Eating is easily the most difficult sensory task for this woman on the autism spectrum. Risking unfamiliar tastes and textures, trying new food takes time and fortitude.
I approach new foods cautiously, and have worked to expand my palate (You’ll read about “food-chaining” on this blog). There are even foods I’m enthusiastic about: artisan breads, rice and olives.
Even so, some textures remain off limits.
Trying new foods is difficult enough — the wrong textures have caused me to gag — but sometimes that challenge is further burdened by painful past experiences.
Anger, humiliation, shame imposed by adults who condemned my “picky” habits — many of my worst experiences involved food.
This blog is an exploration of “norms” and challenges related to eating food. It’s a “new” blog, but it launches with writings that have been migrated from other sources.
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