Before I get into tonight's post-- you absolutely, without a doubt, NEED to read this post HERE to understand tonight's post.
It's ok-- I'll wait. (While waiting... click on "play" on my play list to your right. It's my new favorite song starting us off. Me and the kids have been jamming hard core to this. Olivia told me it makes her want to jump and jump a lot. Fucking AMEN.)
And for the record- if you didn't read that post please do not post me a stupid question like, "What won't you eat" because I'll secretly hate you and I may or may not do a little voodoo bit on you. (OK- so I don't know how to do voodoo but I'm sure YouTube can show me how.)
The other day while bored and online, I came across an article about adult picky eaters. I clicked on it because anyone who knows me in real life knows I am a huge picky eater. I basically don't eat anything good for me. Ever. I mean... I do-- there are things I will eat but basically it's really hard. But I was reading the article and everything described me. (You can read the article here if you want)
Selective eaters tend to like similar foods, with an emphasis on the bland and processed. They love salt. French fries are a favorite. Bacon is the only meat many of them will eat. Fruit, vegetables and alcohol are snubbed for the most part — with light beer and raw carrots being possible exceptions.
Hi- my name is Sara and my favorite foods include salt and french fries. I could live off of the french fries from Wendy's or Flame. I buy pretzel rods mostly to suck off the huge chunks of salt. I don't actually care for bacon but I'll eat hamburger, steak, chicken, turkey, or pork as long as there is no visible fat anywhere near what I'll be eating and I have a crap ton of ketchup. I don't like fruit (except grapes and red apples), vegetables (except lettuce and grapes), and I don't like beer. I prefer my food to come out of a package because the whole "it came out of my garden" (which is mostly dirt and bugs) is disgusting. Trust me- pesticides sound tastier than a fucking bug.
And Zucker's research suggests picky eaters reject foods based on sensory qualities other than taste: They don't like the look or smell of certain (most) foods.
I won't eat most foods that look weird or have a weird texture. I specifically don't eat bananas because they feel the same in my mouth as stepping on dog poop feels on my shoe. Gross. That's just one example.
Most people with this disorder are highly embarrassed by their limited food repertoire and will go to great lengths to keep it hidden, either by avoiding social events that involve food or drinks (which ones don't?), or by making up excuses to avoid eating, such as fibbing about an upset belly.
Oh so very true. I hate, hate, HATE when I am going out with a group and you get the asshole that says, "Let's make Sara pick since she's so picky." No. Because if I had to pick we'll end up at Wendy's or at my house having peanut butter and jelly with a side of pretzel rods (again, for the salt). Or we'll have pepperoni pizza rolls. Or Captain Crunch cereal. (I have service for 12 as far as dishes... come on over.)
I don't like going places where food is served because I know that the chance of me finding anything to eat is going to be slim to none. And most hostesses will be offended if I come for dinner and just watch everyone eat. Clearly, it's obvious I'm not anorexic so they presume it's because I think they make sucky food. Well- they kind of do because it does look like barf to me, but it's totally me. I get that I'm a freak. I go to dinner at my inlaws and I know my mother in law is a good cook. Everyone says so. But I barely eat when I'm there. And I hate it because I do feel bad that she went through all of this effort... and I just can't do it. I am not really able to try new things. I hate going to buffets because I can usually never find anything. I can't go to dinner theatres because I know I won't be able to eat what they serve. Just a few examples.
I never make people make exceptions for me. I'm content to find SOMETHING to eat and just pick everything weird or gross off.
And really? My fear about traveling to any place outside of the U.S is the food. I will probably die of starvation. How long can you last without eating? I mean, it'd have to be a short trip. Or I'd have to smuggle in candy for meals.
And even if you read some of the comments on there- it's obvious that a lot of people are ignorant to things they don't understand or even have experienced. If you don't like a certain food... that's one thing. It's not a big deal. But to not like a whole variety of foods... for no real reason other than the look of it, the smell, the texture, etc... that's a problem.
I'll be honest- I'm kind of glad that there is more coming on this topic. I have gone my whole life being criticized for what I will and won't eat, people get frustrated that I can't just force it down to be polite (well...I could.. but I would most certainly barf on the table and I think that's ruder than just not trying). And people try to give me recipes and tell me "you can't even taste it!" well that's bull. I can taste it. If I even think something is in there I can taste it. It's awful. Try dieting like this. Most diets tell you to up your fruits and veggies and that'll help. Well you can only eat so many fucking grapes and apples before you're BFF's with your toilet and understanding why they make cushioned seats.