Normally mealtime is a simple daily experience most adults engage in everyday. But for some this can be a difficult challenge especially in social settings.
Picky eaters, fussy eaters or selective eaters are individuals who display a complete lack of interest in a wide variety of foods, individuals who displays an unwillingness to try new foods outside of the small selection of foods that they eat on a regular basis.
Having lived as a picky eater for more than half of my life, I will admit that it can be a struggle, especially in social gatherings when the food selection is usually very limited and highly unfavorable for a picky eater.
Unlike most people, I was not a picky eater all my life; ok so maybe there was an adequately small list of things I did not eat as a child but, it wasn’t until later in my life that I became extremely selective about the foods that I liked and didn’t liked. Although I don’t believe I am as picky or selective as the average picky eater, I still face many of the same struggles on a regular basis. Whether it’s the texture, flavor, the smell or specific food group, everything makes a difference in the food palette of picky eater.
CONFESSIONS OF A PICKY EATER
As an adult I’ve realized that my picky eating can be a problem at times…
- You’ve already made life long commitments to your favorite foods and plan to stay committed for a long time.
- People get offended when you don’t want to try their food.
- You get a mini panic attack when you go out to a new restaurant without reviewing the menu ahead of time.
- Deciding what to eat for lunch can be the hardest decision ever.
- Your constantly asked if you are a vegetarian or have food allergies because of your “strict food diet”.
- People think your think your crazy because you don’t eat pastries and desserts.
- People think it’s even more crazy that you don’t eat chocolate or ice cream because “what normal human being doesn’t “?
Contrary to popular belief, being a picky eater does have it’s perks…
- Being adamant reading food labels is actually a good thing!
- You never have to eat something you don’t like.
- Knowing exactly what’s in your food and/or where it comes from, lessens your risk of eating “processed foods” thus as it helps you to become a more conscious consumer.
- Your family taking time out to cook something they know only you would eat is seriously the sweetest thing ever!
- You get to skip out on your uncle’s not so tasty, butter pecan pie.
- Having your meals organized in separate dish-ware for each ingredient makes the perfect Instagram photos, presentation is key!
- You get to enjoy eating what you love on a regular basis.
- The waiters at your favorite restaurant always knows your order.
However, being a picky eater can also be a challenge, especially in social settings…
- Your friends judge you for ordering the exact same thing every time your out or will just avoid asking you out to dinner because your just “so darn picky“.
- When your at a family gathering and everyone lectures you about the foods you don’t eat, “your body needs everything“, “you don’t know what your missing“.
- Ordering food without most of the ingredients it is suppose to come with can really be a drag especially for the server taking your order (No sauce, No mayo, No pickles, No onions)
It is even more difficult being a picky eater while traveling…
- The ideal of eating unfamiliar foreign foods while traveling seriously scares me 😳.
- Having to decide between eating food that you absolutely hate or starve for the rest of your travel time.
- The rest stops never seem to have anything you eat.
Life as a picky eater can be a struggle, even embarrassing at times but I am taking minor to expand my food palate and try new foods.
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