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567d

What are your safe foods when you are overstimulated? Are you able to eat a balanced diet? I cannot cook in my shared kitchen because of how overstimulating the area is. Now I’m wishing I had just gotten some fast food because I haven’t eaten anything other than a cupcake since breakfast which was also small. Now it’s 10:42pm and I’m so so hungry but there’s no “safe foods” that don’t require cooking and I know I will begin to melt down even going into the kitchen because I have had a meltdown today already from overstimulation. The reason I’m posting is to receive feedback from other autistics possibly about how they have accommodated themselves . I’m considering crafting some kind of kitchenette in my bedroom

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    • chels23

      270d

      When I was in primary School My doctor says I'm autistic but won't test for it and my mum says I'm autistic but says I can't get tested now that I'm an adult I have sensory issues with sound and sight I'm slow discovering myself I hope this helps My safe food when I oversimulated nothing but if I have to eat something I eat fish and chips from work But when I'm understimulated I eat chicken,chips,chips

    • chels23

      270d

      When I was in primary School My doctor says I'm autistic but won't test for it and my mum says I'm autistic but says I can't get tested now that I'm an adult I have sensory issues with sound and sight I'm slow discovering myself I hope this helps My safe food when I oversimulated nothing but if I have to eat something I eat fish and chips from work But when I'm understimulated I eat chicken,chips,chips

    • Snizzles

      563d

      For me it's kimchi. I'm able to only focus on the crunch and the spice and it's really grounding (Spicy foods are very safe for me personally, so I wouldn't recommend if you're not a fan). Plus i can eat it right out of the jar

    • rosypizza

      565d

      I tend to go to making a peanut butter sandwich on a hamburger bun. I prefer the texture of the roll,and no crust to contend with. You can make this with whatever peanut butter replacement you'd need,if you're allergic.

    • canadaisntreal

      565d

      fellow autistic vegetarian here. i’ve definitely been having issues with food recently (meaning appetite, safe foods being unhealthy and stuff, not being able to make food for myself, etc.). it’s hard. for sure. sorry that is happening to you. all of my safe foods are very unhealthy (often lots of sugar and/or butter or whatever), and i’ve been thinking about that more recently. :/ i’ve been a “picky eater” my whole life, and i want to try to be more adventurous with eating, because i think maybe a lot of the foods i say i don’t like i have said that about for my entire life pretty much, and like i haven’t eaten a strawberry in years. i even kinda like strawberry artificial flavoring. i could go on and on about my issues surrounding food. i hope this is at least kinda helpful or at least relatable? idk lol. hope this gets easier for you soon, and we can chat anytime if you’d like!

      • Regularhuman

        563d

        @canadaisntreal it is :) just to know someone gets it is a relief. I know logically I’m not “alone” but I get so absorbed by the feeling of it somehow

    • minime273

      565d

      Rice and soy sauce; butter rice; butter noodles; and ravioli tend to be my safest foods. For me, the process of cooking is a bit of a hyperfixation (not yet a special interest) so it helps me destress, too.

    • NyQuill

      566d

      My safe door is straight up chilaquiles, ( egg and cut up tortilla) It’s delicious and it’s the only thing I can make 100% delicious

    • Freddi

      566d

      i saw your tags for a vegetarian diet, as well as a restrictive diet, so i’ll include some foods i know that don’t have animal products in them that i definitely go to for when i’m not feeling stimulated enough or overstimulated: white rice w/ either butter (you can use sunflower butter) or just salt, fairy toast (toast with butter & cake sprinkles), apple crisps/apple chips/banana chips, definitely smoothies or plain jane apple sauce—especially from those big jugs. for late night late night i honestly know i need something fruity in my system to lessen the anxiety, so i will turn to great value flavor powder packets (sometimes they do have caffeine unfortunately) but i always resort to lemon pomegranate or just plain lemon with electrolytes. anything with powered electrolytes usually kicks in and does the trick for me! if its an immediate need id definitely go for things like frozen raspberries, strawberries, things that still have a temperature shift but are readily available to store—i get the fruit pearls from walmart as an alternative to icecream, they work out really well for when i need a tanginess in my system. otherwise soda crackers, chicken biscuit crackers, or those basket microwaveable packets do the trick for me too. sometimes i just have uncrustables lying around.

      • Regularhuman

        563d

        @Freddi these are really helpful recommendations thank you!

    • Eren2273

      566d

      Breakfast bars, my diet definitely isn't normal for many reasons

    • x0_ar1a

      566d

      toast 😭

      • Regularhuman

        563d

        @x0_ar1a I would eat toast for every meal if I could 😅 (I have some days lol)

    • aevyn

      567d

      Anything cold and fruity: ice pops, Italian ices, sorbet, cold juice. Smoothies and acai bowls are good because they have more calories than plain juice.

    • sleepyhippo

      567d

      For me I tend to have toast or a bagel when I'm like that. Carnation breakfast shakes are also really easy and give protein. Also granola bars. And recently I started finding small snack packs in the grocery store like apple slices with cheese and pretzels, veggie trays, and they have snack packs with like turkey or other cold meat too if you like that. The snack packs are pretty cheap at least where I get them (Kroger) they are around $1.25 for the ones I normally get but a veggie or fruit tray may be more but yeah.

    • Entropyluna

      567d

      I have a lot of prepackaged safe snacks in my kitchen, with dedicated drawers for them. Then I only have to open the safe food snack drawer and the others don't overstimulate me.

    • ren410

      567d

      Oh i see youre restrictive - then i will mention that i use i cant believe its not butter spray for the butter

    • ren410

      567d

      I like white rice with butter and soy sauce - they sell bags of rice already cooked that just tske a min in the microwave. I also really love hearty chicken and wild rice soup. I make sure the lid is a pop top. :)

    • Couch_Potato

      567d

      Idk if I’m autistic yet bc I haven’t been diagnosed yet but I have a lot of symptoms and my food when I’m overstimulated is soup. Idk if this helps

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