changed since I was a kid. I've had sensory issues with food ever since I was a baby. Age 5, I was eating only baby vanilla pudding, milk and water for 6 months. Before that, I only ate a few baby foods. Parents brought me to different doctors and therapies like occupational therapy. Luckily by age 5, my parents found the childrens institute of Pittsburgh. I was a patient living there for two months in their feeding program because I had an oral motor delay and needed to learn how to chew and how to eat people foods. I had occupational therapy and speech therapy while I was there along with like 5 mealtimes a day. The first couple days of living without my parents was traumatic. My parents after the first couple days could visit me in the evenings, but anyways, coming out of there I was eating a wide variety of foods but fast forward to now and I'm like only eating cheerios and soup. I am exaggerating ever so slightly. The occupational therapy I tried over the summer was different from when I was a kid because the therapist said to me, now that I am an adult, treatment would be individualized and self guided. I thought: I can't guide myself right now!!! I don't know what else to eat and I am terrified of trying anything New! So I gave that up...

Also, in December of this past year, I got food poisoning... ever since that time I have had emetaphobia. Fear of getting sick .... on top of my issues with food and feeling ill I also don't want to get sick again! All these issues have caused me to miss class and be behind on my school work and miss out on working out like Taekwondo because I haven't felt well these days.

I've suffered from anxiety and other stuff for many years but because of my emetaphobia and daily stress with that and food neophobia with having a dairy allergy, missing class, not keeping up , etc... the other night I had a panic attack, shaking uncontrollably, felt like I could pass out and screaming.. felt like I was having a heart attack.. My mom had to call the ambulance and got brought to the hospital only after to find out after tests on me that I had a panic attack; not a heart attack..

As you can see, my eating problems and not feeling well is taking it's toll on me... I don't have my license yet and all my fears and anxieties partaining to food and emetaphobia... I've been avoiding things like driving lessons, hopefully I get back into that. I am going to see my doctor tomorrow to talk about everything and see about treatment.

I know this was a really long message and there is a lot of other posts to read so if you read mine and have any advice, guidance or suggestions, I would really appreciate it. In the past, going to restaurants was hard because it could only have Kraft mac and cheese or grilled cheese, but now that my dairy allergy has gotten to this point, right now I cannot go to any public eating place.

Again I feel bad that this was very long but I feel desperate and was hoping someone on the picky eating support website that knows what I am going through would be able to help me. Thank you so much, it truly means a lot to me that you read this! I have been working on a book about my life, so maybe one day you guys will get to read it. :-)
Admin Reply by: Bob
First things first. If necessary you need to get your body feeling better. Have you tried anything like Ensure or Boost to get some of the things your not getting through your diet? Have you had blood tests to see what Vitamins and minerals you need to work on? With a little work you can correct those that you are deficient on. Take your mind off your troubles. No one in this world is more limited than me. I'm now 70 and feeling pretty good. I do take some supplements and get regular blood tests. No reason why you can't have a great life. Get to work and maybe you should get that drivers license. Bob K
NicholeNichole from Louisville wrote on October 15, 2017 on 12:37 am:
I’m almost 40 and since I can remember, I have always had an issue with the look, smell, and texture of foods. I have this insane fear of putting food in my mouth and not being able to get it out fast enough. I gag easily as well. I wish I could be like other people that look over a menu in a restaurant and are like “hmm, I think I’ll try this” and in my head I’m freaking out. What if you hate it?! What if it smells gross?!
LauraLaura wrote on October 10, 2017 on 10:47 pm:
I'm 26 years old, I have been a picky eater since I was around 11 years old, I would hide food, throw it in the garbage, etc,. Before being 11, I don't remember much but my family says that I used to eat everything. I didn't realize how bad my picky eating has gotten until recently when I went to a trip for two weeks at a friend's house. I was so hungry after a long fly, and the food looked fine but once I tasted it, I didn't like it at all, my stomach just closed and I had the hardest time eating it, I didn't finish it. So I thought, maybe it just tastes bad, but it happened the next day and after that to the point that I stopped eating what was made all together. I didn't even like the food ordered from the restaurants, so I started to make my own food, I can only imagine how bad it looked to be making your own food in a house that isn't yours, I was hungry and wasn't thinking much about that at the time.
