Yes, I’m like a small child with “special needs” sometimes

20 Mar

When it comes to food, I’m a little picky. I’ve been called strange and toddleresque in the past, which doesn’t bother me.

Simply put, I have texture issues, along with the standard “it smells weird, looks weird, tastes weird” issues that most small kids have. Hence the title. (Am I smart tonight or what?)

What icks me out? I flat out cannot stand tomatoes, mushy cereal, pudding, cookies or ice cream with hard crunchy things, raisins, chicken on the bone, cooked ham, vegetable juice. Ripe bananas.

I have day to day issues with rice. I’m currently fighting my melon resistance, and I’m winning-however, I’m not ready to give up my watermelon hatred just yet. (It’s like eating sandpaper I swear)

Sometimes I get that look when I’m out to eat and order something minus the everything. Like nachos. I hate having anything more than green onions and cheese on them, but I hate feeling like a 4 year old when I ask them to hold the nasty, icky, mushy out of season tomatoes. So I ask them to leave them on. And inevitably find myself grossed out and flicking tomato guts around the dish.

I regularly get attitude from people that is along the lines of “you should just eat it”, but why should I? So what if I’m picky? So what if my food preferences are rather….extreme in nature? Sure, between my texture issues and no meat most of the time desires, I’m left with some rather strange options sometimes. But I’m ok with that. It’s the people around me who usually have conniptions.

I know I’m not the only one with weird things I will or won’t eat-so spill-what’s your strangest?

20 Responses to “Yes, I’m like a small child with “special needs” sometimes”

  1. Jen March 20, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    I won’t eat tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, olives, onions, bananas. I like the taste of onions and tomato so I can have them in things as long as I can’t feel them. You should’ve seen me in Italy trying to eat.

  2. Bon March 20, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    fish and the smell of fish anywhere around me. except tuna cold from the can which is mostly fine.

    but yeh, people are harsh about pickiness. i spent years recovering from an eating disorder and was very controlled (ie, fucked up) about what i did eat, and the many “on the side” and “hold the…” orders got some really hostile reactions, despite the fact that some of these people even knew that i was trying to actually get better and couldn’t handle random fats near my food or whatever. i think we have certain eating “morals” preached into us early and some people never get beyond them.

    personally, i will eat all your tomatoes if you can just keep all the fish away from me at Blog’er.

  3. Mogo March 20, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    and you wonder why I never bother cooking for you anymore…

  4. D March 21, 2008 at 12:18 am #

    I can eat and have eaten just about anything…except apples! They’re okay in pie and apple crisp, but off the core? No way. It’s just something about the texture that I can only describe as…mealy. I can eat apples if they’re peeled and thinly sliced, and since my daughter likes her apples that way I can use that as an excuse.

    Oh, and I’m not crazy about mashed potatoes either. Once again, texture. Yuck!

  5. Caitlin March 21, 2008 at 12:47 am #

    I won’t eat fruit – most of it smells bad to me. When I was at summer camp, I wouldn’t eat the “green buffalo” (watermelon), so the other girls in the unit held me down and forced me to eat a slice. I have texture issues with anything remotely similar texture to watermelon. I also can’t be in the same room with an unpeeled raw banana without vomiting from the smell. Cooked bananas (like in banana nut bread) don’t bother me. And milk always smells spoiled to me.

  6. Eden March 21, 2008 at 1:05 am #

    I’m on the tomato bandwagon & ringing my bell. I can usually stand a few diced ones but usually there are WAY too many and I can taste them.

    I’m not big on pudding (it would be at the bottom of my dessert list). I would rather eat yogurt than pudding even though yogurt gave me morning sickness gagging. I’m also not big on honey or marshmallows (Peeps are disgusting). Come to think of it, I don’t like honey-flavored or honey-scented stuff but I can deal with honey mustard dressing (and make a very good one).

    Otherwise Hawk & I are both kind of at a loss. He won’t eat mayonnaise in any form. He won’t eat mustard but his dressing of choice is honey mustard. This is why we’re so compatible.

  7. Suburban Mum March 21, 2008 at 5:27 am #

    I have a total pea phobia. I can’t bear them to even be on my plate. Over here if you go to a pub nearly every meal is served with peas and I always ask for them to be served without and they always forget. SH has to take them off my plate and even then I still feel grossed out that they were there. And heaven help me if I find a hidden one that got left behind. I have to order Chinese rice without peas (which given the usual language barrier on the phone means I usually still get them anyway and then spend 20 minutes picking them all out). My Mum once got a t-shirt printed for me that said “Give Peas a Chance”.

  8. marcelarhodus March 21, 2008 at 5:57 am #

    the only food I’m really not a fan of is chickpeas. I can eat hummus, but not the chickpeas. but that dates from an afternoon where my mother had me eat a place of chickpea soup that had been sitting at the table for hours (with me in front of it refusing to eat it.)

    the only real food aversion I have is fat in meat, not just regular traces of fat, but the thick fat you get when cooking a meat cut like a big steak, I can’t stand that… but it’s not an issue now that I’m vegetarian…

  9. bromac March 21, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    I am the same way–major texture issues. And tomatoes are the worst for sure–mushy makes me want to vomit. I didn’t eat any meat for many years b/c I couldn’t handle the texture of meat ingeneral, and if I bit into something which made my teeth bounce off of it, my whole meal was done and quite possibly the next meal as well.

