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25 Feb 2016, 6:34 am

Does anyone know if NTs do the "eat one food at a time" thing?

From the time I was a kid I'd do that, "eating the worst first and the best last".

I don't always do it now, but the tendency is still there.


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25 Feb 2016, 3:33 pm

lately I've been eating one crisp or one popped kernel at a time. got the idea from my sister. chew it a gazillian times then swallow. drink a gulp of water after each swallow. wait a minute. then repeat as needed.



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25 Feb 2016, 4:54 pm

Yep, I eat my least favorite food first and work my way up to the favorite. I've done that all my life, but people usually don't say anything about it. If I mixed them up, how would I know when to eat a certain food. Would I eat one piece of each food and keep going around? Am I just supposed to get this "sensation" that I should move on to a different food? Going worst to best is so much simpler.



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25 Feb 2016, 6:12 pm

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I'm a weird Aspie---I like to mix my food.

Sounds much like me. I'll happily combine my meat, potatoes and peas together and gobble it down.



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25 Feb 2016, 6:53 pm

^^^that reminds me of corned beef hash :chef:



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26 Feb 2016, 11:52 am

Yes. I have had many people comment on eating one thing at a time, as if it were any of their business.
Always from least favorite to most favorite. I don't particularly care if one thing touches another, unless it is a particularly bad combination, but my aspie wife definitely does. In fact, sometimes the mixtures at the fringes are extra good, though that doesn't make me want to mix everything.

In some ways I am very organized, and in other ways, astoundingly disorganized. I think I do this because it happens to fall into the organized group. Eating things not in a specific order just seems messy. I am also a firm believer in worst-first, best-last whenever possible. It's just logical.

Another odd place this food-based organization shows up is that I find uneven edges abhorrent. If I am cutting a piece from a pan of brownies, I will continue to shave off small wedges until I get the remaining cut edge perfectly perpendicular to the planes of the pan. I would rather cut a long narrow piece all the way across the pan, keeping the remaining edge even, than a more socially acceptably proportioned rectangular piece, leaving an uneven cut edge in the pan.
If I am dishing up ice cream, I will continue to shave off bits until I get the remaining surface polished and perfectly smooth and flat.
This tendency has the added benefit of producing quite a lot of trimmings/shavings, and there's no better place to put those than down the ol' hatch!

It's a compulsion, but I can control it. I could quit at any time, if I wanted to. :roll:



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26 Feb 2016, 1:19 pm

auntblabby wrote:
^^^that reminds me of corned beef hash :chef:

I'd forgotten all about beef hash! The few times I've had it I mixed my eggs in with it as well. :mrgreen: Funny thing is I can't stand eggs on their own, I usually just absolutely drown them in something like salsa.



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26 Feb 2016, 1:28 pm

Sethno wrote:
Does anyone know if NTs do the "eat one food at a time" thing?

Almost everyone who was in my Food Eating Course was a Neuraltypical...

That's about as much as I can say on that subject, as whenever I eat with Neuraltypicals I'm always concentrated on their facial expressions and body language. :|


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26 Feb 2016, 5:45 pm

My food can't touch each other on the plate - although I don't eat them one by one.


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26 Feb 2016, 5:46 pm

hiya Alieneuro :) welcome to the club 8)



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26 Feb 2016, 11:20 pm

I used to eat my least favorite food first and save the best for last.
Unfortunately, this was in addition to eating ALL of each thing as I went along. What happens if you are full before you get to your favorite food? You keep eating anyway. Or at least I did.
Not only that, but I always ate extremely fast. This is definitely anxiety-related, though I do not know what it is about eating that made me anxious.
But, all together, I learned how to overeat very fast. I have had to train myself to eat more properly. Learning to move about from food to food was a big part of this. I learned to taste each thing and then decide which things I wanted to finish. Now I try to finish what I like best first so I can have it before I am full. This helps me to be able to stop eating when I am full because what is left on my plate is not the best.

I also drank way too much liquid when I ate. It was compulsive. I don't even know why I did so, except I know it was an anxious habit. This contributed a *tremendous* amount of calories if I was drinking something other than water. It also caused stomach distortion which can affect one's normal feeling of fullness.

My eating habits were really bad. I am not VERY overweight, but I have had to overcome a lot of problematic eating habits. Problems with weight are sometimes not about *what* you eat, but *how* you eat.



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26 Feb 2016, 11:49 pm

Whenever people can punish you by publicly labelling you as a weirdo, they'll make anything you do that stands out their business. They won't give a s**t whether you have a reason to do it. To them, the first and foremost reason to do or not to do anything must be to conform to what's expected of you, unless you want to start a fight by doing the unexpected as a provocation. Any other goal must be given up on if it conflicts with this supreme duty, no matter the consequences. It wouldn't be fair in their eyes to let you off the hook.


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26 Feb 2016, 11:59 pm

I also have preferences about the order in which I eat things. Also, there are certain foods that I will not eat together. For example, I will never have a glass of milk while eating an apple - one of the grossest tastes I have ever tasted.

I am extremely picky about cold cereal - I will only eat cereal that doesn't get soggy (and that's not too many types.)


I think those are probably normal feelings. You have probably got to have a weird taste to want soggy cereal. And you probably just don't like the taste of apples and milk. I probably wouldn't either. But I like apples with ketchup, carrots too, especially carrots.


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27 Feb 2016, 12:04 am

TechnicallyCalm wrote:
I also have preferences about the order in which I eat things. Also, there are certain foods that I will not eat together. For example, I will never have a glass of milk while eating an apple - one of the grossest tastes I have ever tasted.

I am extremely picky about cold cereal - I will only eat cereal that doesn't get soggy (and that's not too many types.)


I think those are probably normal feelings. You have probably got to have a weird taste to want soggy cereal. And you probably just don't like the taste of apples and milk. I probably wouldn't either. But I like apples with ketchup, carrots too, especially carrots.

I personally love ketchup on mashed potatoes or mac n cheese.



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27 Feb 2016, 12:30 am

I like mixing ketchup with onion powder, yum yum :chef: