Skip to comments.Picky Eaters: When Waffles and Fries Are All You Eat
Posted on 08/10/2010 12:55:47 PM PDT by MissTed
Bob Krause hates Thanksgiving, and not because of that all forced family time.
Krause, 63, calls himself a picky eater -- one who won't eat anything that's served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, or any other dinner, for that matter.
Krause survives on little more than grilled cheese sandwiches, French fries and waffles. And, like other picky eaters, Krause hopes that a registry of adult picky eaters, recently begun by Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh, will bring attention to a problem he believes should be considered a medical condition.
The registry, dubbed the Food F.A.D. Study, or the Finicky Eating in Adults study, has already attracted more than 2,000 participants. According to its website, the survey and registry was created to learn more about adults who describe themselves as picky eaters.
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Part of my ex wife’s family loved in a small Alabama town. Feeding them when they came to visit was almost impossible, the list of things they wouldn’t eat was huge. No spices, not even black pepper, no onions, any vegetables or greens had to be boiled to mush, no cheese, it was just the way they were raised.
Amen, brother. The Best Food On The Planet!
Besides pasta, of course.
And grilled meat.
And fresh fruit.
And eggs, jalapenos and sour cream with some hot sweet italian buttered toast.
And good soup.
The last couple summers I’ve had her cook dinner one night a week. It’s been fun for her to try new recipes and it’s the one night I know she won’t turn her nose up at dinner. lol
Took them to an upscale Cajun place for dinner - crab, oysters, blackened chicken, etouffe'- and what did they want? French fries and Mac 'n cheese!
Tried the dodge about life being made up of new experiences, and foods were a big part of life. They were missing out on so many new things!
Did it work? Well, they do venture out beyond their comfort zone occasionally, anyway.
"In my house, they get a big can of MAKE IT YOURSELF"Hey, my mom practically raised me on that item!
Sometimes it is just the opposite. Food was used a weapon to punish by an abusive father.
Since they quit frying french fries in transfats, I don’t like their taste and have quit eating them. I don’t know if I should be mad or glad about that.
I think that’s probably true too
That is why I tell me children they HAVE TO try everything. They dont have to eat it if they dont like it, but they have to try it (and swallow)
Our latest SCOTUS appointment doesn't have a problem with government dictating what we eat.
And a 'registry of adult picky eaters, recently begun by Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh' has been created, most likely with government grant money.
I wonder where this is headed ...
I would be tempted just to cook a big meal with plenty of meat, and be sure to have several sides of fruits/veggies/salads when they come. Eat the meat in front of them.
Picky eaters are generally boring people, not aware that they are missing much of the adventure life offers, while burdening those close to them.
when I was a kid, I only ate elbow macaroni for dinner, for about 3 years.
My mom would have cooked me a meal at 3AM if I said I was hungry.
I eat what I want now, as an adult, and since I do the cooking around here, it is no skin off anyone’s nose.
I do cook complete meals for my family, I just don’t eat any of it.
Amen and yum yum!
that is funny. I am a pickie, and have a highly developed sense of smell.
Which is a curse!!! Ranch dressing and garlic both make me nauseous.and Chinese food....
If they still turn up their nose at that, well, that's it. No snacks until the next meal (and it's a long time until Breakfast).
Occasionally, they'll still turn up their noses at what they ASK for. At that point, I say "Tough". Mrs WBill used to worry; I told her "They're not going to starve between Dinner and Breakfast. When they're hungry, they'll eat." Especially since the *real* reason behind their being finicky is usually because they've got something else that they'd like to be doing (outside to play, etc), other than sit down at the dinner table.
The boys are both growing like weeds so I guess it hasn't hurt them yet. My youngest has figured it out, usually he works on his plate with little coaxing. Oldest still hasn't gotten it yet, but he will.
We have children that are wonderful eaters and that was always our rule too.
You have to try everything.
The only exceptions I made were when I found something I knew a child truly didn’t like. My oldest son HATES mayo and mustard. He hates mayo to the point, he didn’t eat ice cream till he was 3 because he feared it was hiding mayo. I would never make him try something with those ingredients. I would tell him that is why he didn’t have to try it.
Children should be served healthy food, try everything,be respected with true dislikes, and never lied to about what is in their food. It is job as parents to do those things, if they don’t eat what I put before them at a given meal that isn’t my problem.
The only problem we have now, is my kids have tastes for foods that are expensive. Mac-n-cheese and hotdogs are cheap. Oysters, curries,dim sum, good cheeses, and sushi are expensive!
If they get hungry enough that pickiness will resolve itself.
If it is only one or two items, you are right to respect this aversion.
As a child I was not a picky eater but I **hated** canned corn. My parent insisted that I at least “try it”.
Well....As an adult I developed a violent allergy to corn that manifested itself in idiopathic dermagraphism ( a form of hives). My mother who was then in her eighties would occasionally apologize for making me eat corn as a kid. She felt really bad about it.
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