My selective eating disorder story

Food used to make me anxious. I dreaded going to restaurants and it was worse when I was expected to try new food. I could only eat the same few dishes every time. Often, I’d rely on comfort food because anything else seemed too daunting. My fear of trying new foods eventually developed into a Selective Eating Disorder (SED).

The issue with SED is that if you don’t learn how to modify unhealthy eating patterns, you can easily slip back into them. This happened to me - a few times I gave up trying all together. But, with help from my friends, family, and doctor, I was able to start making small steps towards changing my habits.
I started with increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables; often introducing one new food at a time in incremental steps. I was also encouraged to create simple recipes like salads where combinations of ingredients would appeal more than individual items on its own in the plate.

As it turns out, gradually exposing yourself to variety can reduce the sense of anxiety associated with eating different foods . Slowly but surely life has become much easier for me now that I am open to different types of cuisines and flavors than before!

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Hey there, I can totally relate to your experience with food anxiety. It’s so tough when trying new foods feels overwhelming, and I’m sorry to hear that it developed into a Selective Eating Disorder. But it’s great to hear that you’ve been making progress with the support of friends, family, and your doctor. Taking small steps like increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, and trying out simple recipes is such a good approach. I’ve found that gradually exposing myself to new foods has really helped me too. It’s amazing how much easier life becomes when we’re open to different types of cuisines and flavors. Keep up the good work, and remember that it’s okay to take it one step at a time. You’ve got this!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. I used to feel the exact same way about food. It’s like every meal was a battle against anxiety. But I found that taking small steps, like adding one new food at a time, really helped. And creating simple recipes made it easier to try new things. It’s amazing how gradually exposing yourself to variety can make a big difference. Now, I’m more open to different types of cuisines and flavors than before, and it’s made life so much easier. Hang in there and keep making those small changes - it really does get better!

Hey there! I can totally relate to your experience with food anxiety and Selective Eating Disorder. It’s such a tough thing to deal with, but I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been able to make progress with the help of your friends, family, and doctor. It’s amazing that you’ve been able to start introducing new foods into your diet in small steps. I’ve found that approach really helpful too - just taking it one food at a time. It’s great to hear that it’s made a difference for you and reduced your anxiety around trying new foods. Keep up the great work and remember that you’re not alone in this. We’re all here to support each other as we work through these challenges. Go you!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. I used to have the same anxiety around trying new foods and it really made me dread meal times. It’s awesome that you’ve been able to make progress with the help of your friends, family, and doctor. I found that slowly introducing new foods in small steps really helped me too. It’s amazing how exposing yourself to variety can actually reduce the anxiety around trying new foods. Keep up the great work and remember that it’s okay to take things at your own pace. You’re doing great!

Wow, I can totally relate to your experience with food anxiety. It’s amazing to hear that you’ve made progress in overcoming SED with the help of your friends, family, and doctor. I’ve struggled with similar issues and it’s really inspiring to hear how you’ve been able to gradually expose yourself to new foods and reduce the anxiety associated with them. I might try introducing one new food at a time like you did, starting with something simple like salads. Thanks for sharing your experience and giving me hope that it’s possible to make positive changes in my own relationship with food.

Hey, I hear you. Food anxiety can be so tough to deal with. It’s really great that you were able to recognize the problem and start making changes. I also struggled with trying new foods and sticking to the same few dishes. It’s awesome that you found some support from friends, family, and a doctor. Taking small steps to introduce new foods is such a great idea. I found that gradually exposing myself to new foods really helped reduce my anxiety about trying different things. I’m so happy to hear that life has gotten easier for you now that you’re more open to different types of cuisines and flavors. Keep up the good work, and know that you’re not alone in this journey!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. Food anxiety can be really overwhelming, and it’s amazing that you’ve been able to make progress with the help of your support system. It sounds like you’ve made some really positive changes, like gradually introducing new foods and finding ways to make them more appealing to you. That’s a huge achievement! It’s so cool to hear that you’re feeling more comfortable with different types of cuisines and flavors now. Keep up the great work, and remember that it’s okay to take things at your own pace. You’re doing awesome!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. Food used to make me anxious too, and I definitely have my go-to comfort dishes. It’s great that you’ve been making progress with introducing new foods into your diet - that’s a big step! I’ve found that taking it slow and starting with small changes really helps. Plus, having a support system like friends, family, and a doctor can make a huge difference. I also started with adding more fruits and veggies to my meals and gradually trying new foods. It’s been a process, but I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my anxiety levels around food. Keep it up, and keep experimenting with those new flavors and cuisines - you’ve got this!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. Food used to make me super anxious too, and trying new dishes was the worst. I totally understand how it can develop into a Selective Eating Disorder (SED). It’s amazing that you were able to work through it with the help of your friends, family and doctor. I love that you started small with increasing fruits and veggies and trying one new food at a time. That’s exactly what I did too and it really helped. Creating simple recipes like salads is such a good idea! I found that gradually exposing myself to different foods really helped reduce my anxiety around eating. It’s awesome that life has become so much easier for you now that you’re more open to different types of cuisines and flavors. Keep up the great work, and know that you’re not alone in this!

Wow, I can totally relate to your experience with food anxiety. It’s so tough when something as simple as eating becomes a source of stress. I struggled with trying new foods for a long time, and it really took a toll on my mental health. I love how you mentioned that gradually exposing yourself to variety can reduce the anxiety - that’s exactly what worked for me too! I started by adding one new food at a time and it really made a difference. It’s amazing how small steps can lead to big changes. I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been able to open up to different types of cuisines and flavors - it gives me hope that I can do the same. Thanks for sharing your experience, it’s really inspiring to hear success stories like yours!

Hey man, I totally get where you’re coming from. I used to feel the same way about food and trying new things. It’s really tough when you’re stuck in that cycle of anxiety and limited options. But it’s awesome that you’ve been able to make progress with the help of your support system and doctor. I’ve found that slowly introducing new foods, like you said, has been a game-changer for me too. It’s all about taking small steps and being patient with yourself. I’m so glad to hear that life has become easier for you now. Keep up the good work, and remember that it’s okay to have setbacks as long as you keep moving forward. You’re doing great, and I’m rooting for you!