    A lot of the green veggies are wrong texture for me. No fish, barely any meat or poultry either. Heck, I don’t eat much of anything besides cheese, peanut butter, bread, and most fruits.

  10. Gwen March 21, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    I can and do eat everything. I guess I can thank my jungle upbringing for that. Or not. I have a friend, like you, t, with texture issues. She will not eat cheese. I do not know how to relate to this. Cheese is the food of the Goddess. When I go to France this summer, I am hoping to eat only cheese. I better pack some bigger pants.

    So I can eat everything, right? But the other night my hub and I went to this chichi restaurant and we ordered venison. I could not eat it. I can’t explain why, but the minute it got near my face, my gag reflex was highly activated. I know it was good; I know it was well prepared. I have no issues eating dead animals. But I just couldn’t do it. The restaurant was nice and gave me a fried artichoke/pickled asparagus dish that made me weep with joy.

    All this to say, that for the first time, I understood how picky people feel about food.

  11. kate March 21, 2008 at 7:03 pm #

    Well, I can NOT eat meat. It just seems so…primal and gross to think that you’re eating another being’s flesh. I’m not judging; if you can and do eat it, have at it.

    Also: eggs. and mayonaise. just eeewwwwwww.

  12. thordora March 21, 2008 at 8:53 pm #

    My body is currently on a “ew meat” strike, which is fine. I was veg for a number of years, started eating chicken, then ham, now back to EW for the most part. I don’t know what is up with it.

    Eggs ick me out, but I’d eat them if I could. Ditto on the mayo with one exception-on french fries with ketchup. yum.

  13. misspudding March 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    I was really picky as a kid, but for the most part I’m okay with anything cooked. If it’s a raw nightshade family veggies (tomatoes, peppers or eggplant), I’m not a fan.

    Actually, that and soft-shelled crab. Holy crap that freaks me out.

  14. Amie March 22, 2008 at 3:22 am #

    I have the same issues with textures. Tomatoes are the worst! That icky skin and then the juice and pips ughhh I can’t handle them! They are the devils work ;o) I also can’t stand yoghurts with bits in them, sausages with the nasty skin on them and mushrooms as they are too slimey.
    Reading the comments on here, I guess its fine to be picky 😀

  15. Jenn March 22, 2008 at 8:31 am #

    For me if its mushy….. Yuck… I cant eat bananas or raisions, dates or anything else dried fruitish. Grisily meat, ground beef groses me out. The list goes on and it is all about texture. I think everyone has their own “can’t eat list”. Don’t be scared to tell the waitress to hold the everything, you are paying and you should get your food how you like it. No questions asked.

  16. Jenn March 22, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    Oh Ya catlin I always get the weirdest looks and comments regarding milk… it tastes like cow to me. Now I hve not litterally walked up to a cow and licked it but it tastes like a cow smells…. the only way i can get it down is if It is extreamly cold and I chug it. So I just dont drink it.

  17. thordora March 22, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    ok, the cow licking image was one I so didn’t need. 🙂

    Can’t drink milk. I can’t digest it, and it just…bothers me. The only time I’ll drink it is with fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies, or peanut butter toast or naan bread.

  18. MNkathy March 22, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    I love milk. I love meat. I will lick any cow and like it. That’s my vice…food in general. And especially cows.
    And yes, I’m new here. Have been here a few times and finally decided to say something as food is my specialty as evidenced by my girth. I’m still trying desperately to remember if there has ever been something I wouldn’t eat.

  19. bine March 24, 2008 at 7:57 pm #

    i’m not a picky eater and i can eat almost everything, but i remember a friend once served me a compote made with dried mulberries and i seriously gagged. it felt like maggots in my mouth – or what i imagined maggots would feel like.

    people with that “just eat it” attitude don’t know better. maybe they are not picky about what they put in their mouth but won’t touch a door handle in a public building. everybody has some things they cannot stand, we shouldn’t roll our eyes about others.
    i’m incredibly sensitive of high noises. i can hear if a cfl bulb will die within the next days because it starts making a high whining sound. computer monitors too. i want to stop old ladies in the street and oil their shopping trolleys’ wheels. but whenever i complain people look at me like i’m a querulant child.
    so, pick at your food all you want. or rather, tell them to hold the tomatos. remember sally in “when harry met sally”? think of her, not of a 4 year old. it’s rather sexy if you know what you want or don’t want.

  20. thordora March 24, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    Mogo is like that with noises. He’ll be scampering around like a puppy looking for the source…but then he doesn’t hear me right next to him… 🙂

    I figure the picky people will survive in the wild.

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