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mel hughes
06-05-2009, 11:22 PM
Anyone else a terribly picky eater? I am picky about certain textures. I hate veggies...most meats. It is horrible. And I'm too chicken to try anything new.

I've used this as an excuse for not changing my diet for a long time..

So I guess I'll be hunting for some nice recipes. :)
Anyone hated a certain food pre-weight loss, then learned to love it?


TakingCharge
06-05-2009, 11:41 PM
YES! You just described me exactly. I used to think I was so picky, but I somehow managed to eat my fair share of cookies, candy and chips, so how picky could I really have been? I pretty much used to hate all veggies except lettuce and carrots, but now I've grown to love squash, spinach, peppers, and am starting to experiment with others that I used to "not like". I may be even pickier now, in the sense that I'm so careful about what I put into my body, but I think that's a good kind of picky.

I know it's hard, but just try to let go of your fear of new food. There's so much delicious, healthy food out there but you have to be willing to experiment and get to know what works for you.

Good luck! Yummy food awaits!

Qualera
06-05-2009, 11:44 PM
I am really picky about sweet and salty things. I hate anything that combines the two. I accidentally ate kettle corn once. Ick! If it is something I think of as "savory" I don't want anything sweet with it. So chicken with mango salsa I would never do. And never ever do I want any kind of syrup touching my bacon. I put pancakes on a separate plate so that no syrup gets on the rest of my food. Then I eat the pancakes first, and when I am done with them, the rest of the meal. I am completely obsessive about this.

I also will not eat dark meat chicken or turkey. If I was starving I would, but there is no way otherwise.

But vegetables and fruits I pretty much like them all. So I'm not picky about that.

None of this affected weight loss though. Just my strangeness. :)


CLCSC145
06-06-2009, 12:04 AM
I am really picky about sweet and salty things. I hate anything that combines the two. I accidentally ate kettle corn once. Ick! If it is something I think of as "savory" I don't want anything sweet with it.

I hate the mixing of the two also!!!! Especially when it comes to maple syrup touching breakfast meat or eggs. :barf: I think the McGriddle is the work of the devil and not just because of the calories.

JulieJ08
06-06-2009, 12:05 AM
I learned as an adult to like lots of things I wouldn't try as a child. But the only thing I can think of that I learned to like while dieting (not counting learning to truly like things with less or no sugar, which has been amazing) is fish. I had to make myself eat it for a while, and then it started tasting good. And then ... I became vegetarian. Kind of ironic.

Rosinante
06-06-2009, 03:23 AM
No! Put it on a plate and I'll shovel it in! (As a child we didn't even have the choice of eat it or Don't eat it, it was eat it.)

Negative: that's how I got so fat.
Positive: I've now got a huge field in which to make my healthy choices.

rockinrobin
06-06-2009, 08:40 AM
Yes, I'm a picky eater. I will only eat delicious foods. I refuse to eat something I don't like, even if it's "healthy". I'm pickier now then before that's for sure. I will not waste one precious calorie on garbage and food that I don't thoroughly enjoy. I could not say that in the past. Before, I wasn't all that picky - I'd eat almost anything. I had no problem eating mediocre cake and cookies. Greasy foods that were actually disgusting now that I think of it. Now, I would almost say I eat gourmet foods. Day in and day out.

Anyone hated a certain food pre-weight loss, then learned to love it?

First thing that comes to mind is tomatoes. I hated them prior. LOVED tomato sauce, but not the actual veggie, or is it a fruit?

I knew tomatoes were weight loss powerhouses and oh so healthy. I first tried them sliced and broiled in the oven. OMG. SO good. They're great on chicken, fish or even when I want a little snack. I broil one up with some zucchini and spices. HEAVEN. Then I tried them diced small in a salad - yummy. Then I really ventured out and tried grape tomatoes - all on their own - I eat them all the time now. Every day. I adore them.

I hate veggies...most meats

Now saying that you don't like vegetables is saying a LOT. There are tons of vegetables out there and tons of different cooking methods to try. Forget boiling and steaming broccoli. That doesn't even begin to skim the surface. You are going to have to venture outside of your box a bit though and do some major experimenting and discover foods that you love and different ways to prepare them.

