Anyone else with autism experience highly restrictive eating over a long period of time? I've had such bad disordered eating for my whole life, since I started eating food like, at all. Not in terms of quantity, but like variety. I don't eat any meat except chicken and turkey on Thanksgiving (cus I have no choice), no pasta, no veggies, no tropical fruits, no beans, no oatmeal (even tho it tastes so good the texture is the WORST), and like basically I live off of cereal and bread products and fast food. Anyone else like this? How do I stop? I'm basically almost an adult (I'm 18) and I feel so embarrassed abt practically eating like a child.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I get you!! I've been living off of pretzels/cheerios for months now. If it makes you feel any better, I worked at a daycare for a while where we could eat leftovers of the kids snack/lunch, and I genuinely ate like a 2 year old for months. I think it kinda comes with autism/ED stuff... do you drink milk/plant milk? The carnation instant breakfasts have helped me on days I just couldn't tolerate much but safe foods.
Anyways, hi I'm Ray, so sorry for rambling- I just felt very seen by your post and wanted to respond. Take care of yourself and keep trying! Am proud of u
hii ray. Don't worry I get it. I drink normal milk ig? Never like as a beverage. I have it in cereal and sometimes I drink it when I eat pancakes and other warm syrupy breakfast food. I totally get what you mean but like my diet hasnt changed like, at all since I was like two my guy. I've added only 1 upsetting food to my diet since then (mozzarella sticks. Melted cheese used to be the worst but God damn I love mozzarella sticks now) and like??? It doesn't seem to get better yknow. I want to eat normal! I do! But eating food that I'm not used to literally feels like edging rocks or plastic or carpet. Like I'm eating an object or smth not ment to be consumed.
ARFID is extremely common in autistic people. Other than that just having sensory issues can lead to being extremely selective in what you eat. Also if you have any of the connective tissue disorders that are associated with autism it can hurt to eat certain things due to a weak jaw. Not to get all technical lol I feel you on the oatmeal thing. I love oatmilk cause it tastes like oatmeal without the mush.
bro apple and cinnamon oatmeal smells and tastes SO GOOD but the texture makes me wanna cry 😭😭😭 I can only tolerate oatmeal in apple crisp and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies bc it's dry yknow
yo have you tried blended baked oats? Blend a the ingredients you'd have in oatmeal and bake it instead
also what's ARFID
the think you probably have
avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
Honestly same. I was so embarrassed as qn adult in college I felt shamed into trying more foods.
Id say treat yourself like a toddler honestly. When introducing new foods to a toddler you can just....have it on the table. Get used to the sight and the smell. Than maybe try a little nibble next time. Or not. Take it slow. Watch people you love and trust eating the scary food. Sometimes watching others love it helps me feel brave enough to try it. Than slowly slowly find a way you can tolerate it better.
For me some fruits and veg are still I tolerable. But I can eat those ina mixed fruit smoothie with spinach if I add a lot of water and blend 3 times its kinda like fruit juice. Maybe not as healthy for my teeth but i figure its better than no fruit and veg.
I removed "I dont like it" from mt vocabulary. I reserve it for foods I have tried 20 separate times 2 seperare ways and still do not like. I think my highly sensitive pallete takes q long time to adjust to new qnd unfamiliar and thats okay!
Be kind with yourself.
Its a harder process for us autistics than others and I think we are doing a beautiful job.
Yeah take your time! I didn't start eating more different food until I was 26 & that came with my job. I'd work like 4 hours with no break to eat so when I got off I'd eat almost anything besides beans really dislike them.
Anyways, then my work has all staff meeting where we eat food & talk about what's going to happen the next 3 months.
And that has helped me grow in eating different foods but I still dislike some so take it easy & go at your own pace. It's hard trying new foods
Because I have ASD and ADHD, I struggle to eat in so many ways. I am constantly forgetting to eat or having no desire to attain the food that I do want. Then when I do finally commit to eating, I mainly eat sugars or fatty foods that trigger a dopamine response.
I get this a lot since I'm very sensitive to certain tastes and have trouble chewing foods with certain textures. and unless someone else makes food or something, I almost always live off the same few things: mac and cheese, cereal, instant ramen, and bread.
the only real problem I have with my diet is the lack of nutritional intake, so sometimes I'll take vitamins or find different ways to force myself to eat differently (I haven't found much that works so far, but if anyone else has please leave suggestions)
my sibling totally does this. have you tried tofu? it's rlly healthy and protein packed while having basically the texture of a carb! I very much enjoy.
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