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Trials, tribulations of picky eater’s parent

June 3, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor ( , The Herald-Star

Selective eating has always been an issue in every house I lived in. When I was growing up, it was me. I don't know how many times I heard my mom say, "This isn't Elby's." (A restaurant that has since gone by the wayside for those who don't know.) You ate what was in front of you or you didn't eat, until I was old enough to fix myself something else anyway.

So needless to say, I deserved to have a picky eater. So, when my son became one, I fully took the blame. He, however, is extreme, even ridiculous in some cases.

He won't eat pizza with sauce on it. He won't eat it if it has even touched sauce. I have to order him white pizza and take the toppings off.

He won't eat good old Kraft macaroni and cheese. It's the yellow cheese. I have to make the macaroni and have to put spray butter on it with parmesan cheese. And it can't be any shape but elbow macaroni. I made spirals once, and he said that wasn't macaroni.

He used to eat broccoli. Not any more. He'll eat carrots, raw, not cooked.

He loves cucumbers and pickles.

When he first started eating real food, he loved black olives. Not anymore.

He eats McDonald's chicken nuggets but no one else's.

He'll eat an apple, but only if you peel it first. Sometimes he wants it whole and sometimes cut. If you don't serve it the way he wants it on that particular day, he won't eat it.

He'll eat peanut butter on a sandwich, but no jelly, and the crust has to be cut off. And it has to be "open." That means no top. Just one piece of bread with peanut butter on it. (I don't eat peanut butter and jelly together either ... ewww.)

He'll eat toast. Again, with no crust. Toast is crust, isn't it???

He'll only eat cinnamon Pop Tarts.

He likes cereal, but no milk.

He likes chocolate milk, but won't eat chocolate ice cream.

One night he ate ham for dinner. A lot of ham. He won't touch it now.

He likes scrambled eggs, but only if they are cooked in the microwave with milk and cheese. God forbid you make one in a skillet.

He likes cheese sticks, but only if you take the cheese out. He eats the outside and leaves the cheese.

No salad dressing. No ketchup. Again, my fault - I don't either.

He won't drink soda pop. He doesn't like the fizz.

He will eat Red Lobsters' biscuits at the restaurant, but not the leftovers we bring home.

He used to eat popcorn shrimp which he thought was chicken. He still thinks it's chicken because he turns his nose up if you even offer him shrimp.

He likes cookies, almost any kind. Surprise, surprise. You'd never know that the child had nothing sweet (cookies, cake, candy) for the first year of his life.

He'll eat a piece of cake, but hold the cake, he just wants the icing.

He likes cookie dough, and he likes vanilla ice cream but won't eat cookie dough ice cream.

He eats Reeses Cup cookies (peanut butter cookies with the cup inside). But he only eats the outside until he can get the cup out. Then the rest of the actual cookie hits the trash, or Mommy finishes it.

He will eat hot dogs, but only if you feed them to him straight off the grill.

No hamburgers. No potatoes.

His favorite foods are french fries, peanut butter and fruit. Thank God he eats the fruit. And the peanut butter is pretty much the only protein he gets.

If he eats one day really well, he probably won't eat again that week.

Most of the time, I cater to his wants. He IS only 3 years old. So hopefully, he will outgrow most of it. I know personally my tastes have changed over the years, and obviously, his are already changing from month to month, heck, even day to day sometimes.

However, I can already hear myself saying, sometime in the near future, "This isn't McDonald's" (his version of Elby's in today's world.)


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Coming in second and third, respectively, were Danielle Nelson (Faith Hill) with 26 votes and Derek Zoladz (Jim Parsons) with nine.

Thank-you to everyone who voted.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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