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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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6/15/12 8:05 P

Reading your posts, I think I know what part of your problem is. I don't know how to fix it, but hey, knowing is half the battle, right?

You have two things going on here. The first is texture: This is actually a sensory thing, and is very common! Quite a few people have aversions to different textures. IF the texture of a certain food doesn't appeal to you, try it prepared a different way. Don't like pumpkin pie? Try pumpin baked into muffins or brownies!

The other appears to be visual associations, like with the rice. That's something that's purely mental, and you're going to need to work past that, because not eating something because you don't like the way it looks is something children do. :) How it looks has NOTHING to do with how it tastes.

You need to stop judging how something will taste or feel by how it looks. Maybe you could talk to a counselor about this! You'd be surprised what they can do. If you can figure out where these aversions are coming from, you can battle them.

Zucchinis look like cucumbers; I make zucchini spagetti with my spiral slicer. It's a great substitute for pasta.

Okra is usually served sliced, but it looks a bit like a pepper in shape. They're fuzzy! Usually they're sliced and either deep fried, boiled, or included in other dishes.

Why eat an oatmeal cookie when you can have chocolate chip? Because oatmeal is packed with nutrients, and is whole grain and WAY better for you. Not to mention, it goes a lot farther than a flour-made chocolate chip cookie. Want super yummy? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

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6/15/12 7:00 P

i've been thinking about going to jamba juice and trying smoothies with different fruits and/or veggies i've never tried before it might be easier to eat if i know what it's going to taste like before eating it. then again most people have told me that juices don't taste the same as the actual fruit.

i have never had corn, i've had pop corn and corn chips.. but never corn. I don't use sauces either really just bbq or hot sauce!

lol omg visuals don't get me started on rice! rice is one thing I don't think I will ever try, it looks like maggots or tapeworm! watching other people eat it grosses me out.

i'm going to be honest i don't even know what a zucchini or an okra is.. but zucchinis look like pickles and okra looks spicy? i dont think i like oat meal either, ive only ever tried an oatmeal cookie and it wasn't bad.. but it's like why eat an oat meal cookie... when you could have a chocolate chip one?

i'm starting to not feel so strange i love it! :P

Edited by: 2MUCHBUTTERBEER at: 6/15/2012 (19:02)
IMAREADER Posts: 9,728
6/15/12 5:32 P

It's funny how the taste and texture of some foods is 'okay', but the same taste and texture is not okay in others. I love okra (which can be slimy), but don't like mushrooms, because I think they have a slimy texture. I also think mushrooms are too 'earthy' in flavor, but I like beets, which definitely have an earthy taste. I stated in an earlier post that I don't like oatmeal, but I find steel cut oatmeal easier to tolerate than other kinds (such as 'old-fashioned' type), because I like the way the oat pieces 'pop' in my mouth. (but my sister-in-law hates any food that tends to 'pop' that way--foods like beans and peas that aren't cooked to a mush).

Isn't our variety wonderful?!

NIRERIN Posts: 14,325
6/15/12 5:27 P

one of the best things i can tell you is to not make much of things you're going to try. in other words, buy a serving or two of a new food a week. but instead of making one thing with that serving or two, make four. do two cooked preps and two raw preps. which means you're only eating 1/4 to 1/2 serving of new food at a go. it's the adult equivalent of your mom telling you that you have to eat at least four of the zucchini rounds to try them. this way you can find preps that you like and you're not wasting food or having to choke down a whole serving. it's much easier to have just a bite or two.
when it comes to buying stuff in the store, ask to split the package. it doesn't work for bags of apples that are being sold as 3lb bags of apples, but for things like zucchini which come in four packs [because most people buy it for families and so they package it to accommodate], you can generally ask someone in produce to just get one and they will split it for you, no problems or questions asked.

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6/15/12 5:06 P

I'm a pretty picky eater too, love most fruit but hate veggies. If you listen through the walls on nights my BF is cooking you would swear he was trying to convince a 5yo to eat their veggies lol. I'm picky with a lot of other dishes too...the visual and texture of food will through me off. Every now and again I just have to be in the right mood to try something new or willing to try it for him.

LYNSEY723 Posts: 3,114
6/15/12 4:49 P

Umm... Its mostly fruits and veggies, but there are some other things that I steer clear from. I love apples, but other than in smoothies, I don't eat other fruits (texture thing). I WANT to... I just need to get over myself and do it! I love corn and potatoes, but since those are the least nutritional veggies it doesn't really count! I've started eating asparagus and I've tried brussel sprouts twice (holiday dish). If I'm eating a stew or soup or something like that with some veggies in it, it's fine... But I like the veggies to be small so I can mask them with the other ingredients in the bite. I also don't eat lettuce on anything, but I like salads. I think a lot of this has to do with what I grew up eating. My tacos and burgers are always plain (growing up I didn't even eat a bun on my burgers!). I don't do much dipping either, no ranch or ketchup. I'm trying to expand my horizons, but its a slow process!

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6/15/12 4:21 P

@jessica723 OMG! Totally! Every guy I've ever met has had a problem with my pickyness! One time I went to this guys house, and his mother (huge communication gap btw she was from Chile & didn't speak any English) insisted I have dinner with them. So I stayed for dinner because liked him and I didn't want to be rude. His mom made carne asada which was fine I tried it and liked it.. but when it was time to have desert! She made something called flan it looked like a pale pink jello. I thought It might be okay, I mean I like jello.. so I tried it and It was so gross! I just couldn't finish it, it was so awkward and embarrassing! Later I was told that I offended her, and she was upset that her flan was wasted. He never invited me over again. :| oh well! lol Are you like the kind of picky eater that just wont eat fruits and veggies or are there a lot of foods you wont eat?

