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Old 12-22-2018, 07:46 AM #1
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Default How do you eat the food you dislike?

I'm not sure whether this is an eating disorder or not. Ever since I was a child, I've been a picky eater. I don't like a lot of food, especially greens and food with too much soy sauce. Now as an adult, I'm trying to eat those food I dislike because I realize my diet consists of junk food and mostly meat (which are more costly). But I always have trouble with that. I always feel nausea. Even if I think and try to remember the food taste and smell. I haven't threw up yet, but almost come close multiple times.

I can eat for a very small amount and I have to drink a lot to swallow them. I can't eat too much because I know I'm going to throw up for doing so. It only happens on food I dislike and hate.

I'm also very thin even though I've never done any diet in my life. My BMI is around 16 something. I think this might be because lack of nutritious food I refused to eat.

I've forced myself to eat those food for almost a year. No significant progress at all. I ate a few type of greens I used to refused, but in a small amount and sometimes I forget to. I'm still avoiding those food with too much soy sauce. I'm kinda feel frustrated.
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Well... I don't know as I have an answer for this. I don't typically eat anything I don't like. And I'm fortunate to actually like a lot of stuff that's good for me.

If you've been trying to eat more healthy foods for almost a year & it's all still making you nauseous, perhaps it's simply time to accept that this simply isn't going to work for you? That doesn't mean you should eat junk food. You could, perhaps, still eat healthy foods you like & then supplement your diet with vitamins to ensure you're getting what you need nutritionally. (Soy sauce isn't even particularly good for you I don't believe. Most of it's full of salt.)

I don't know how much of a cook you are, of course. But one way of slipping some greens into your diet might be to add spinach, or other greens, to casseroles, stews or soups. I have to believe there is a way around this without trying to force yourself to eat stuff you don't like & making yourself sick in the process. Perhaps other members will have some additional suggestions.
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Default Re: How do you eat the food you dislike?

Also a picky eater growing up, my parents encouraged me to try many different kinds of foods. Yet, I revert back to my favorites as often as possible and rarely turn down a good light salad. I like the suggestions from Skeezyks regarding nutrition and not force feeding yourself. Soups being my favorite, contain high amounts of, well, whatever I feel like putting in. That being said, there is no meal like a meal that you prepare for yourself. A few of my favorites are baked Mac and Cheese Casserole, Ministrone Soup, Chili and 'Taco night'. There is also a taco lasagne recipe that I like to follow that is so much fun and a little less interactive to eat and digest. One of my biggest concerns is clean-up after cooking, so I limit my meals to 5 ingredients.
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Default Re: How do you eat the food you dislike?

I don't see a reason to eat foods you don't like, unless your diet is SO limited it is impossible to get enough nutrition and calories.
If you feel there might really be something wrong with your digestion, you should definitely discuss this with your doctor. If you feel you need help understanding nutrition better, you could ask your doctor for a referral to a nutritionist to help you do some meal planning.
With regards to the items you mentioned, there's no real reason to eat soy sauce if you don't like it. Greens are good for you, but many other vegetables and fruits can offer the same vitamins and fiber.
You can also supplement your diet with a multivitamin, nutritional shakes such as Ensure and other brands, or there are many protein powder based shakes, bars, and snacks at grocery stores or specialty stores you could try. These are often higher calorie but more nutritious snacks that can help some gain weight. Light to moderate exercise could also help you increase your appetite as well as build muscle, provided you are eating enough.
I hope you feel better soon.
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Default Re: How do you eat the food you dislike?

I don't really have an issue with this. When my ED was in full swing, I had "good" and "bad" foods, but I did like a lot of the foods on the bad list, like cake, full fat cheese, etc. I do have a short list of foods I really don't like: goat milk, goat cheese, beets, turnips not my favorite but tolerable. Most other foods I eat.

We always did have a huge garden growing up, and my mom counted on it because we did not have a lot of money. So we had whatever vegetables would grow and had to finish all our vegetables before leaving the dinner table until my sister (either with more of a hatred of beets or a better gag reflex than mine) threw up beets everywhere. After that, we did not have to finish beets, just one bite (and my mom would count the tiniest). My mother says cleaning up that beet throw-up was one of the nastiest things she had to do parenting, so it is no wonder she let us eat fewer beets.

There were some foods I didn't like growing up, but when I tried them in my 20s and 30s liked them: avocados, guacamole, green onion, sour cream on a baked potato, a couple others I'm missing...
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Default Re: How do you eat the food you dislike?

I don't eat food I don't like. Luckily I can eat lean meat of all kinds and green vegetables. No carrot, cauliflower nor brussel spouts, nor most fruit. Picky here. At least i know what I can eat to meet nutritional needs.


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I was the same....hated pumpkin when I was little....then loved it? Same with broccoli just cooked differently.
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