I have been working with a lovely young adult, Charlotte *. She had got to the point where her limited menu choices were becoming more and more difficult socially and wanted to make a change.
She was also becoming increasingly frustrated, constantly fielding comments about what she did and didn't eat. In our first conversation Charlotte was explaining how no one understood that this wasn't just "fussy" behaviour where she was choosing not to eat on a whim.
Like many selective eaters it wasn't a question of choice but an inability to even consider eating certain foods.
In working together I feel like I've learned so much. It's given me such an understanding about how long-term very narrow eating creates patterns and restricts new steps.
Charlotte has made some pretty impressive food steps forwards but most importantly has learned how to approach new menu items and to tackle things that previously would have been impossible.
But don't take it from me, hear what she has to say:
"Working with Judith has helped me figure out why I have an aversion to certain foods, and has given me strategies to help me slowly introduce new foods into my diet in a way that is comfortable for me."
Selective eating is not just the preserve of the young, and no, not everyone grows out of it.
If you are a little less young and would love to expand your diet please get in touch. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
(* name changed to protect 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.