View Full Version : Are there other "picky eaters" around here?


Salsa
03-06-04, 10:02 AM
There are so many foods that I don't like. This is not a recent problem. My mother often has commented that I am the only baby she knows of that would never eat mashed potatoes. That's because I can't stand the texture of them. I'm the same way with steak. (It's not the flavor. It's the texture).

I'm super sensitive to odors too and that doesn't help matters any. (e.g. The smell of green beans makes me gag). I thought that as I got older things would improve but I don't see that happening.

I don't enjoy being a picky eater and it's actually rather frustrating. When I went gluten free for a while it was terribly challenging because pasta is one of the staple foods that I really like. (There is such a thing as rice pasta-- which is gluten free, but I don't live near a health food store and so it's hard for me to obtain because I can't drive). There are just so few foods that I like.

Am I alone on this one or is this not all that uncommon with ADHD?

~Sandy

redletterruth
03-06-04, 12:17 PM
Sandy-
I am not add myself but my son is and he is a TERRIBLY picky eater. And its not just certain foods he doesn't like- he won't eat favorite foods if they are not prepared eactly to his liking. He has found a few foods he does like (bacon and egg burritos, for instance) and he eats them over and over and over again, Its awfully frustrating to try to cook for him- I'll ask him what he wants, cook that, and see it go to waste. Thanks for reminding me its really not his fault!
Hugggs
claudia

88ssp
03-06-04, 12:24 PM
I am extremely picky eater. If I don't like something, I won't even touch it, no way, no how. For example, I don't like mayo, if there is mayo anywhere near something I am eating (on the plate, whatever). It drives me crazy, sometimes. I have my wife try something that I may like in general, but never had that brand (ex: BBQ sauce, salad dressing, etc). It is killer for me to go to a buffet to eat. I get what I know I like and will touch nothing else.

I am sensitive to texture, smell, color (green, yuk--ex green ketchup---no f'n way).

I am messed up, though.

redletterruth
03-06-04, 12:31 PM
88sp-
I've read your shares. I don't think you are messed up at all. I think you are a warm, wise, very neat person

krisp
03-06-04, 01:22 PM
I think this probably ties in with sensory integration issues. My 5-y.o. is extremely picky and sensitive to the look and the texture of foods. I remember having some issues as a child, but not to the same extent. Certainly I didn't barf as much as he does... :rolleyes:

Salsa
03-06-04, 07:37 PM
I'm very sensitive to smells. My parents both smoke and it drives me crazy. I don't like to visit them in the winter time because their house it closed up. I can put up with it in the summer because they will go outside and smoke.

When I was married, I was married to a man who smoked, but there was never any smoking in the house. When my daughter comes home after a weekend at her dad's, I can smell the smoke all over her and her clothing. (YUK).

Gil
03-09-04, 01:03 PM
I am also a very picky eater, the core foods that I eat have a texture friendly factor. I eat pizza, hamburgers, and pasta. Smells also bother me, especially air fresheners! I also don't go near any green vegetables, they not only scare me, but they taste bad and have a gross texture (that I can remember, I haven't eaten any since I was very young.) Also, certain textured clothing bothers me, and some clothing I can't help but pet because of the texture. By pet, I literally mean pet. Note: I only pet my girlfriend's clothing (and only while she's wearing it, it'd be creepy otherwise) because she'd be upset if I were to pet other girls... they'd not interpret it properly and think I was hitting on them (lol)

Salsa
03-09-04, 05:49 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Gil
I am also a very picky eater, the core foods that I eat have a texture friendly factor. I eat pizza, hamburgers, and pasta. Smells also bother me, especially air fresheners! I also don't go near any green vegetables, they not only scare me, but they taste bad and have a gross texture (that I can remember, I haven't eaten any since I was very young.) Also, certain textured clothing bothers me, and some clothing I can't help but pet because of the texture. By pet, I literally mean pet. Note: I only pet my girlfriend's clothing (and only while she's wearing it, it'd be creepy otherwise) because she'd be upset if I were to pet other girls... they'd not interpret it properly and think I was hitting on them (lol) [/QUOTE
I don't like many green veggies either. Some I'll eat if they are raw. I'll eat raw broccoli for instance-- (especially if you dip it in cheese). I'll eat raw celery too (after I pull out all the strings first though-- can't stand those strings). The smell of cooked green veggies though-- YUK!! And green beans tops the list for "gag me" stinky veggies. (Brussel sprouts has to come in second, though).