I don't remember much being done by my guardian when I was little and I didn't like the food aside from making me feel guilty about the ones who don't have anything to eat. Back then, I would stare at the food think about the less fortunate ones, but I still couldn't eat it. My somach closes, but I am hungry, but the food taste bad. Even sometimes when I cook, the food still tastes bad, and everybody thinks that I am just very impolite for no eating what was made. And I can't help but feel disrespected by family members when they start criticising my no eating along with the lectures that everybody had eaten food that they didn't like. Now, I'm very conscious that the food isn't bad, that it just taste bad to me, I am constantly waiting to be extremely hungry to eat and hoping that it would make it easier, it doesn't, and I get sick, Gastritis being on the top. It is hard and I wish I could just eat whatever and feel satisfied. I am currently draining having to take another trip to visit a family member. Chances are that I won't like the food, higher chances of being shamed. At least now I know that I am not the only one with this problem. Sorry for the rant.
LauraLaura wrote on October 7, 2017 on 3:05 am:
I'm quite a picky eater. I don't eat any meat and never have. I dislike most vegetables but I can take a few bites if I have to. Most of the time when I can get my own food I think I am able to eat pretty healthy, but restaurants are really a problem. I usually order off the kid's menu. Something like mac and cheese or a grilled cheese. I really wish restaurants would just put these things on the adult menu. I'm 18 so I'm reaching the age where people think it is increasingly strange for me to order off the kid's menu. Does anyone else have experience with this? What do you do when you only want food off the kid's menu but they won't let you order it because you're too old. Have you been able to find other foods you like as you've gotten older?
Admin Reply by: Bob
You could try offering to pay an adult sandwich price for the Grilled Cheese. Or you could explain that you have severe food allergies and your diet is very limited. Tell them you were thinking about a yelp revue about how they treated you with your special diet needs. Or you can do what I would do and that is ask for the manager and explain you have many food issues with what they have on the menu and would he want you to order something that would result in being medivacked out of his dinning room. You can also tell the staff that you have a condition in the medical books called ARFID and explain just how you are limited in what you can eat. Point out that every time they refuse an adult who wants something off the kid menu they are most likely dealing with someone like you. Plus they probably left and will never come back. Not a good way to run a business. You have a disorder you never asked to have and just like everyone else in our country that is handicapped in some way they need to make an accommodation for you. Good luck Bob k
LaurenLauren from London wrote on October 3, 2017 on 11:56 pm:
Hi I'm 21 and I'm quite a fussy eater my mum said I wasn't when I was younger but since mainly my teenage years that I can remember it has got worse and I'm quiet a big girl but because of my eating habits I find it quite difficult to loose weight I like quiet plain tasting stuff I'm really good with fruit and vegetables but for example salad I will only eat cucumber and that's it! My main thing I eat quiet a lot is pasta and chicken I could live off it but it's chicken nuggets or any sort of chicken in breadcrums which obviously is what makes it not so healthy I also find it quiet difficult to go to restaurants that sent like Chinese Indian or kebab any advice would be very much appreciated please
jasminejasmine wrote on September 8, 2017 on 4:59 am:
Thank you for the hard work and dedication. Keep it up and stay safe!
PP from Christchurch wrote on August 31, 2017 on 10:52 pm:
Wow i just came across this forum, im 27 and ever since i was 2 years old i started refusing foods. I have always eaten a good breakfast its the main meal of the day for me i can eat up to 8 pieces of white bread with marmite & butter. Fries are also my other key food. My friends joke that i eat the yellow food group as i essentially do. Bread, fries , cheese is me in a nut shell.Ive always been a little underweight and never had too many health issues but i do get super bad reflux when it does occur. Im so desperate to change its so frustrating how people think " oh its easy just eat this" i literally have a panic attack and freak out about trying something new. Does anyone know if there are any groups based in new zealand ?
