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tabatha11
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Hey, I've always been a really picky eater, and not really up for trying anything new. For a resolution this year I want to try out lots of new foods, but I'm finding it a real struggle.

Whenever I put something new in my mouth, even sweets or things that look nice and people seem to enjoy, I feel sick and have to spit it out. As a result I end up eating the same plain food all the time, and people moan at me a lot. Some foods I used to like when I was younger I can't bear thinking about eating any more.

Sometimes I like the taste of something but the texture just makes me feel weird. I have a habit of cutting all the edges off my meat in case theres a gooey fatty bit lurking there, and I only eat plain pizzas because the mixture of taste and texture isn't pleasant.

My sister suggested just leaving a bit of food in the mouth for a while and not chewing or really tasting it, but it does't seem to work.

I'd appreciate any tips or guidance! [Smile]

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JamsessionVT
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I'm a pretty picky eater too, which is still hard because I'm also a vegetarian, so I can't always afford to be picky.

I also have a thing about texture. I could love the way a food tastes, but the texture makes me want to gag. Mashed potatoes, for example; like the taste, HATE the texture. Same with eggs.

Variety is always a good thing, and you should never feel the need to limit yourself, but honestly, what I've found is that if you eat a balanced diet, even if there isn't much variety, you can get along just fine. Variety is nice, but for some of us, we like what we like how we like it, and that's just the way it is.

Part of the problem I see is that it seems like you are forcing yourself to try these new foods. By all means, when the occasion arises, at least give yourself a chance to see what it's like, but don't feel the need to knock off one different food a week or anything. Some of my favorite foods now are ones I never would have picked out on my own, but instead was exposed to for whatever reason.

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tabatha11
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Well it's not really the texture of one thing I find hard, but if it's a whole bunch of textures in one item of food I find it hard to eat.

Sometimes I feel that the food I eat isn't wonderful, and I need to try new things to give myself some variety and maybe get myself a bit healthier, I don't eat many greens for example.

You're kinda right about the forcing food down part...it's such a 'big event' when I try something new at the sunday dinner table that everyones watching me and I feel that I have to get it down, but I need a little space. Today my problem was eating these candies my boyfriend sent over from Finland...he really likes them and I want to like them too, and when I tried forcing one it just wouldn't agree with me.

In that respect I'm not really sure what to do, but I really appreciate your good advice, thanks much.

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I use to be a very picky eater than I went vegan and basically now I will eat anything haha. Because I dont have much food to choose from in general and soy products do taste alot different I've aqquired the taste for it.

You could try like when your trying something new to put a sauce on it you like. (Like Ketchup, mayo, soy sauce...etc) Eventually though you will get an aqquired taste for things.

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Djuna
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I'm not very picky at all to be honest, but I find whenever I eat something new it helps me if my first encounter with it is not as my main meal, but either as a starter (in a restaurant) or by trying some when somebody else has it. That used to work well mainly because my dad always offered, so that I could try new things without the intimidation of a plateful.

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