Certain clothes used to bother me too. I'm not as bad on that anymore. Maybe because the ones that used to bother me are no longer in fashion. (I absolutely hate to wear polyester). Maybe that's more a matter of good taste, though, than hypersensitivity. ;)

When I was little, I had a blanket with satin-like edges. I used to rub it all the time. I loved it. I used to call it my "furry blanket" because to me it was as soft as rubbing the fur on a cat. I rubbed it so much that it got worn and my mom got me another one. The one she got me wasn't near as soft though. More like a rougher nylon-- didn't feel like satin. (No comparison). So I know what you mean about "petting" materials. I have a cat now and love to pet her too. :)

~Sandy

waywardclam
03-09-04, 10:53 PM
TOTALLY.

I will literally starve before I can eat a turnip.

My wife's vegetarian and alternative health dishes are my constant nemesis.

I hate most forms of seafood... can't stand anything with coffee or alcohol in it (including desserts)... onions and peppers are also repulsive to me...

heh, it's a wonder sometimes that I survived on the food I DO actually like...

Ace
03-11-04, 12:02 AM
When I was little, I was so skinny I looked like a refugee. i lived on plain white bread and jelly/jam, even when the family went on vacation and we ate at restaurants. At a nice restaurant, "dinner" of bread and jelly can cost quite a lot, actually! Until now, I never thought it had anything to do with ADD, but I bet it did.

It is hard to remember what else I DID eat. I wouldn't ever eat at the birthday parties of my friends. When all the other kiddies were stuffing their faces with cake and ice cream, I'd sit in a corner, because it just grossed me out.

Funny. Reaching high school and wanting to be accepted, I started eating the usual junk. I wish I still had some food phobias. I "got over" all that, and now I have gone from "toothpick" to "barrel!"

It took decades, but I've finally achieved dietary "normalcy."

Stranger
03-11-04, 03:42 PM
I am not a picky eater (well, there are some things I won't eat, but not that many.) My daughter is more like me, while my son is picky like his mom. She drives me crazy--she puts catsup on tacos, for heaven's sake, because the salsa has yet to be invented that is mild enough for her--needless to say we don't go out to eat Mexican food much.

Gidget
03-21-04, 04:07 PM
I am soooo glad I found this thread. I sometimes feel like my picky son will drive me insane. He is very skinny and getting him to eat anything of any nutritional value is a challenge. He will eat green beans only with a certain seasoning on it, broccoli cooked to the point where it is almost mush with butter spray, white rice(did get some brown down him today though) with soy sauce, the cheap store brand "wheat" bread. His meat cannot be tough whatsoever. He can sit at the table for hours eating. He often starts thinking and forgets to chew his food. No spicy. Would eat salt straight if I let him. There is more, but I am drawing a blank at the moment.

Ginger

codeman38
03-21-04, 05:38 PM
Yep, yep, I can totally associate... there are some foods where the texture is enough to make them unappetizing to me, just as you've described. Sometimes even the texture of a particular batch of food will be different from the norm, and that will be enough to make me start gagging...

I'm the same way with the texture of clothing as well; some materials I can wear comfortably, while others itch like mad.

Salsa
03-22-04, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by codeman38

I'm the same way with the texture of clothing as well; some materials I can wear comfortably, while others itch like mad.

Oooo.
I don't see how anyone can stand to wear wool!

BnB
03-22-04, 11:51 PM
Most people ADD or not have some textures or smells they cannot tolerate.

However,....my 18 yr old being ADD does not eat meat,...never has, we celebrate if he eats a piece or pork chop or steak. He refuses to eat ham. He only likes hamburger and sausages and hotdogs. He will literally live off of bologna sandwiches for weeks at a time.

My ADD kids are really no pickier then my none ADD kids,....except the meat issue. My sisters ADD child is VERY picky thou.

Salsa
03-22-04, 11:58 PM
Originally posted by BnB
Most people ADD or not have some textures or smells they cannot tolerate.

However,....my 18 yr old being ADD does not eat meat,...never has, we celebrate if he eats a piece or pork chop or steak. He refuses to eat ham. He only likes hamburger and sausages and hotdogs. He will literally live off of bologna sandwiches for weeks at a time.

