Picky eating has several camps of thought as to why some people have adverse reactions to certain foods. One camp of thought has to do with traumatic childhood experiences such as choking. Another camp believes that there are negative reactions to smell, texture, taste, or appearance. Sour or bitter foods have a higher rate of rejection than sweet and salty foods. One other camp believes your diet reflects the foods your mother ate while you were still in the womb.
Selective food choices can lead to poor nutrition and anxiety, especially aggravated if carried into adulthood. There are ways to begin expanding the eating choices that will help you have a broader nutritional platform.
Take baby steps when trying new foods. Incorporate small amounts of the new food with larger amounts of food you enjoy by blending them. Soups, stews, casseroles, and smoothies are a great way to disguise food that you usually avoid.
Try a new food at least once a week. Look up recipes which sound appealing that include the new food. Make your grocery list with the ingredients needed, so shopping is easy. Look at this culinary adventure as a treat.
Selective eating is a recognized medical problem. There is supportive help available using therapy or speaking with a trained medical doctor. Don’t be timid about getting medical help if you need it.
Ask family and friends to lend non-judgemental support to your efforts. All of us need a friendly reminder at times. Ask those that you trust to check in with you from time to time on your progress of trying new foods.
It often takes more than one try to accept a new food into the fold. Start in privacy by just tasting, but not swallowing. Progressively work toward learning how to enjoy a whole portion of the recent food selection without issue.
Sometimes it is as simple as preparing the food a different but acceptable way. This will solve many texture and taste issues. Food transforms when cooked. Often vegetables become sweeter than in their raw state while hard textures soften.
Adding sauces. dressings, marinades, and glazes have the advantage of transforming the taste of most foods. Be sure it’s a culinary addition that you like.