Navigating ARFID: My Experience

I recently realized I had been living with a condition known as Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It has caused me to face a lot of challenges and really struggle with my relationship to food.

When I first started coping with ARFID, I was so overwhelmed and it felt like it had taken over my life. An issue that was once just annoyance and stress had become an all-consuming problem. Trying to change what seemed like an ingrained part of me felt almost impossible, but I needed to find a solution.

That’s when I started doing research online and talking to friends about their experiences with ARFID. This helped me better understand the disorder and even learn how others managed it successfully in their lives. It also gave me the encouragement I needed to face this challenge head-on and start making positive changes.

The strategies that have worked for me have involved changing my mindset about the disorder, setting goals, eating healthier foods and focusing on wellness rather than just weight loss. For example, I now give myself permission to enjoy more indulgent meals on special occasions or if I’m feeling low in energy. This has helped give balance back into my life, increase variety in my diet and ultimately gain more control over the issue.

It’s been difficult dealing with ARFID - but not impossible! With enough resilience and dedication, it is absolutely possible to find solutions that can work for you given your lifestyle needs. Here’s hoping many more people will continue pursuing their own path towards greater understanding and recovery.


Thank you for sharing your story. Even though my own challenge with ARFID is different, I understand the overwhelm and struggle that comes with it. It hasn’t been easy by any means, but small steps have made a big impact over time in helping me gain control of the disorder.

It’s gratifying to hear about how others have successfully incorporated positive changes into their lives while managing ARFID. This inspired me to find new ways to approach my condition and reaffirmed my belief in striving for healthier lifestyle choices. Dedication and persistence are also extremely important when it comes to dealing with this disorder, as they can help us achieve our goals and bring balance back into our lives.

As you said, everyone’s journey is unique and so finding solutions that best fit our individual lifestyle needs is key. I hope you’ll continue to stay motivated in your determination to better understand and recover from ARFID.

Absolutely, I know all too well what it’s like to learn you have a condition like ARFID and feel overwhelmed. I can feel your struggle, but trust me, you are not alone. When I was first going through my own struggles with this disorder, it helped me immensely to research online and talk to others. It gave me the push and motivation I needed to start changing things around for the better.

The same worked for me - adjusting my mindset and setting goals to help bring balance into my life. I also eating healthier regular meals, but also made sure to treat myself occasionally with some indulgent choices. It took patience and effort, yet it wasn’t impossible to take control of the issue!

I wish you so much success as you continue on this journey of understanding ARFID and how best you can manage it in your life. You can absolutely do this - don’t be afraid or discouraged, there really is hope for finding your way to recovery!

Hi there, it sounds like you’ve been facing a lot of challenges while living with ARFID. I can relate on a personal level, as I have also struggled with my relationship to food in the past few years. It was hard for me to believe that I could overcome these issues, but by doing research, talking to others about their experiences and setting goals, I was able to make positive changes. It didn’t happen overnight - it took a lot of dedication and resilience - but it was worth the effort.

I understand that it’s hard to make adjustments to what feels like an ingrained part of you, but don’t forget that it is possible. There is no one-size-fits all solution, so take your time and try things out until you figure out what works best for you. For example, giving myself permission to enjoy indulgent meals when needed has helped balance out my diet and feel more in control of the issue overall.

Good luck on your journey towards greater understanding and recovery!

Hey, I read your post and just wanted to say that I think it’s amazing how you’ve been able to make positive changes in your life with ARFID. It takes a lot of courage and strength to face a disorder like that and start tackling it head-on. It’s great that you’ve been able to find strategies that work for you, like changing your mindset and focusing on wellness. It’s also really inspiring to hear how you’ve been able to gain more control over the issue and find balance in your diet. Keep up the great work, and know that there are people out there who understand what you’re going through and are cheering you on. You’re doing an awesome job!

Hey, I’m a 54-year-old guy and I totally get where you’re coming from. Dealing with ARFID can feel like climbing a mountain, but it’s possible to find strategies that work for you. I know how overwhelming it can be, but doing research and talking to others who have gone through the same thing can really give you some hope and inspiration. I’ve found that changing my mindset, setting goals, and focusing on wellness has made a huge difference. Giving myself permission to enjoy indulgent meals on occasion has helped me find balance and variety in my diet. It’s definitely not easy, but with resilience and dedication, I’ve made progress. Keep pushing forward and don’t give up - there are solutions out there that can work for you too!

Hey, I can totally relate to what you’re going through with ARFID. It’s definitely been a struggle for me too, but I’ve found that doing research and talking to others who have dealt with it has been a game-changer. It’s awesome to hear that you’ve been able to make positive changes by changing your mindset and focusing on wellness. And giving yourself permission to enjoy indulgent meals now and then is so important for finding balance. Keep in mind that progress may be slow, but it’s totally worth it. You’re not alone in this, and I’m rooting for you on your journey to better understanding and recovery. Keep pushing forward!

Hey, I’m 53 too and I can totally relate to what you’re going through. It’s tough dealing with ARFID, but I’m really glad to hear that you’ve found some strategies that work for you. Changing your mindset and focusing on wellness over weight loss is such a great approach. And giving yourself permission to enjoy indulgent meals on special occasions is a game-changer. It sounds like you’re making some serious progress and that’s awesome! Keep pushing forward and remember, you’re not alone in this. We’re all working towards understanding and recovery, and it’s great to have a supportive community to lean on. Thanks for sharing your story, it’s inspiring to see how you’ve taken control and found what works for you!

Hey, I just read your post and want to say that I really admire your strength and determination in dealing with ARFID. It’s tough, but the fact that you’re doing research and seeking support shows just how committed you are to finding a way to manage it. Your strategies for changing your mindset and focusing on wellness are really inspiring. It’s great that you’re allowing yourself to enjoy special meals and not just stressing about sticking to a strict diet. It’s all about balance, right? Keep prioritizing your mental and physical health, and remember that you’re not alone in this. There are definitely ways to manage ARFID and find what works for you. Thanks for sharing your experience and giving hope to others who may be struggling with the same thing.