My ADD kids are really no pickier then my none ADD kids,....except the meat issue. My sisters ADD child is VERY picky thou.
I'm that way too. Steak is just too tough to eat. It's almost like it hurts to chew on it. It certainly isn't pleasant for me, anyway. Pork chops aren't so tough, but they are fatty. Not terribly pleasant either. I go more for the sausage and hamburger too. Much more tender. (I like tender). :)

clueless
04-07-04, 02:21 PM
when i was little, all i would eat were hamburgers from McDonald's and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. i didn't try pizza until i was eleven years old because i thought it "looked weird"

sometimes meat grosses me out, but i try to get over it. something about the way it looks-- i can't explain it, it's just gross.

i also used to have trouble eating around people. it was totally disgusting to me-- i don't know why.

i've grown out of all of this, for the most part.

kat_in_mich
04-07-04, 09:17 PM
my brother had to be put on geritol at like age 8 because he wouldnt eat...we thought he may have had a tapeworm at one point. he was sooo skinny....but give him some bread and a jar of peanut butter and he will go to town, even now at age 28..LOL

my son who is 7 swears he doesnt like half the things i cook but once i put it in front of him he downs it and asks for seconds....lmao

xonlyxashesx
11-15-05, 11:51 PM
I'm a very picky eater. I don't like many foods, and even if I do like something I wont eat it if I'm not in the mood for it. So I usually only eat one kind of food for a while. My most recent phase was apples with peanut butter. Before that it was peanut butter toast. Before that berries. Pickles. I like random foods.

And I wont eat some foods because they remind me of certain people / situations. Even if they taste ok. I hate spinich cause it reminds me of my mom. Hot Pockets remind me of when I used to like w/ me grandmother. Crackers remind me of when I was in the hospital. I won't eat any of those.

I love steak though. But only if its cooked rare or medium rare. I could eat steak for the rest of my life.

jenjan
12-23-05, 11:08 AM
My daughter who has adhd is extremely picky & it's so frustrating. Dinnertime is always a struggle because we have to make something different for her. I used to think this was a control issue until I found something she wrote in a notebook. It was like a wish list & one thing on there was that she could be able to eat anything. She actually seems to fear most foods. My son on the other hand(who also has adhd will eat anything. I talked to her Dr. about it & she said not to worry as long as she is gaining weight & also said to give her pediasure.

EverReady
12-28-05, 12:02 PM
Wow! I really have never associated my son's pickiness with ADHD.

One day he'd like something I cook and then another day he swears he doesn't like it! He'll eat pizza, pbj, chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, loves a lot of the pasta dishes (not all though), and will eat green beans and mixed veggies (thank god!). I can't get him to eat other veggies though. So, there are things that he will eat but most of the time I have to make him eat at least half of each portion (if possible).

He also have complained about "tough" meat...like steak or beef which I tell him he's missing out because they were sooo good (and not tough to me at all). The latest is that he doesn't like turkey! I say who on this earth does not like turkey???

Another poster commented about how her kid would sit for hours eating. My son is the same way! The boy takes forever to eat. I swear he chews his food to death before swallowing. Sometimes he'd even hold it in his mouth (especially when younger). Top this all off with the fact that he can't stay put at the table during the meal. If I had of known that I'd have problems with him staying put at the table ... I'd of done things differently from the beginning. I'm just simply tired of that particular battle and let him eat while watching tv. Fighting that battle would prolly result in him losing his appetite for the night and he is already so small...I need help in this area.

Anyway, I just never thought it would have something to do with ADHD. Does it???

casinowife
01-11-06, 02:56 AM
I have always been a picky eater. As a small child my father would force me to eat vegetables and would not let me up until I did. So I slept many many nights at the kitchen table or I'd swallow them whole like a pill so I didn't have to taste them. I will not eat any type of sea food. I don't know why because I've never tried anything other than a fish stick once. I won't eat hot dogs, bologna or anything pork. When I eat beef or chicken I tend to pick it apart "looking" and disecting it. I can't drink anything even slightly warm or hot. It's just gross. If I eat a sandwhich it has to be totally plain. No mayo, mustard....just bread and turkey and the turkey has to be really thin. No veggies at all. I love fruit though. I think I'd starve if it weren't for bread and noodles. I'm so strange that I will even pick out little tiny pieces of parsley or whatever it's called. They always sprinkle it on noodles. If i eat something like yogart I have to swallow it really fast or I'll gag. I love cheese pizza but I scrape the sauce off first. I hate sauce!!! I wish I was normal. It's so embarrasing to go to a nice restaurant and find that the only thing on the menu I will eat is the chicken fingers on the childrens menu!! My mother had to make 2 different dinners when I was younger to get me to eat. My poor mother....I remember hearing her cry after dinner because I wouldn't eat and we'd argue about it. Going through all that I promised myself I would never force my child to eat and I never will. He is such a good eater and actually prefers healthy food over junk.