Chicken? Fish? Again tons of ways to prepare them. Experiment with different spices, vinegars, broths and different combinations.

I'm eating things now I never even tried in the past. Our menu is so varied now. We're eating fabulous foods that everyone and any one could eat and enjoy - butternut squash, turnips, fritattas, chilis, soups galore, fabulous and unusual salads, roasted brussel sprouts, roasted green beans, roasted asparagus, roasted cauliflower. I season things with cumin, chilli powder, garlic, onions - one dish more delicious then the next.

I urge you to do some experimenting and find foods that you LOVE. They're out there. You're just going to have to seek them out. Be creative and adventurous. There's a whole new fabulous world of food out there, waiting for you. Go out there and get it. I am without a doubt a bigger "foodie" now then I was before. It's not even close.

Ruthxxx
06-06-2009, 09:16 AM
I'm not picky at all! There are a few things that I have decided not to eat again - Brussels sprouts lead the list - and I have practically given up on fish although I like all kinds of shellfish. Other than that, it's all fair game.

glutio
06-06-2009, 11:07 AM
I'm super picky, but not like I won't eat certain textures. I HATE all condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, sour cream, etc). I hate most sauce style toppings similar to condiments. I hate tomatoes and most onions and peppers. I'm scared of hummus. There are a lot of foods I just refuse to eat just because I believe they'll be nasty.

I have gotten a little better lately, and I tried sushi for the billionth time and actually have become quite addicted. I usually don't like soy sauce, so I wouldn't dip my sushi, but then I tried the soy/wasabi mixture and kind of like it now, too. I also recently ate guacamole and didn't hate it, but I don't want to eat it again.

I guess sometimes you have to be open enough to take bites of something new until think you like it.

Thighs Be Gone
06-06-2009, 11:11 AM
Search Kaplods posts. She has some incredible ideas for preparing veggies quickly.

thinpossible
06-06-2009, 11:17 AM
Your taste buds will change some as time goes on. I used to think I didn't like salad, but what I realized is that I don't like cold lettuce. If I make myself a wilted lettuce salad I love it. Weird I know.

JulieJ08
06-06-2009, 12:05 PM
Yes, I'm a picky eater. I will only eat delicious foods. I refuse to eat something I don't like, even if it's "healthy". I'm pickier now then before that's for sure. I will not waste one precious calorie on garbage and food that I don't thoroughly enjoy. I could not say that in the past. Before, I wasn't all that picky - I'd eat almost anything. I had no problem eating mediocre cake and cookies. Greasy foods that were actually disgusting now that I think of it. Now, I would almost say I eat gourmet foods. Day in and day out.

Exactly. I think that attitude and approach is the only thing that makes this doable for me. It's definitely the only thing that makes it sustainable. It removes so much temptation, since most of what I encounter out there "in the wild" is poor quality.

bacilli
06-06-2009, 12:13 PM
I'm picky about smells. If something doesn't smell good, I usually won't put it in my mouth. I get told at work I'm a picky eater because I don't eat sweets, anything fried, meat, typical "American" food, or refined grains. I don't think of that as being picky though. I'll try any kind of food at least twice, if I didn't like it the first time I'll try it another way.

The only vegetable I positively will not eat in any way is lima beans. It's a texture thing I guess, I just don't enjoy them.

On a side note, don't be afraid of hummus! I introduced it to several people at work who were scared to death of it, and they're forever asking me to make more now.

Misora
06-06-2009, 03:38 PM
I heard once it takes children being exposed to something 10 times before they have the ability to develop a taste for it. I thought that was interesting. Personally I'm in Ailidh's boat. I love food and eat all of what you put in front of me if I'm not careful.

Trazey34
06-06-2009, 04:17 PM
no, i'm not picky at all. I'll try anything once - what's the worst that can happen if you eat something and hate it?? just rinse your mouth with a drink or eat something else really fast afterwards LOL it won't kill you!!! That being said, obviously somethings i like less than others - try as i will, i don't love fish, and not super excited about some curries...imagine my delight when at a dinner party she served a CURRIED FISH DISH!!! omg LOL but I ate it like a champ!

