Hey Rob, it's YOU that has the snippy attitude. If you don't have anything to contribute then don't post in the thread. If you feel like getting of your high horse and offering some real honest advice, I suggest you apologize and quit being an a*******.
He's like a 17-18 year old kid. He's trying to become more broad in his eating choices. He said he wants help--and he even said it's getting better. There are MILLIONS (or more) kids his age who eat just as bad as he did, or worse, who aren't trying to do anything about it.
Did you seriously say HE wasn't adding anything to the discussion? It's HIS thread, YOU are the one not contributing anything. Get a f-ing clue. It looks like from your idiotic post you didn't even read the thread. I suggest you go to the bookstore and get hooked on phonics so you can learn to pick out key words and phrases so it actually sounds like you know what you are talking about.
Pretty much all the "points" you try and make were either addressed earlier in the thread or just plain out wrong. Just by coming here and seeking advice from professional cooks, chef's and enthusiastic amatuers he was trying to gain help. Your type of attitude is more off putting than helpful. YOU'RE the bad guy here, **** face.
PTdurk, don't listen to this jerk off. I started getting into cooking about your age, going to college, cooking for myself, etc. You've gotten a lot of good advice in this thread, so don't despair. I started by taking jared, canned convenience type food and sprucing it up. Example, like taking jarred tomato sauce, sauteeing my own garlic, onion, peppers, chicken, etc to go in it. Then I moved on to making my own tomato sauce, etc.
Take little step--experiment, explore. Most of all, don't be afraid to try new things. Good luck. Please come back and let those of us who care how it goes.