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Cursednoodles

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Does autism cause you to have an emotionally strange relationship with food? Like I get way past “hangry” I will cry like I lost a loved one if I can’t have a food I want, or even if I feel upset about something, completely unrelated, I will lose any sense of hunger I had before. It’s just weird

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    • PocketBeanz

      300d

      I find that due to my hyposensitivity to my body's natural cues, my hunger comes on strong and fast. I may have been hungry for hours, but only feel it when i am starving & my stomach is sore and gurgling. If you struggle with executive functioning, and cooking food is a difficult sensory experience for you, this could explain the tears. Being hungry means our bodies are in a heightened state, and so we are quicker to be distressed. Safe foods are an accommodation, and losing our accommodations is difficult and taxing, even for one meal. Losing the hunger could be explained by being distracted by something. For me, when i hyperfocus on something, i tend to lose my bodily cues. It makes sense that your body and experience is like this. It sounds very difficult and frustrating.

    • AnimalBoy

      298d

      Man theres a million ways autism interacts with food in strange ways. I'm the least severe of my household, my roommate and partner have fairly limited foods they can eat and typically it has to be the exact same foods down to brand and preperation tactics because if the taste or texture is even slightly off they cant eat it, so they have a really weird love hate relationship with foods and rarely eat in public. For them part of these issues involve stomach issues and dietary sensitivities caused by autism too. I have some of those issues too but I'm known as the house garbage disposal comparatively. I, for the most part, love food and everything that goes into it starting from the dirt its grown from to the kitchen its prepared in. I have special interests in soil composition and its effect on living things, animal husbandry and gardening, kitchen appliances and safety rules, and cooking and baking. It genuinely feels like I was made for food. However I also have no introspection from my autism and frequently can't feel when I'm hungry, even when my physical disabilities allow for cooking I often don't notice hunger until I'm having intense hunger pains and am too lightheaded to stand let alone prepare an entire meal. Sometimes it takes days to remember to eat. I'm frequently hangry but it's less because I'm hungry and it's making me angry and more that I can tell Something is Wrong but because I cant tell that it's just hunger I end up tense and upset for long periods of time. It's worse that no introspection effects other areas so sometimes I find other previously undetected issues and solve them but still feel unidentifiablely Wrong so I get increasingly frustrated about not knowing what's wrong as well. I also frequently get distracted and forget even when I do figure it out which can also be frustrating. Especially when you add the fact that many people will poke fun of you for repeatedly forgetting to eat in a short period of time when its incredibly bad for me and something I have to live with. Living with two people who frequently take a bite of something and then cannot eat the rest has meant ive eaten more with them than ever before in my whole life just because instead of waiting for my body cues to tell me I need food, I just eat whenever someone else is trying and can't.

      • AnimalBoy

        298d

        @AnimalBoy Oh it also means that we have really weird emotions surrounding food, like bawling my eyes out over something I cant eat/finish or have to throw away especially. I tend to eat food that probably shouldnt be when i make mistakes because it feels like a waste of both my food and my potential. It directly impacts my self esteem when I mess up a meal or cant finish it. It can also feel pretty desperate to be hungry and want to eat something when you know its taste/texture is repulsive for you.

    • hello.its.me

      300d

      I've always had a difficult relationship with food which was put down to ARFID (avoidance restrictive food intake disorder), an eating commonly associated with neurodivergence. Meltdowns cause by not finding your desired food is also common in autistics because it is an unexpected change and food is often a comfort item which causes distress when it cannot be found.

      • Somberose

        300d

        @hello.its.me The meltdowns over food are no joke. I get fixated on foods and will eat them constantly for a period before I move on. If someone gets into my stash & I can't eat what I was expecting to I will not be able to eat anything at all for a while.

        • hello.its.me

          298d

          @Somberose exactly! I'll go through periods of only eating one specific food for each meal of the day and if I can't find it, I go off food altogether for a bit. But then I'll suddenly not be able to eat that food and struggle to eat until I've found something else to fixate on!

    • cogsquatparsnip

      300d

      I don't always notice when I'm hungry and if I do notice I have a 20 minute window where I have to cook and eat it cause after 20 minutes I'm not hungry

    • PocketBeanz

      300d

      I find that due to my hyposensitivity to my body's natural cues, my hunger comes on strong and fast. I may have been hungry for hours, but only feel it when i am starving & my stomach is sore and gurgling. If you struggle with executive functioning, and cooking food is a difficult sensory experience for you, this could explain the tears. Being hungry means our bodies are in a heightened state, and so we are quicker to be distressed. Safe foods are an accommodation, and losing our accommodations is difficult and taxing, even for one meal. Losing the hunger could be explained by being distracted by something. For me, when i hyperfocus on something, i tend to lose my bodily cues. It makes sense that your body and experience is like this. It sounds very difficult and frustrating.

      • Ash.G

        296d

        @PocketBeanz I and actually hypersensitive to a lot of things but I don't really know what I'm feeling so even if I do feel hungry I don't know if the pain is from hunger or something else. So I will often forget to eat and before you know it I've only had one meal in the entire day.

      • Cursednoodles

        300d

        @PocketBeanz that actually makes a lot of sense, thank you, I think I definitely experience the same/very similar thing, do you know any way to help with losing the cues?

        • hello.its.me

          300d

          @Cursednoodles losing body cues is most likely to be an interception issue. There are types of therapies and CBT that can help you to recognise this more. Might be worth talking to a professional if you notice its affecting you often.

        • PocketBeanz

          300d

          @Cursednoodles i have found the only way to really help with the cues is mindfulness. Specifically mindful body scans, where i take a deep breath, and move through my body sensations, indentifying each one, and sitting with it for a moment. When i allow them time to show themselves, i can identify where the need is. abdominal pain could feel the same in everyday functioning, but in a mindful moment, i can sense that perhaps i'm having severe hunger, or i need to use the bathroom, or one of my ovarian cysts is hurting, maybe i'm having period cramps, or IBS flare ups. It's a skill that can be developed by doing guided mindfulness meditations.

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Based on the provided content, some individuals with autism do report having a complex relationship with food. This can manifest in various ways such as difficulty eating, anxiety when eating, sensory issues regarding texture, or emotional responses related to food. However, the specific scenario of crying over not being able to have a desired food or losing hunger due to unrelated upset is not explicitly mentioned in the context provided.

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