Most of you reading this have probably come across a picky eater at some point in your lives. It may have been a child, a spouse, a family member, or a friend. You have probably thought to yourself how annoying picky eating is. You may believe it’s all in the person’s head. It could have even ruined your dinner plans. Well, my name is Rebecca, and I am a picky eater.
I have been a picky eater my whole life though it has gotten *a little* better the past few years. There are a few things picky eaters wish you knew or understood about picky eating.
10 Things You Should Know/Understand About Being a Picky Eater
1) We aren’t picky eaters on purpose
Picky eating seems to be hard for people to understand. Some people may believe that it is in our heads or we are just being stubborn. Some people may think it is a choice to be picky. But why would anyone want to be a picky eater? It is pretty awful for us too (just see the rest of this post!).
2) Going to a new restaurant is stressful
We often panic about trying a new place to eat because we don’t know what may be on the menu or if the waiter will accommodate our unusual requests. It helps us out if you let us know the new restaurant ahead of time so we can take a look at the menu and figure out what we can eat before we even get there.
3) Picky eating is embarrassing
It feels awkward asking for plain burgers or making other odd requests. It is even worse if the waiter doesn’t listen. Taking off the unwanted toppings from my dinner or trying to eat around certain things on my plate is embarrassing. I can’t tell you how many times I have put a napkin over my food to hide my picky eating habits.
4) Don’t ask us “how are you still alive?”
We hear this all.the.time. It gets frustrating. It is something we can’t control so just keep that question to yourself.
5) It is something we have to deal with every day
Similar to point number 4, we hear comments about our picky eating almost every day. If we don’t hear about it, we still personally deal with it when choosing/preparing our meals or getting offered food.
6) Even if we try new things, we often hate it
I have been trying to get better at trying new things, but more often than not I still hate what I try. It’s the thought that counts though, right?
7) Sometimes is about the texture or smell
Another part of picky eating is about the texture or smell of the food. If your tastes are sensitive, you probably have other sensitivities. For me, if something smells funny I won’t try it. There are also textures that I dislike. The weird thing that comes to mind is Angel Hair pasta. I just can’t stand it for some reason.
8) If you try to sneak things into our food, cut the pieces small
We will find and pick out the larger pieces. If I see large pieces of veggies in my food, I pill pick them out. My boyfriend cuts them up pretty small now to avoid this. At least now I get more veggies in my meals.
9) It would be helpful if you add your extra ingredients after we take out some of the plainer portions
My boyfriend loves hot sauce, spices, and cheese. I am not a fan of any of those. I am lucky that when he cooks he will add those to his own plate of food. It makes it so much easier for me as a picky eater.
10) We appreciate when you accommodate us
We really do appreciate when you accommodate our picky ways. Picky eating is hard for us but it is also hard for our loved ones. We know it is not easy to deal with our strange food habits. Thank you for trying to understand us.
Picky eating is tough for those with the pickiness and for those who deal with the pickiness. I have made some small improvements in the past few years such as onions, green peppers, mussels, and a few other things. There have also been plenty of things I have tried but hate. I will keep trying and hopefully my friends and family will keep accommodating my picky ways.
Are you a picky eater or deal with a picky eater? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.