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6/15/12 3:58 P

@sarahd33 I like the salad bar idea, I'm going to try that. I usually shop at Ralphs which doesn't have a salad bar, but I think most Pavilions grocery stores do. I hate spending money on food I wont eat, I'd rather just taste it all! :) and that link is helpful! I didn't realize baby veggies taste different then the mature ones.

Edited by: 2MUCHBUTTERBEER at: 6/15/2012 (16:21)
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6/15/12 3:48 P

@JUSTDOIT011 I'm afraid to try things. It's like if i try them on my own I feel like I would waste a lot of money buying food I'm going to hate. If i'm out with other people and I try something they have.. it could be totally embarrassing! I tried an onion ring when I was out with my friends once and it made me gag. I don't know why it made me gag I think onion rings smell really good, and I love onion flavored junkfood. Just last halloween I tried pumpkin pie and I had to spit it out not because it tastes bad but because it was mushy and I didn't like the feeling of it... but I absolutely LOVE mashed potatoes! It's like a mental issue I guess. Just in the past year I've tried a strawberry, apple, and pomegranate. I kinda liked the strawberry but the seeds bothered me, the apple was good but once i was done chewing all the juice out of it i didn't want to swallow the rest, and I absolutely loved the pomegranate.

Edited by: 2MUCHBUTTERBEER at: 6/15/2012 (16:22)
LYNSEY723 Posts: 3,114
6/15/12 2:45 P

I too am a picky eater. It drives my boyfriend crazy as he went to culinary school. I slowly keep trying new foods because I know that's what is best for me. I have broadened my horizons a lot since my boyfriend and I got together, but he wants to be able to cook anything and know I'll eat it... Its going to take a long time to get there! He knows lots of ways to prepare veggies, but of course his favorite way is cooked in bacon fat. I told him thats out and to find a healthier way to make them tasty! But yes, I am in your boat and totally understand!

IMAREADER Posts: 9,728
6/15/12 12:28 P

I've definitely never been a picky eater, ha ha (that's part of my problem), but I did have foods that I absolutely did not like and didn't want to eat (nope, never gonna do it). However, I made myself eat them and gradually got to either like (or at least tolerate) them. These include fat free milk (I used to call it 'white-colored water'), natural peanut butter (I liked the reduced-fat kind that was kind of like eating PB-flavored frosting), and whole wheat breads. The only healthy food that I can't make myself like yet is oatmeal. I eat it, but I don't like it (but I'm working on it). I've always loved fruits and veggies, although I'm learning to limit some of my veggie choices (less corn, green peas, etc. because they are higher in carbs or calories than I can handle right now).

Good luck!

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6/15/12 8:57 A

I may be being negative, but I think picky eaters are lazy eaters.

I used to not like any fish, but after eating it once a week and cooking it 2 million different ways I have learned to like it to the point that I crave it.

There are going to be foods that your tastebuds just do not like. But just because you try a food once and you don't like it then doesn't mean you won't like it after you continue trying it.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,325
6/15/12 7:24 A

if you use the search feature at the top and search for "picky eater" or "don't like vegetables" or "can't eat vegetables" you will find people with the same problems. there's probably at least a post a week on this messageboard alone.

6/15/12 7:05 A

I used to be but then I realized that mindset was not working for me. My health was in a bad place and I needed to make a change.

I used to never eat veggies and rarely ate fruit. Now it's the majority of what I eat.

We do have the power to change our lives and our taste preferences. :)

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6/15/12 7:00 A

I have a couple of thoughts:

1. Remember that there are soooo many different fruits and veggies out there. Nearly infinite textures and flavors, not to mention ways to prepare them. Try some; you are sure to find some that you like.

2. Visit the salad bar at your local grocery store. A lot of stores will have a lot of types of pre-cleaned and pre-cut fruits and veggies. Try a few small portions of several different ones.

3. Maybe look for a recipe book targeted for kids? I know there are recipe books out there that give parents ideas of ways to get their kids to eat fruits and veggies.

4. I just came across this link from Prevention Magazine. It has ideas on getting more veggies into your life:

5. Visit a local farmer's market and just look around. Ask the growers what their veggies and fruits taste like, and how they recommend eating them.

6. As another poster said, what are you afraid of? What is the worst that could happen? If you don't like something, though, don't give up on it.

7. Some advice to parents is to offer new foods TEN times to their kids before deciding for sure that the kids don't like it.

JUSTDOIT011 Posts: 1,472
6/15/12 12:04 A

"I've never even tried most of them" how do you know you don't like them, then? Or you are just too afraid to try? What's the worst that's going to happen?

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6/14/12 9:42 P

Yeah, I get that a lot. Thanks!

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,763
6/14/12 8:55 P

"I'm not sure what to do about it."

Just keep trying new things!
I cannot imagine a life totally devoid of fruits and vegetables.

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6/14/12 8:49 P

Are there any adult picky eaters here? I feel like I'm the only adult in the world who wont eat fruits & veggitables. I've never even tried most of them! .. At least not that I can remember. My mom told me that when I was little she use to feed me all kinds of fruits and vegetables but my father would say "ewww what are you making her eat!?" so I quit eating them. Even when I build up the courage to try something new I usually don't like it.. I'm not sure what to do about it.

btw I'm new here, just joined today! :)

EDIT!: I'd just like to add that I'm not really asking for advice. Just a friend, someone who could relate.

Edited by: 2MUCHBUTTERBEER at: 6/14/2012 (21:39)
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