The Struggles of Being an Adult Picky Eater

Cabbage - a food that many a picky eater does not like

I actually like cabbage sometimes and in some ways, but it gets no love from a lot of people.

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a picky eater. Do not get me wrong, I have come a long way in this area. I’m eating things now that five years ago I never would have touched. But, there are still a lot of things that I don’t eat. There are still lots of things that I’ve never tried because I’m just too afraid (edamame is a good example).

And I know everyone thinks that picky eating is mostly a kid problem. And to some extent, it is, because when you are an adult you have more control over what food you eat. You buy your own groceries. You cook your own food.

But, social gatherings still present some kind of anxiety, for me at least. I worry that there will be nothing there that I want to eat. I worry that there won’t be a polite way to turn something down. When people find out that you don’t like fruit, they kind of give you the side eye. I worry when we go to restaurants that there won’t be anything I like. I feel ridiculous requesting to get dishes without things. In part, this is what has pushed me to try new foods and to retry old foods, because I don’t want to be a picky eater anymore.

But I don’t think I’ll ever like coffee. And I don’t think I’ll ever like tea. And I really, really don’t think that I’ll ever like kale. And I like to look up restaurant menus ahead of time so that I don’t have anxiety about what I will pick to eat.

I would hope that as long as I am committed to moving forward and to trying things at my own pace, that people could extend a little bit of grace to me. I really am trying here. It is not fun to be a picky eater, not in the least bit.

Do you struggle with picky eating? 

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