Admin Reply by: Bob
We have other members in both of our support groups. Recently one of your TV stations in New Zealand did a documentary on our disorder called ARFID. You can also learn more about our eating disorder on our webpage. Here is a possible link to the TV show we just heard about.
Taylor AnnTaylor Ann from Los Angeles wrote on August 30, 2017 on 6:38 pm:
I am 23 years old and my whole life I have struggled with picky eating. Trying new foods and adding the healthy ones I already eat is where I have issues. I feel like yeah I eat a lot of healthy foods but do I really eat them? No. Rarely. I want to be a foodie. I want to love and enjoy food. But can I? No. Does anyone have any ideas? I mean I have been to hypnotists, therapists, nutritionists it really just all about will power or is there a real way to combat this? I cant live on cheese and bread forever. I want to live a long healthy life. Help!!!!
Admin Reply by: Bob
Well I just turned 70 and I'm still kicking. I'm the pickiest of the picky. My diet is about as limited as you can get. Your eating probably won't kill you if you are smart and get checks to make sure your not deficient on important vitamins and nutrients through blood tests. If you are deficient there are ways to treat it. Many that I have heard from who learn to eat lots of new foods are not foodies. They can eat more choices but do they ever love the new things. I suppose some have but many do not love the new foods. While your picky eating can ruin your social life if you let it. There is no real reason why you can't have a long happy life no matter what you eat. In life there are things a person can get that are way worse than the struggles we have with food. Bob K
JessicaJessica from Staten island wrote on August 29, 2017 on 7:33 am:
I am 20 years old and I just found this site when I was doing research on picky eating. What sparked me finally researching this was when my coworkers at a therapy clinic threw me a goodbye party at the end of an internship and I wouldn't eat the pizza they ordered because there was "green stuff" on top. A speech pathologist then mentioned feeding therapy and while that's more for the pediatric population, it actually felt nice to have someone recognize this as a disorder instead of a choice. I don't think my eating habits are too restrictive because I will eat quite a few fruits and vegetables, and multiple types of meat. I won't eat any seafood and my main problem is that I won't eat anything with any type of sauce or condiment. My friends and family aren't the most supportive, but at least they haven't forced me to eat new foods. I've had friends exclude me from plans though because they want to try a new place for lunch and there's not something for me on the menu even when the meal isn't the main part of the plans. My best friend doesn't really understand my issues with food but she's still very accepting. She doesn't argue with me when I say I don't like something and if she really wants to eat at a place where there's nothing for me on the menu, she'll help me find a nearby place where I can get food and then one of us will bring our food to the other location. This is starting to affect my life more now though because for example I have late classes once a week at college and will need to eat dinner on campus. It would be so much easier to get food in the dining hall, but the only things I'll eat there are mozzarella sticks and french fries. Also, I want to go on a service trip, but hearing about how sometimes the group eats with the community they're serving at maybe a soup kitchen worries me because that means there's only one meal option and it can't be modified like at a restaurant. Anyways, I'm glad I found this site and I'm thankful to read posts of other people who face the same problems.
JulieJulie wrote on August 18, 2017 on 7:31 pm:
Just the other day a waitress told me I ate like a 5 yr old. I ordered a burger with only cheese. I told her I did not want any lettuce, tomato, or any other vegetables on my burger. I have eaten this way my whole life, I am in my 40s. I can relate to many of the posts I've seen on this forum. I do not eat any vegetables, very little fruit...maybe an apple twice a year, no seafood. I pretty much live on red meat, chicken, bread, cheese, pb&j and fries but not potatoes of course. No condiments of any kind except tiny amount of A1 or barbecue sauce. I am fine with my diet, why is everyone else, especially that waitress, so concerned with what I eat that they feel the need to make a comment. It is others that are causing any kind of anxiety we may feel when not eating a dinner salad or ordering a meal that is considered childish. I will just never understand why everyone cares so much about what I decide to eat.
