Friday, June 26, 2009
To all of you Parents who have picky eaters in your family. . .
I am coming clean on-line for all of you. I am hoping this helps you parents who have picky eaters because there is hope for your children.
Up until I was about 21, I was the ultimate picky eater. I honestly remember waking up and dreading the day ahead knowing I would have to eat. With the exception of a few items, I hated the taste of most foods. I spent most of my nights growing up sitting at the table, while everyone left and my mom insisting I eat three more bites. It would sometimes take hours for me to do it. So, I get it. I have been there. When I hit my teens, I forced myself to eat healthy foods because I understood how important it was, but honestly I hated every bite.
I really don't know exactly when the "switch" happened, but sometime in my college years, foods that I had hated before didn't taste so bad. Mushrooms were delicious, sweet potatoes tasted wonderful, broccoli was edible. When as a child, just the smell of any Asian restaurant would make me nauseous, as a college student, I could do it and I could find something on the menu that looked and tasted good where ever we went.
Now to be completely honest, there are things I still don't like--green peppers, cooked string beans (even though I love raw, fresh from the garden green beans), most Indian food and sushi. But, for the most part, I am now a very normal eater. I even have had friends say in front of my family what an exotic cook and eater I am. My family (my mother in particular) can't believe anyone would say anything so crazy.
So, folks with picky eaters, not all hope is lost. Your children may end up being happy eating adults. Hope this cheers some of you up. (And, if you are wondering, for some unexplained reason, I was not given one picky eater. My kids eat anything and everything. I know, you can all start hating me again.)