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!