Admin Reply by: Bob
The Waitress should have kept her comments to herself.
Ken FrymireKen Frymire from Traverse City wrote on August 18, 2017 on 12:10 am:
Hi All,
Like Bob I am one of the older adult picky eaters (68). I can remember being taken to the doctor at age 6 and my mom told the doctor he only eats Peanut Butter Sandwiches and Milk. The doctor of course said he'll out grow it! NOT.
The food is about the same as many of you. Hamburg, potato, chips, milk, breads, pop, limited fruits, no veggies, chicken, turkey, and of course the grilled cheese sandwich. It has saved many a day! Surprisingly I found my very favorite meal is a buffalo burger. Tastes great and its very lean. Definitely lots of gagging in my life too.
I do on occasion in the privacy of my own house try a new food. Usually it just tastes like cardboard! Once in a while it works though. For quite a while now I've just come clean with people who I am eating with and tell them that I am an Adult Picky Eater and tell them to look it up on the internet. For a long time I just treat the situation with humor such as I never have to write down my grocery list! No one who knows me asks for a restaurant recommendation. Don't need much refrigerator or cupboard space. Don't waste time watching food shows. Have never had to go on a diet (only 10lbs over my high school football weight). All my cooking utensils fit in the drainer, and of course I am a cheap date.
My sister (15 yrs younger) had the same problems but to a much lesser degree. She has pretty much grown out of them. My daughter does not have the problem. Was married but divorced now but it wasn't the food that was the problem. Dating is definitely a headache but I tell women up front the first time we go to a restaurant about my food problems. Honesty is usually the best policy.
Not worried about getting fat since you can only stand the same food items so many times.
The big surprise for me is that I have be very healthy my whole life. Part of it I believe is because that I am very active physically and have always been that way. I still walk five miles a day and swim laps daily. I take an iron pill and get a B-12 shot quarterly. My advice is stay active in life, mix with people, and be honest with them. Find the humor in life. Don't let it get you down. There are people with so many worse burdens. If you get depressed get active and talk to someone about anything. Be well
PS, My on-line dating name was cookieman!
Admin Reply by: Bob
I just love this posting. Thanks Bob K
AshleyAshley from South Carolina wrote on August 15, 2017 on 4:47 am:
I'm 19 and still eating like a kid. I don't really recall how my whole thing started, but I started denying fruits and vegetables probably around age 4 and my parents never forced me to eat them. I remember choking on a green bean at 3 but i still occasionally ate them after that. Basically I grew up on chicken nuggets, certain french fries, macaroni and cheese, pasta, and cheese pizza. That's still mostly what I eat today. I eventually warmed up to steak and plain cheeseburgers, but now I am not a big fan of steak. I like chicken, ham, and some seafood. I can eat tomato sauce on pasta but i'm afraid to try tomatoes. I get anxious when I think about the textures of many fruits and vegetables, and can vomit at the smell of something like a banana.

Basically, I am here today for advice on desensitization. I'm in college, and I have recently started to gain weight and I want to stop it before it gets worse. I have knowingly been anemic since I was 14 (at the time it was very severe). I am concerned about future health problems and I want to start treating my issues before it is too late.
VickieVickie from Memphis wrote on August 12, 2017 on 3:50 pm:
Hi,I have always been a picky eater from a child to an adult..certain food gives me a sick feeling in my stomach.ok let's start with season the good I don't like celery,tomatoes,onion,that's wired right the dressing on a sandwich, my burger has to be plan with just lettuce or bacon an that's it...baloney sandwich plain...ok meat group I only like breakfast chops,chicken wings the small,regular real ground beef,steak,beef ribs,fish, green veg I like is turnip greens,green beans.I like pizza with just cheese an bacon an pepperoni an less sauce..taco salad with just ground beef an lettuce an cheese an sauce , no other stuff on my taco salad..well this is just a little about my good an why I'm picky eater.....