MafiaKiddo
01-11-06, 03:38 AM
lol sounds very familiar. I refuse to eat anything that comes out of the sea. I never liked eating in restaurants because they always add something weird to the plain meal I ordered. Now I just tell them exactly what I want. I remember the first time I saw parsley I said what the hell is this green stuff and decided I wasn't going anywhere near that. There are only a handful of foods that I actually like a few more that I can tollerate but most i will starv before putting in my mouth.

I also can't eat anything that looks like it did when it was alive. I can't see the bones or I'll feel sick. If I decide to eat chicken I don't want it looking anything like a chicken. Also chickens and cows are the only animals I eat. I like the taste of bacon but it makes me sick so no pig products and no other weird animals like deer, duck, lamb or whatever other crazy things people eat these days.

I mainly survive on pasta, hamburgers and cheerios. No mustard, mayo, ketchup or any of that crazy stuff either. I can eat a few veggies now, didn't eat any as a kid, but I like green peppers but not if they are cooked and I like corn on the cob but only when it's in season in NJ which is only for like 2 months. I will eat lettuce but only if I am the one making the salad. At restaurants I spend half the meal picking the junk out of my salad. I'll also occasionally eat broccoli but thats a weird one because sometimes it will taste ok and others it will taste horrible. For everything I eat I like one brand and that is it. If another brand is served I can taste it instantly and it's gross.

orthomolecular
05-30-06, 01:59 PM
I have always had a picky appetite but don't anymore. I am being treated for a zinc and vitamin b6 deficiency that is never tested for even though there is a test available.

Both zinc and vitamin b6 are essential for protein digestion, assimilation and absorption. Without protein your body can't make neurotransmitters.

Another problem with a zinc (and b6) deficiency is not wanting to eat breakfast until later in the morning or not wanting to eat protein so early in the day.

One good indication that you have a vitamin b6 deficiency is little or no dream recall. A vitamin b6 deficiency would also cause depression.

I also had difficulty dealing with stress. I went through some stress a couple of years ago and my appetite got even worse. I lost weight, I got weak and I was struggling with fatigue. This is something you should speak to your doctor about.

Zinc has been indicated in eating disorders. Zinc plays a role in taste and smell sensations. The product Zinc Status tells you your zinc status immediately (if you have a zinc deficiency) because of that lack of taste sensation. You could try this product, it is sold in health food stores, but you would need to speak to your doctor though. I don't recommend that you take supplements on your own because you can cause some other deficiency if you don't take all the nutrients you need. Only someone with sufficient nutritional experience can help you treat any deficiencies.

Paws13
05-30-06, 06:28 PM
You are looking at one of the world's pickiest eaters :)

I judge food by it's texture... always. Rarely do I judge it about it's flavor. And then there's vegitarianism... :p

dormammau2008
06-01-06, 04:49 PM
lol tell me more paws m8 iam just the same when it comes to food in more ways than one lol tell me more dorm

KFabulous
09-02-06, 07:52 PM
I am very picky about food!!! I won't eat anything that has sugar or bleached white flower in it. I don't drink sodas juice or alcohol either. I have been on the atkins diet for about a year now and I love it. It may be some sort of wierd control issue with food that I can't change. I am one of those annoying people that always asks what is in every food when I go out to eat. I haven't had any candy or sugar in like 6 months. I really don't miss it because it makes me ill when I eat anything that is not on my diet. I guess I am a wierdo. :P

casinowife
10-03-06, 02:40 PM
Mafiakiddo, That's funny that you said that about only liking one brand of things because that is the way I am too. I was starting to think I was crazy or something because no one believes me when I say I can tell the difference. Even with ice I can tell. I only like bagged ice. My husband hates buying it all the time so he went and bought me an 3 minute ice maker and try to switch on me not thinking I would notice. I knew right away! I don't like the ice maker in freezers either because it makes the ice smell. I don't like anything on a bone either and god forbid I see a vain...I won't eat that food again for months because of it.

