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Picky Eating Adults
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This is something I never understood myself because as someone who likes to cook I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food, with a few exceptions you might have seen on Cracked.com (Maggot cheese? Really?) I figure that if it appeals to someone out there there much be something in it to enjoy.

With that said, I've seen a fair bit of picky eaters out there, and I'm not talking about children who's three food groups is mac-n-cheese, hot dogs, and McDonalds... I'm talking adults that spend their entire lives with the mentality of "eww, I just can't eat that..."

And most of these were in a relationship with my little brother, up to including his wife. The baby they recently had is allergic to whey, so understandably they are very careful about what she eats to make sure it doesn't have butter or other dairy products in it. But with that out of the way, we have to get past "the list" when we eat out. That's right, when you take out food items with whey in it - which is a great deal of foods out there - there is a ton of things she doesn't like. She doesn't like fish at all, so all seafood is a no-go, she doesn't like any meat that has bones in it, she doesn't like olive oil (and, strangely enough, she would eat hummus), she doesn't like most vegetables, any fruit shouldn't have any watermelon or other melons because she doesn't like those, she doesn't like corn, she doesn't like pork, basically... we kind of narrowed it down to grilled chicken.

You know, sometimes I wonder if this is a first-world thing. You know, like, we Americans especially live in a time and place where we can eat damn near anything we wanted. (During the middle ages, black pepper was considered a luxury, that is hard to fathom right there! In face many spices are part of our lives now because of trade with India, thank you India!) We don't have to rely on growing or raising our own meals... and that I think is part of the problem here. People don't like bones in their meat because it reminds them they're eating an animal of somekind. We've gotten to a point where we can pretend our meat isn't meat at all, that "chicken" wasn't once a living, breathing bird with feathers and a beak that lived a short chicken life before turning into that boneless chicken-stuff we eat almost daily.

A little food for thought I guess, I'm totally ok with protecting the baby from the food allergy of course... but... I was kind of hoping she'd open up a little and try different things given the limit it posed. Oh well, it's none of my business anyways. This doesn't include vegetarianism either because I absolutely understand where they're coming from and even enjoy some of their foods, I've known vegans that have a wider variety of food they'd eat then her lol.

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I had a friend who refused to at vegetables... straight out REFUSED to eat them. Her excuse was that her mom never made her eat them as a kid. She also blamed her weight on her mom feeding her McDonalds as a kid but she stuffed so much unhealthy crap into her face but still refused to eat a few vegetables.

I'm sure some pickiness can spread from childhood where the parents just let the kid eat or not eat whatever without trying it but overall I never understood why you'd just not even TRY something new.

It in my opinion is a first world thing, we no longer eat to live in this country, we live to eat.

Edited at 2012-07-07 01:05 pm (UTC)

It is kind of ridiculous, especially as fruit and veg are kind of essential for a healthy lifestyle O_o

Strange on the olive oil thing, next healthiest oil as far as I can tell is rapeseed.

I've never understood picky eaters either, especially when they won't try something new because of how it looks, smells, or whatever. You never know if you'll like it unless you try!

I was raised by the pickiest eater I know, I'm glad I never inherited that trait :P

Picky eating is largely an attention grab. It means that the group has to come to some consensus that the picky eater must agree to. "We can't go eat mexican, I have a sensitivity towards tomatoes!" The group has to acquiesce to your preferences, and the suggestion, "how about we go there and you order something without tomatoes," is rarely accepted. They have to present options to the picky eater, and the picky eater decides for the group. Democratic decisions have been subverted, and once you get there, if the picky eater still isn't happy, they can start up the drama again once they get the menu.

Contrary to most picky eaters I've encountered, people with actual serious food allergies will often go to any restaurant you suggest and try to work out what they can and can not eat in a quiet sidebar with the waiter, and the intent is quite the opposite of the picky eater, more along the lines of "I don't want attention over this."

well to be fair she does try to work out something on the menu wherever we go, and the baby does in fact have the allergy, she (the baby) contracted the whey through breastfeeding one night and had a really nasty rash. So from now on we are very careful about that

I'll try anything once. With the exception of maggot cheese.

My husband, however, seems to have a condition of some kind that has gone undiagnosed. I think something is wrong with his taste buds, to be honest. I doubt there's anything they could do for him even if a doctor told us what was going on. All his life, there have only been a select few foods he'll eat. Among them are beef bologna sandwiches with cheddar cheese and nothing else, mac and cheese he prepares a very specific way, pancakes/waffles, and apples. He'll eat a few other things, but really not much more than this. It makes shopping for food for him simple and cheap, for the most part, but he doesn't get the nutrition he should, so he has to take vitamins.

He HAS tried to eat other things. But they apparently taste terrible to him and he can't stomach it. Like I said, I think something is wrong with his taste buds, but there's likely little to be done for it, so we just make do the best we can.

However, situations like his are very rare, so most of these people are probably being little wussies about trying or eating different foods.

I can understand people being picky to a certain extent. But there are those who take it to extremes.

I'm sure that when we run dry on oil pickiness won't be an issue any longer. Being picky by choice, by which I don't mean being vegetarian or other, is also somewhat disrespectful to people who aren't fortunate enough to have even just one modest meal a day. And that's about half of this planet's population.

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