CollegeGirl
06-06-2009, 04:29 PM
I am not picky I will really eat anything but, if it is not on my plan for the day I will not touch it so i guess I am both haha. Well I do think that taste buds change when I was little I used to hate a lot of foods now I LOVE them such as salmon, now i think salmon is delicious.

mel hughes
06-06-2009, 04:42 PM
And never ever do I want any kind of syrup touching my bacon.

That is so funny. I purposely put syrup on my bacon and sausage..I love it! I love sweet & salty mixes.

mel hughes
06-06-2009, 04:44 PM
No! Put it on a plate and I'll shovel it in! (As a child we didn't even have the choice of eat it or Don't eat it, it was eat it.)

Negative: that's how I got so fat.
Positive: I've now got a huge field in which to make my healthy choices.

I went to bed without dinner many nights as a child because I just refused to eat majority of things my mom fixed. And I still got fat..lol

mel hughes
06-06-2009, 04:45 PM
I learned as an adult to like lots of things I wouldn't try as a child. But the only thing I can think of that I learned to like while dieting (not counting learning to truly like things with less or no sugar, which has been amazing) is fish. I had to make myself eat it for a while, and then it started tasting good. And then ... I became vegetarian. Kind of ironic.

The only thing I can think of that I love now that I hated as a child is eggs. Some things, like fish, I can eat if I'm trying to be polite. But I have to put tons of ketchup or something on it..lol

mel hughes
06-06-2009, 04:51 PM
On a side note, don't be afraid of hummus! I introduced it to several people at work who were scared to death of it, and they're forever asking me to make more now.

I've tried hummus before at this place called Arzi's. It wasn't a gross taste necessarily, just such a gritty texture to me. Is all hummus like that?

mel hughes
06-06-2009, 04:54 PM
I think my attitude definitely has a lot to do with it. Reading what you girls have to say makes me wonder why I'm so scared to try anything new.. Its like I think I'll die if I have something that taste gross.

Maybe I'm afraid if I find I enjoy healthier options one of my major excuses for eating such crap will be gone.

Thanks for all the responses girls!

Glory87
06-06-2009, 05:05 PM
Pretty much like everything, even things I am not wild about (green peppers, lima beans) I can still eat. The few things I really will try to avoid: passionfruit, fennel, caraway seeds, mayo.

TiffTiff1985
06-06-2009, 05:17 PM
OP:My advice for you because I was once in the exact same boat. When you are trying something new...have a big glass of water or diet soda close at hand when you take that first bite. Becuase for me, the only risk of trying new things is that they will make me gag because I have a really bad gag reflex. So I know immediately if I don't like something, and I take a few huge sits of drink and wash it all down without tasting anymore. So either you had a bad taste of something for a couple seconds or you tasted something new and delicious and can add it to your regular menu. That's not a bad gamble and you need to be willing to take it to expand your horizons. That's my thoughts on the subject anyways!

I now know however that I cannot eat anything with dill pickles, most beans (too chalky), onions, or any kind of pepper. That's about it and I am game for anything else.

mel hughes
06-06-2009, 05:21 PM
Tiff-I'll definitely have to try that. I need to learn to like new, healthier things. For sure.

sidhe
06-06-2009, 09:24 PM
Textures. Definitely textures. I have a whole list of foods (lima beans, warm apples, sushi, nori, mushrooms, etc) that I won't put in my mouth specifically because of the texture.

Then there's preparation methods. No overcooked chicken. No overcooked (or undercooked) beef. No soggy vegetables. Etc.

Then flavors. Nothing bitter. Nothing overly salty. Nothing gag-me sweet. Nothing acidic.

And NO NO NO NO NO NO SPLENDA! I REFUSE to eat anything with Splenda in it! Splenda has the worst aftertaste EVER. I get a tiny tiny bit of it and can't get the aftertaste out of my mouth, no matter what I wash/rinse with, for at least an hour afterward. It's cut me way back on packaged 'diet' foods, though! ;)

glutio
06-06-2009, 09:50 PM
I *love* lima beans!!! MMMMMMmmmm!!