li.mony
11-21-06, 06:24 PM
I was an incredibly picky eater growing up- my mom likes to say that I survived off mac and cheese and pbj for the first 10 years of my life. She exaggerates, of course. I notice three trends in the pickiness of my eating. The first, like has already been mentioned, is texture. I won't eat anything that has an off texture to me. I also won't eat anything unless I'm very sure of it's origin. I've heard people say they'll eat things -Even out of the garbage can :eek:- if they're still properly sealed. I, however, wasn't able to eat a can of pringles-sealed- I found sitting on a table at work. I also can't eat nearly anything served in a cafeteria, nor do I like to eat at other people's houses, unless it's something prepackaged. Actually then I still don't really like to because I don't trust their pans to be clean. Restaurants -inexplicably- seem to not be a problem, though. I also go through period where I only eat one or two foods. This isn't too healthy, but I've been eating nothing but bread and butter and noodles for the past 4 days.

I think everybody doesn't liuke certain textures, wants to know where their food comes from, etc, but I think it is more extreme for some people.

stratdude1
11-23-06, 09:32 PM
And don't we all just love how people rag on us for our eating pickiness? What a topic of conversation it becomes with people sometimes. Most menus have 5% or less of stuff I'd eat.

Ate out at a restaraunt with girlfriend and family today for first time ever on a Thanksgiving, and y'all shoulda seen the negotiations taking place with the waitress due to the limited menu they had available. Girlfriend's AWESOME about it though - she handled the negotiating! :D

- Unfamiliar food = gross
- Fancy food = gross
- Too much stuff mixed together = gross
- Funny color or texture = gross
- Most (not all tho) food touching each other on plate = gross

One contrast I've found to be common - Most people can try something, and simply determine they don't like it but otherwise have no problem. I mostly either ALREADY like it, or I wanna throw up at the thought of trying it. :rolleyes:

stratdude1
11-23-06, 09:37 PM
Oh yeah, forgot one question for folks I'm real curious to see the response on:

Anyone ever take special interest in the "children's section" of a restaraunt menu (due to choice, not necessarily portion) when everyone else skips right over it?

Skully
12-07-06, 09:45 PM
LOL I always read it, just to make sure they are not getting something better! I do order from it every now and then.

VisualImagery
12-08-06, 12:18 AM
I am not picky, I am a slooooowwwww eater because I talk and daydream so much. I love food and eating! Dislikes or things I don't eat are few, cooked carrots, salads are not high on the list, meat-since becoming vegetarian for health reasons.

Pixie
12-10-06, 06:31 PM
excellent..... this drives my husband nuts and I am such an unhealthy vegetarian....

crime_scene
12-11-06, 01:07 AM
i'm not add but am a fairly picky eater...I eat most vegetables but draw the line at most fish and seafood and organ meats or anything that looks like part of an animal, although I stopped eating almost all meat except for chicken and a little fish (tuna, salmon basically) because I was horrified at the way we kill our animals and the fact that gravy is just animal juice which is completely gross.

I don't like mushrooms, many grocery deli items (you can taste the refridgerator), things that taste of plastic, things stirred with wooden spoons which were not rinsed after washed with dishsoap, veggies over cooked, dried oregano, tomatoes that taste like pumpkin, bananas with a few freckles (bad texture and smell) and any cereal if I remember that there is a maximum bug protein count that is allowed.

~Ødd~Scr~θθball
12-15-06, 10:14 PM
I was definitely a picky eater as a child due to Sensory Intergration Disorder. I wrote down the foods and reasons I hate those foods in post on above condition. I can remember getting choked-I'm talking Himilech manuevers here- :p on a piece of tough steak and years later a hot dog. To this day I will not eat steak unless it is ground because of this fear. Oddly I will still eat hot dogs. :confused: If a food-like some kinds of cheese have a bad odor I refuse to eat them. Some foods that are an off shade of green- and looks like nasal mucus made me gag as a child :eek: and still does as an adult. When I was little my mother would have to add blue food coloring to my food before I'd eat it :D
Even now I am very picky about how my foods are prepared! Meats well cooked,
Macaroni-ala-dente', Cheddar cheese-only melted, Fries-browned to a crisp,
Gobs of mayonnaise- forget the calories- on certain sandwiches. Hm-m-m, I wonder does any of this sound picky? :D

That's me, Odd Scrooball :) ;) :D :)