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when i was little, i didnt realize i.could breathe through my nose
but at the same time i was supposed to close my mouth while eating. This made it very hard to eat cereal
When I was about six, my friend told me that I wasn't swallowing properly. She said you have to swallow on the left side of your throat, and I was swallowing in the middle... I became very paranoid about my eating habits for a while.
when i was a little kid i used to thing a orange tree was going to grow inside my stomach when i ate a orange seed
I used to believe that when you 'went on a diet' you registered it with the government, and if you broke your diet you would be arrested.
My dad used to tell me that whenever he ate a salad, a little leaf would grow out of his belly button. After we would eat salad I would wait and he would tell me it wouldn't come out if I was looking, so I would leave the room and he would call me back to show me a little leaf in his belly button. I wanted to grow a leaf from my belly button too but he said I had to eat more veggies for that to happen. Sneaky dad.
After choking on some food, adults would always say "it went down the wrong tube", so I used to think that you had one tube for solid food and one tube for liquid and you had a coughing fit when they got mixed up. This proved problematic when eating soup.
I used to believe your throats had a bunch of sharp bony parts that cut up the food as it fell down. For some reason I never thought that chewing did the same thing.
There was an older kid at our school who was friends with me and my group of friends, and once when we were eating candy he told us what his mother apparently told him, but he must have misunderstood a little. He said that if you eat healthy, you grow bigger, so if you eat bad food, you slowly get smaller...I was really scared I would eventually be microscopic, but luckily his mom was with us once and corrected him.
My mom used to tell me that if I swallowed a fruit seed, a tree would start growing from the stomach making a hole in the head. I actually believed it and wondered for many years as to how awkward it would be to have a tree poking out of your head.
When I was 3-4 I thought that your stomach had different compartments for different kinds of food and that that I could get out of eating what I didn't want if I said my vegetable part was full but my cake part was empty.
My grandfather was rather portly and had the habit of eating dessert before his dinner instead of after. As a child, I thought that was the reason for my grandpa's large size.
When I was small I'd asked my mom what periods were she'd replied,"When you get stomach cramps." So I thought that it was something like a stomach ache that you get when you eat bad food. So I didn't eat out till I was 12 and my poor teacher had to explain all that to me!
I used to believe pork chops were actually something called "brazilian chicken". Mainly because when i was a kid i wouldn't eat pork products, thought they were gross, and my parents solution was just to rename it.
I have 3 siblings eating pistacio nuts one time, & dad told me i should reduce my consumption speed & consider about the man in India who cracks open each nut with a hammer & chisel....i was about 15 yrs old until i realised this was complete nonsense!
I used to believe that hamsters lived in my chest / belly and they would run on their wheel to help digest my food as I swallowed.
I used to believe that "gluten free" meant you could eat as much as you wanted without getting full or fat
My mom used to tell me if I ate mustard I would grow mustard.
I used to believe fat people were fat because they ate other people.
When I was younger I used to believe that I was the only person in the world with the ability to make crunching noises when I ate something crunchy!
I used to believe that if you swallowed a watermelon seed a watermelon would grow inside of you. Thanks to the Rugrats.