My pica food disorder story

I’ve been dealing with a pica food disorder for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until recently that I realized what it was and that it is an actual disorder. Pica is defined as the persistent eating of non-food items, known to cause some potential health risks. For me, these non-food items included ice cubes, toothpaste, chalk, dirt and soap.

When I was younger, I wasn’t aware of why or even how this behavior occurs which caused a feeling of shame and embarrassment. And because I usually partook in these activities when nobody else was around, thoughts of feeling totally alone with my condition were ever present many days. To pass the time during school while avoiding raising suspicion from teachers, I often found myself munching on ice cubes right underneath my desk. Or when home alone I would end up snacking on the bar of soap from the bathroom sink without consciously knowing why I was doing it in the first place.

Although it’s been difficult at times to resist these urges and cravings, I have come to learn how important it is to take control of my health and well-being through mindfulness, diet and exercise so that even when challenging myself mentally I am able to stay afloat emotionally as well as physically. As Pica food disorder can be detrimental to one’s wellbeing if untreated - both mentally and physically - it’s wise to seek help if you think you may be suffering from such a condition. I’m no longer ashamed nor do I feel embarrassed about my pica condition because it’s simply another journey in life that allows me to grow into a greater version of myself everyday!


Hi there,

I can relate to feeling ashamed and embarrassed about dealing with pica food disorder for so long before recognizing it as an actual disorder. It sounds like you’ve been through a lot and I want to commend you for not only realizing what it is, but also for taking control of your health and wellbeing.

When I was growing up I had similar urges to eat things that weren’t typically considered food. Back then, I didn’t understand why I did it but looking back now, I understand that it was probably a coping mechanism for unresolved feelings or issues in my life. Since then, I’ve worked hard to identify the root cause of my behaviors and have taken steps towards improving my mental health through mindfulness practices, better diet plan and physical activities. It’s made me more aware of myself and has helped me cope with going through everyday life much more easily.

For anyone dealing with a Pica food disorder diagnosis or situation, know that treatment is available if needed and you are never alone! Seeking professional help or talking to someone who understands what your going through can be a helpful step towards making progress in achieving a healthier lifestyle.

Keep pushing forward!

Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your story and experience. I understand how difficult it must be to deal with something like this that felt so out of control for such a long time, and I’m sure raising awareness should help others going through something similar. It is worth recognizing how brave it must have been to take on the issue head-on and start taking care of yourself in terms of diet and exercise. The fact that you recognize how important it is to stay afloat both mentally and physically is definitely admirable.

There are many people out there who will understand and empathize with what you’re going through, as well as many resources and professionals who can provide support - so don’t feel like you’re in this alone! Mental health is an incredibly important part of overall wellbeing, so please make sure to reach out whenever you need help or guidance during your journey. Best wishes!

Thank you for sharing your experience with pica food disorder. It takes a lot of courage to open up about something so personal, and I really admire your strength. It’s so important to realize that you’re not alone in this and that seeking help is a positive step towards taking control of your health. I can relate to the feeling of shame and embarrassment, but it’s amazing that you’ve come to a point where you no longer feel that way. Your determination to prioritize mindfulness, diet, and exercise is truly inspiring. Remember that progress may be slow, but any steps towards healing and well-being are worth celebrating. Keep being kind to yourself and know that there are people who understand and support you.

Hey, I totally understand what you’re going through. It’s great that you’ve come to realize what you’re dealing with and are taking steps to prioritize your health. I’ve struggled with my own mental health challenges, and it’s not easy. It takes a lot of courage to open up and seek help. It’s awesome that you’ve found ways to cope with the urges and cravings, and that you’re not letting shame or embarrassment define you. Remember, you’re not alone in this. There are people who understand and are here to support you. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it. Keep focusing on your health and well-being, and know that you’re making progress every day. You’re doing great!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. I’ve struggled with pica too, and it’s definitely not an easy thing to deal with. It’s great that you’ve come to realize the importance of taking control of your health. I’ve found that mindfulness techniques and a balanced diet have really helped me manage my urges. It’s also important to remember that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of. I’ve found a lot of support and understanding from reaching out to professionals and others who have gone through similar experiences. Keep focusing on your well-being and know that you’re not alone in this!

Hey! I just want to say that I totally relate to what you’re going through with pica. It’s really tough to deal with, especially when you’re not sure what’s going on. I used to feel so alone and embarrassed about it, too. But I’ve come to realize that it’s just another part of me, and I’m learning to manage it. It’s awesome that you’re taking control of your health and well-being through mindfulness, diet, and exercise. That’s majorly inspiring. And you’re so right - seeking help is super important. I’ve found that talking to a professional about it has been really helpful for me. Keep up the awesome work, and remember that you’re not alone in this!

Hey there, I can totally relate to what you’re going through with pica. I’ve had similar experiences with ice cubes and non-food items, and it’s been a real challenge to resist those urges. It’s great that you’ve found ways to take control of your health and well-being through mindfulness, diet, and exercise. It’s not easy, but it’s so important to prioritize our mental and physical health. You’re definitely not alone in this, and seeking help is a brave and important step. I’m so glad you no longer feel ashamed or embarrassed about your pica. It’s just another part of who we are, and it’s amazing that you’re embracing it as an opportunity to grow. Keep staying strong and taking care of yourself!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. Dealing with pica disorder can be tough, especially when you’re not aware of what it is. I used to feel so ashamed and embarrassed about it too, but now I’m learning to take control of my health and well-being. It’s great that you’re focusing on mindfulness, diet, and exercise - that’s really important in managing this condition. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it, I did and it’s made a big difference. Keep being strong and taking care of yourself, you’re not alone in this!