Food & Drink

'Don't Be Mad At Me For Being A Picky Eater'

Be nice to the selective eaters in your life.

These days there are so many groups of eaters to please -- the gluten-free, the vegans, the vegetarians, and so many more. But there's an underrepresented group that has been tormented for too long, and we're here to help: It's the plight of the picky-eating adult.

For selective eaters at every meal, there's a dread of enduring "That Conversation" -- the one where you have to defend your displeasure for mushrooms, or your hatred for pâté.

Whether it's an icky texture, negative memory association, allergy or full-on phobia, we asked selective eaters in the HuffPost newsroom (along with many of their friends) about the questions that are asked when family and friends are reminded of their nutritional selectivity. We're keeping them anonymous to protect the innocent. Here's what picky eaters wish everybody could understand about their preferences.

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"Just because I don't eat sushi, doesn't mean I don't have a personality."
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"When I order food, I ask for no garlic and onion, but people ignore my order, lie or simply put less onions and garlic in everything. It's gross. I've had waiters tell me, 'but it won't taste good.' What I wish I could say to them in return when I get a dish that has onions and garlic on it, after specifying I didn't want them, is: 'When I asked for no onions and garlic, I didn't mean less onions and garlic!'"
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"Thanks for trying to shame me into eating something I don't like."
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"Because body shaming is a good method for a selective appetite. Family, they mean well ..."
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"Welp, not to me, you dingbat."
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"I'm not stuck up -- I just know what I like and don't like to eat."
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"I don't know ... I just don't. I wish they would understand that I get how they could love a specific food, but personally I don't love it."

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