TaylorTaylor from Sherwood Park wrote on August 8, 2017 on 4:19 am:
Hey! Gosh I don't know how to start this.
I'm a picky eater. Always been one. And it's been a struggle. I feel like my family has always lowkey judged me for it and tease me for it. Once my aunt asked me: "how will you ever get a boyfriend when you eat like that." She said that in front of all my family and I was super embarrassed.
Oh! And today, literally like an hour ago my best friend of 8 years told me she was frustrated with me and because I don't try new things. Not necessarily food in general but food was definitely one of the factors. Then we got into a huge fight. She doesn't want to be my friend because I'm a picky eater and we have to go out to certain restaurants and eat the same things. I get that she's frustrated but she doesn't understand. I don't even understand why it's hard for me to try new foods.
I guess I'm here to maybe get an explanation and some support from fellow picky eaters like me.
Admin Reply by: Bob
Welcome and you probably need to find more understanding friends. There are 1000s of people who are just like you all over the world.
AnneAnne from NORTH POTOMAC wrote on August 4, 2017 on 9:10 pm:
Hello members! I am glad your group exists. I am a parent of a 15 yr old boy with ARFID. Just wanted to say that though treatments are limited and very much "non-guarantees", we should be proud that ARFID awareness continues in the right direction. We very much want treatments that work. I keep reminding myself that this eating disorder could be so much more complex and troubling. I'm learning to stress less for my son and accept my role as an advocate for ARFID awareness. Glad to share my recent blog:
Admin Reply by: Bob
Just read your very nice blog. We have come so far from the early days in the year 2003 when I started I spent over 50 years of my life alone with what is now called ARFID. Today while cures are far and few someone with the disorder does not have to be alone with it. You are a terrific Mom. Thank you
Bob K
MartinaMartina wrote on August 3, 2017 on 1:48 pm:
Thank goodness I'm not the only adult who's a picky eater. People seem to think that only kids are picky.

I have been picky my entire life. Even now, I don't eat at most family events because they only cook southern foods and I don't eat southern food. I also bring the same thing for lunch every day to work (turkey and cheese sandwich with pepperonis and an apple), and a few people have made comments about it. Like some other people I saw on this guest book, whenever someone wants to go to a restaurant I have never been to before, I have to look at the menu to see if there is anything I can eat or else I can't go to that restaurant. An ex-boyfriend from college used to think I was vegetarian because I would only eat fries or rice during dinner.

In the past seven years, I have been slowly trying new foods. I also have been reviewing the menus of restaurants I have been to in case what I usually eat is no longer on the menu (or in one case, the name of the item was changed). I still won't eat anything that looks slimy and I don't like anything that has an overpowering taste (no chocolate for me).
MorganMorgan from Louisville wrote on July 23, 2017 on 8:28 pm:
Hi everyone, I have been trying to come to terms with my eating issues and I thought I would share my story. I have been a picky eater since I was around four, I remember eating things as a small child that I do not eat now. I have large categories of foods that I won't eat. I don't like hamburgers, generally do not like meat and bread together. I don't eat chinese or mexican or almost any "foreign" foods. I like pizza with a limited choice of toppings. I don't eat cheese other than mozzarella, I eat plain chicken and mashed potatoes with no gravy. Basically a complicated rule system for what it is I like. I feel very sick when I try something that doesn't sit with me.
I am skinny, naturally, but the fact that I don't eat at many restaurants or many different things leads some people to believe I am anorexic. I have kids and I don't want them to have these kind of issues. My feelings are mixed though, because I wish I could just eat what I want without it affecting my life negatively. I have a wide enough list that I think I eat a pretty healthy diet. But, I hate being the weirdo. I hate being the person that has to explain all the time, that I have issues. I just want to reach a more normal equilibrium, at least. Anyways, I feel a bit better reading other people's stories, and to know that I am not alone in this.