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Why do I have texture problems ? Do you ? Will I ever outgrow it?

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I will be honest and say I havent always had texture problems but i ALWAYS was pciky. Never tried new things, i awlays ate: Mac and cheese, bacon, cereal, and pizza , always
Once I started opening my variaty, I started having texture problems, it was weird
LIke I HATED the texture smell and look of hamburgers and sausage, they disgust me, and I refuse to eat it. Ive tried MANY times. But yet I love sloppy joe?
I cannot stand pulp, slushies with froot, and oatmeal.
If it looks nasty, and just CANT eat it. Dont get me wrong, I try it, but my brain just cannot get paste the look of something, so even if i try it, if it looks nasty I just dont like it, and i may even start to gag.
THen for a really long time i only ate pizza and chicken fingers, and nothing else.
My mom was concerend and eveyr said id "grow out of it"
Welp im in the 9th grade, lol so much for that
Do you have the same problems? If so how did you over come them, or deal with them.
Because of this, I have a very unhealthy eating habit, and I NEED to get past it, I want to , but i just cant or else ill start puking adn gagging?
So what about you?

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  1. It's wonderful that you've realized that this problem is definitely going to affect you both healthwise & socially. You really DO need to get past it. But at the same time, don't feel weird; food phobias like this are very common - especially in folks your age.

    Of course since you're still in school, I'd suggest visiting a school guidance counselor. They're not all college-oriented nerds & you might luck out with a good one. Not a fan of that idea? No problem. Think of trying new foods - even ones that currently gross you out - as a baby-step program. Junk-food stuff that you don't like? That's GREAT. Forget about it. What you want to concentrate on are getting to like great healthy stuff like lean protein - beef, pork, chicken, whatever. Great stuff whether just grilled plain or done via all sorts of different styles - Tex-Mex, Indian, etc., etc. You never know until you try.

    Veggies are the same thing. Don't like 'em raw? Try them stirfried. Try them sauteed.

    Honestly Skittlez11 - you're at a point where the world is your oyster (cooked or raw), & you have all the time in the world to experiment with food. PLEASE don't limit yourself due to what your brain is telling you now. Shove it aside & try to try as many different foodstuffs as possible. Later on, your brain will thank you. :)

    Now I'll be the first one to admit that I have "texture" problems that have plagued me since Day 1 of my life (over 50 years). I can't even remotely fathom raw oysters, or raw/undercooked eggs. But I cut myself some slack since that's such a minor part of my diet & is no way undermining my nutritional intake.

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    1. re: Bacardi1

      I think counseling is a solid idea.

    2. I have a texture problem as well. For probably 10 years I could not eat any ground meat, but I eventually took baby steps and started to reintroduce it and now I can eat most things. I can eat anything with ground meat including real hamburgers, but still have not been able to have things like McDonald's burgers, but I really not concerned by that. It is so convenient to be able to eat lasagna at people's houses and not have to eat only salad.

      Shrimp is another difficult one for me, the texture is offputing. I am pretty good with shrimp now but still don"t go out of my way to order it, where I am ordering ground meat dishes.

      It does get better and is possible, at first I would have just a bite or one shrimp, eventually I could have two or three. I don't enjoy shrimp yet but in time will, I am enjoying ground meat dishes and salami and sausages which I could not eat before.

      1. I would say that I agree with keeping trying things. Ninth grade is probably when I started to get less picky. My sister too, because she stopped eating red meat at 14 and became vegetarian at 18. She quit that around 24 though. The fact is most of the food I eat now I tried in the last 14 years, I'm 28.

        If the texture issues don't begin to subside I would look into counseling but this isnt too late.

        1. Think a lot of food likes/dislikes evolve as you grow up. As a kid, HATED shrimp... my Dad liked it so HADDA eat it from time to time. Now I LOVE it about every way it can be cooked.

          I work with spec. ed kids and last sprinig would end my day in a "foods & nutrition" class with 2 girls. One would not try ANYTHING they made... always YUCK, I HATE that, I'm allergic to that... yadda yadda yadda... yeah, right. The other girl was much more adventurous. One day we made chicken skewers... chunks of white meat chicken, onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. She was kinday IFFY about trying it. Asked her if she liked EACH item individually... and she did. Told her she'd probably like them all together then. Encouraged her to at least TRY... if she didn't like it, one little taste was fine. We made sushi (NO raw fish) and she didn't care much for seaweed wrapper (I felt the same)... we ate the inside and left the seaweed behind.

          Hope you keep an open mind and TRY to TRY new foods!!

          1. Hi Skittlez.. welcome to CH!
            I want to ask this... when you try new things, are they only cooked by your mom? I ask because there is a long list of foods my mom made that I thought I hated. Until I tried them elsewhere.
            She cooked burgers to death and they were not pleasant to eat. But the first time I had a cheeseburger at a diner--WOW! Such a different experience. Your oatmeal--is it steel cut oats or instant from a package? Steel cut oatmeal is delicious, while instant oats are a pasty bowl of glue. And when I learned that broccoli could be served lightly steamed and not boiled for 20 minutes, well, you get the idea.

            Are you interested in learning to cook? If so, it's a great opportunity to learn how things are prepared and develop a taste for new foods. Can you offer to help your mom or another family member with dinner or shopping?

            You probably won't like every food you try, and that is fine. But if you try one new item a week, or a new preparation of something you already like, you will be surprised at how broad your palate will become.

            1. Also keep tryin things you don't like periodically. I used to GAG at any raw celery, even the flavor nauseated me.. Now I can even eat it plain. The smell of fish cooking made me lose my appetite for everything. Coffee smells gave me a headache. I think our taste buds dull with age and we like more foods as we age.

              1. Try using a blender or food processor on foods with unpleasant texture. The food won't look pretty but unless your aversion is based on appearance or taste rather than texture, you should be able to eat it. Consider pureeing as a way to get past the texture hurdle. Possibly once you are able to eat the pureed version, it will be easier to get used to the regular form.

                Another thing to try is to ask a family member to feed you when you are blindfolded, not telling you what the food is. Hold your nose until the food is in your mouth and you are chewing, so that you have fewer aroma clues as to what the food is. That way it will be flavor more than texture that you are concentrating on.

                This coming week (starting Wednesday in most areas) Nova Science Now will be about how we eat. This should be an enlightening program for you and your family to watch.

                Mostly it's a "get over yourself" situation, I think. There are plenty of things I didn't want to eat as a kid that were not a problem once I was grown.

                1. Hopefully you will outgrow this but until then consider what foods you can eat. If you can eat pizza, put some vegetables on it and cut back on the cheese. If you like sloppy joes, put finely chopped vegetables in it--carrots, zucchini are 2 good ones--and they will end up with the same texture as the meat. Since you like bacon, add that to vegetables--green beans might be a good start--and see how that goes. If you like chicken fingers, how about having roast chicken cut into strips--get rid of the greasy breading. If you like cereal, make sure you're eating some kind that is at least halfway healthy and maybe add some raisins and use lower fat milk and less sugar--I love bananas on cereal but that might be a texture thing for you. So bottom line, identify the textures you do like and find healthy alternatives.