The life and times of a picky eater

Let’s talk about food.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m an extremely picky eater. For the most part, people don’t believe me when I try to explain just how picky I really am. To give some perspective, here’s a selection of foods that I have been eating for 2 years or less:

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Crab
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Steak
  • Granola
  • Strawberries

You may be asking yourself, but what the heck did you eat?! Well, that’s easy: PIZZA! And lots of it!

Pizza and I go way back. I’m pretty sure at one time it was, besides potato chips, the only thing I really ate. Sometimes I think that my good-old momma must have eaten an abundance of the cheesy, saucy, greasy, goodness when I was in the womb and that’s where my affinity comes from, but I can neither confirm nor deny this. What I do know is that I seriously LOVE pizza. Preferably any kind with a cheese-pepperoni-bacon overload, but I’m actually not that picky…if you can even believe that.

Every holiday for as long as I can remember, I’ve eaten pizza. My family always cooks a super elaborate turkey or ham meal with all of the sides and fixings. About 20 minutes before meal time we make sure that there is room in the oven for my Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter pizza! One holiday, we forgot to put the pizza in the oven, and instead of toughing it out and eating “real food” like the rest of the fam, I waited an hour and ate all by myself. This is serious.

Yes, that’s a picture from last year’s actual Thanksgiving meal. Sorry for the quality, it was a quick snap with the iPhone.

I will let you in on a secret that I’ve tried to keep under-wraps: it’s not that I don’t like a wide variety of foods, it’s that I’ve never even tried them.

Recently I’ve been asking myself WHY I am doing this? I have to get special order chicken tenders made at weddings (embarrassing), I order off the kids menu at dinner with people I barely know (also embarrassing), and I am creating a huge inconvenience for so many of my friends and family (embarrassment strike three, and WE’RE OUT)!

So, I’m saying out with the old and in with the new! Over the past 2 years or so, I’ve already made great strides in expanding my palette. I now eat everything on that list of foods I mentioned above. This may not seem like much, but coming from the girl who only tried rice for the first time 3 months ago, it’s HUGE! I’m on a roll and I want to keep going. Over the next few months (and hopefully years) I want to stray away from the kiddy menu and into adulthood. I know it won’t be easy, but I’m ready to stop being picky. I’m done being embarrassed by my palette.

That being said, what exactly is my plan of action?

  • Step 1- Learn what I like: How can I possibly know if I like something if I’ve never tried it? I want to try as many new foods as I can!
  • Step 2- Learn to make it: Here’s another dirty secret of mine – I’ve never cooked a meal. Not one. No, not even a measly grilled cheese. Nothing. It’s time to learn.
  • Step 3- Make it healthy: I’ve done a fair share of research on this already and I know what’s healthy and what isn’t. Up to this point I just haven’t really cared. But alas, my body is finally starting to realize that it isn’t 21 anymore. Eating carbohydrates all day-everyday just isn’t going to cut it. I’d like to start introducing fresh food into my life. And vegetables *shudder*.
  • Step 4- Make it last: This can’t be a temporary change. It has to be a life one. I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I’m going to do this.

So, here’s to change: as new, exciting, humorous, and SCARY as it may be!

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  1. Megan Rapp

     /  September 23, 2011

    Oh my gosh…I love this post. I definitely know the ins and outs of your pickiness (think trying to pick a fancy dinner for prom and having to try and factor in if they will have chicken tenders for Cait) but I never knew you actually just hadn’t tried it. I am SUPER impressed and proud! And as a vegetarian friend I can probably help and expand your taste buds even more into veggie friendly meals, fake meat, and tofu 🙂 Woo hoo Cait!

    PS – I like that you have a blog now because I don’t get to see/talk with you every day. You better keep it up so I feel connected. Also, it is a shame you couldn’t do a post of your clean out of your high school room. That would have been hilarious and full of good pictures!!!

    • You know better than most! 🙂 Next time I visit, can we please have adventures in the kitchen? You need to teach me your ways. Miss you!

  2. Mike K

     /  September 23, 2011

    Your face on the Chinese food pic is priceless. It looks like you are saying “Nooooooo it hurts my throat!”

  3. Sammy Elchenko

     /  September 24, 2011

    After 4 years with you only eating pizza, now you decide to try new things. Jeesh! Good Luck!

  4. I love this!! I’m so excited!! Caitlin, I will so teach you how to cook or just help you out if you need it. PS… crab boat picture is my favorite. We are going to eat so much (good) foooood!!!

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