Is trying new foods hard?
I enjoy trying new things now, but it wasn't always that way.
Until I was sixteen, I was a very picky eater. I wouldn't eat many types of food. My parents say that it's a texture thing - I hate the texture of ground beef. But when I went to summer camp for the first time, I was exposed to a lot of new foods. It really exposed me to a lot of wonderful foods that I never had before. (The camp was a camp for disabled kids. Some of the kids barely eat anything. Some of them can't talk or even walk.) Later, I was convinced to try various Chinese dishes like lo mein, which quickly became a favorite of mine. Now I look back at how foolish I was. My 5-year-old cousin is going through the same thing now, and I have to remind myself that I was like that too.
I think it's better to try early than late. It's hard to get my 81-year-old maternal grandmother, an Italian immigrant, to try things that aren't Italian or other Mediterranean. I mean, she will eat Greek and Middle Eastern food, in addition to basic fruits, vegetables, and breads. But it would be hard to get her to try Chinese or something along those lines because she's not used to it. (Believe me, she's one of the nicest people I can think of.)