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RACHILLIPEPPER
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5/22/12 2:43 A

Hi Dropcone,

Thanks so much for that advice. It has been a struggle but most people just assume I'm silly and it gives me less confidence when I'm actually out and about to try things!

Vegetables is something I definitely need to start eating more of - thanks for the advice re the types of crispy foods that might suit me better. I'll start by trying a lot of these as soon as I can. I'll keep you posted! :)

Hi Dropcone -

Thanks so much for that advice. It has been a struggle but most people just assume I'm silly and it gives me less confidence when I'm actually out and about to try things!

Vegetables is something I definitely need to start eating more of - thanks for the advice re the types of crispy foods that might suit me better. I'll start by trying a lot of these as soon as I can. I'll keep you posted! :)

Hi Mrs Jocco -

It's definitely something I've thought about, though I suppose at the moment I'm really trying to get the willpower myself to help sort it all out. If I'm still struggling in a few months I might investigate it a little more. Thanks :)

Edited by: RACHILLIPEPPER at: 5/22/2012 (02:45)


MRSJOCCO
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5/22/12 12:01 A

Some folks have success with hypnotherapy for this issue. I hope things are going well as you add new items. emoticon



DROPCONE
Posts: 1,451
5/18/12 2:30 P

Wow! Good for you for improving your eating habits! It sounds like it has been quite a struggle for you and I am impressed you have come so far.

I have never experienced a food phobia, so I don't know that I have much good advice, except to pursue a plan to branch into vegetables? I would keep up with the veggie soups. I wish I didn't like pasta - although it would help you with variety it's a source of dietary trouble for me!

Since it seems you like crispy, crunchy things, you might try crisp vegetables such as celery or carrots or radishes...even lettuce can be crispy depending on freshness and variety. Also edemame or sugar snap peas or green beans.

Good luck in your efforts!



RACHILLIPEPPER
Posts: 2
5/16/12 5:38 P

As far back as I can remember, I've been an extremely fussy eater with a genuine fear of trying new foods...it all seems to stem back to when I was about two years old. Before that point, I would eat anything and everything but around this time my grandmother died who I'd spent a lot of time with and I appeared to stop eating. My mum took me to the doctor, who told her not to force feed me as it was likely to make me STOP eating.

So switching forward to today...I'm getting much better in that I'm now much more willing to try new foods, even though it still scares me to death. The fear more than anything seems to be about the texture rather than the taste - though together with the help of family we're realising that softer foods are more difficult for me to get used to or like to eat.

In the past couple of years I've started really trying to focus on trying new foods and I'm doing quite well, but at the moment my diet is quite restricted still. This year I really want to start losing weight and getting fitter again (having put on about 45lbs in a few years, due to lack of exercise and eating more) and although I've started going to the gym and working out a lot more I know that I really need to change my diet and improve what I'm putting IN to my body as well.

Currently my diet exists of these sorts of things and literally nothing more: chips or potatoes of some sort (diced and fried, criss-cut, etc), chicken (in any form - breast, diced, sliced (all fresh) or chicken nuggets), selected cheeses (usually milder, creamy cheeses), bread or toast, crisps (which I have far too many of but that I'm cutting out more and more), a rare slice of bacon, steak and not much more. I've recently tried soups more and find that there are a couple that I like, but one thing I find difficult is that once I've eaten something and like it I rarely make another move to eat it again soon after (a mental thing more than anything, that I'm getting better at). Most days are a rotation of some sort of a mix of the above, which obviously means in a week I might have two or three meals of the same kind every other day or so.

I seem to have a problem with mixing things so even things I've tried like vegetable soups have been difficult to digest until recently, though I've found that I'm loving the tastes in these that I've had as it's unlike anything I've tasted before...meaning I'm now starting to understand just how MUCH I am missing out on. Things like spaghetti bolognese and pasta based dishes are things I struggle to eat but would love to try and eat more of.

Apologies for such a long-winded post, but (if any of you have made it this far) any help or advice on the types of foods or recipes I could start trying would be great and very much appreciated :)

Thank you!



 
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