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Sensory Integration and Food

July 20, 2019

I’ve not been an autistic person who has struggled with food aversions.
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For this I’m grateful.
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There are, however,
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Particular foods I won’t eat because it means I’ll have to touch them.
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Citrus fruits are the worst.
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The horrible juice.
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On my skin it makes me feel out of control.
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Makes me want to gag.
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I can feel my fingerprints on my fingers and the lines on my hands as though they’re carvings in wood when citrus juice spills onto my hands.
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Dishwashing detergent is the same.
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And watermelon.
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Watermelon is like working my way through fragile cheap foam mattress that juice pours out from.
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When I was pregnant with one of my girls,
Much to my disgust, I developed a craving for oranges.
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Oh the struggle.
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I would stand,
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Leaning over the sink.
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I’d eat the fruit over the sink so the juice would run into the sink
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And so I could wash my hands each time it got into my hands.
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But nothing had ever tasted so fresh and delightful in all of my life.
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It was the most repulsive, disgusting and delicious experience ever.
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Parenting with tactile defensiveness around certain textures is difficult.
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My children love citrus fruits and watermelon.
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If I can, I wait for my husband to prepare those foods.
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But that’s not always possible.
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I wish people knew the impact of something that sounds so trivially small.
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Out of control.
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Anxious.
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Angry.
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Out of control.
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That’s how I feel when faced with preparing foods with an abundance of liquid.
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And there’s an entire process to overcome it.
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I have to wash my hands thoroughly with soap and I struggle with soap as well.
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I then have to pretend it’s not happening and go to a happy place while I dry my hands thoroughly.
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I normally do this with my eyes closed.
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I then have to moisturise.
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And quickly engage in another activity to distract myself.
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🍋🍉
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Ugh to wet things.

Artist: Tink.

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