I was watching Foxtel at my parents this afternoon. There’s so many programs, but NOTHING APPEALING ON! I happened to flick to The Farm of Fussy Eaters, a reality tv show. It’s rehab for extreme fussy eaters, filmed for TV.
As this was the first show of the series that I watched, I wasn’t sure the calibre of their fussy eating. The voiceover man said there’s a lady who lived on a diet of white foods only, a man who didn’t like vegetables, and a man who just ate peanut butter and cheese sandwiches (though I hope not peanut butter and cheese together).
The contestants are introduced to new foods – the foods that I’d think nothing of eating every day. Green beans. Mashed potato. Fruit smoothies. They are helped along by nutritionists, counsellors and cooks. Some of them are more willing to try new foods than others. Some didn’t even like the action of going to a restaurant and sitting down for a meal. And probably all of them were seriously lacking nutrients.
I can’t fathom fussy eating. Maybe because my appetite is voracious. And the range of foods I’m willing to try is extensive.
The number of foods I don’t eat can actually be counted on one hand.
– plain milk
– most offals (but I don’t mind tripe)
– broad beans
Yes, you put it in front of me, and I’ll eat it. Despite this, when I have breakfast somewhere other than home and turn down the cereal, people think I’m weird (I hate cereal with milk on it, so I get around this in extreme occasions by having fruit juice on it).
Of course there may be variations of foods I don’t like, but I’m hardly fussy. Example: I don’t like all foods served at a Chinese restaurant, but I will have yumcha. I prefer raw or smoked salmon to cooked salmon – find these lighter than cooked salmon. I will eat milk in smoothies and desserts. I prefer scrambled eggs to poached or boiled. And I don’t really eat much chocolate unless it’s dark chocolate and good quality, and maybe in the form of dessert. You can twist my arm!
I eat for fuel. My body needs the food to produce the skin that renews itself in quadruple time compared to most people. But I mostly eat for pleasure. I love food -I love cooking it, trying new foods, talking about it, watching it being prepared…
I love a good steak, mooing, seasoned with only salt and pepper.
Cheeses of all kinds – except Kraft Singles, unless that’s all there is to eat – and the stinkier the better!
Macaroni and cheese
Curries from all countries
Raw salmon and smoked salmon
Rice paper rolls…
And so on.
I just love food. And, if the hours weren’t so long and the pay far less than my current job, I’d consider studying to be a chef.
Fortunately because of my super fast metabolism, my body doesn’t look like I eat for pleasure!
So I can’t understand this fussy eater business.
I have been out to dinner with fussy eaters. I have cooked for fussy eaters. And it makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to offend anyone reading my blog in case they are a fussy eater, in case they are my friend and have eaten with me. But I will say fussy eaters are not fun at the table.
when I was watching the Farm of Fussy Eaters show today, I wondered why people can be so fussy. How they can be so unpassionate about food. (Well, maybe they only hold passion for plain cheese sandwiches – at least that’s a start!) Sometimes fussy eating seems like a phobia of food.
Is it masking an eating disorder or a diet?
Is it hereditary – as in, their parents never ate spaghetti bolognaise so they don’t either?
Is it laziness? Don’t they like cooking?
Is it lenient parenting – they didn’t have to eat the things they dislike at a young age, and their parents just let them eat the things they like – even if it was just limited to boiled eggs, chocolate, apples and bread, and these eating habits then last a lifetime?
Is it paranoia – they think certain foods aren’t good for them?
One of my favourite online newspaper columnists, Paula Goodyer, wrote this blog about getting fussy eaters to eat vegetables.
It’s interesting because even Paula, a nutritionist, has children that are fussy eaters.
I have also just Googled ‘what causes fussy eating?’and found this website – Adult Picky Eaters UK. It looks like interesting reading.
So now I’ve speculated and voiced my opinion about fussy eaters, possibly offending the fussy eaters in my life in the process, I’m going to read the website in more detail.