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Old 05-07-2010, 12:02 PM   #31
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Yikes velochic, thats pretty scary. Thats some serious OCD going on there. Is she healthy with that kind of diet?
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:11 PM   #32
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Yikes velochic, thats pretty scary. Thats some serious OCD going on there. Is she healthy with that kind of diet?
No... she's not healthy at all and is overweight (which I am too... not as much as her, but still I can't say much in spite of the fact that I eat very healthfully). She's in her late 50's (much younger than my father, who is in his 70's) and her health is worse than his at times. When she gets sick, she's sick for weeks at a time... she doesn't recover well.

You cannot even imagine how awkward this problem is. It makes EVERYONE uncomfortable.

I believe there is more than OCD going on with her, but still... she's definitely THE pickiest eater I've ever met!
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:59 PM   #33
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OMG Velochic, I was just about to say the youngest son of my partner was the worst eater in the world, but I think even he has to admit the defeat in the face of your stepmother...
I wonder what kind of educational background she has, I mean not just school but also from her mother, and amongst other relatives and associates. It does seem like a pretty serious mental disorder and no wonder she is overweight and unhealthy.
Unfortunately at her age it will be very difficult, if ever possible, to change her attitude with what she eats, I just have to feel very, very sorry for her...
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:35 PM   #34
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No... she's not healthy at all and is overweight (which I am too... not as much as her, but still I can't say much in spite of the fact that I eat very healthfully). She's in her late 50's (much younger than my father, who is in his 70's) and her health is worse than his at times. When she gets sick, she's sick for weeks at a time... she doesn't recover well.
Small wonder considering her diet! Likely she won't consume enough calories to help her heal!


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You cannot even imagine how awkward this problem is. It makes EVERYONE uncomfortable.
Oh yes I can well imagine it. I work in mental health and OCD is hard on everyone, INCLUDING the one who has it.


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I believe there is more than OCD going on with her, but still... she's definitely THE pickiest eater I've ever met!
I sympathize. That one wins the prize. You are likely right that there is more than OCD going on. If that IS the culprit though, there is help. CBT has been shown to work well on OCD.

OK, sorry to hijack. I was thinking about picky and I wanted to add that many of the folks I know that ARE picky, are a little embarrassed about it. They can't just stop being picky, and they really hate it when folks point it out. They like to just hide a bit.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:01 AM   #35
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i think the banana thing is interesting. it's like a food in a wrapper, albeit natural wrapper.

i'm sure you've tried everything, but going with this approach, have you thought of other foods, especially fruits with skins or shells that could be considered wrappers? oranges, for example. maybe peanuts or other nuts.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:20 PM   #36
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My husband! He will eat almost any meat. The only vegetables he likes are corn, peas, green beans, and potatoes. He eats no condiments at all! No salad, no dressing. Minimal seafood. No fruits except a rare apple. A dessert on occasion but he's just as picky about them.

Drives me bonkers: I wish I could get him to eat mushrooms, broccoli and asparagus. Is that too much to ask? :-)
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:41 PM   #37
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My ex GF, she would only eat things that her mom made when she was growing up, which was very limited. Canned veggies only, nothing frozen or fresh. Plain mashed potatos, no herbs, spices or cheese. Burgers, no cheese. Spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti and oh yeah, did I mention spaghetti?
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:42 PM   #38
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The husband...
He won't touch a food if it contains/has come into contact with seafood. If you even mention that you were cooking seafood on the same surface as what you're serving him, he won't even touch a fork to what's on the plate. (Funny, he LOVES ceasar salad --mainly the dressing, which he will lick off of the bowl... He now knows that it has fish paste in it, but still eats it... Hmmm...)
He's not allergic, but just has a "weird thing" --he admits to it--. Aside from that, he'll eat anything and everything... But mention "fish", and he becomes the pickiest person I've ever met!
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:48 PM   #39
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My step-mother. In fact, I've never cooked for her in the 16 years she's been married to my father.

In her case, it's probably an undiagnosed mental illness. Kind of hard to explain. Basically, she will only eat fast food because it's wrapped in paper. She literally (without exception) eats fast food for dinner every.single.night. She won't eat with metal utensils... only plastic utensils that have been factory wrapped, and she won't eat off of anything but disposable plates that have never been used. That means she won't eat at a sit down restaurant and she won't eat food that anyone cooks on a stove or in an oven. She will only eat fast food and microwaved food that is prepared using plastic and served on paper plates. She has been this way all of her life (according to my father). So, her diet consists of hamburgers, chicken nuggets, french fries, hot dogs, Dr. Pepper, soups you can heat in the microwave and vegetables you can steam in the bag (this is new for her, actually, as they are a newer invention), processed cheese that is individually wrapped, deli meats and individually packaged processed foods. She won't eat steak, fish, most vegetables, any fruit except banana, no dairy... well, you get the point.

I guess, according to what my dad says, that it has to do with sanitation. I once asked him in private if she understands the sanitation practices in fast food (I once managed a McDonald's in college) and he told me that I could never talk about that.

So... she is definitely the pickiest eater I've ever met.
I can actually relate to you when it comes to the sanitation thing. Although he's not as picky as your stepmother is, my hubby does not use metal utensils or any flatware. He only use plastic fork or spoon. And it's true, his reason is because of sanitation. I always tell him that we can wash the utensils really well and with hot water etc, and he would say no he will not use flatware. Sometimes he just doesn't have a choice especially if we're eating in a restaurant where he can't ask for plastic fork or knife coz it would be embarrassing. That's why we don't have metal utensils at home, but I am planning to buy one set so I could use it for myself.
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