I get interested when I see an article on picky-eating, not because I have a child that's a picky eater (although, what child isn't picky at some point?), but because I am a picky eater.
I remember a stand off between my Grandpa and I when I was 7. He had put a very small serving of green beans on my plate and told me that I could only go on the afternoon trip up to the sequoias if I ate all my food. So I did. Grandma had made a delicious Sabbath afternoon meal of mashed potatoes with gravy and some sort of veggiemeat and rolls, and I ate every bite x 2, except for the veggie. Everybody had left the table and there I sat alone, just me and a plate holding a very small serving of green beans. I couldn't do it. No amount of bribes or threats could convince me to put that green food in my mouth.
Here's the confession part: I had never really tried green beans, not to my recollection anyway. But I knew everything I needed to know: It was a GREEN VEGETABLE.
Years later and I can't say that I'm too much better, but I am better. So I'd like to share some thoughts on what helped me get through unlivable pickyness to eating more than mac 'n cheese and PB&J.