I'm not sure how many people are spider phobic, or to what degree so I tried to find an image that was a little less awful than most!
If spiders or other creepy crawlies make you feel scared, repulsed or uncomfortable it gives you a good understanding of what certain foods appear like for children with food fears.
For those of you who've been following the page for a while you may remember Bella's * story. She is 10 and has some pretty strong fears around foods - lettuce among them.
Before Christmas she'd taken what were for her some great steps forward. Since then she's mostly been just enjoying her holidays. Hey, if the weather is good in NZ we have to make the most of it!
However, there have been 3 very notable steps for her:
1. Going away to stay at a friend's house for a few days. This is a huge step for someone who finds food often overwhelmingly challenging.
2. Being able to touch lettuce (which is spider on speed for her).
3. Taste-testing a really disliked food.
Anyone who has a very selective eater will appreciate how big these steps are.
It's so exciting to see progress. And yes it does seem small but each of those small steps combines to make a stride.
(*Name changed for privacy)
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.