Asked by brytneeagnesdufrat
the first and foremost thing i would stress is open and honest communication. sometimes people wont take it seriously; including your family, and that sucks. but the better you can describe your problems and the more consistent and open you are, the more easily they are received. think about how you feel when you encounter an unsafe food. collect statements that explain the sensation or fear or what-have-you that makes you not want to eat it. if you can communicate that its not just about ‘not wanting to’ or ‘being picky,’ its possible people will be more receptive. not everyone is understanding, but some can be.
other than that here are some other tips for the stuff you mentioned:
those are the most relevant things i can think of off the top of my head… the only other thing is, if you are looking to get help and treat your sed / expand your diet, the most trusted method of doing so is cognitive-behavioral therapy. if you cannot get professional help or your family will not support you doing so, read up on some methods of this that you might be able to work on enacting yourself. a lot of it involves things like exposure therapy, special awareness of your reactions to things and analysis of thought processes or cognitive habits that you could work on altering to become more open, small goals that you build up, choosing a one new food to try every __(interval of time)___, et cetera. youll find plenty of that is talked about by people who are trying them in the selective eating disorder tag on tumblr. feel free to use their instances of success as inspirations for yourself.
otherwise, when it comes to coping: dont make the experience worse than it is. just like allergies, or bad vision, or chronic illnesses, or physical disabilities, many many many people suffer from something that affects their lifestyle in ways that dont conform to ordinary convention. it does not mean your life has to be terrible or tragic or terrifying; you are still just a person living your life like everyone else does. make adjustments, stay aware and on top, master management, foster communication – it does not have to be your most daunting enemy. yes food is a significant aspect of everyday life, but so is breathing, and ordinary people that happen to have asthma can struggle with that too without it defining them. you have the right to feel comfortable as you are and deal with your difficulties on your own comfort level, and to be respected whether you have greater or fewer needs than your peers in any area.
sorry this got kind of long; i hope any of it helps, and my ask is always open.
[Image: 16-piece blue-and-scarlet colored background with an image of a snail kite in the center. Top text reads: “FAVORITE FOOD IS SOUP” Bottom text reads: “CAN ONLY EAT 1 KIND”]
Our first S.E.D. meme! Welcome to Selective Eating Disorder headquarters, home of the S.E.D. Snail Kites.
and voila, i have created a meme!
thinking of making an image macro meme ie ocd otter, derma dragonfly, mental illness mouse, etc
but for picky eaters.
what animal do you think would be a good choice for sufferers of selective eating disorders?
the s.e.d. snail kite?
the s.e.d. ferret?
(snail kites and ferrets are both picky eating animals)
some other animal that starts with s?
My main “safe” food is really starting to make me sick. I don’t know what to do…
thats happened to me before. it could be that youre just actually getting sick, which messes with your taste buds. or, it could just be one of those cycles. if theres a different version of that safe food that you can stand, try shifting to that for a while instead.
I really wish I could tell more people about my eating disorder.
I wish SED was as well-publicized as anorexia.
I wish that when people ask me why I eat the way I do, I could just say “I have selective eating disorder”. And it would shut them up.
I wish I could go one day without either being stared at in a restaurant, or being pestered by friends during special occasions.
I wish I could eat normally.
But I can’t.
And since I can’t, I wish that people could accept me for who I am, and not what I eat. You could have a fucking elephant drizzled in mustard on your plate for all I care, and I wouldn’t constantly bug you about it because it’s called common courtesy and staying out of other people’s business.
I wish I was somebody important so I could raise awareness about SED. And in the good way, not the TLC, “Freaky Eaters” way.
I have an eating disorder. And even though I’m not anorexic or bulimic, I go through the same struggles with food as other people with eating disorders.
And therefore, I would like respect when talking about what I eat. Just as you wouldn’t constantly laugh at someone with anorexia, consider how it must feel to constantly be picked on for what you eat.
Imagine if every time you ate a certain food (say, turkey - fairly fitting for today) someone stared at you like you had two heads. Imagine not being able to eat in peace because you’re too busy answering questions of “why don’t you eat normally?”
Next time you consider asking those questions, let that thought run through your head.
thoughts i empathize with.
Food results from yesterday: