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Old 02-17-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Your taste buds change as your age. As a boy I found certain foods, like Swiss cheese or cranberry juice, very painful to eat. The flavors were just too strong. When I tried them later in life I thought they were delicious.

Many people base their food preferences on experiences they had when they were 8 years old. I think everyone should occasionally try and reevaluate foods that they think they don't like. You may be surprised how your tastes have changed.
I agree. I keep trying to like salmon but to no avail! I taste it every year or two. I eat most foods except for fish other than canned tuna.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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It's not rocket science. I don't eat what I don't eat, so if you serve broccoli or liver, it ain't going on my plate or in my mouth. Especially the liver. I'm pretty sure you don't want me vomiting all over your table.
I used to threaten that (vomiting if I had to even TASTE something that I might not like or didn't like)! And, strangely enough, it worked! Of course, I was somewhere under the age of five (it worked on my grandmother, and she died when I was five, is how I know).

Interestingly, when eating the things I used to threaten to vomit if I had to taste them, I don't. Wonder why that might be?

For those of you who are the self-declared picky eaters on here, some of you seem to be confusing two things.

There's forcing someone who is a picky eater to eat something (which really is hard to do - I mean, if it's an adult, you're likely going to need two people to hold them down while you stuff food in their mouth).

Then there's declining to plan the menu around their pickiness and maybe thinking they're being a bit childish. (With the usual disclaimer for actual diagnosed by a doctor with appropriate testing food allergies and religious reasons.)

I should note that when throwing a dinner party for a large number of people, some of whom might be vegetarian, I will choose an entree that can be made in a normal and a vegetarian version and make both. I don't have a problem accommodating in that fashion; I do have a problem with picky eaters, which is something else entirely.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I used to threaten that
Believe me, that's no threat. It's a fact.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Really? This has happened? What anatomical feature do you have that others don't that makes you throw up if you eat brocolli? Or is it mind over matter (I don't want to eat it so I'm going to MAKE myself throw up and that'll teach 'em and make 'em do what I want)?

Because, short of a doctor-diagnosed allergy, I'm pretty sure it's nothing to do with the brocolli itself (which was on my do-not-eat list way back in the day, too), given how many people eat it with relish and no bad effects whatsoever, never mind throwing up.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I've encountered some really picky eaters lately. It makes it hard to make a meal for them because I'm concerned they won't like it. I tend to not cook meals for picky guest but rather just order pizza to save myself the grief.

Maybe the picky eaters I know are bit extreme but how do you deal with these people? I always thought it was rude to refuse food without even taking a bite? Am I wrong?
I sympathize with them because I myself am an extremely picky eater.

However since I AM such a picky eater I usually avoid dinners at other peoples' homes, or I bring several dishes so I will have something that I KNOW I will eat just in case I won't eat anything they are serving.

I also would decline pizza.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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For those of you who are the self-declared picky eaters on here, some of you seem to be confusing two things.

There's forcing someone who is a picky eater to eat something (which really is hard to do - I mean, if it's an adult, you're likely going to need two people to hold them down while you stuff food in their mouth).

Then there's declining to plan the menu around their pickiness and maybe thinking they're being a bit childish. (With the usual disclaimer for actual diagnosed by a doctor with appropriate testing food allergies and religious reasons.)

I should note that when throwing a dinner party for a large number of people, some of whom might be vegetarian, I will choose an entree that can be made in a normal and a vegetarian version and make both. I don't have a problem accommodating in that fashion; I do have a problem with picky eaters, which is something else entirely.
Yes, this thread was never intended to talk about how to force anyone to eat anything. I'm not sure where that's coming from.

Dealing with picky eaters is a fact for my life and I imagine that they are common. Knowing how others deal with the challenges that picky eaters can impose isn't an unreasonable question IMO. I've had some pretty bad picky eaters too. I had one (former) friend who literally took a casserole that someone brought her to assist her and her family... and she dumped it in the trash while it was still warm without even taking a bite (sigh). If we dined out together, she always picked the restaurant (and she only liked 3 places, two of them being expensive) because of her preferences, never mind that there were 5 other women involved - she picked it. I even changed the location of the dining establishment on my birthday because it was a sushi restaurant (and she hated fish/seafood) and I didn't want to look at her pinchy face on my birthday. The list of "picky eater" habits go on, and on, and on... it can grate on the most patient among us after a while.

End rant

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Old 02-17-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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I sympathize with them because I myself am an extremely picky eater.

However since I AM such a picky eater I usually avoid dinners at other peoples' homes, or I bring several dishes so I will have something that I KNOW I will eat just in case I won't eat anything they are serving.

I also would decline pizza.
What?! No pizza... for shame...
Well your nice enough to consider bringing a dish. That's a good idea and I wouldn't consider that rude if you refused other stuff because at least your trying not to be a pain. Some people have really sensitive pallets, I get that part. I find myself avoiding dinners with picky eaters though that I otherwise like, they're just really intimidating to cook for. I'm afraid they'll throw up, or gag, or give me the involuntary but dreaded "this is disgusting" look.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:53 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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What I think of picky eaters depends on whether they are children or not. Children have an excuse.
Not sure about the children. What excuse do they have??? ...
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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My daughter used to threaten she would throw up, when she was a little older then 5 and I told her if she did she would clean it up. That stopped that behavior with her.

As far as salmon goes, I find I love it in sushi, LOVE it in a Teriyaki glaze and of course in tempura. It is a different kind of fish. For the longest time I would only eat plain white fish.

I feel fortunate my daughter has always like fish and will eat a wide variety of it.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Not sure about the children. What excuse do they have??? ...
They dont have one.
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